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Alokananda Dasgupta

Where: Sacred Games

Why: In a cinema culture where movie music equates to songs, Alokananda Dasgupta’s work in Sacred Games gave our audiences a taste of what being truly disruptive in the age of Prestige TV feels like, earning the composer a shout-out from AR Rahman on Twitter. With a story that spreads itself over two seasons - sixteen episodes - Dasgupta created an expansive, layered soundscape. Whether it is the plaintive “Sartaj Theme”, or the groovy “Gaitonde in Mombasa”, Dasgupta created an eclectic family of sounds that are somehow thematically interconnected. And that main theme — described by the composer as a combination of “an ethnic sound, an orchestral sound and a pagan chant” — made sure that you never skipped the intro.




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