In 2019, long before COVID-19 upended our world and sparked anxiety about the future like never before, Samir’s sorrow and concern for his adopted home country inspired Samir to reach out to a cadre of top Indian based musicians and collaborators to realize his vision for Stairway To Nirvana, his debut album as a new age artist/producer under his own name. Fusing Eastern (Indian) classical music and instruments with modern Western music, Bodhi and his ensemble create a melodically, rhythmically and harmonically transcendent album that offers a musical roadmap to peace in these troubled times.
In The Making...
The title and vibe of each track on Stairway to Nirvana reflects one aspect of what Samir Bodhi and his ensemble believe the world needs to work through these troubled times and achieve an enduring sense of Nirvana in the Here and Now.
Jonathan Widran(New Age and Jazz Music Reviewer, Los Angeles)
When the music stopped playing I realized that it did feel like I was on a Stairway to Nirvana. This is beautiful spiritual music for difficult times and what we all need to have access to. I hope it has the same effect on everyone and gives you all time for relaxation, hope, and healing.
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck-New Age Music Reviews Founder
"These troubled times demand music that is full of powerful and peaceful creativity, and is among the very best of the best of albums of this type I have received in 2020."
by Dick Metcalf-Contemporary Fusion Reviews.
""The best thing, and maybe the only few of the best things, that this pandemic has done to the whole of humanity is that people have put extra efforts in order to restore balance and harmony among the people and societies where they belong, or where they could reach. It feels like the whole universe is conspiring to bring a sense of belongingness and hope to humanity. And what people like Samir Bodhi (Samir Chatterjee) do?–troubled by the negativity and general unrest in the air, they bring together all of their talents and resources to create art–a creation that could send positive and impacting vibrations out into the universe.""
by Vivek Kumar-New Music Alert.
"Some of Bodhi’s music reminds me of the production numbers made famous by Ricky Kej, but Bodhi’s work has its own unique signature. Stairway to Nirvana is what I might call progressive rock meets Indian style World music, and Bodhi, through his deftly produced and ethnically rich compositions, has discovered the right combinations to achieve his goal; that of an album of peace and innate tranquility. Bodhi may achieve in the music world what he has achieved in the academic world."
by R J Lannan-Artisan Music Reviews.
"'Stairway to Nirvana,' Samir's debut album as a New Age artist/producer, is 5 tracks, 25 minutes of pleasure and bliss. The music is a fusion of Eastern Indian classical music and contemporary New Age music. It's actually more than that. And it's beyond "really good." It's excellent. It's even beyond excellent. Let's just say, it's appropriately titled. It's ALL going on my playlist when the album releases on January 15, 2021."
Dyan Garrisfor New Age CD, Zone Music Reporter (ZMR), and "Spirit Seeker Magazine"
Partha Pal – programming and keyboards
Debarpita Saha – keyboard programming in Nirvana
Joy Nandi – Sree Khol, percussions and tabla
Sudipto Chakraborty – Sree Khol
Chintu Porel – Sree Khol
Goutam Basu – recording engineer at Studio Vibrations, Kolkata
Biswadeep Chatterjee - is an award-winning Indian film sound designer, sound editor and audio mixer. He won the National Film Award for Best Audiography four times for the films Madras Cafe in 2013, Bajirao Mastani in 2015, Uri: The Surgical Strike in 2018 and Children of the Soil in 2018. He is also the Member of The Oscar Academy's Class of 2018. Biswadeep has mixed our entire album "Stairway to Nirvana".