Anita Datta

Anita Datta is an Organist and Musician who graduated in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She has also completed a Masters of Research at SOAS and her interests include feminism, gender and sexuality, violence, intimacy and ethnomusicology.

Leading and following at the ‘Pink Jukebox’

Anita Datta thinks about the significance of leading and following in Ballroom and Latin dancing. How would a newly open way of dancing really look like? Drawing on her experiences at 'Pink Jukebox', an LGBT dance club in London, she explores the queer and feminist way of thinking about dancing as a start.

Last Night of the What? The Proms are already over.

The Last Night of the Proms rests in prime position in the British cultural calendar, but in many ways it is a betrayal of everything The Promenade Concerts stand for, argues Anita Data in the Sound World column.

“Can we do some real music now?” – Practice and the pursuit of perfection.

If practice makes perfect, and nothing’s ever perfect, why practise? This piece considers the various different kinds of practice that go into making an adept and talented musician. Thinking through the problem from a range of viewpoints, from that of neurology to that of a six-year-old child, Anita Datta reflects on attitudes towards practice and considers the array of possible results.

Tuning Into Each Other: Intimate Collaboration in Music-Making

Anita Datta explores the elusive procedure by which musicians come together to create the special and emotional product of human culture we call music. How do people singing in a choir, for instance, come to affect and respond to each other in the process of creating music?