Soumik Datta Arts

November 2014

Soumik Datta is well known in the music industry as a Sarod virtuoso. His ability to rein in new audiences with his performances has raised the profile of the little known 19 stringed, fretless instrument from India.

Soumik has released 6 albums to date and been involved in numerous projects that fuse Eastern and Western musical culture, marrying his traditional Indian instrument with his Western upbringing.

He pioneered projects such as Circle of Sound, a collaboration with the Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger. It combines Indian melodies with Electronica and Drum & Bass, creating a wholly unique sound.

He has achieved global recognition and performed all over the world playing at TED Global, with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney and Anoushka Shankar.

As a music director, Soumik has composed pieces for a number of films including ‘Life Goes On’ starring Sharmila Tagore and Om Puri, and ‘Tooting Broadway.’

Soumik Datta Arts is Soumik’s charity that aims to provide a platform to showcase new talent and collaborations. The charity’s approach to music ties in well to The Rumi Foundation’s ethos of supporting innovative collaborations, outreach and giving equal opportunity to all.