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Soumik Datta

Biography

Soumik Datta is a composer, television presenter and player of the rare 19 stringed, sarod. He has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Joss Stone, Akram Khan, London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia to name a few.

Most recently, Soumik presented a three-part series on BBC4. ‘Rhythms of India’ has received much critical acclaim and is due to be re-release globally on BBC World News.

Born in India, brought up in London, he connects his Bengali roots with global strands and is considered ‘one of biggest new music talents in Britain’ (Vogue). Soumik’s 2019 highlights include performances at Glastonbury, Womad and BBC Proms.

Soumik has also presented television programmes namely Rhythms of India (BBC4, BBC World News) and Tuning 2 You (Channel4, Discovery, Sky Arts).

Through his albums, live tours and broadcast shows, Soumik continues to champion traditional South Asian arts in the mainstream and bring hisancient sarod into the modern, global arena.

In November 2019, Soumik will release his latest album ‘Jangal’ — a protest against deforestation and the climate change crisis.

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