Soumik Datta is more than a sarod virtuoso. A polymath composer, producer, bandleader and TV presenter, his work embraces traditional and contemporary art forms to address the urgent issues of our times. Soumik is best known for his creative collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney and Anoushka Shankar, to name a few.
Soumik’s latest production Hope Notes weaves the stories of refugees through a soundtrack of sarod, strings and voices. BBC Singers commissioned Soumik to write a new piece for choir and sarod to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence. In 2021, Soumik wrote, directed and scored Songs of the Earth, an award-winning animation about a young climate refugee which premiered at the UN Climate Conference. Soumik’s previous highlights include performing at BBC Proms, Glastonbury Festival and presenting the three-part primetime, documentary series Rhythms of India on BBC 4.
Soumik’s art is about our world, making us hear it, see it, feel it anew.
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