Pritam Chakraborty, known mononymously as Pritam, is an Indian composer, instrumentalist, guitarist, and singer.
22 Facts About Pritam
Pritam was born in a Bengali Brahmin family to Anuradha Chakraborty and Prabodh Chakraborty.
Pritam gained his early training in music from his father and learnt to play the guitar while he was still in school.
Pritam went to St James' School and has a bachelor's degree in geology from Presidency College.
Pritam was associated with the non-partisan political platform Independents' Consolidation during his days at Presidency.
In 1994, Pritam joined FTII, Pune where he took up Sound Recording and Engineering.
Pritam formed a band with his presidency batchmates, called "Jotugriher Pakhi" for which, he used to play the guitar.
Pritam's compositions were noted for their ability to blend Indian classical music with western styles.
Pritam followed this up with compositions for films like Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Race, Kismat Konnection, Jannat, Gangster and Dhoom 2.
Pritam formed a band called Metro with Suhail Kaul, Sohu pet name Chakraborty, Eric Pillai and Bangladeshi singer James for the movie.
Pritam won his second Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year for the song "Mauja Hi Mauja" from Jab We Met by Imtiaz Ali.
Pritam composed for two more Imtiaz Ali films, Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail which were critically and commercially successful.
Pritam teamed up again with Mahesh Bhatt and Vishesh Films for music of Crook of which the song "Mere Bina" got instant recognition with public.
Pritam recreated the famous 1971 song, "Dum Maro Dum" for Ramesh Sippy's 2011 movie of the same name.
Pritam then composed for the romance Mausam which had a strong influence of Punjabi.
Pritam composed the whole soundtracks of Dishoom, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Dangal.
Pritam has been alleged to have plagiarized numerous songs from the beginning of his film music career.
Pritam's critically acclaimed soundtrack Ae Dil Hai Mushkil faced allegations of plagiarism as the guitar riff of the song "Bulleya" was lifted from the Papa Roach song "Last Resort".
Pritam mentored and judged Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009 and was a judge for Chhote Ustaad on Zee TV.
Pritam composed the title track for Hrithik Roshan's TV series Just Dance for Star TV which was sung by KK.
Pritam sang some of his top hits on the popular show MTV Unplugged on 13 February 2016.
Pritam was a part of Star plus' show Dil Hai Hindustani as a judge alongside Sunidhi Chauhan and Badshah in 2018.