Tanaji Dasgupta is a producer, filmmaker and actor based in Calcutta, India. From 2011 to 2014, he was the Executive Producer of Overdose Art Pvt. Ltd., a fiercely independent film production company headed by Q. Tanaji has executive produced the feature films Kajarya (dir: Madhureeta Anand), Tasher Desh, Ludo and Nabarun (dir: Q). He worked as the line producer on Sold (dir: Jeffrey D Brown) and as the assistant director on Chittagong (dir: Bedabrata Pain), The Waiting City (dir: Claire McCarthy) and The Japanese Wife (dir: Aparna Sen). Film acting credits include Rangmilanti (dir: Kaushik Ganguly) and Madly Bangalee (dir: Anjan Dutt).
As the co-founder of Tin Can, a performance/visual arts company hailed as “a movement” (The Indian Express), and an “audio-visual spectacle” (The Telegraph, Calcutta), Tanaji produced the plays Intro (National Theatre of Scotland co-production, world premiere Exchange 2009 Festival, Stirling, Scotland) and Video (Winner, Best Director, Best Production Design, Thespo X Festival 2008, Mumbai). He co-directed the short documentary Kolkata: City of Literature (produced by the British Council, world premiere Edinburgh Book Festival 2007).
A strong foundation in theatre and dance (11 years Bharatanatyam training and over 20 plays with groups such as the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Red Curtain and Ranan) rounds off Tanaji’s experience in both the entrepreneurial and creative sides of artmaking.
Varun Kishore is a guitar player, composer and producer from Calcutta, India. Before moving to London to study music at university, he studied with Amyt Datta, one of India's most prolific guitar players, producers and educators. In London, he studied with inspirational players such as Jim Clark, John Wheatcroft (John Jorgensen, Carl Palmer), Mike Outram (Herbie Mann, Robert Fripp), and Femi Temowo (Amy Winehouse, Soweto Kinch) at the London College of Music, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Popular Music Performance.
Varun has extensive experience in session and performance environments, both live and in the studio, and is comfortable (and indeed, enjoys) playing several different styles of music—from pop and rock to jazz, funk, neo-soul and his own brand of hard-to-pigeonhole (he hopes) instrumental songwriting. He has worked and studied with producers and musical directors such as Yak Bondy (Emma Bunton, A.R. Rahman), Simon Colam (Donna Summer) & Simon Carter (Jamiroquai, Craig David), and has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including The Voice UK finalist Joelle Moses, singer-songwriters Adrian Garcia, Carlotta Cosolo and Valentina Passoni, and drummer Ross Craib (Circumnavigate).
As a composer, Varun’s music tends to incorporate influences from jazz, film music, progressive rock and pretty much anything he has the fortune (or misfortune) of coming into contact with—art, film, theatre, books and people—and has drawn comparisons to Frank Zappa and Robert Fripp.
Varun also has significant experience producing and engineering music for a variety of artists, and recently began operations at his own studio, Seagull Sound, in Calcutta.