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Soumik Datta

Biography

Soumik Datta is an award-winning musician, composer and television presenter. He plays the 19 stringed sarod and connects his Indian classical roots with colourful electronica and musical styles from around the world.

One of biggest new music talents in Britain’ (Vogue), Soumik has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay‑Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Joss Stone, Anoushka Shankar, Akram Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan Akhtar, London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia to name a few.

Datta’s 2019 highlights include performances on Glastonbury, Womad, BBC Proms and the launch of his album ‘Jangal’ a musical protest against deforestation and the climate change crisis. For his arts activism, Soumik was made an Artist For The Earth by Earth Day Network, who partnered with to release his latest single ‘Tiger Tiger’ (out on Apple Music and Spotify).

Soumik has also presented TV programmes, including the BBC 4 series ‘Rhythms of India’. The travelogue which follows Soumik’s journey off the beaten path exploring folk, classical and pop Indian music, was later repeated on BBC World News to an audience of millions. Previously in 2016, Soumik collaborated with his brother Souvid Datta, a film-maker, to create ‘Tuning 2 You’ (co-produced by the Bagri Foundation) a six part music series that broadcast on Channel 4, Discovery, Sky and Sony BBC Earth.

In 2020, BBC Arts and The Space commissioned Soumik to create new work for their Culture in Quarantine programme. Soumik is also the Artistic Director of Soumik Datta Arts (SDA), a UK arts charity, that was granted the Elevate award by Arts Council England for making a significant contribution to the creative case for diversity. SDA has launched its latest digital project ‘Hope Notes’.