A documentary on the evolution of indie music in India is all set to go live
Arjun S Ravi has been writing about music for over a decade and hea��s particularly keen on independent bands in India. The genesis of the six-part web documentary, Standing By, perhaps began there, taking shape with Red Bull Media House and OML (Only Much Louder), who are also the co-producers of this film. a�?Western music has been part of Indian culture since before the 1930s. And Standing By is about discovering the roots of the various forms of non-Indian music in the country. From rock and metal to electronica, jazz and even beat music a�� none of these genres were born here. Yet we have made it our own in a very unique way,a�? says Ravi, who has directed it.
The documentary features over 120 individuals who are part of the music industry. a�?We didna��t just talk to musicians, but people who have been part of record companies, event managers, even government officials (from the arts and culture department)a��anyone whoa��s involved in the music movement,a�? he adds. The documentary has been shot across Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Shillong, and uncovers the most unique stories. a�?Do you know there used to a Filipino jazz band in the a��40s that played in the Munger district of Bihar or that, in 1988, one of Indiaa��s earlier bands, Rock Machine, along with Gary Lawyer, Leslie Lewis and Louis Banks went to the USSR to play rock music in the Festival of India?a�? he asks.
Ravi says he wants to interest people in these musicians. a�?If this series can pique someonea��s interest to look up these independent musicians or be a little curious, our job is done,a�? he says, adding, a�?The websiteA� will also have a digital timeline that documents all these stories wea��ve collected. Click on the link and you can read everything thata��s been included in the documentary.a�?
From October 14. Details: standingby.in