Shantanu Moitra is an Indian music director who has composed music for the Hindi film industry, and is most known for his score in films Parineeta (2005), Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and 3 Idiots (2009), and private albums, Mann ke Manjeere and Ab ke Saawan sung by Shubha Mudgal.
Shantanu was born in Lucknow; his father came from a Bengali musical family. He was very young when he moved to Delhi. He was the singer of his school band that created history of sorts by hosting the school's first rock show. "What was even better was receiving an award in school for my contribution to music at a time when my school, Springdales, didn't usually give awards for music. When I look back now, I think the award instilled huge confidence in me," he said. He went on to graduate in Economics from Delhi University.
Shantanu started his career as a client servicing executive at an ad agency, while music remained a hobby. He started composing music for advertising jingles accidently, when he was asked to compose a jingle at the last minute by the creative head of an agency. The jingle became an instant hit, and he later composed several jingles for several advertising brands. This led to composing music for several hit Indipop albums including Ab ke Saawan, Mann ke Manjeere: an album of women's dreams for Breakthrough, and Sapna Dekha Hai Maine (2003) for Shubha Mudgal.
In 2002 Shantanu moved to Mumbai when he started working for Sudhir Mishra's Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, his first signed film, and soon teamed up with lyricist Swanand Kirkire, starting with the song, "Bawara Mann. . ." He gained recognition with his music in Parineeta (2005). His music was critically acclaimed and he won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. In 2009, he composed score for his first Bengali film, Antaheen, that received four national awards. His soundtrack for the film 3 Idiots created history by being the most downloaded album ever.
Shantanu continues to compose ad jingles, and recently won a Bronze Lion in Cannes in the category of best music for an advertisement. His love still remains traveling, photography, and archiving folk music and travels round the world, giving talks about need to preserve and keep alive folk music in India.
Andrea Johnston comes from a long line of storytellers. Her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were all artists/musicians and teachers, so it's no wonder she has a passion for stories. After years of telling stories as an elementary school teacher, Johnston wanted to blend her passion for teaching and travel, with her passion for art. She found photojournalism a perfect avenue to do just that. Johnston graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California where she was awarded Photojournalist of the Year, 2009. After a short bout of freelancing, her teaching roots were calling to her so she returned to the classroom. She is now happily listening to the stories of her Grade 5 students, encouraging them to find their own voices, and embraces any opportunity to tell her tales of her experience living in India. For more stories and photographs please visit her blog http://halfeleven.wordpress.com