Soumik Datta is an award-winning musician, producer and television presenter. He plays the 19-stringed sarod and combines Indian music with songwriting, spoken poetry and live electronica.
‘One of the biggest new music talents in Britain’ (Vogue), Soumik has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney, Joss Stone, Anoushka Shankar, Arijit Singh, Akram Khan and Shankar Mahadevan to name a few.
Datta’s highlights include winning the Arts Council England Elevate Award and the British Council’s COP26 x Climate Change grant. An Ambassador of the Earth Day Network, Datta often addresses social and environmental issues through songs, music and film.
In May 2020, BBC Radio 3 commissioned Soumik to create new work for their Culture in Quarantine programme Sounds of Silence, in which he examined the effect of lockdown on musicians in the UK.
He recently released a new video album titled Silent Spaces, produced in collaboration with the Royal Albert Hall.
This concert is part of Journeys, a festival curated by Nitin Sawhney, celebrating 150 years of immigration.
‘My life has been in a constant state of journeying, between countries and homes, continents and people. But my mother tongue isn’t Bengali or English, it’s a form of sound. And when words fail me, I turn to music and melody – a language without walls or borders, the only place I can truly call home. To celebrate the sound of immigrant heritage with Nitin Sawhney at the Royal Albert Hall is to celebrate our homes, now and before, the journeys of our parents and grandparents and the stories of new generations to come. Thank you for inviting me to this incredible and urgent festival!’ – Soumik Datta