Currently slamming it for quirky alt-rock-meets-dance pop/ska/funk-meets-electronica-meets-Bollywood kitsch hipsters Ganesh Talkies, drummer/composerArka has been playing and teaching drumset for the last 10 years in and around Calcutta, India. Trained under Latin percussionist Monojit Dutta and a student of the tabla, Arka's live performance experience has been diverse: from mid-90s jam bands Sweet Leaf and Easy Riders to the funk-blues band Ganga Groove and a stint as a television show drummer to founding one of the most exciting alt-rock bands in India, Five Little Indians.
Five Little Indians took shape in 2007; comprising of some of the best-known musicians in the Indian live circuit, the band merged melodic rock with a heavier sound. Its use of Hindustani Classical vocals as another voice resulted in a unique soundscape that was highly acclaimed. The band headlined some of the biggest music festivals in the country and supported pop superstar Richard Marx on his India tour in February 2010. FLI also created the soundtrack and the background score to director Q's independent film Gandu, an extreme, underground project that was screened at SAIFF 2010 in New York, Slamdance 2011 and Berlin Film Festival 2011.
Arka has also done drumming/co-arranging duties on Nishkromon, Bengali rock superstar Rupam Islam's third full-length studio album, and continues to work on film projects with the music director duo Rupam & Allan.
A Soultone endorsee since August 2010, Arka loves the personal touch that Soultones bring in, and the "flavours that these cymbals bring to the table". "I'm very satisfied with the tonal palette that my Soultones offer. Apart from its astonishing rides and crashes, especially in the Gospel series, I'm absolutely flipping over with its smaller effects cymbals. The Moffet Bell is one of the most unique sounding instruments I have ever heard and I wanted that baby ever since the first listen!" Arka says.