Jim Ankan Deka

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Jim Ankan Deka
Jim Ankan Deka at Idea Rocks India, Bangalore (2013).jpg
Jim Ankan Deka at Idea Rocks India, Bangalore (2013)
Born Jim Ankan Deka
(1980-06-01) 1 June 1980 (age 36)
Guwahati, Assam, India
Occupation Singer, songwriter, documentary filmmaker, photographer, record producer
Spouse(s) Parmita Borah
Parent(s) Bhabananda Deka
Nalini Prava Deka
Awards Renault Free The Music Award (2015), Global Music Award (2014)
Website www.withjim.in
Musical career
Years active 1998–present
Labels Bombay Tracks LLP, Biscoot Records LLP, Songdew, Indiearth, Muslate
Associated acts Queen Hazarika, Mayukh Hazarika, Antara Nandy, Rupam Bhuyan

Jim Ankan Deka (Assamese: জিম অংকন ডেকা; born 1 June 1980) is an Assamese musician, documentary film maker, photographer and director of Bangalore based organisation and music school Eastern Fare Music Foundation.[1] He is the first Assamese to open a music institute and a production house in Bangalore, India.[2] He won multiple awards for his song Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape incident.[3]


Early life and education[edit]

Jim Ankan Deka was born in Guwahati, Assam on 1 June 1980, to Assamese writer-couple Prof Bhabananda Deka and Nalini Prava Deka.[4][5] He is the third of three children.

Deka started playing the guitar from the age of three.[6] His initial training was in Borgeet and Khol.[7]

Early career[edit]

Jim Ankan Deka started his career in music at the age of 18 with his first album Prahar: Tumi Kowa Kothabor with an Assamese band Prahar.[8] With his performance as a guitarist, bass guitarist and keyboardist in numerous concerts, events and TV shows, Deka made a name for himself in the music industry of Assam.[9][10] In 2001 Deka founded a studio in Guwahati named La-Jiazz which was closed in 2006. Deka is a member of the band Voodoo Child in Assam.[11]

Music career[edit]

Since 1998, Deka has been composing and arranging music for albums, TV series, documentaries, short films and ad jingles. Till 2012 he has composed music for six albums in various languages including English, Hindi, Assamese, Mizo and Goalporia. At present he is a member of Veenar, a jazz fusion band[12] and Eastern Fare, an acoustic rock band in Bangalore.[13]

Works and projects[edit]


Jim Ankan Deka and Antara Nandy at a concert in Bangalore (17 November 2012)

Deka has been involved in concert and event photography since 2006.[14]

Eastern Fare Music Foundation[edit]

Deka left for Bangalore in 2006 and founded the ace music institute Eastern Fare Music Foundation.[15][16][17] Eastern Fare opened a club Eastern Fare Music Club in 2009 and a recording studio Eastern Fare Music Studio.[18]

In 2012 Deka opened a branch of Eastern Fare in Guwahati.[19]

In 2010, Eastern Fare Music Foundation opened a production house in Bangalore called Eastern Fare Productions. Deka directed two short documentaries, Nagaland: Journey through the choir of clouds and Shillong under the same production house.[20] The production house also produced a short film and two music videos.

Honors and awards[edit]

Year Awarded by Award Nominated work
2013 Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival Best Music Video Aawaz – speak up against sexual violence[21]
2014 Hollywood Shorts Reel-14 Best Music Video Aawaz – speak up against sexual violence[22]
2014 Noida International Film Festival Best Music and Best Music Video Aawaz – speak up against sexual violence
2014 Global Music Awards Bronze Medal Aawaz – speak up against sexual violence[23]
2015 Songdew Renault Free The Music Award In recognition of outstanding contribution to indie music
2016 Fabindia and Songdew Weave Your Sound Eastwards[24]

Deka has been invited as a guest and judge for some of the major music competitions and events in India. Some of the notable events where Deka was invited as a judge were Ananya '10 at Kammavari Sangha Institute of Technology (KSIT), 12th Inter Collegiate Youth Fest at Channabasaveshwara Institute of Technology (CIT), Spring Fest at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT),[25] Alcheringa at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT), Rock Hammer at Indian National Autocross Championship (INAC), Consensio at Royal Group of Institutions and Idea Rocks India Talent Hunt,.


