Prasant A Samadhar is an Indian singer, who has been a student of Pdt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pdt. Mohan Lal Mishra, and Pdt.
When Prasant was just 14 years old, he performed at the Mughal Gardens in the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the presence of then President R Venkatraman and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The Union Government gave him the National Scholarship to train in Indian classical music. After that, the singer attended the renowned ITC Sangeet Research Academy.
When the singer was attending the Academy, he performed with some of the most respected names in the music industry like Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi, Bharat Ratna winner Pandit Bhimsen Joshi,
, Ustad Amzad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia,
Prasant worked with Pandit Joshi for around 15 years as a vocal support artist.
Renowned Indian music composer Kalyanji Bhai invited Samadhar to come to Mumbai. It was here in Mumbai that Kalyanji trained him in advanced voice music. His other batch mates in this training were singers like
. This institute where Kalyanji gave training to budding talents in music was named .
Prasant collaborated with the Oscar-winning music maestro A.R. Rehman on various fusion shows. He was invited by cricketer
to do a show with the legendary
in Ganguly’s home city Kolkata.
Samadhar has also worked with Lata’s sister Asha Bhonsle. He created a concept of a show with fusion and film music. It was then that the two performed together.
The singer is part of two famous fusion bands- Namah and Silk. The other members of the band Namah include Sheldon D’Silva (bass), Gino Banks (drums) and other keyboard and percussion players. The band performed at the Zee Cine Awards. In Silk, he is the lead vocalist. The other members of the band include Sivamani, Louiz Banks, Sridhar Parthasarthy and Karl Peters.
Other than performing with his bands, he has been part of many Bollywood projects. His movie projects include Fiza (2000), Taal (1999), Gadar (2001). The likes of Gulzar and have showered praise on Prasant for his powerful voice.
The singer has tried his hand at reality shows as well. He was on the judging panel and faculty of the shows Sitaron Ko Choona Hai in 2009 and
in 2005. In the show , he was one of the trainers of the participants and helped them with their performances.