D-Trio Live at the Basement: Anjan Dutta, Neel Dutt and Amyt Dutta Share a Treat for Music Lovers of Kolkata

D-Trio Live in Kolkata: Neel Dutta, Anjan Dutta, Amyt Dutta
D-Trio: Neel Dutta (Left), Anjan Dutta and Amyt Dutta

Anjan Dutta and Amyt Dutta
Anjan Dutta and Amyt Dutta

Anjan Dutta and Neel Dutta
Anjan Dutta and Neel Dutta

Kolkata, May 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Kolkata’s music scene is in desperate need of a revamp. DJ’s have taken over most pubs and there is hardly a dedicated space to practice and perform pure genre specific music. Which is why when D-Trio casually eased into The Basement in Kolkata on the evening of May 10th, music lovers expected a gig that did not fuse with the thumping beats at the discos.

The D-Trio includes filmmaker, singer and songwriter Anjan Dutta, his musician son Neel Dutta and Amyt Dutta, who is often touted as one of the premier guitarists from India.

The three men took time to settle before they set to begin. Clad in white shirts, the trio paced around casually during the sound-check. The setup was minimalistic, and it was not difficult to spot the absence of a drummer. But the old-timers did not seem to care much about it. Given their bluesy inclinations, Anjan Dutta and his clan could well create the atmosphere without the clash of drums.

As Anjan Dutta held the microphone, the strains from Amyt Dutta’s guitar filled the enclosed space. But the singing did not begin yet. Anjan Dutta slowly began to unravel the philosophy behind the formation of their group. He spoke about that strange connect that all artists feel towards their work. He stressed that for a musician this inexplicable connect came much before talent. But the connection needed to be realized, and thereby lay the depth of the musician. Saying thus, he began the evening with the old classic “What a wonderful world”. The audience, immediately drawn to nostalgia, craved for more and implicitly understood the mood that was to continue for the evening. The D-Trio next performed a number written by Amyt Dutta and sung by Neel, who has recently rendered music for most of the films directed by his father. The audience was also greeted to a fresh track from an upcoming film by Anjan Dutta. For his long time fans, Anjan Dutta crooned familiar numbers; songs which have become an intrinsic part of the popular music history of the Bengali household.

The Basement has almost become home turf for Anjan Dutta and his band. All their gigs here have managed to draw fans and music lovers alike and there seems to be a sort of cult following in the sense that the audience has a clear idea of the kind of music to expect when Dutt is behind the microphone. Watching the trio perform amidst the cheers of the crowd, one could not help but reflect on the truth of Anjan’s words at the beginning of the performance. The connection between the men and their music went way beyond the confines of the pub. It manifested in the hearts of the listeners, as they wistfully lost themselves in the tunes.