EDM in Ghalib’s Delhi (written by Bhanuj Kappal)








The internet, and cheap recording technology, has made it possible for almost anyone to record and release music online. While this is great news for anyone who believes in the democratization of music, it does lead to one little problem. There is so much music out there of such varying quality that sifting through the deluge to find music you like is more a matter of hit-or-miss luck than any carefully considered methodology. Recently I’ve taken to hunting through search tags on Bandcamp to look for Indian music that our indie media has overlooked. It’s quite an entertaining exercise for a music writer, the incredible amount of hilariously bad music on display reminding you that the critic as gatekeeper is still necessary in the digital age. And occasionally, just occasionally, you come across an artist like Ravana.

Ravana is one of the many ambient/dub electronica projects of little-known Delhi musician Ravana Tenheads. He’s got a mother lode of music on his Soundcloud and Bandcamp, much of it influenced by and relating to people’s movements in Odisha and across the world. But the album that particularly caught my attention was Ghalib, a sinister dub-influenced tribute to the Urdu poet who is almost synonymous with a certain idea of Delhi. Ravana takes vocal samples from the 1988 TV serial Mirza Ghalib, written and directed by Gulzar, and complements the dialogues and couplets from the show (in Naseeruddin Shah’s voice) with minimal, bass-heavy production that adds a sense of ominous foreboding to the proceedings. On the final two tracks, he mashes together Jagjit Singh’s songs from the tele-serial with drone-heavy music by British ethnic electronica musician Muslimguaze, creating a dialogue between three artists separated by continents and centuries. It’s heady stuff, and a conceptual master-stroke. There are a few weaknesses in the execution though, and occasionally the music he creates takes the ambient tag a little too seriously, meandering along without structure or purpose. But taken as a whole, Ghalib represents the idea of a new Indian electronica, one deeply rooted in the myths and culture of its locality.


the story so far


my debut as an actor. coming soon. watch the space for more updates

Originally posted on Revolucinema:

We started shooting on 31 July 2011 in the streets of New Delhi. The crew was big, hardly did I expect such a large turnout for what until then was an indie to be finished off in a 15 day shoot with a budget of 75, 000 rupees. In fact until that morning when the shoot began I was not even aware of the final cast for the day. It was an open call and whoever would arrive would be casted.

Maulshri had been one of the first to volunteer and she travelled from Mumbai a week ahead and looked after her stay by herself. Eventually she become the driving force apart from being a DoP.

Finally, the actors for the day were Paldin, KC, Riyazat, Aziz and Badal. Behind the camera crew was Rajiv on sound, Dinesh on grip, and Lhaka as guest photographer of the day. A handful of friends…

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Ambedkar, Gandhi’s most trenchant critic — an interview with Arundhati Roy

Originally posted on Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle:

Outlook Magazine, Marcxh 10, 2014
Interview by Saba Naqvi

“We Need Ambedkar–Now, Urgently…”

Arundhati Roy, the Booker prize-winning author on her essay The Doctor and the Saint and more

In 1936, Dr B.R. Ambedkar was asked to deliver the annual lecture by the Hindu reformist group, the Jat-Pat-Todak Mandal (Forum for Break-up of Caste) in Lahore. When the hosts received the text of the speech, they found the contents “unbearable” and withdrew the invitation. Ambedkar then printed 1,500 copies of his speech at his own expense and it was soon translated into several languages. Annihilation of Caste would go on to have a cult readership among the Dalit community, but remains largely unread by the privileged castes for whom it was written.

Ambedkar’s landmark speech has now been carefully annotated and reprinted. What will certainly draw contemporary public attention to it is the essay written as an introduction by the…

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Punjab Folk

Welcome to the largest online archive of the folklore of Punjab. It all started with collecting Punjabi folk and sufi songs, but over the years has expanded to Punjabi proverbs and riddles too. We are also maintaing two research-oriented sections: a bibliography of books about Punjab’s culture, language, and literature; and an encyclopedia about all things Punjab. A separate section lets you watch Punjabi movies, of past and present times.

Despite the addition of new sections, Folk Punjab is still primarily about Punjabi folk music. All the songs can be played online or downloaded as mp3s. We also try to include lyrics for each song. Just click on the name of a poet or singer in the sidebar to get started.


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Who Killed Mahatma Gandhi ? Mystery behind the Assassination


In Fighting Cowards And The Rule Of White Men. Indian Slaves Are Here To Stay

Originally posted on Great Game India:

After the assassination of Gandhiji, Jawaharlal Nehru said in Parliament: “And today the fact that this mighty person whom we honored and loved beyond measure, had gone because we could not give adequate protection is a shame for all of us…”

Mahatma Gandhi Killed by Assassins Bullet

This is what We discuss today. It is no less shame as then  felt by Jawaharlal Nehru than today we should feel. With latest cutting edge technologies, forensic evidences, hundreds eyewitness accounts, years of police surveillance of radicals, accessibility to hundreds of police records; still we cannot conclude who killed him correctly or why they killed him. For last 64 years we discussed many times on many death occasions how great he was or  how ideal he was. But today we talk on killing Gandhiji twice. Once with bullets. Next all of us participating for least 65 years in killing the greatest ideologies he fought for. He advocated Gram…

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