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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.