Parma Chai (aka Parama Chattopadhyay) is an independent producer and musical performer of Indian American fusion music, funk music, folk music, classical music, electronic-house violin, and Indian Kirtan.
Trained in the New England Conservatory Prep School in high school, she toured in the International Music Festival as a first violinist before leaving playing violin to pursue Business Management and Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as pursue a Masters in Education. However, throughout college in the East Coast and West Coast, she improvised on her own vocal renditions of traditional Indian Bhajan music and Billie Holiday in various festivals, colleges, and halls.
Four years ago, courtesy of her beloved bandmate guitar/sitar style Paul Erlich, Parama returned to her violin, revolutionizing her own, custom based math-music violin with a gypsy, Russian edge (Parama performed at the age of 11 on the violin in Moscow and Yaroslavl). Parama’s fully composed, on-the-spot vocal and violin music have fused melodic lines across the continents and musical beat forms.
Her vocal practices are based in her deeply religious Sai Bhajans as well as Bengali Indian folk songs for which she received gold awards at the National Tagore Festival at age 5. She currently teaches mathematics, music, and physics to at-risk high school students in the Boston Area while continuing to perform as a full time musician. She gives greatest thanks to all her fellow musicians on these 3 CDs, 2 DVDs, Soundclouds, YouTubes and Music videos, particularly Paul Erlich, Darrell Brown, and Steve Asaro.
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