Bijayashree Samal is an Indian singer, composer, teacher and graded artist of All India Radio. Blessed with an extremely melodious voice, she is known for her divine and clear rendition and is been highly applauded by the audience during her live concerts. She is trained in Hindustani classical vocal under the Gwalior gharana and Odissi vocal and holds a Visharad degree in music from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and academically, a Doctorate degree in Chemistry. She has five international publications to her credit before she decided to quit Chemistry to follow her passion for music fulltime. Bijayashree is also known for her expertise in Indian Semi classical forms & producing world music.
Over the years, Bijayashree has gained popularity due to her successful world music collaborations involving artists of international acclaim. Her world music band ‘NANDIGHOSHA’ has Jazz and world music artists who work collaboratively to produce original music, that reflects the colors of Indian classical, Jazz and other world music genres. Their debut CD/ album ‘TARANA’ by Unit Records, Swiss has been released on 6th of Dec 2019 and has been featured in major Jazz magazines in Swiss. It is now available in all music platforms iTunes, Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon, ebay, Deezer, CeDe etc.
In April 2019, Bijayashree’s original composition DIVA (A Bird by Choice) won the BEYOND PUBLIC AWARD in the international original music competition by BEYOND music foundation, Switzerland. She was then invited by multiple Grammy Award winning producer Larry Klein (USA) and Beyond Music (Swiss) to work in the music album ‘Same Sky’ at Studio La Fabrique in France. ‘SAME SKY’ (vol.1) was at Top #1 in world music album list in USA on iTunes in Oct. 2019. Her song ‘Our Colors’ has musical geniuses like Manu Katché, Dean Parks, Adrian Utley, Dan Lutz, Stephen Lipson and the video was officially premiered by Billboard magazine, USA.
She has performed under several prestigious banners/ platforms nationally and internationally and has own several prizes. Bijayashree is based in Switzerland since 2006 and teaching Indian classical music at Zurich and Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie (ADEM), Geneva besides playing in concerts.
Early Age and Musical Journey:
Bijayashree grew up in Odisha, an eastern state of India and is fortunate to be born in a musical family thereby picking music as easily as her childhood games. She started learning music from her mother Mrs. Sanjukta Samal, a Hindustani classical vocalist herself which led her to qualify the prestigious and acclaimed audition for All India Radio (AIR) at a very early age. As an approved child artist, she recorded her first assignment of three songs for AIR at the age of ten. At a later stage, she took extensive training in Hindustani classical vocal from Pandit (Dr) Chittaranjan Pani, one of the leading vocalists of India under the famous Gwalior Gharana. Bijayashree became a graded general artist of All India Radio in her twenties due to her persistent interest in music, hard work and sincerity while pursuing her doctorate degree in Chemistry at the same time. She used to teach Chemistry to under graduate and graduate students in two of the premier institutions called MCNL and KIIT in Bhubaneswar before relocating to Switzerland.
Currently, she is learning the intricacies of advanced Ragas under the direct guidance of Pt. Sanjeev Abhayankar, an internationally acclaimed and divinely gifted Hindustani classical vocalist under the famous Mewati Gharana; a disciple of Padma Vibhusana/ Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj .