‘Why we joined the union’

Volume 116, No. 7July, 2016

Samir Chatterjee

Samir Chatterjee 4I joined Local 802 for my teaching job at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. I play tabla, and my musical goal in NYC is to propagate and preserve Indian music. One of my favorite recent gigs was at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music at 4 West 43rd Street, where I serve as president. The establishment of this center and its ever-growing presence in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania are an accomplishment I definitely cherish. Another project I have been involved in has been bringing music back to Afghanistan, particularly to orphans and street children. This has been one of the biggest satisfactions in my life.