Kaushik Dutta

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    founder /ceo/artistic director
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  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016

Kaushik has been involved with music for over 30 years as researcher, performer, composer and sound designer. He is an accomplished multi instrumentalist and has worked extensively with independent and rural musicians. He has composed music for theaters, ad films, Bollywood films, documentaries and dance theatre projects. He has toured extensively and performed at over 300 shows abroad. He has conducted musical performances and composed songs for more than two hundred and fifty performers across the globe and four hundred children respectively. He has composed songs for great Bollywood singers like Kailash Kher, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and many others. Besides conducting music workshops for differently able children he is actively involved in many collaborative projects and have been invited regularly as a speaker to international seminars and music markets. He participated at the jazz master class series organized by National Arts Centre Ottawa in collaboration with Manhattan School of Music and was also a visiting tutor at the London Roundhouse and Singapore Music Academy.
The tendency of equating contemporary Indian music with ground breaking innovativeness and folk music with quaintness and antiquity prompted him to start an organization Song of Soul way back in 1986. Song of Soul is supporting the musicians through workshops, training programmes and shows, to help them to earn and look at this art form as a promising and profitable venture. He is the founder and artistic director of - ‘Kolkata International Music Festival'. KIMF has so far featured more than 1200 folk musicians and 150 international musicians from more than 25 countries. He is also the founder of 'Musiconnect - Asia' a platform to bring together and create a strong networking system amongst Asia based music professionals. Of his other interests and passion, the most important is documentary film making. He has made innumerable documentaries on numerous social activities.Recently he has been selected as one of the judges for AWMA (Asia World Music Awards).

Kaushik Dutta


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