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    The fifth edition of the IndiEarth XChange promises lots of talent, workshops, talks and more.

    CATCH up with some eclectic experiments and collaborations in indie films and music, at the fifth edition of the IndiEarth XChange festival at The Park next week. City-based Sonya Mazumdar, one of the directors of the event promises a bigger line up of talent, besides workshops and talks this year. Did you know that the fourth edition of this festival concluded just a week before the devastating floods that rocked our city last year? Mazumdar tells us that this edition is dedicated to the residents of the city and the neighbouring states, for their relentless spirit and effort during the crisis. “Hence, we have more local artists this time,” she says. For the uninitiated, IndiEarth is a platform that unites independent artistes from across the country and abroad, set-up by city-based label, EarthSync, and XChange is its flagship event. Besides film and music festivals, this two-day event will also see conferences and workshops.

    New on the block
    Mazumdar promises a long line-up of new and upcoming musicians, with names like Arun K Singh, Quleen Q Queen, Om Prakash Srivastava making up the list. There are others like Saurabh Shetye & Madhumadhabi Sarkar who composed the song Paani Ke Bulbulay for the independent film called Love Alive, while musicians like Sanjoy Paul, Sravana Bhargavi and Malavika will be performing songs like Saiya Re, from the two-month old album of the same name. Accompanying them will be other artistes performing music ranging from genres like classical, folk, electronica and more. There’s good news for homegrown bands too—they have a chance to be mentored by Indian and Australian producers as part of a workshop conducted in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology and KM Conservatory.

    Beyond the beats
    Film buffs can look forward to domestic entries like Musical Space, Oh My Soul and YKT Mumbai, along with foreign films like Songman Project (Israel), Pregnant (Italy) and A Good Day To Die, Hoka Hey (Malaysia), among others. The longest movies yet are Mother, I Have Pretty Much Forgotten Your Face (Japan) and Placebo (India). At 96 minutes long, the latter is a docu-drama by Abhay Kumar that looks at how a filmmaker tries to uncover a controversy in a hospital. Meanwhile, the Japanese one is musician Michiro Endo’s account of how the Fukushima earthquake affected his comeback tour with his funk band, The Stalin.

    At The Park, November 26-27. Passes from Rs 1,000 onwards on instamojo.com. Details: indiearth.com

    —Karan Pillai

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