Aloke has become an important figure in modern music, having taught some of the most influential drummers of our time. He is very selective with his students.
In January 2008, Aloke Dutta suffered a massive heart attack while visiting his parents in India. He underwent a complex and risky grafting bypass procedure. news link
Aloke has fully recovered and has returned to teaching full time. In January 2011 he will begin teaching online.