SPEAKING TIGER CELEBRATES THE PUBLICATION OF
CALLING ELVIS: CONVERSATIONS WITH SOME OF MUSIC’S GREATEST
BY SHANTANU DATTA
To celebrate the publication of the book Calling Elvis: Conversations with Some of Music’s Greatest: A Personal History by Shantanu Datta, a concert and panel discussion was organized at the GD Birla Sabhaghar in Kolkata last week.
The book, published by Speaking Tiger, provides a rich history of the music scene in India, and South Asia in general, throughout the 1970s till the present day.
It includes insightful interviews with some of the greatest international artistes of the past fifty years, including Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Dr L. Subramaniam, Louis Banks, Dilip Balakrishnan, Amyt Datta and others.
The evening unfolded with the unveiling of the book, followed by a lively discussion between Samantak Das (Professor, Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University), Amyt Datta (Guitarist and Producer) and the author.
The discussion set the scene for a sit-down concert titled, My Back Pages, curated by celebrated guitarist Amyt Datta. In a fitting tribute to the book and the city of Calcutta, a group of like-minded musicians played songs and tunes by artists featured in the book.
Concluding the event, author Shantanu Datta said, “It was wonderful to share the dais with Samantak, who connected with the core idea of the book, which is that the relevance of great music never fades, rooted as it is in history and collaborations… It was a privilege to have Amyt Datta curate a set-list of songs by those featured in the book. Compositions of the Beatles, Dire Straits, Weather Report, Rolling Stones and Santana are classics. Amyt and his special band nurtured them diligently, making them sound as fresh as before.”