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Twin City Theater and Cultural Festival


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This is why Mallik opened his doors two years ago, I’d think to myself as I watched over the event from above. The ground floor was covered with bodies all seated around the stage.

A young man with dark earth skin, dressed in a long red kurta spoke out to the crowd from the stage. I couldn’t make out what he was saying. I hadn’t learned hindi, yet. But I read his body, the emotion of his voice. It was dark outside. And a yellow, reddish light lit up the stage, his face.

I hadn’t seen Roots this alive and full, so many new-young faces.

“I’ve counted a hundred heads” one of the main organizers from Twin City Theater Festival would inform me.

I was joyful, excited. In just a day Twin City Theater Festival had transformed our space. They’d decorated our walls and garden with Art.  And our co-working space had been altered into a small textile market.

This would go down in my notes, another example of the fascinating potential of an Open Space. So much can happen just by the simple act of opening your doors and letting your community bring it to life. All it takes is having the capacity to let go and trust the outside world, realizing that maybe you don’t have all the answers. And do they bring answers. Answers to questions you didn’t even think existed.

And that night, as the light lit up our stage and I was invited to sing, acoustic, about how we’re all literally from the same universe, it dawned upon me. It didn’t really matter where you were on Earth. If you wanted progress, joy, happiness etc. you could make it happen no matter where you are.

As I got off the stage, my feat against the pavement of the community floor, my heart recognized a penetrating yester year of sing and dance and truth.

BY Natale Danko



Unveiling : Part 1


As a lead up to the opening of our Music Studio we have a few things gestating in preparation for that day. This moment will be a milestone for us as our music and performing arts collective has been gaining traction and we are in the process of officiating our ground floor along these lines. As we progress forward we will be releasing a four part music production the guys have been working on. As the parts progress we will be gradually moving towards the official day where we will  also host a world cafe regarding how and what to hack as it relates to our stories surrounding creative expression. This day will also bear witness to the  unleashing of our rasta baby along with a defragmentation jam and other goodies. Stay tuned! Below is part 1 of the 4 part musical.

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Neel ( percussion on a didgeridoo! Part 1 of music video). Neels son Yuvraj in magnifiying glass (boy in video)


Ginny Arora (sound editing and didg part 1 of music video)


Vittalacharya Vandavasu (Vocals, part 1)

Music and Art (oct 2012- Present)


“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

John F. Kennedy

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 🙂

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Another individual I met on the same day I first saw neel was Aman. Bumped into him at Lamakaan and we had immediately connected so I invited him to Sailajas place since I thought he should meet Manavji. Luckily this was the same day I got my first glimpse of Neel playing w/ manavji (video above). What an alignment that day was! Aman is easily one of the most fascinating people I have ever met and it is impossible to describe him. But since were talking music here let me tell you that Aman is also seasoned musician with particular expertise in guitar. Me, neel and Aman have grown close in the following months and are part of burgeoning support network. We wish to see him in a proactive role here at roots!

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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


Additionaly, the boys had a performance at Saptaparni. This time they were joined by mrithangam player Harikaka from calcutta!

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Pictured above: Guys practicing on ground floor (The foundation) for an upcoming gig.


On of our first defragmentation jams. A platform where musicians from varying backgrounds get together and collaborate while most importanly finding connection through jamming.


Dilip Lobo


Akhila Brahmandam


Nishad Kapoor


Mallik Posanipalli


Sneha Rooh


Azeer Atarri


Azeer Attari


Mallik Posanipalli


Richa Bhagel



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Domnic Anthony

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Domnic Anthony..

Above are Some wall paintings along with ppls individual creations. Location: “The womb” Our art space on the terrace

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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.

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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.  

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Weaving our charpois, Traditional India beds. We also had these made in a format that is space saving by constructing one bed to fit beneath another with a total of 3 beds stacked vertically.

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Our very own upcycled chandelier we made out of cocunut fronds. We also varnished the fronds to give them some preservation and allure. they are currently hung throughout our second floor workspace. I like to call them junkyard chandeliers!

Earth Day (april 21st, 2013)


It was a very intersting experience running an earth day event. All the way from looking for partners to sponsors it gave me a glimspse as to what things look behind the curtains. However, the whole process was cumbersome and uncoordinated and offered some invaluable lessons not too dissilimar from the experience at the biodiversity festival. At the end of the day it was magnificent despite the hiccups that happened along the way. Perhaps a week, commensense would say is a shot in the air attempt of trying pull of something of this scale and if we decide to repeat such a thing a month of preparation sounds more adequate.

Also, special thanks to Manavji  (sun gazing) and Lakeview Impression Ads without whose sponsorship this event would not have existed. Also big shout out to The Rock Works Foundation for cohosting the event!


News piece from that evening