Amyt Datta

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Amyt Datta
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Amyt Datta in concert with Pinknoise 2009.
Background information
Birth name Amyt Datta
Born (1960-10-20) October 20, 1960 (age 53)
Origin Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres Rock, Jazz, Blues, Experimental.
Instruments Electric Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Laptop, Lap steel guitar
Years active 1985–present
Website amytdatta.com

Amyt Datta (born 20 October 1960) is a guitarist, composer, and producer from Kolkata. He is also a session musician, teacher and mentor.[1] Datta, who commands a sort of demigod status with guitar fans across the country, is widely acknowledged to be one of the most innovative guitarists around today. He toured extensively with the rock band Shiva from mid-1980's to the early 1990s. He now plays and composes for experimental band Pinknoise, pop/rock band Skinny Alley, and his own solo work, often in collaboration with Jivraj Singh.

Early life[edit]

His father was an educationist and his mother belonged to the family with a strong musical tradition. Amyt's maternal grandfather Raichand Boral is regarded as the father of Bollywood music.

He and his cousin started playing the guitar when they found a lap steel guitar lying around in their home. They started taking guitar lessons which was mostly in Indian classical and semi-classical music.He started taking western music theory lessons from the legendary Carlton Kitto. His first guitar was what he calls "the Trunk". It was made by his friend who took just Rs. 300 from him. It looked like a log and had a very high action.[2]

Musical career[edit]

In the late 70s Amyt met Jayashree and Gyan Singh at the Beatstock, La Martiniere band competition. They soon became friends and longtime collaborators. By the age of 20 he was playing all over India, primarily with one of the most notable rock acts of that era called Shiva.

D For Brother[edit]

Amyt along with his brother Monojit performed under the moniker D for Brother. The music was experimental, cross-cultural, unlike much of the music heard by Indian audiences at the time. An audio cassette was released in 1992 but remained unnoticed. The duo composed over a hundred songs and performed concerts filled with intricate stage and lighting design, real time sound design and subtle theatrics.

Pop Secret / Skinny Alley[edit]

In the early 90s Amyt joined Pop Secret, along with Jayashree and Gyan. Pop Secret dissolved when Jayashree and Gyan took a sabbatical leave to bring up their child Jiver. In 1996 Amyt, Jayashree and Gyan formed Skinny Alley, a pioneering indie band which released Escape The Roar (2001), the first English language album by an Indian band on a major label (EMI).

Discography[edit]

  • D for Brother 1992[3]
  • Escape the Roar, SKINNY ALLEY,2003[4]
  • Songs from the Moony Boom, SKINNY ALLEY, 2008[5]
  • Quirkwork, PINKNOISE, 2009
  • PINKFRAUD, PINKNOISE, 2009
  • The Dance Of The Diaspora, PINKNOISE, 2009-2010
  • Electropink, PINKNOISE, 2010
  • Ambiance de Danse, solo, 2013

Collaborations[edit]

Trilok Gurtu, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, VJ Traven, Subhen Chatterjee Amit Chatterjee, Louiz Banks, George Brooks, Pete Lockett, Carl Clements, Ranjit Barot, Nicolas Fiszman, Amit Heri, Pam Crain, Bickram Ghosh, Abhijit Bannerjee, Tanmoy Bose, Greg Ellis, V Suresh, D-For-Brother, Monojit Datta, Anjan Dutt (Original scores for cinema), Amit Chaudhuri et al.

Performances[edit]

SAARC South Asian Bands Festival, Festival Of Thinkers (Abu Dhabi), Rock Garden (London), Digidesign Eleven Guitar Processor Workshop, At Home Festival, Eastwind Festival, Congo Square JazzFest and numerous appearances as a performer and clinician at venues such as The Blue Frog, Max Mueller Bhavan, and college festivals across the country.

Movie career[edit]

In 2011, Amyt Datta appeared as a guitarist in a Bengali rock musical movie Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona directed by Anjan Dutt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "India’s Best Axe-Men&nbsp: Rolling Stone India". Rolling Stone Magazine (India. Archived from the original on 2009-06-30. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tales of the Blue-Eyed Boy: An Interview with Amyt Dutta". Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Amyt Datta’s D For Brother Online › NH7 | Discover new music and explore alternative culture from India and around the world". Nh7.in. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  4. ^ "Escape The Roar | Skinny Alley". Skinnyalley.bandcamp.com. 2003-01-01. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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