Ambar Das (born 10 March 1974) is a music composer, producer,[1] drummer[2][3] and guitarist from Guwahati, India. He has worked in musical bands and composed scores for serials, documentaries and films. He also composed ad jingles.

Ambar Das
BornGuwahati, Assam, India
Occupation(s)Music Composer, producer, drummer, guitarist
Years active2004–present
Websitewww.ambardas.com

Early lifeEdit

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.

MusicEdit

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.

BandsEdit

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.

DiscographyEdit

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

Das scored music for serials and documentaries for Discovery, BBC, National Geographic, DDK, PPC, NETV, RONG, Newslive, Zee TV, UTV Bindas, Sony, Colors, Star Plus and Star World.

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.

He scored the Indian adaptation of the play An Inspector Calls, written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

He served as the music producer for the Hindi adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt. It's called Pir Ghani and is written by Ila Arun and directed by KK Raina.

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

ProducerEdit

  • Wrote the music for a world music album entitled Love Bandish Bliss by classical Shucheta Bhattacharjee, featuring Pt Mani Prasad and Ustad Rashid Khan

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Interview with Hammerhead". metalindiamagazine.com. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  2. ^ "LIVE needs a NEW definition". aiyushmandutta.wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Soulmate Band". bluesclubindia.com. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.

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