Metropolis for the Ears
Finally Metropolis ASIA is back and the musical itinerary is out! Here’s what you should know about the featured artists from the different waves of India!
9th January, 2015
Ngawang Tashi Bapu, popularly known as Lama Tashi is a multi-phonic chanter and has performed twice at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. Affectionately known as the Singing Monk, Tashi was one of the nominees for the Best Traditional World Music category at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Tashi has also performed with popular recording artists such as Natalie Merchant, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Patti Smith, Ben Harper, Philip Glass, Kitaro and Sheryl Crow.
WARKLUNG Phuningding Katharpo is a rock singer/composer from Karbi Anglong district in Assam. Warklung is essentially an approach to understand and preach the power of the infinite, nurture the love that grows in every human heart.
Street Stories is a three-piece punk rock band from Shillong, formed in 2009. The band is the project of Pezo Kronu (guitars/vocals), Riko Kronu (bass/vocals) and Matsram Sangma (drums).
Omak Komut Collective
Omak Komut Collective was started as an initiative when like minded musicians from Arunachal Pradesh came together in an effort to preserve the age old cultural heritage of the Adi tribes of the state. It was this notion that gave way to this collaborative endeavor to keep alive the dying art of folk songs and ancient oral traditions.
10th January, 2015
Incidental Groove is an Alternative/ Progressive Rock band from Delhi. The band is a blend of a wide range of music genres. The band kicked off starting directly with compositions rather than going the usual route of starting with covers. The band’s music is driven by Classic Rock riffs with a mix and match of off-beats and fills of the drums.
The band was initially founded by the two brothers David & Gideon and was then joined by Walo, a friend of both the brothers. Both brothers have been jamming ever since they got introduced to Green Day & Blink182 by a friend.
Imphal Talkies is a Folk-Rock band from Imphal, formed in the summer of 2008 by Akhu and Sachidananda. The band is now based in New Delhi. ‘Imphal Talkies’ is actually the name of a cinema theatre in front of Kangla fort which used to screen only ‘A’ rated movies, which in a conservative society like Manipur and in a small town like Imphal, was ahead of the times.
Digital Suicide is a three-piece alt rock band from Guwahati, Assam. The band consists of Daniel Langthasa (vocals, guitars), Dpak Borah (bass) and Ratan Bordoloi (drums).
With members hailing from various musical backgrounds such as the Blues, R’n’B and
Rock ‘n’ Roll to Classic hard Rock of the 60’s and the 70’s, and playing together
in the same, Spreading Roots has created a sound bearing the taste of Heavy and Power Blues yet with the groove of sweet and melodic bluesy riffs.
11th January, 2015
Sukoon is a four-piece Sufi rock band hailing from Guwahati formed in 2010. They had already enthralled the crowd in Metropolis ASIA 2014.
Your Chin is a solo Indie Pop project of Raxit Tewari from Mumbai, frontman of an Electro-Rock band Sky Rabbit formerly known as ‘Medusa’. Raxit Tewari released his debut untitled EP in June, 2012 comprising four songs that were recorded, engineered and composed by him and mastered by Ayan De.
The Vinyl Records
The Vinyl Records (aka TVR), is a four piece girl band based in New
Delhi that came together in Feb 2010. The band hasn’t looked back ever since, taking the Indian indie music scene with a storm!
Ganesh Talkies is an alt-rock band from Kolkata, which was formed in mid 2011. The band consists of Suyasha Sengupta (vocals, guitars), Ronodeep Bose (guitars), Nabarun Bose (harmonium, keyboards), Roheet Mukherjee (bass) and Arka Das (drums). They believe in music, Bollywood movies and random song-and-dance. They are trying to blend the first two together; the third bit is for the crowd!