Aditi Veena Gupta
Aditi’s voice is spellbinding. She’ll whisk you to a promised land where you could wrap yourself in a blanket, sit by a warm fire and hear her out. Wide-eyed with a whimsical bob cut and the voice of a soulful songstress, the twenty-four-year-old creates music that is sensitive, intimate and relatable. She strums the guitar, can give a trumpeter a run for his money and has a knack for collecting ‘ragged instruments’—‘a cajon, marimba, rainmaker, singing bowls,’ she lists—from her travels.
At 14, Aditi gave her vocal chords a go by singing for her school choir and then eased her way
Dialogues with the Self
Curator, Anirudh Chari:
By now, we all are familiar with the gallery concept of The Portret Project that focuses on portraiture as an art form and its radical role in the history of art. Conceptualized by Sakshi Mahajan, The Portret Project has been an interesting part of the art world for over a year now.
While the debut collection proved to be a platform for artists from across the country to showcase their work; the second installment by TPP called Dialogues with the Self, will see 12 artists experimenting with 12 different mediums. Sakshi explained, ‘It is about artists
In Focus: Vivaan Shah
When you talk to Vivan Shah, you cant help but notice his energy, his zeal and the rapid pace of his speech. He tends to speak really quickly but never fails to make a point. Releasing tomorrow, his upcoming mega flick, Happy New Year is the ‘ultimate underdog story’ of a group of losers who come together to pull of the biggest diamond heist ever.
In a telephonic conversation with him, we spoke about Happy New Year, his early years in Bollywood and what we can expect from him in the future.
There has been a three year gap after your debut
Musician and Graphic Designer, Reuben Bhattacharya:
Reuben Bhattacharya is most commonly known for his role in the popular Indian metal band, Undying Inc. He is also one of the country’s finest music graphic designers having worked with major music magazines Rock Street Journal and Rolling Stone. Reuben also has his own design studio called Visual Amnesia. Believe us when we say that the name is pretty much self explanatory. Here we talk to him about his life, his art and his music.
How did it all begin; being a musician and a graphic designer? Can you pin point memories to when it
Mick Clarke is a British, Blues guitarist. He has been around the music industry for over 50 years and recently came out with a new album called, Crazy Blues. Recently, Mick tied up with Starkonnect Events and Promotions and set a tour in India, playing at Mumbai and Bangalore on the 25th and 26th of this month. We got a chance to speak to him; here is what he has to say. Make sure you make it for the show, especially if you’re a Blues fan!
You have been working in the music industry, following your passion for music
Kshitij, Kartik and Karan:
Begum is an odd band. They like calling themselves as ‘lo-fi experimental perverteres’ from Delhi. It’s a three-member band that recently launched its debut album, Bagh that comprises a mix of psychadelia, rock and experimental.
Social Launchpad by Hauz Khas Social took-off yesterday with this talented trio. Social Launchpad gives you live sets, eclectic tunes, massive energy and emergence of experimental music at Social. The purpose is to give a platform to independent musicians and to put a spotlight on the most cutting-edge sounds being produced in the country. You can expect a fun gig with a fresh
Shubradeep was born in a very religious family. Being a worshiper of Lord Krishna, he became inclined towards the God’s own instrument—the Bansuri. He tried playing various music notes, sargams and small compositions over it and seeing his growing urge to learn, his parents introduced him to Guru Pandit Barun Kumar Pal, one of the foremost disciples of the legendary sitar player Late Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Shubradeep was just 12-years-old when he started obtaining the ancient knowledge of the Hindustani classical music under the tutelage of his Guru at the Ravi Shankar Centre, New Delhi where he was fortunate to be
Fish in a Dead Landscape
Artist, Hema Upadhyay:
Hema Upadhyay is an Indian artist born in Baroda, Gujarat who lives and works in Mumbai since 1988. She grew popular with her style of using photography and structural installations to evoke dislocation and nostalgia in her art. Recently, Hema did a solo show at Gallery Chemould after almost ten years. The show is called Fish in a Dead Landscape, and is based on painting perceptions and environment.
We recently got a chance to speak to her about her work and life as an artist.
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Contextualize yourself in a line.
Bored. Fat. Ugly. Want to sleep.
Three things that influence your work.
I set very low standards when it comes to time so I don’t like to do anything for too long. I need to be alone cause I get distracted easily and I like to write naked.
One liner: I am a poor man but I am poor by accident not design
Pick-up line: In the old days when I was dating a 'Maybe' for me would be a 'Yes'
Place not to crack a joke: When you are at a bar and very drunk and someone comes up to you and says you are a comedian – 'ek joke sunao'. I find that deplorable and painful.
If you had a shrinking device, what’s the one thing you’d miniaturize first?
The Male ego and my waistline .