Neel Dutt (Bengali: নীল দত্ত; born 7 March, 1979) is a composer from Kolkata, West Bengal (India). He is one of modern-day music directors in the Bengali film music industry known for his association with his father Anjan Dutt. He received National Award (Rajat Kamal) from the Govt. Of India, for ‘Best Music Direction’ in 2012 for the soundtrack of the Bengali film Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona. (Ranjana I ain’t coming back no more). Dutt is the third Bengali to win the National Award for Best Music Direction from Bengal’.Despite winning the award,he drew controversy since most of the songs in the film were not his original compositions. He is arguably the first music director in India to rearrange a Rabindranath Tagore composition with modern electronic music. The song ‘Pagla Hawar Badol Dine’ from The Bong Connection courted much controversy as it was not liked by Tagore enthusiasts.He is also known by his pet-name "Godot".
Dutt grew up listening to a lot of sixties and seventies British and American musicians, whose influence seeped into every aspect of his musical performance. He started playing the guitar from the age of twelve when he was still in junior school. It began with picking up a few chords from his seniors in school and gradually developed into quite a love affair with the instrument. He began to take private lessons from one of the most prominent guitar players in the country, Mr. Amyt Datta, whom the Rolling Stones Magazine (India) announced to be one of the country’s true live guitar Gods last year. The guitar then became an inseparable part of his life.
In 2007 Neel joined his friend and vocalist Arko Mukherjee, a fellow guitar player Rajkumar Sengupta and drummer Deboprotim Baksi to form Friends of Fusion (FOF), a contemporary fusion project where they started experimenting with Hindustani Classical & Folk traditions. The band released its self-titled debut album in 2009 from Saregama India which was considered to be a failure amongst the fans. FOF toured for three years and released its second album titled '4/' in 2012. The band split shortly after this and Dutt moved on with his own career in films.
When Byomkesh Bakshi released in 2010, it brought Dutt's abilities and his fondness for background scoring to the forefront. Dutt received the Etv Sangeet Puroshkar for the Best Background Score in 2013 for the film Dutta Vs Dutta. With the success of subsequent Byomkesh Bakshi films- Abar Byomkesh (2012), Byomkesh Phirey Elo (2014) and the new revamped Byomkesh Bakshi (2015) starring Jisshu Sengupta, the Byomkesh Theme has become quite synonymous to the legendary truth seekers appearance on the big screen as well as on television.
Dutt's subsequent scoring for Anjan Dutt's Shesh Boley Kichu Nei (2013) and Srijit Mukherjee's Nirbaak (2015) have received tremendous accolades from critics.
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