INDIE music and film enthusiasts in the city are in for a treat this weekend as IndiEarth Xchange, the annual trade event and festival for independent films and music, is underway. Starting today, the three day festival will showcase over 50 films and 40 concerts along with a series of music-related workshops. “Since IndiEarth’s inception 11 years ago, we’ve always wanted to provide a solid infrastructure for independent artistes to showcase their work. Xchange is a part of that vision. Its aim is to professionalise the independent film and music industries in the country so that it becomes sustainable,” says Sonya Mazumdar, CEO of EarthSync.
Meet the artistes
With international acts such as Phoebe Kiddo from Berlin and Howie B from Scotland, and Indian acts, like Tajdar Junaid, Sandunes and Zap, aka Nischay Parekh & Jivraj Singh, Xchange is sure to satisfy the diverse taste of music lovers. “Since this is my first visit to the city, I have prepared a special set list. I have rearranged older songs like Though I Know and Daastan for the show and I will play two new songs, Devotion and Reflection,” says Kolkata-based Junaid. Sanaya Ardeshir, aka Sandunes, who is known to play improvised versions of her recorded tracks, is mixing it up for her concert at Xchange. This time she will be playing only new material that she has been working on for the past year. Kolkata-based Zap will also be looking to try out new material from their upcoming release. “We will be playing new songs like Funbeam and Be Something and also re-imagined versions of songs like Panda and Ocean from my first album,” says Parekh.
Xchange boasts of a wide variety for its film showcase this year. Apart from works by Indian filmmakers, the festival will also screen films from countries such as China, Ireland and Egypt. Majumdar suggests, “Look out for Ludo by Q, I Still Being by Javier Corcuera, Veli by Bali Kailasam and, of course, Suleimani Keeda by Amit Masurkar, all of which have been creating quite a buzz lately both nationally and internationally.”
At Vivanta by Taj – Connemara, November 27-29, `2,500, Details: xchange15.indiearth.com