Archive for October, 2013

Synchronicity’ 13 – A brutal grand affair with music

 

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Gigs, craze and a hell lot of head banging! Synchronicity’13 stayed true to what it promises – ‘They came, they played, they rocked’ once again. From Parikrama to BLAKC, Synchronicity has been their big ticket to the world of rock music. Being one of the most popular head banging festivals of IIT Kanpur, Synchronicity has created loyal followers as a platform.

And this year, the festival saw some stellar acts by bands such as The Junkyard Groove, The Family Cheese, Whats in the name, Treble bite and Trinergic and many others participated in this Nationwide hunt for the most ‘rocking’ band quite literally.

The Rock-est Immortals never stopped giving out some eclectic head banging music that raised up the spirits of the audience who came in looking for some heavy dose of metal rock!   If that was the case in the elimination and in the semi-final rounds, the finale as the word suggests turned out to be a grand affair in terms of some brutal killer music that their fans enjoy with 4 finalists giving out their best and just one bagging the trophy of this year Synchonicity’ 13.

`Zero Gravity’, the Indore based band was declared the winner of Synchronicity 2013. What added to the event and made it star studded was a special performance by the American band `The flying eyes’ . We bring you camera captured moments of brilliance with these exclusive pictures of the action…

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NH7 pumps up your adrenaline

In a country majorly dominated by Bollywood music, Indian Independent music this time got such an overwhelming response at a recent festival that the media seemed so miffed about space constraints.

NH7 Weekender is truly one of the biggest platforms for the Indie music scene in India and some top notch ones like Indian Ocean and Papon did not miss out on this opportunity this year.

Fueled with energy, booze and enthusiasm, NH7 Weekender kickstarted in the youth hub Pune last week and the festival saw some varied genres of music being explored on stage amidst a live audience. From Sky Rabbit’s enthralling performance along with their frontman Raxit Tiwari’s solo act and Ankur Tewari’s mesmerizing music, the Weekender saw some head banging musical gigs from Devoid and Modern Mafia.

Currently trending on all social networking sites, NH7 next will set its foot on the IT hub Bangalore in November and this time around, the festival is said to surpass expectations. How true is that one gonna be… we’ll catch up on that soon!

Is the censor board blaming music for the crime?

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While its popular belief that Censor Board is an institution that defines the terms and conditions and the do’s and don’ts for art, it is important to first define the different levels of art that people want to accept or deny. Let’s take an insight into the forms of art which people claim are offensive. Recent examples being Yo Yo Honey Singh who has been constantly in and out of the High Court for his vulgar and over sexualized songs! Obscenity should not be supported in any manner but doesn’t this kind of legal action put restrictions over an art form? Wouldn’t that limit scope of what can be one of the top chart-busters of the season? The answers are yet unknown and remain ambiguous.

 But going by the logic of the censor board and all the complainants who talk about such songs being a shame to Indian music, should know that songs like Bas Kar Dilli and the recent instrumental created by Anoushka Shankar which depicts her anger towards sexual violence should reduce the crime rate in the country. But none of that sorts seem to happen!

 It cannot be denied that music is influential but a thought that is to be pondered upon is what level can music in general be responsible for the heinous crimes being committed in the country?

 

The era of revolutionary Indie music

Art has always been considered as a medium of change. And music is the most important element that can create awareness of the world, its dynamic nature and its beauty! And also to fight crime!

 

With the Indie pop scene gaining momentum over a period of time, artists who are aware of the happenings around them make topical music that is not just a mere piece filled with lyrics but meaningful words that can create an impact over a mass. From O Ri Chiraiya to Eka’s She’s beautiful to the recent Bas Kar Dilli, artists are constantly touching on relevant issues through music to put their view points across. O Ri Chiraiya talks about Female foeticide and infanticide while Eka’s song reveals about the beauty of the Mother Earth thereby condemning one of the most dangerous issues faced by mankind – Global Warming. The recent Bas Kar Dilli was released after a young adult became a victim of a cruel gang rape in the nation’s capital Delhi! Some of these songs have been heart wrenching enough to make you teary-eyed! While artists are constantly attempting to fight this war of injustice with music as their weapon, the main agenda behind these kinds of revolutionary music is to inspire people to fight for the right and punish the wrong.

With the trend already seeping into the music world, we hope and believe that such forms of art not only encourage people to walk the path of justice but will also educate people in the language they love the most – Music.