Anjan Dutt

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Anjan Dutt
Born (1953-01-19) January 19, 1953 (age 61)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Origin Kolkata
Genres Urban Folk, Bengali Modern
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, actor, director
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels RPG, Sagarika Musics Pvt Ltd.
Associated acts Kabir Suman, Nachiketa Chakraborty

Anjan Dutt (Bengali: Añjan Datta) (January 19, 1953) is a popular singer- songwriter of the 1990s Bengali music scene defined by anyodharar gaan (alternative music). Anjan Dutt's style of music is different from the others in the sense that it has simple tunes, one that is reminiscent of western folk music. His lyrics are simple and more natural. Anjan's music is somewhat influenced by blues, bluegrass, folk and country music. He is the first Bengali artist to depend more on the saxophone. He is an admitted fan of Bob Dylan and his Bengali contemporary Kabir Suman.

Anjan is also an accomplished actor. He started his career as an actor in Bengali cinema. His first film was Chalachitro directed by Mrinal Sen, where he won the prize for the best newcomer actor, at the Venice Film Festival. Recently, he has acted in Aparna Sen's film, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. Anjan Dutt may be regarded as one of the best serious actors in the Indian serious cinema movement, that has seen the likes of Mrinal Sen's much-esteemed film "Bhuvan Som". Anjan Dutt has been regarded by some as being the 'angry young man' of serious cinema in contemporary India.

Early years[edit]

Anjan Dutt was raised in the mountains of North Bengal. He had his schooling from St. Paul's School located in Darjeeling. He did not get much opportunity to listen to traditional Bengali songs (like Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti) but became well acquainted with folk and country music around that time. Initially, he had no plans to make career for himself as a singer. His father was a solicitor, who he wanted his son to take up a career in law, young Anjan was more inclined to working in theaters and cinema. He earned an MA degree in English literature from the University of Calcutta, in India. His friends inspired him to consider taking acting seriously as a profession. During his university days, he started working in theaters with thespian Badal Sarkar.

In late seventies, he joined a group called 'Open Theatre' and in early eighties performed plays translated from works of renowned foreign playwrights like Sartre, Peter Weiss, Jean Genet and Bertold Brecht.The group clearly drew inspiration from Nandikar a highly active and an already famous theater group at that time. But due to politically sensitive content, they faced many obstructions in producing and performing their work, and eventually the group had to discontinue its repertoire.

He was first selected in a feature film named 'Chalachitro' that was directed by renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen. This was an unexpected break for him. The film with Anjan's performance got critical acclaim in the Venice Film Festival but for unknown reasons, it was never released commercially. After that although he worked as an actor in the film-making industry, he was more interested in doing art cinema (or films with aesthetically sensible filmmakers) rather than commercial mainstream cinema. After doing a few art films that were not so commercially successful, including the critically well received 'Juganto', scarcity of job opportunities forced him to take up jobs in advertising and later as a journalist for the Kolkata based daily, The Statesman.

Singing career[edit]

At that time, Anjan was greatly influenced by the music of Suman Chatterjee (now known as Kabir Suman), who had heralded a new era in Bengali music through his songs, that were very different from the existing genres of Bengali music. These songs and lyrics, commonly referred to as Jeebonmukhi (literally meaning towards life), concerned itself with the tough reality of Bengali middle class social life, in and around Kolkata. Anjan started translating some English songs. In his efforts, he was supported and constantly inspired by his ideological precursor, Suman Chatterjee himself. Dutt later decided to delve into the music arena on his own. When HMV offered to publish his songs, he finally realized that he had to take it seriously.

Discography[edit]

Anjan Dutt is a popular singer- songwriter of the 1990s Bengali music scene defined by anyodharar gaan. Anjan Dutt's style of music is different from the others in the sense that it has simple tunes, one that is reminiscent of western folk music

Albums[edit]

Singles (1996–2011)[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credits Reference
Director Writer Producer Actor
1981 Chaalchitra Yes
1982 Kharij Yes
1982 Grihajuddha Yes
1988 Nuit Bengali, La Yes
1989 Ek Din Achanak Yes
1991 City of Hope Yes
1992 Mahaprithivi Yes
1992 City of Joy Yes
1993 Sunya Theke Suru Yes
1993 Shilpi Yes
1993 Antareen Yes
1995 Yugant Yes
1998 Badadin Yes
2001 Dekha Yes
2002 Mr. and Mrs. Iyer Yes
2004 Bow Barracks Forever Yes
2006 The Bong Connection Yes
2008 Chalo Let's Go Yes
2009 Madly Bangalee Yes Yes
2009 Chowrasta: Crossroads of Love Yes
2010 Byomkesh Bakshi Yes
2010 Mahanagar @ Kolkata Yes
2011 Ranjana Ami Ar Asbona Yes Yes
2011 Urochithi Yes
2011 Jani Dekha Hobe Yes
2012 Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish Yes
2012 Abar Byomkesh Yes
2012 Dutta Vs Dutta Yes Yes
2013 BBD Yes
2013 Ganesh Talkies Yes Yes

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