Ambar Das (born 10 March 1974) is a music composer, producer, drummer and guitarist from Guwahati, India. He has worked in musical bands and composed scores for serials, documentaries and films. He also composed ad jingles.
|Born||Guwahati, Assam, India|
|Occupation(s)||Music Composer, producer, drummer, guitarist|
Ambar Das was born on 10 March 1974 in Bharalumukh, Guwahati. His father is the late Bholanath Das, who was a scholar and an Undersecretary of education to the govt of Assam. His mother is the late Sailabala Das who was a singer and lyricist.
Ambar Das is based in Mumbai with his wife singer Sarmistha Chakravorty with their son Zion.
Ambar Das studied at Nichols English School Guwahati, Chatribari and Happy Child High school, in Rehabari. He attended Cotton College in Guwahati and did Masters in English Literature.
Ambar studied music and compositions with Jiten Baruah, who was a pioneer in bringing western orchestration into Assamese music. He learnt the drums and other percussion from elder brother Bhaskar Das. He later studied jazz drumming under Jurgen Busse, a jazz drummer and music teacher from Hamburg, Germany. He learned guitar and the nuances of music arrangements from Rana Roy, the lead guitarist of the fusion band ‘Karma’ of Kolkata.
Ambar Das has been a part of bands such as: Soulmate Band (Shillong, Meghalaya), Faith (Mumbai), Voodoo Child (Assam), Band of Brothers (an Indo/German fusion band), Crystal Ann (Assam), Monthsmind (Assam), Chocolates N Ciggerretes (Assam/Hyderabad), East India Company (Delhi) and Warklung (A Karbi progressive folk/fusion band). Later he joined awar@aj, Floating Boots Collective (a band composed of artists from various genres and countries) and The Mumbai Mariachis (an Indo-Australian Gypsy Jazz band). He was an active member of Assamese choir Cantare. He has been actively involved in the regional music scene and has accompanied artists such as Bhupen Hazarika, Zubin Garg (Ya Ali), Angarag (Papon) Mahanta and Santa Uzir. As a music producer, he worked with artists such as Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, and Sukhwinder Singh.
Ambar Das entered into professional music first as a stage musician and accompanist in percussion and guitar in 1985. He moved on to professional music arrangement and programming in 1998 with his first album Porisoy Bihin, sung by Assamese artists. He later made 72 other albums. He has worked for feature films, television and jingles as a composer and programmer.
Background music and jinglesEdit
As a jingle composer, he made music for major brands such as Standard Chartered Bank, Louis Philippe, Adidas, Lufthansa, Nestle, Incredidible India, Skill India, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Dabur, Haier, LG, Onida, Ford, Citibank, Tvs motors, Hero Honda, Myntra and Shopclues.
Ambar worked as a music supervisor and sound recordist for the following Assamese films:
- Maa Tumi Ananya–(directed by Munna Ahmed)
- Mon Birinar Jui–(directed by Ashok Bishaya)
- Sangram–(directed by Kripal Kalita)
- Aru Kisu Xomoi–(directed by Jayashree Chakraborty)
Feature film scoresEdit
- Wrote the music for a world music album entitled Love Bandish Bliss by classical Shucheta Bhattacharjee, featuring Pt Mani Prasad and Ustad Rashid Khan
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