SOUMIK DATTA

Soumik Datta Arts

Sarodist.

Composer.

Presenter.

"...one of the biggest new music talents in Britain"
Vogue

Soumik Datta is more than a virtuoso sarod player. He’s a composer, producer, bandleader, TV presenter and the co-founder of award-winning creative hub Soumik Datta Arts (SDA).

Through cross-disciplinary collaborations with other artists - musicians, singers, dancers and image makers - SDA champions impactful and moving new work.

NEW RELEASE

SILENT SPACES

AN ORIGINAL SIX-PART PERFORMANCE FILM SERIES

Reclaiming iconic cultural spaces, performance halls and empty museums that have been out of action during the COVID-19 pandemic, Silent Spaces' is a powerful 6 part series of films and a brand new music album led by musician Soumik Datta and a diverse community of musicians, dancers and artists.

It sees the a diverse team of British Asian, black and ethnic minority artists venture into iconic venues like British Museum and The Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as Depot Mayfield in Manchester and The Sage in Gateshead, exploring resonant themes and confronting issues around mental health, activism, the environment, colonisation and identity.

The series of films will be released online in late April, in partnership with the venues, Arts Council England, Timberland, WeTransfer, Bagri Foundation and Dishoom, coinciding with an album release, a behind the scenes documentary film commissioned by WePresent and a radio documentary co-produced with BBC Radio 3. 

NEW RELEASE

SOUNDS OF SILENCE

A FIVE-EPISODE PODCAST SERIES

‘Sounds of Silence’ is a new 5 part audio series presented and produced by Soumik Datta, commissioned for BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine - in partnership with Arts Council England.

Featuring 5 guests on 5 episodes from distinct locations across the nation, their stories interwoven with home recordings made specifically for this work. Datta’s new series is a canvas of delightful sounds and rare insights that address issues of mental health, loneliness, older audiences, racism in the arts and our connection to nature.

"Soumik has made a wonderful series of programmes for us as part of Culture in Quarantine. He gives us space to think and imagine, and reminds us all of the changes we’re experiencing in these strange times, as we engage with 5 wonderful musicians and their ‘Sounds of Silence’ all over the country.” - Alan Davey, Controller, BBC Radio 3
NEW RELEASE

SOUNDS OF SILENCE

A FIVE-EPISODE PODCAST SERIES

‘Sounds of Silence’ is a new 5 part audio series presented and produced by Soumik Datta, commissioned for BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine - in partnership with Arts Council England.

Featuring 5 guests on 5 episodes from distinct locations across the nation, their stories interwoven with home recordings made specifically for this work. Datta’s new series is a canvas of delightful sounds and rare insights that address issues of mental health, loneliness, older audiences, racism in the arts and our connection to nature.

"Soumik has made a wonderful series of programmes for us as part of Culture in Quarantine. He gives us space to think and imagine, and reminds us all of the changes we’re experiencing in these strange times, as we engage with 5 wonderful musicians and their ‘Sounds of Silence’ all over the country.” - Alan Davey, Controller, BBC Radio 3
NEW RELEASE

Circle of Sound (2012)
**** The Guardian

King of Ghosts (2019)
**** The Financial Times

ANTI HERO (2014)

Fretless (2009)

Listen to more of Soumik's music here...

Upcoming Performances.

DEC
15

London, UK

Oslo Club

NOV
13

London, UK

Soho House

SOLD OUT!

OCT
21

London, UK

Dishoom x Diwali

SOLD OUT!

AUG
19

London, UK

BBC Proms - Royal Albert Hall

SOLD OUT!

JUL
31

Sussex, UK

Petworth Festival

SOLD OUT!

JUN
29

Glastonbury, UK

Glastonbury Festival

SOLD OUT!

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Every Soumik Datta Arts project embraces traditional and contemporary art forms to address some of the most urgent issues of our times. They weave local threads into global textures, attracting audiences anywhere and everywhere.

Soumik involves artists both new and known, rooted and experimental. Whether seen live, recorded or online, his collaborations expand horizons, forge connections, lift spirits. His work is about our world and yet unexpected, making us hear it, see it, feel it anew.

Recent highlights include producing ‘Silent Spaces’ a six part original series in partnership with Royal Albert Hall, WePresent & Sage Gateshead, performing at Glastonbury and BBC Proms, winning The Space and British Council commissions, collaborating with Beyoncé, Jay Z, Arijit Singh, Anoushka Shankar and becoming an ambassador for Earth Day Network.

Performance

Soumik has performed at premier venues internationally including London’s South Bank, Shakespeare’s Globe, Barbican Centre; Konzerthaus, Berlin, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide; New Vision Art Festival, Hong Kong; Singapore Arts Festival; Diverse City, Kuala Lumpur; Fes Sacred Music Festival, Morocco and the Songlines Encounters Festival. In 2019, Soumik has been invited to play at Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD and BBC Proms. He continues to champion Indian arts in the mainstream and bring his ancient sarod into the modern, global arena.

Broadcast

Soumik is an outspoken advocate for the preservation of Indian arts. As a television presenter he has fronted two film series on the music of India. Soumik travelled across six states of India, filming and performing with over 100 traditional musicians, many being the last in their musical lineage. Supported by the Bagri Foundation, this collaboration resulted in 'Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India' - a six-part, TV documentary series about musicians in rural India, which aired on Channel 4, 4OD. More recently Soumik presented a prime-time three part series for BBC4. 'Rhythms of India’, which received great critical acclaim, follows Soumik as he meets and performs with classical, folk and pop musicians exploring how music helps us understand India’s past and its rapidly changing present.

Collaborations

Trained by the sarod legend, Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta while completing his Masters in Composition at Trinity College of Music, Soumik’s performances bridge the world of Indian classical and contemporary music. His music and innovative projects connect ancient Indian influences with progressive sounds ‘building bridges between the traditional and contemporary’ (GQ). He has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar, Talvin Singh, Joss Stone, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Javed Akhtar, London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia.

19

Productions completed

56

Countries toured

275

Collaborations orchestrated

17,500

Hours practiced

Recent
projects.

Using music to change lives.

From broadcast TV series, to live performances, touring collaborative acts and innovative new shows in development - click through for further concept details, trailers, press information, tour dates and details on booking.

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“An auditory amalgam of deep Indian ragas and urban beats”
The Independent

“A powerhouse of talent”
The Hindu

“Building bridges between the traditional and contemporary"
GQ Magazine

Rhythms of India

BBC4   |     BBC World News     |      2019

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