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My father never compromised with his art: Alokananda

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The demise of legendary filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta in Kolkata on Thursday morning has left a huge void in both his professional and personal life. The 77-year-old director was suffering from kidney ailment and undergoing regular dialysis.
Daughter Alokananda, an acclaimed music director in her own right who has scored received praise for her work in OTT series and films including ‘Sacred Games’, ‘AK vs AK’, ‘Leila’, ‘Abba’ and ‘Trapped’, is trying hard to come to terms with the loss. Not just as a doting father, Dasgupta had also shared his professional space with her.Incidentally, the auteur had wanted his daughter to be a “a classical pianist”. “I want to start playing again for him,” said Alokananda, on her way to Kolkata.

She had started off working with him in 2009. That’s when she scored the background music for his documentary on Bengal Engineering College. In 2011, she did the background score for his documentary titled ‘3 Women, 3 Times’. In 2015, she also worked with him in another documentary titled ‘Seraikella Chau dance’.

The first feature film she worked with him was “Woh”. That was in 2011. The film was based on Tagore’s ‘Shey’ and explored the bond between a grandfather and a granddaughter.
In 2012, another interesting work came up when she did the background score for Dasgupta’s feature film titled ‘13 Poems of Tagore’. Subsequently, she worked with him for his films including ‘Anwar ka Ajeeb Kissa’, ‘Tope’ and ‘Urojahaj’.

Describing her father as “a man who never stood down or compromised with his art”, Alokananda said, “He is a legend and will always be. He was the most loving and caring father who loved me and my sister, Rajeshwari Dasgupta, with all his heart. He was proud of our achievements in the field of music and cinema. I am lucky to have worked with him. He was a genius and will always be a legend. He had a giant heart and fought till the very end.”

Source: Times of India

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