‘Jam­ming with me­gas­tar Farhan can be in­tim­i­dat­ing’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Sarod player Soumik Datta (far right) tried his hand at Bol­ly­wood mu­sic when the In­dian ori­gin Lon­don-based mu­si­cian jammed with ac­tor-singer Farhan Akhtar (right).

Farhan, on the gui­tar, and Soumik, on the sarod, belted out songs from the Bol­ly­wood star’s cult film, Rock On! (2008), at an event held to pay trib­ute to the film, Mughal-EAzam (1960), and its di­rec­tor, K Asif. The event was held at the BAFTA (Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts) au­di­to­rium in Lon­don on July 13.

Be­fore their jam ses­sion, there was a po­etry recital by Farhan’s fa­ther, poet-lyri­cist Javed Akhtar. and an im­promptu ses­sion that saw Farhan on an acous­tic gui­tar.

Soumik tells us that he was ap­pre­hen­sive by the idea of play­ing with Farhan. “It can be quite in­tim­i­dat­ing play­ing with a me­gas­tar like Farhan. Although I’ve known him for a few years now, this was the first time we played for a live au­di­ence and that, too, at BAFTA,” he says.

The mu­sic played by the two will be cut into an al­bum. Soumik re­veals it will re­lease pretty soon. “Farhan has a soul of a true mu­si­cian – gen­er­ous and col­lab­o­ra­tive. We found a great sound to­gether and an aes­thetic that I’m sure we’ll de­velop in the fu­ture,” adds the mu­si­cian.

This is the sec­ond time that Soumik has col­lab­o­rated with the Akhtars. Back in 2015, he had worked with Javed on his 2015 al­bum, Anant — a com­pi­la­tion of songs penned by No­bel lau­re­ate Rabindranath Tagore — which were trans­lated into Hindi po­etry by Akhtar. Soumik’s wife Sangeeta Dutta had lent her voice to the al­bum.

Farhan [Akhtar] has the soul of a true mu­si­cian – gen­er­ous and col­lab­o­ra­tive


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