bafta: City Music Composer Indian participant in Bafta breakthrough | Kolkata News

Kolkata: Music Director Alokananda Dasgupta is one of the 10 participants in the prestigious BAFTA Breakthrough India. This initiative showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent working in Indian films, games and television. It identifies people who had a breakthrough year in the industry. Participants enjoy BAFTA voting rights for one year and free access to BAFTA events and international screenings.
Other shortlisted candidates include director-screenwriters Ajitpal Singh, Arati Kadav, Leena Manimekalai, Prateek Vats, game director Nakul Verma, cinematographer Saumyananda Sahi, writer Shubham, performer Sumukhi Suresh and producer Mathivanan Rajendran.
Having lost his father, filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, last year, Alokananda struggled to cope with the loss. This announcement comes as a “refreshing silver lining” in her life now. “I had lost my mother, Kuntala Dasgupta, in 2009. This news is the best thing that has happened to me for a long time. I wish I could share this news with my parents,” she said.
Alokananda was the first Indian composer to be shortlisted for the prestigious Berlinale Talents – the Berlin International Film Festival’s talent development program for the world’s top 200 emerging filmmakers and series creators. “I heard about BAFTA Breakthrough from my director friend Shazia Iqbal who made the short film ‘Bebak’. I applied in December and sent in samples of my work. We were selected by a jury which included AR Rahman , Apurva Asrani, Anupam Kher and Ratna Pathak Shah. This news comes at a time when I am dying to go out and work with good content and storytelling all over the world,” she said.
Alokananda does not believe in sticking to any particular region, genre or culture and wants to “diversify”. According to her, the world is getting smaller but the barriers seem to be getting stronger. “I’ve always wanted my composition work to be less hierarchical and more collaborative. In this dystopian and war-torn reality, this initiative seems to bridge the gaps between countries and borders and focus only on talents and enabling them to pursue their careers,” she said.
The composer of ‘Sacred Games’, ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’, ‘Leila’, ‘AK Vs AK’, ‘Tope’, ‘Urojahaj’ and ‘Trapped’ is inspired by UK generated content and shows. “At this time, the initiative will be conducted virtually. I hope to attend physical interactive sessions once everything opens up. I consider it an honor and my playground to explore and experiment more with music if I have the opportunity to work on such projects. This initiative, supported by Netflix, will allow me to do that,” she said.

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