Album Name Language Year
1. Prahar – Tumi Kowa Kothabor Assamese 1998
2. Saayaan Hindi 1999
3. Mor Ei Dekh Assamese 2000
4. Friendship English 2001
5. Goalporia Lokageet (Goalporia Folk Songs) Goalporia 2005
6. Tomaloi Assamese 2006
7. Timeless[26] Multilingual 2012
8. EastWards Instrumental 2015

Single compositions[edit]

  • "Saviganasu" (Kannada) (composed only the guitar part for the theme song of a Kannada serial) (2010)
  • "How Else Can We Sing This" (for the band – Eastern Fare) (English) (2010)
  • "Samajavaragamana" (Featuring Suchethan Rangaswamy) (Sanskrit) (for the band – Veenar) (2010)
  • "Bidaai Dilo Bidaai" (Featuring Ankur Deka) (Assamese) (2012)
  • "Ganga" (Featuring Ritwika Bhattacharya) (Hindi) (2012) (tribute to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika)[27][28]

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Music Artist Director
2017 Anuron Jim Ankan Deka Queen Hazarika, Rupam Bhuyan Tarunabh Dutta, Debjani Hazarika
2015 Aakaxok Subo Khojo[31] Jim Ankan Deka Antara Nandy Parmita Borah
2015 Xaare Aasu Jim Ankan Deka Queen Hazarika Parmita Borah
2014 Nixobdo Nilim Jim Ankan Deka Jim Ankan Deka Parmita Borah
2013 Aawaz – speak up against sexual violence[32] Jim Ankan Deka Ritwika Bhattacharya, Antara Nandy and Queen Hazarika Parmita Borah
2012 Tere Bin Nahi Lagda Jim Ankan Deka Ritwika Bhattacharya Parmita Borah
2012 Xobdor Porisoy (শব্দৰ পৰিচয়)[33] Jim Ankan Deka Jim Ankan Deka Parmita Borah


Year Title Role Note
2010 Shillong Director, Music Composer Short documentary
2011 Nagaland – journey through the choir of clouds[34] Director Short documentary

TV Series[edit]

Year Title Role Director/Music Director Language Channel
2006 Balidaan Music composer and background score Narayan Sil (Director) Hindi Doordarshan
2010 Saviganasu Guitarist for title song Bharath BJ (Music director) Kannada Kasturi (TV channel)

Short films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Language
2011 Uninvited Music composer and background score Parmita Borah English


  1. ^ Eastern Fare Music Foundation – a will to succeed Assam Times
  2. ^ Assamese musician launches school in Bangalore Oneindia.in
  3. ^ Song against sex crimes remembers Delhi girl, The Telegraph
  4. ^ Tribune, The Assam (24 Jan 2015). "Remembering a scholar". Assam Tribune Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "In Conversation – Jim Ankan Deka". Friedeye.com. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rocking cyberspace". The Assam Tribune. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Jim Ankan Deka, NH7
  8. ^ People from Northeast making a mark in Bangalore, Indian Express
  9. ^ Euphony – with Assamese touch Mangalorean.com
  10. ^ Jim Ankan Deka – Musician from Assam Posoowa.org
  11. ^ Assamese Musician Jim Ankan Deka wins Best International Music Video Award, Reviewne.com
  12. ^ Veenar at Euphony – an Autumn Serenade Merinews.com
  13. ^ Rhythm divine Times of India
  14. ^ Harley Rock Riders Season III in Bangalore, India, Ipaimpress.com
  15. ^ Assamese musician launches school in Bangalore, ANI Sify; accessed 25 January 2012;
  16. ^ Music and Bangalore Mangalorean.com
  17. ^ Music Education is Hitting the High Notes in Bangalore Gnews.com
  18. ^ Assamese musician launches school in Bangalore – From ANI Dailyindia.com
  19. ^ Jena, Alipta (9 January 2012). "Where folk & Western tunes merge". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  20. ^ Jim Ankan Deka's "Nagaland – Journey through the choir of clouds" Film Released Online Washington Bangla Radio; accessed 25 January 2012;
  21. ^ International accolade for Assamese musician, The Sentinel
  22. ^ Hollywood Shorts Reel-2014, Miniboxoffice.com
  23. ^ B'lore-based musician wins bronze medal at Global Music Awards, Daijiworld.com
  24. ^ Fabindia and songdew's 'weave your sound' contest winners announced, Musicmalt.com
  25. ^ Judges Jim Ankan Deka and Ankur Deka at Lake Side Dreams in IIT Kharagpur Merinews.com
  26. ^ Timeless – Jim Ankan Deka and Ritwika Bhattacharya eMusic
  27. ^ Remake of Ganga by Ritwika Bhattacharya and Jim Ankan Deka released online Radioandmusic.com
  28. ^ Ganga by Jim Ankan and Ritwika (a tribute to Bhupen Hazarika and Paul Robeson) Indianmusicmug.com
  29. ^ 'Tere Bin Nahi Lagda' jazz version releases online
  30. ^ Chaitunes to release the first music video - a tribute to Assamese writer duo, Musicmalt.com
  31. ^ Aakaxok subo khojo - the second from Chaitunes series, Musicmalt.com
  32. ^ "Assamese musician launches album on violence against women". Bangalore, India: Yahoo! News. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  33. ^ Assamese musician Jim Ankan Deka releases new music video 'Xobdor Porisoy' Merinews.com
  34. ^ Documentary on Nagaland – Journey through the choir of clouds Assamtimes.org

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