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Berklee Indian Ensemble: Have you met Sanjeeta?

Sanjeeta sits down in front of me, eyeing my chocolate muffin. Before she can reach out and take a bite, I grab the muffin and keep it close to me.

1048496_10153001286015226_20759901_o“I just want a bite!” she says, laughing. With Sanjeeta, it’s never just a bite. But then again, that’s what makes her so special – her ability to set her mind on something and then go after it. Be it the numerous opportunities she’s had at Berklee or the numerous “bites” of food she’s had from me over the last two years, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya has never missed a chance to seize the day! A 7th semester Performance major with voice as a principal instrument, she never fails to impress. Inspired, I want to hear her story and what brought her from Delhi to Boston.

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Berklee Indian Ensemble: Spotlight on Sanchitha Wickremesooriya

Sanchitha blogFrom 60F to 30F in 24 hours, Boston’s weather has been quite a spectacle to experience. As I sit at my dining table, sipping on coffee while it snows outside, Sanchitha Wickremesooriya is enjoying the 80F sunshine in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He laughs when I show him the snow on Skype.

“The sun is where it’s at!” he chuckles. Having finished his last semester at Berklee in the Fall of ‘15, Sanchitha is back in Colombo, multi-tasking and handling various projects. He tells me how he wants to restart his Family Record Label, Sooriya. Surprised, I realize there’s a lot I don’t know about his background.


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Berklee Indian Ensemble: Have you met Harshitha?

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Picture by Dave Green

It’s barely been a couple of weeks since classes began but the Berklee Indian Ensemble is already rehearsing and gearing up for the upcoming performances this semester. After spending two intense hours working with the vocalists and learning the piece Charishnu, Harshitha Krishnan and I walked out of class, humming harmonies. Having known each other for over two years, I told her I wanted to interview her for the blog and she looked at me and chortled. We got a cup of coffee and sat down to talk about her and her journey at Berklee.

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Berklee Indian Ensemble: Have you met Anton?

Students from all over the world come together to learn, understand, and perform Indian music, which is what makes the Berklee Indian Ensemble so unique. AThe ensemble creates an opportunity for students to learn from each other and to create and explore Indian music; giving them the opportunity to make Indian music globally relevant. Anton Ariki Sten, is a Berklee student studying composition and electronic production and design at Berklee, and our resident guitarist. This week I sat down with Anton to learn more about him:

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Deepak Chopra Meets Berklee

pankhuri singhal“Bring the sky beneath your feet and listen to celestial music everywhere,” Rumi once said. In his discourse on genetics and the holistic lifestyle at the Berklee Performance Center on December 6th, Deepak Chopra quoted Rumi many a time when brilliantly relaying the intertwined nature of music and meditation with the very DNA make-up of our bodies. As a genetic neuroscience student outside of Berklee and a part of the beautiful Berklee Indian Ensemble led by Annette Philip, I felt Dr. Chopra painted a precise picture of who we really are as individuals: luminous stardust beings constantly emanating energy. Now imagine if we all embodied this very fact of our truest nature; how would we treat one another differently? How would we treat ourselves differently? But more importantly, what type of things would we surround ourselves with? These are questions that the Indian Ensemble family ponders, as well, and I think it’s this introspective approach that allows us to infuse music with love.

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