Posts Tagged ‘India’

Maaya

May 1, 2012
Rahul Ram at The Garden of Five Senses

Rahul Ram at The Garden of Five Senses

What comes across time and time again with The Dewarists is the love and passion for music. This is especially so with Indian Ocean, they play music because they love music.

I contrast this with X-Factor and other garbage TV reality shows that are dumbing down music. Wanna be celebrities who want to be rich and famous.

Many are now using crowd sourcing, community support, to raise money for new releases. Very depressing though to read in The Guardian that many see this as the route to becoming rich and famous, more wanna be celebrities.

My Grandfather was a musician, he played in a band, though that was before my time. I will always remember him tapping out a rhythm, be it with fingers, an item of cutlery or a stick. He used to have a massive collection of old 78s and a wind up gramophone, which I used to love to play. Sadly all destroyed on his death.

I recall this as that is something I notice too, playing with sounds.

India Ocean are an Indian folk-rock group. A strange concept to a Westerner.

Sometimes I drop in on Jon’s Jam at The Old Ford. A group of musicians who get together to jam. Bass player Rahul Ram of Indian Ocean reminds me of Jon.

India Ocean get together with  Mohit Chauhan to create Maaya.

The final performance of Maaya takes place at The Garden of Five Senses.

The Dewarists is an exploration of the different musical genres in India, the boundaries between, crossing those boundaries and creating a fusion.

A free download of Maaya is available from The Dewarists on facebook, click like, enter e-mail address and you will receive a link to download an mp3 file.

If would be great if The Dewarists uploaded all the music to an album on bandcamp, where the music would then be available for download as high quality lossless FLAC. [see mp3 v FLAC]

Indian Ocean released their album 16/330 Khajoor Road on-line for free. Named after the house where they used to rehearse, now derelict. The main reason for releasing free was frustration with record companies and fighting over copyright issues. Please upload 16/330 Khajoor Road to bandcamp where it can be free to listen and pay-as-much-as-you-choose download. Indian Ocean recognise that people get to know music through sharing.

Kya Khayaal Hai

April 30, 2012
Zeb of Zeb and Haniya at the Capitol in Mumbai

Zeb of Zeb and Haniya at the Capitol in Mumbai

Haniya of Zeb and Haniya at the Capitol in Mumbai

Haniya of Zeb and Haniya at the Capitol in Mumbai

The beautiful and haunting Kya Khayaal Hai is a collaboration between Pakistani folk duo Zeb & Haniya and two veterans of Bollywood — composer Shantanu Moitra and lyricist Swanand Kirkire.

Kya Khayaal Hai is performed in the Capitol Theatre, the oldest theatre in Mumbai.

The Dewarists is an exploration of the different musical genres in India, the boundaries between, crossing those boundaries and creating a fusion.

A free download of Kya Khayaal Hai is available from The Dewarists on facebook, click like, enter e-mail address and you will receive a link to download an mp3 file.

If would be great if The Dewarists uploaded all the music to an album on bandcamp, where the music would then be available for download as high quality lossless FLAC. [see mp3 v FLAC]

The Dewarists

April 29, 2012
local musicians provide backing on Minds Without Fear

local musicians provide backing on Minds Without Fear

Imogen Heap and Vishal Dadlani on the streets of Samode

Imogen Heap and Vishal Dadlani on the streets of Samode

I started to do well when I understood it’s not about being the best person in the world. It was about being me — Monica Dogra

The Dewarists is an exploration of the different musical genres in India, the boundaries between, crossing those boundaries and creating a fusion.

The Dewarists is a movement that recognizes and celebrates those who have changed the rules of the game. We identify and promote those individuals who have followed their hearts and shifted the paradigm through their original approach. The Dewarists encourages individuals to do what they believe in, because some things are just worth doing.

Imogen Heap collaborated with an Indian songwriter. She is noted for making music because she loves music, not to suit a market, a global record company. The result of their collaboration was Minds Without Fear, heapsong4, the fourth track on her album Heapsongs.

Imogen Heap headed The Dewarists Stage at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Pune, 18-20 November 2011.

What comes across very strongly with The Dewarists is the lack of genre, the love of music. A love of music that is spread through sharing.

Vishal Dadlani who collaborates with Imogen Heap to create Minds Without Fear admits to downloading pirate music off the net. Pakistani singer-songwriter folk music duo Zeb & Haniya who collaborate with Bollywood composers to create Kya Khayaal Hai say they learnt from cassettes passed around, they had no idea what the performers looked like as they never saw album covers, when they recorded something and put it on the net, it got passed around the Pakistani community in the US, then leaked back into Pakistan.

Writers write to be read, musicians perform to be heard. We can only hear music, acquire a love of music in all its genres, if we share.

Pakistani folk due Zeb & Haniya have no concept of genre. They simply play the music they like.

Genre is synonymous with market, like piracy, a straitjacket imposed by the major record labels.

For each programme in the series, you can download the song from facebook. Simply click like, give your e-mail address and you will receive a link via e-mail to download an mp3 file. It is not a facebook app, as I originally thought, bad news if it was. But it begs the question: Why not have all the songs on bandcamp, free to listen, free to download, and as high quality FLAC, not just low quality mp3 files? [see mp3 v FLAC]

India gets The Dewarists, UK the X-Factor and similar rubbish. The Dewarists explores music, we see how musicians work together. X-factor wanna be famous celebs, zilch talent, dumbing down of music, reality TV at its worst.

The Dewarists – season 1

In the end, it is between you and God

January 19, 2012

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

— Mother Teresa

Beetroot Curry

October 6, 2010

I am no great fan of beetroot. There is also a golden beetroot which I sometimes see on the farmers market in Guildford (first Tuesday of the month).


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