“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
From the start weve built our foundations upon engaging the muse. Music and art have been pillars and we would like to reengage in what the tools and narratives for creative expression mean within our society. We also like to engage in art with utility which extends the scope on how we perceive art.
These two videos are of my first glimpses of Neel, who is now our mainstay resident and facilitator within the music dept. This was taken at a friends house where upon I first saw him perform and that too without any personal introduction. Right away I knew, being in the bharat and all, this was the musical grounding I would like to see at roots. The form of music we wish to establish here is rooted in indian traditional genres which we wish to fuse with other western and non western elements while maintaining an experimental edge. Neel, with his nativity and versatility made for the perfect candidate so i cast a wish of having someone like him happen at roots. Just a mere wish I made turned into reality couple months later (I never even made a request). Our mutual friend, manvji (drummer in video) asked me if I can take Neel and his family in as coliving participants and he said they would be a useful community addition. Without any hesitation I knew it was a fit. For me it was as if a wish came true just by merely intending it 🙂
Pictured above Neel and the boys formed a makeshift band during the summer. Mainly composed of tradtional folk songs, the did a gig at Lamakaan. I also got to fill in a thing or two about Roots. Left to right: Neel, Vittalacharya, Rahul, Akhil, Sudipto… Here is a piece from Times of India written about the groups formation
Pictured above: Guys practicing on ground floor (The foundation) for an upcoming gig.
Above are Some wall paintings along with ppls individual creations. Location: “The womb” Our art space on the terrace
A cafe down the street that uses upcycled material- reusing material to make utility items with an edge 😉 ….reused items include tires, cut cylinders and yes even leftovers from a scooter.
We also had a in house resident artist staying with us for awhile. He took a particular inclination towards sand art (depicted above). Below you can also see his live sand art contributions (links) he made while at Roots.