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Spotlight - Som Dasgupta

The Hip Pocket keyboardist has gone solo as a Tolly music composer...

With Shankar Roy’s Saptasur and Sambit Nag’s Iti. Before walking alone, Som had worked on the soundtrack of Riingo’s Kranti, along with fellow musicians Rishi and Samidh. “I have long been composing jingles and assisting Bickram Ghosh in his musical ventures. I was assistant music director to Bickram for Riingo’s Neel Rajar Deshe and Little Zizou, an English film directed by Sooni Taraporevala for Mira Nair.”

Som kicked off his music career with...

The English band Asteroids, nearly two decades ago. Later, he was part of Orient Express, Krosswindz, Span and Shiva. You can spot this Hip Pocket core member (he has been with them for four years) playing the keys at the weekly gigs at Someplace Else.

The switch from classic rock to Tolly music...

Has been quite smooth for Som. “I was initially worried about adjusting my musical sensibilities to Bengali films, but Kranti’s success gave me the confidence. Now I’m trying to put a commercial touch to the music, but at the same time I want to do away with the stereotypical sound of Tollywood films.”

He has blended western classical with eastern strains for...

The background score of Saptasur, starring Mohan Agashe and Soumitra Chatterjee. For Iti, a Bengali film revolving around an MMS scandal, Som has scored three songs and the background track. “Iti has a love song titled Mon with western chorals and modern grooves, while Halla gulla is a fun song with a bit of bhangra, rap and Indian classical chants. The third number is the theme song which has a western slow rock feel.”

Next up are the soundtracks for...

Chinmoy Roy’s comedy Ekbar Bolo Uttam Kumar and Riingo’s fourth film. “There will be six songs in Ekbar Bolo Uttam Kumar; two parodies and four numbers reminding one of old film melodies.”

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