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His Kamaycha was a family heirloom. In a trail of dust, the troubadour drew his bow across the strings. His feet swayed to the rhythms of the khartal. His patrons were different. So, were their Gods. But music transcends such differences.
“It’s, probably, the most life-changing thing I’ve ever done,” Sanil Sudan tells me over the phone. He’s been back in New Delhi a week after spending the last 2 months in Berlin as part of the Border Movement Residency program.
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Independent record labels and DIY culture have made it possible for many artists across the globe to get their music to a wide section of listeners. While it may not necessarily be a profit making venture at first, there is something hugely rewarding and futuristic about the ability to nurture fresh talent without jeopordising creative freedom; a huge contrast to the former model where big record labels called the shots. There are a number of small and active record labels all over South Asia who are supporting artists and consistently releasing good music. We compiled a list of labels based in South Asia that reflect the beauty of a DIY approach.
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David Monnin talks slowly, deliberately, almost in a drawl. Like he’s carefully choosing the exact words he’s looking for from a compendium of letters. It could also, perhaps, be a result of him getting a grand total of four hours of sleep in the last two days. …
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“I am femme-queer,” says M. “That means I have chosen to reject the identity of a woman. I choose to be femme. For me, gender is not binary. I don’t just see ‘men’ and ‘women’. I see people who fall in neither category. People who have been left out by a binary gender system. I am queer because I reject patriarchy, and I am femme because I reject masculinity. This is perhaps a radical way of identifying oneself. I understand that. But we need to think of radical changes to break free of pervasive patriarchal systems prevalent around us.”
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Named after the curvy, sine-waves similar to Kathmandu’s mountain skyline, comes the second edition of Nepal’s radically experimental Sine Valley Festival. In response to the unexpected and fond reception to the first edition, the Sine Valley inhabitants or ‘People Of Electronicity’, are back with a 10-day festival, featuring live performances, panels and masterclasses. Sine Valley will be held from 20th to 29th October across various locations in Kathmandu and is fuelled by one simple thing – the spirit of collaboration. …
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In the last decade, few rappers have been as enigmatic as Big Baby Gandhi (BBG). After releasing two EPs to critical acclaim, ‘Big Fuckin Baby’ and ‘No1 2 Look Up 2’, BBG put out a statement saying he was quitting rap. Once his debut album released at the end of 2013 – leaving fans and critics wanting more – Big Baby Gandhi receded into his private life. …
While the electronic music circuit in Hyderabad may not be big, it certainly doesn’t lack talent and quality. The city is one of the top destinations for many international DJs and producers touring India where they receive a lot of appreciation from music enthusiasts. However, the city also appreciates and supports local talent. …