Big Fish for December - Swarathma
Swarathma is a Bangalore based contemporary folk-fusion band that represents the sound of today’s India: rooted in tradition, yet with sights set firmly on the world. The sound is Indian folk and Classical blended with Reggae, Blues and Jazz. With 2 albums on EMI, and international tours of the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, they have managed to export a brand of contemporary Indian music that is exciting and fresh while being strong and beautiful, and not bound by Bollywood.
Their debut album was rated #14 on the list of Top 25 Indian Indie Albums of the last decade by Indiecision magazine, while their second album was produced by the legendary John Leckie (Muse, Radiohead). They were named Indie of the Year 2009 by Indiecision Magazine.They swept the Jack Daniels Indian Rock Awards 2009 winning Band of the Year (Critics and Popular Choice), Song of the Year and Album of the Year (Popular choice).
Jishnu- Bass and backing vocals
Varun- Lead guitar
Vasu Dixit- Vocals and rhythm guitar
The band is known for a visually electric stage act featuring faux-folk-horses, Bihari accents, and a Nehru Topis at various times. With music that is strong and beautiful, contemporary and relevant, hard-hitting and tongue-in- cheek, they're one of India's most sought after live acts.
The band wears their social conscience on their sleeve. They play one free show for every paid show, giving back their music to those who may not be able to watch them easily. (For more juice on this, listen to the interview!) They've played for leprosy centres, villages, orphanages and street kids at various times. They support the use of cloth shopping bags over plastic, giving them away at their concerts with their merch.
The band recently dropped in to the Myopusradio studio to chat with us over a cup of chai and they also happened to share some of their music with us, live! To get a taste of this yourself, tune in to our 24x7 Big Fish channel!
Check out Swarathma's latest video for "Aaj ki taaza fikar":
Stay tuned to Myopusradio.com all month for interviews, their brand new music and much, much more!
Exclusively this December!
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