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Indie Art Week Carnival Day 2 in pictures

Lakshan by Asif Qamar

1/6Lakshan by Asif Qamar
Lakshan by Asif Qamar
“Lakshan” is a short play adapted from the stories of “Sankraman” (The Circle of Life) It revolves around the household of Father and his family and in a very unique satirical manner showcases the inner conflicts of a troubled son dealing with the quirks of his curious father, who has just retired.
The play comments on a the love hate relationship of father and son, their differences and their similarities. The sarcastic environment of a man dominated home where both the males strive to prove themselves to be the alpha.
The light hearted comic storyline opens up with the annoyed son complaining about the strange behaviour of his father who he thinks is goner, as he has turned sixty, takes us through a journey of up and down and finally rests with the wailing mother who describes her sons transformation after her husband passes away. Pintoo who was always complaining about his father, had now started to become what he complaint of. He was becoming a father.

(Photo: Hari Nair)

Groovesmen

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Groovesmen
The Groovesmen' is a power blues-rock trio, based out of New Delhi, India. Attributing their musical style primarily to Hendrix’s ‘Electric Church Music’, the band takes pride in engaging the contemporary live music fan by creating sounds and writing music that echo the likes of their greatest influences Albert & BB King, Eagles of Death Metal, Igor Stravinsky, Sergie Prokofiev, Deep Purple, SRV, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd and The Black Keys.

(Photo: Hari Nair)

Vocal Rasta

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Vocal Rasta
A property of Teamwork Arts, Vocal Rasta comprises of 15 performers singing Acapella (only voices). They have been performing for the past few months at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, Sounds of Freedom, Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards Freedom, Vayu Yoga evening and extensively in streets, malls and open spaces. Trained by Antoine Redon they bring together a rich repertoire celebrating the Freedom of Creative Expression through a popular rendition of songs including, “Ederlezy” by Goran Bregovic, “Earth” by Imogen Heap, "Abantwana Basethempeleni (Children of the Temple)", an arrangement of “King of the Swingers” from Jungle Book by Disney, and Hum Dekho Chal Pade, composed specially by Kailash Kher… as well as create original compositions, “Freedom”, “Love”, “Respect”, “Chain”, “right left”.

(Photo: Hari Nair)

Tankbund

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Tankbund
An electronica, ambient, experimental project that sounds like a cross between modern day Tame Impala fused with yesteryear’s Jefferson Airplane. Buzzing with energy, Tankbund is groovy with a distinct vibe of 60s California bang in the middle of the summer of love. Club-friendly EDM is on one side, and Tankbund with its fruity, trip-hoppy music can very well fill up the desolate other side. As RollingStone India mentions in a piece, it is their three-vocal approach that brings in the diversity and becomes instantly groovy. Never mind the mind-altering sound samples Ritwik dished out dropping his guitar down in sync with Priya and Kamath’s synth held tightly by Singh’s spread out, washed and warm drumming. Tankbund was one hell of an act to watch.

(Photo: Hari Nair)

Nigambodh

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Nigambodh
What started out as an experiment amongst friends is now a passion as the band is currently working on their first EP and some new compositions. Formed in 2009, this five member band has been making waves in the underground music scene of Delhi for over two years. Known for their experimental take on the progressive genre, the band relies on sounds that are a mix of metal, rock and certain basic classical melodies. The strongest aspect of the music that Nigambodh plays has been its lyrics in Hindi that rely heavily on spiritual, classical Indian texts in order to churn out pieces of songs that speak of existential and psychological dilemmas faced by the youth today. The root of their music lies in their ability to transcend genres and appeal to both, the posh and he local, the young and the old.

(Photo: Hari Nair)

Digital Suicide/Mr. India

6/6Digital Suicide/Mr. India
Digital Suicide/Mr. India
Digital Suicide is an anomaly in the Indie music scene. Anywhere else, they’d have probably been attacked for their hardline political satire which Daniel Langthasa spits out when he dons his Mr. India shades (which are basically just fingers covering his eyes) while Dpak Borah tugs at his bass strings. Digital Suicide speaks of the constant state of flux we seem to be in now, dominated by social media, armchair problem-solvers and television evangelists. Never perhaps has anyone else asked others to eat shit in honey-dripping melody. A dabbang duo based out of Halflong in Assam, Digital Suicide performs rarely and when they do, it’s either amazing or boring. Yesterday, it was anything but boring.

(Photo: Hari Nair)

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