All about Aiyushman

Aiyushman Dutta

A journalist-critic-cultural activist based out of Guwahati, Aiyushman Dutta has been writing on north-eastern music, folklore, culture and developmental issues in various publications and portals. One of the first and very few mainstream journalists working for the propagation of the Northeast Indian cultural paradigm, he has travelled extensively across the region, knowing the people, soaking in their culture and way of life.

Presently the Features Editor of The Sentinel in Guwahati, he is associated with numerous organizations like Drongo Express (published from Karbi Anglong, Assam). A regular writer on music and culture for premier international publications like Livemint and Caravan, he was also the principal correspondent (East India) for Sound Box, published from Mumbai. He is also associated with a host of international and national agencies like the United Nations and the Government, both at the States and the Centre, as a documentation consultant.

A north-easterner passionate about his land and people, he has been exploring varies cultural and social facets of the region. He has been writing on the art and cultural scenario of the Northeast continuously since 2006 for a weekly column, Symphony, in The Sentinel. His brainchild initiative, The Guwahati International Music Festival, which had begun in 2011, has emerged as a premier music festival of India.

Among his efforts towards preservation and propagation of Northeast Indian culture, mention can be made of his efforts to explore cultural ties between the Northeast and ASEAN countries. He was a member of the coordinating team in the ‘Inter-cultural dialogue between North East India and South East Asia’ programme, organized by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi (IGNCA), NEZCC and Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in February-March 2010. He also coordinated the Nagaland leg of the same festival.

Aiyushman also participated in the first-ever seminar on determining and chalking out a way forward for “Cultural Industries of the Northeast,” which was chaired by Rajiv Sethi, Prof AC Bhagawati, along with representatives from all the Northeast Indian States. The seminar was organised by NEZCC for the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Besides this, he has written and edited a number of journals and publications related to Northeast Indian oral and folk traditions as well as contemporary issues.

Aiyushman is also the founder secretary of the Eastern Beats Music Society – the first and only such society of Northeast India – that works towards the holistic development of the independent music industry of the region, besides looking at the possibilities of unifying people in strife-torn Northeast India through music and the arts. He has conceptualised a number of radical initiatives like the Karbi Anglong Beats Contest, Guwahati International Music Festival, etc.

He continues to explore avenues towards exploiting the latent power of the arts through the sister organization, Quaint Essense, which seeks to document and analyse the cultural ethos of the land. A number of sessions and projects have been undertaken under the aegis of Quaint Essense. Mention can be made of the Quaint Essense Food Fest – the first systematic approach towards understanding the culture of food dynamics vis-a-vis Northeast Indian communities – which he had conceptualised and implemented in Guwahati in 2009.

As an occasional filmmaker, he has directed docu-features on the folk traditions and life and culture of Arunachal Pradesh, a feature on harnessing the healing power of music in strife-torn areas, etc. As a script-writer, he has scripted stories for a number of productions, including the 25 years celebration of Zonal Cultural Centres, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and which was directed by Bansi Kaul, SNA awardee.

His authored and edited works includes a coffee book on the music, dance and culture of the Northeast (published by NEZCC, Ministry of Culture, Government of India), a coffee table on Hornbill festival for the Tourism department of Nagaland, 25 years silver jubillee publication of NEZCC, Food Trail: Discovering Food Culture of Northeast India, besides others. He had also edited and produced the first-even pan encyclopedia of folk dances of India for the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Besides, he has edited numerous books and photo essays published by bodies under the Government of India, NGOs and Assam Police.

Besides writing and exploring world music, he is presently continuing with his research-based study of the food culture of Northeast India. When he is not criss-crossing across the Northeast, Aiyushman lives in Guwahati, Assam and can be reached at aiyushmandutta@gmail.com or at +91-9957193228.

 

Aiyushman inaugurating the 2nd Guwahati International Music Festival

Aiyushman inaugurating the 2nd Guwahati International Music Festival with former ATDC MD Anurag Singh and ATDC GM Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah
Mac Haque and Aiyushman Dutta releasing an album by child artist Miranda

Mac Haque and Aiyushman Dutta releasing an album by child artist Miranda

Aiyushman with Gussadi dancers from Andhra Pradesh

Aiyushman with Gussadi dancers from Andhra Pradesh

with ustad amjad ali khan-s

Aiyushman with Ustad Amzad Ali Khan

As a judge in the ethnic food competition of 60th annual celebration of Naga Council

