Soumik Datta is a British Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod – a 19 stringed fretless instrument with a nomadic history spanning ancient Afghanistan, colonial India and modern day global downloads.
Soumik is not only a solo virtuoso. He is also innovative and generous, working with other musicians to create fabulous new pieces, bringing his sarod and their instruments to new and wider audiences around the world.
Trained by the sarod legend, Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta while completing his Masters in Composition at Trinity College of Music, Soumik performs in classical concerts. In 2014 he played his sarod for the instrument’s first concerto, composed by Param Vir, and he re-scored Satyajit Ray’s 1960’s epic Goopy Gayne Bagha Gyne for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Soumik has composed and released six albums through his own label. However, his artistic hallmarks are his collaborations with other artists. He has performed with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Manu Delago, Akram Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Talvin Singh, Joss Stone, Shankar Mahadevan and many others.
Soumik Datta Arts is a charity set up in 2013 by Soumik Datta to support new, collaborative musical projects and to assist young talent. Based in London, its trustees are Sir David Green (Chairman), Nihal Arthanayake, Simon Broughton, Rachael Dennis, Ferdy Lovett, Freddie Matthews, Tristan Neagle, Shrina Shah, Sam Toolan and Tana Wollen.