Neel Dutt is one of foremost music directors in the Bengali film music industry who is responsible for the resurgence of Bengali film music in today’s time. His primary contribution to Bengali film music has been to be able to connect with the urban & suburban youth who’ve been disconnected with the medium for the last 20 years. He received National Award (Rajat Kamal) from the Govt. Of India, for ‘Best Music Direction’ in 2012 for the soundtrack of the Bengali film Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona. (Ranjana I ain’t coming back no more). Dutt is the third Bengali to win the National Award for Best Music Direction from Bengal’. His predecessors being Ananda Shankar who won the award for Mrinal Sen’s ‘Chorus’ (1974) & Satyajit Ray for Ashani Sanket(1973) and Hirak Rajar Deshey (1980).