} Soumik Datta's Music Travelogue 'Rhythms of India' Premiered On BBC World News

London-based musician, composer, television presenter, and sarod maestro Soumik Datta was recently seen in a new television series showcasing Indian musical traditions and trends, Rhythms of India on BBC World News started January 25, 2020. From a spectacular religious festival in Kerala to folk musicians in the Rajasthan desert, intimate performances on the banks of the Ganges to encounters with India’s hip-hop superstars, Soumik takes viewers on an entertaining journey celebrating India’s remarkable musical diversity. 

Meeting and performing with folk, classical and pop musicians, he travels from the biggest cities to the most remote communities, exploring how music helps us understand India’s past and its rapidly changing present in a three-part series. In the series Soumik – who recently released a new EP Jangal in response to deforestation and the climate change crisis that engulfs swathes of the globe – meets legendary names from contemporary classical music like sitar maestro Shujaat Khan, tabla master Bickram Ghosh, Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna, the first female ghatam player in India Sukanya Ramgopal and veena virtuoso Jayanthi Kumaresh alongside Bollywood stalwarts like Javed Akhtar, playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, and young Indian icons like Nucleya, DIVINE and hip-hop producer Sez, among others. 

Soumik, who has collaborated with international popstars like Beyonce, Jay-Z and British-Asian stalwarts like Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Akram Khan and Anoushka Shankar has championed Indian arts in the mainstream through his work with London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia and even through appearances at festivals like Glastonbury and WOMAD in 2019. 

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