As a judge in the ethnic food competition of 60th annual celebration of Naga Council, Dimapur

Documenting the progress of Right to Education Act in rural Assam for UNICEF

Documenting the progress of Right to Education Act in rural Assam for UNICEF

View from Kamakhya temple of Guwahati

View from Kamakhya temple of Guwahati

Discovering music in every part of the Northeast

Discovering music in every part of the Northeast

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At work in the Assam Bangladesh border in Garo Hills, Meghalaya

i love assam. i love northeast

Release of one of my books with my friend, philosopher and guide Som Kamei

Release of one of my books by former NEZCC director Som Kamei

Arunachaly beauties

With multiphronic chanter Lama Tashi

With Grammy-nominated Multiphronic chanter Lama Tashi

Fun at the house of Neil Nongkynrih of Shillong Chamber Choir

Fun at the house of Padmashri Awardee Neil Nongkynrih of Shillong Chamber Choir

celebrating the birthday celebrations of John lenon with dear friend late Dhruva

Celebrating the birthday celebrations of John lenon with dear friend late Dhruva Sharma

 

 

During my shows

During one of my shows in Karbi Anglong, Assam.

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During Karbi Anglong Beats Contest

With Eastern Beats patron and founder of Morningstar FC Mizi Kro and Eastern Beats Music Society President Peter Alex Todd during Karbi Anglong Beats Contest

For peace in Karbi Anglong

With eminent Karbi researcher and former MLA Dharam Sing Teron

peace rally in kabc 2009

For peace in Karbi Anglong

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Handing over the Eastern Beats Excellence in Music Award to Guru Rewben Mashangwa during the Guwahati International Music Festival, 2011

One of my shows

One of my shows

small ceremony before one of my shows for ICCR

Being felicitated before a performance of Eastern Beats Music Society by Radharaman Chatterjee, Regional Director of ICCR, MInistry of External Affairs, Government of India

Interacting with the media during Freedom Jam

Interacting with the media during Freedom Jam

During Freedom Jam 2008

During Freedom Jam 2008

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  1. sukanyarajkumar

    Nice blog ayush….keep it up

  2. Hi chief! Great stuff! Keep the ball rolling!

  3. hi ayush, like ur blog stuff. where are u from ? there are a few people from assam in net blogging. meet me at upamanyoo@rediffmail.com

  4. Great blog Aiyushman. Was looking for quite sometime to read extensively on NE Indian culture. Found one 🙂 Thanks.

  5. Nice posts dude.. Want to read on the Bob Dylan’s Birthday celebration in Shillong … keep it up ..

  6. A very nice blog on north east. Keep up the good work.

  7. Hi Aiyushman,

    When I read your blog, it all seems so interesting. We have recently got musicians and entertainers together to form the ‘Goa Entertainment Association’. I heard that you have a great group going down where you are. It would be interesting to tie up and see how we can work together on various fronts.

    Regards
    Colin

  8. Mrinmoy Sinha

    thank you ayushman…..thanking u for pushing the culutural backgound on our NE…

  9. Hi Aiyushman, great blog, one of the best on NE music scene and culture! Keep up the great work!!

  10. Great work Ayushman.Your contribution towards promoting the north eastern culture which has so much to showcase to the rest of the world is indeed noteworthy.All my good wishes and prayers that your efforts yield positive results which I am sure they will with your sustained effort.God bless you.

  11. Keep up the good work…may God bless u!

  12. Aiyushman – an explorer of music! Amazing blog and you totally and genuinely rock! Musicians can sometimes exhale to have people like you on their side! Salute and Respect! Abhaya

  13. NICE TO SEE YOUR BLOGS ……………. All the best ……..
    Anupal

  14. wow!!!!!..dis is nic…jst nw saw ds..whle wrkin..superb aiyushman..keep goin…………

  15. hey ayushman….. just went through few of your blogs… quite some talent you got… keep up the great work….

  16. Common really awesome man, keep it up

  17. DR L C BORUAH

    hi
    kindly let me know about Assam association in Lucknow..about the office bearers…thnx

  18. khub bhal blogs…moro kisuman kotha ase kobologiya…olop hosai loi likhi asu……

  19. excellent work……. big effort for cultural revolution

  20. Very interesting to read ur blogs, keep it up.
    I wish u all the very best in ur life.

  21. have visited your blog earlier too, might not have written though..but its wonderful to see your blog and your body of work expanding..so well.congratulations and good luck with your endeavours!!!!

    stuti

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