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 his connection with it arts is than even he can fathom. And hea��s particularly keen on independent bands in India. The genesis of the six-part documentary Standing By perhaps began there, and over a discussion with Red Bull Media House, and OML (Only Much Louder) who are also the co-producers of this film. a�?Standing By is about discovering the roots of the various forms of non-Indian music in India. From rock, metal, electronica, jazz, and even beat music a�� none of these genres are born in India. And yet, we have made it our own in a very unique way; the sheer number of home-grown artistes that are in the public eye today, playing music that is not a�?Indianwa�� is staggering,a�? says Ravi, director of the documentary.
Western music has been part of Indian culture since before the 1930s, and a�?we are talking about non-film music of course,a�? Ravi explains
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, government officials from the art and culture department of India a�� anyone whoa��s involved in the music movement in India,a�? he adds. And the more he dug, the more he unearthed. a�?People would tell me that since Ia��ve been writing about music for so long, I must know a lot. I used to think so too, but as the film progressed I realised that I and only seen the tip of the iceberg.a�?
The documentary has been shot across Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Shillong, and discovers the most unique stories the interviewees could share. 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, among others, went to USSR to play rock music in the Festival Of India!a�? says Ravi.
Ravi says that he wants people to find interest in these musicians. a�?If this film could pique someonea��s interest to look up these independent musicians or be a little curious a�� our job is done,a�? he says, adding, a�?The website will also have a digital timeline that documents all these stories wea��ve collected so far. Click on the link, and you can read everything thata��s been included in the documentary, and more!a�?
From October 14.
a�� Priyadarshini Nandy