Alokananda Dasgupta is a Mumbai-based composer. After studying English Literature, Alokananda decided to embrace her love for music and studied a Bachelor’s degree of Music Performance and Music Composition at Toronto’s York University. Although she has an appreciation for a diverse range of music, she found herself gravitating towards film composition, perhaps because she was already familiar with the world through her father, the celebrated filmmaker, Buddhadev Dasgupta.
After graduating and returning to India, she became the music assistant to composer Amit Trivedi and assisted him on several of his films, before making her own debut with the Marathi feature Shala (2011), followed by Fandry (2013). She also worked on several of her father’s films, including Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (also known as Sniffer, 2013), Tope (The Bait, 2013) and Urojahaj (The Flight, 2020). International recognition came with the Netflix Original Series Sacred Games, with Alokananda writing the music for seasons one and two (2018-19). The second season earned her a win at the 2020 Filmfare OTT Awards for Best Background Music, Series; she had previously been nominated for a Filmfare award in 2018 for the film Trapped (2016).
Alokananda’s most recent projects are AK vs AK (2020), Ajeeb Daastaans and 2024 (both 2021).