‘Jamming with megastar Farhan can be intimidating’
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
SOUMIK DATTA, SAROD PLAYER