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Souvik Datta

Born to musical parents, Souvik’s early grooming was initiated in North Indian Classical Vocal Music from his mother Smt. Sumita Dutta. He continued with basic voice-training and some bandishes [compositions] based on different raga-s [melodic mood] — which helped him acquire understanding of swar [tone] and tala [metre] and the nature of Indian Music as a whole. That is what made him a complete accompanist when he took to playing the tabla [the most dynamic and evolved of the Indian percussion instruments] professionally.

It was only his passion for the beat that later made his life. He took up tabla and continued with undaunted sincerity and utmost devotion to this day — to become a seasoned percussionist adept at playing with jazz or any other fusion ensemble apart from main stream Indian Music.

His formal taalim (guidance) in tabla commenced under the privileged guidance of internationally acclaimed maestro Tanmoy Bose at the tender age of 9 and continued for 10 long years. Thereafter, he became a Gandabandh Shagird of none else than Pandit Shankar Ghosh and started receiving higher training in the field of tabla from the legendary exponent; from whom he also picked up the nuances of percussive orchestration. Apart from this, Souvik studied the basics of two other percussion instruments - pakhawaj and shreekhol. He secured first class in B.A. in Iindian Percussion Misic (HONS.) from Rabindra Bharati University (Kolkata). He has done Masters in Indian Percussion Music (tabla) from the same university. Ever since he has taken up as a professional percussionist participating in India and abroad collaborating with musicians of varied genres.

Achievements

Souvik was adjudged first by the expert panel consisting of Samar Saha, Mallar Ghosh and Sankar Prasad Chowdhury in the Tabla Solo category of All Bengal Classical Music Competition (held October 2, 2005) organised by Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra on their golden jubilee year.

Performances

Souvik’s participation in the orchestra ‘Sur-er sathe khela’, conceived and conducted by Late Ranjan Majumder, father of sarod exponent Tejendra Narayan Majumder was telecasted in Doordarshan, Kolkata in October, 1998. He performed in “Taal Tantra – A Rhythm Saga”, a rhythmic ensemble composed by Tanmoy Bose presented at Dalhousie Athletic Club and Swabhumi in Kolkata in the year 2002. He has also proved his mettle as an able accompanist to North Indian Classical Vocal Music in the Periodical Classical Music Programme organised by The Dover Lane Music Conference on May 27, 2003. His presence in the classical music soiree organised by Subhas Sanskriti Sangeet Parisad at Kalakunja, Kolkata made the audience feel the difference on the evening of July 3, 2003. He was the panelled accompanist in a lecture-demonstration session on Indian Music organised by Spicmacay at Birla High School for Girls, Kolkata on February 14, 2004. He also joined in the Talent Presentation Event hosted by Swabhumi, Kolkata on April 4, 2006. He accompanied devotional vocal music on April 7, 2006 as part of the Ramnavami Utsav arranged by the Ayodhya Kalyan Ashram. He participated in a Musical Symphony conceived and conducted by Bickram Ghosh featuring around 200 artistes to mark the Silver Jubilee Celebration of The Art of Living – a global charitable organization, held on October 22, 2006 at Rabindra Sarovar Stadium, Kolkata. Moreover, he has earned the repute of a matured soloist in various prestigious conferences in India and abroad.

Contact Details

P-15, C.I.T. Scheme, Sankar Bose Road,
Kolkata,
West Bengal,
India PIN: 700027