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Sunil Dutta
Sunil Dutta

Dr. Sunil Dutta was born and raised in Jaipur, India. He is a lieutenant of police in Los Angeles. He is an author, LAPD lieutenant, practitioner of Dhrupad, and a scholar of music and poetry. He is the president of the North American Dhrupad Association.

Dr. Dutta was a scientist before he decided to join the police. He is a scholar of Urdu mystical poetry and an Indian classical music form called Dhrupad. Dutta was born and raised in Jaipur, India. He obtained his BS from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India. He came to the USA for his graduate studies, obtaining his MS from the University of Florida, Gainesville and his PhD from the University of California, Davis.



Sunil Dutta was born and raised in a refugee family in India. His clan was a victim of religious holocaust in Punjab that accompanied the partition of British India in 1947. Many of his family members were killed in the violence and were forced to flee from their lands where they had lived for many centuries. Dutta grew up in Jaipur, India.


After spending some time working as a researcher and completing his doctorate in biology, he became disillusioned with science and left academia. Dutta was always interested in social issues. After leaving science, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department. Dutta is the founder of a non-profit corporation, the North American Dhrupad Association, which promotes ancient Indian classical music. He is widely recognized as a unique police officer and has received significant media coverage. Besides publishing in magazines and newspapers, he has published a book of poetry translations with Robert Bly.[1] Dutta has published some rare audio recordings of Dhrupad music.

Dutta has written numerous articles about terrorism in South Asia, death penalty, revenge, religious fundamentalism, and police reform. He has given many poetry recitals with Robert Bly. Dutta teaches music, art of poetry translation and is a criminology instructor. He has organized several music concerts in Los Angeles area and instituted scholarships for music students.



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