Thursday, July 29, 2010

MONSOONS | Evergreen Song

Song from Monsoon Wedding
Directed by Mira Nair

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Typeshop | Delhi

E S H O P - Delhi based visual artist & graphic designer, Ishan Khosla has started a workshop for anyone who loves TYPE/FONTS. Details below.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ALL Solfeggio Hz CHAKRA TUNE | Healing Music

Note- Ensure your volume is up & you observe silence. Om Shanti!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bant Singh | Word, Sound & Power

Bant Singh is a revolutionary singer in Punjab, India, whose 2 years old daughter was raped by upper caste men. When he sought justice, they cut of his limbs. But he can still sing, and in this video letter he expresses no self-pity. Film by SANJAY KAK

★ Word, Sound & Power ★

An attempt to showcase the legendary dalit icon Bant Singh and his songs of rebellion, inter-caste violence and equality. Bant Singh from Jabbar Village in Punjab is a legendary singer and activist of Kisan Mukti Morcha.

The Word, Sound & Power is a brave collaboration covering wide uncharted areas of music and socially harking issues - the mash-up of Electronic Beats and Sounds of Chris McGuinness and the erudite gangsta flow of Delhi Sultanate attempt to spread the message to urban masses via popular forms such as dancehall, dubstep, ragga and poetry.

The project also features a short film shot in Jabbar Village - filmed on location, by photographer Lakshman Anand. The film critically examines the need for the voices of dissent in todays capitalized urban society.

Also a deeper look into Bant Singhs background, his lyrical inspirations, 20 years of the unsung dalit struggle in Punjab, followed by the mash up of genres between Chris, Delhi Sultanate and Bant Singh. A bold attempt to fuse socially relevant issues and lyricism across two different languages.

The venture is directed by Samrat B a.k.a Audio Pervert. He contributes his electronic flavor with a remix as well.
The project is a joint collaboration between the above artists & The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhawan New Delhi.

The launch of the film and music is scheduled mid September 2010.

★ Spread the message .. bring on the rebellion, stand up for the message via songs, via the folk & urban counter culture mix ★

aisha | First Look

Check out a song from a new Bollywood contemporary romantic comedy film which stars Abhay Deol (Road, Movie & Dev D), Sonam Kapoor (Anil Kapoor's daughter) with other promising debutantes.

This song has already got MASI groovin'! Balle Balle to the Monsoon Wedding season!

Song Trailer -

Film Song - Gal Meethi Meethi Bol - From Aisha (Full Song)
From PVR Pictures & Anil Kapoor Productions
Releasing August 6, 2010
Artists - Tochi Raina

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

'You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger' | Woody Allen's Indian Muse

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is a 2010 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It features Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, and Naomi Watts.

Indian model turned actress Freida Pinto debuts into Hollywood with Woody's new release. She is the acclaimed & award winning actress from Slumdog Millionaire. Pinto was born in Mumbai to a Mangalorean Catholic family.

While Woody maintains his classic style of sly cascade of dialogs and glimpses into scenes we can't wait to see how he sketches the beautiful Freida Pinto!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Steve McCurry | Retrospective

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is the sole UK venue for a retrospective of the work of American photo-journalist Steve McCurry, the man who is responsible for some of the world’s most famous photographs.

Compelling, unforgettable and moving, McCurry's images are unique: un-stylized and unopposed snapshots of people that reveal the universality of human emotion.

Below MASI presents selected work of McCurry's images which he shot circa late 80's in India.

All images Copyright Steve McCurry

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sudarshan Shetty debuts at Vancouver Biennale | History of Loss

Media : Plexiglass, aluminum, steel

The casts of model aluminum Volkswagen Beetle cars are displayed in clear plexiglass boxes stacked in repeated rows, each marked with a date. The replicas are miniature, mimicking children's toy cars, a reference to a childlike desire, and nostalgic memory. Shetty diligently cast each individual car, identical, perfect and pristine, and then deliberately dropped them one by one from around 300 feet with the sole purpose to damage each one, thereby making each one individualistic.

Shetty describes his process: "The cars were manually smashed by me after being cast from a single mould, thereby representing the notion of their possible crash as an event. The dates on the vestibules represent the dates of possible crashes, but they really represent the dates to the deadline that I had in which to complete the work, which was completed in 42 days." Shetty's piece draws attention to the environment damage caused by the combustion engine by placing each vehicle into a coffin-like box, on display as a museum relic or artifact.

Sudarshan Shetty is part of a growing number of young contemporary Indian artists who are garnering international attention for work that breaks with traditional religious iconography, or uses it in new ways. Shetty makes his Canadian debut in the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale.

Image Courtesy - Chris Huggins & Google
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