Bombay Boogie Night: Desi Beats Go Germany

Posted by Stefan Heil • Tuesday, October 19. 2010 • Category: Arts and Beyond
In Europe, with the exception of the UK, the popularity of Indian music (and especially clubbing on Indian music) is a very recent phenomenon. Nevertheless, even years before Bollywood and the music from the movies reached European mainstream pop culture, two young and talented Germans of Indian origin started an event series dedicated to Desi beats, which since grew bigger and bigger and is today by far the most successful and popular Indian music event series in Germany and known well beyond its borders – the Bombay Boogie Night (BBN). We had the chance to interview BBN’s Sherry Kizhukandayil (DJ Keralaboy) when BBN collaborated with Culture Must’s project “Sound Tamasha” for a gig in Berlin last September.
© Bombay Boogie Night

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Open Sourcing India

Posted by Stefan Heil • Tuesday, September 28. 2010 • Category: In Depth
Most people have no concept of the term 'open source' in general, or the maybe more specific term “open source software” (OSS) in particular. Even a little bit more confusing, many people from the industry use the term “Free and Open Source Software” (FOSS), and that is also the one the author is using throughout this article. But in order to grasp the subject, let us first clarify it a little more:

Let us start from the beginning, with the word “free”. Although many people have an immediate idea of the meaning of this rather simple word, many do not see the double meaning here. Most commonly, this double meaning is explained by the “free as in free beer, but also free as in free speech” idiom.

India is going Open Source (Tux the penguin is the unofficial linux mascot)

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Culture Must presents: Sound Tamasha

Posted by Stefan Heil • Monday, July 12. 2010 • Category: Arts and Beyond
Today we would like to introduce you to a project which a dedicated team from our division Culture Must has started almost two years ago: the Sound Tamasha. Some might have heard about it, some might have even been to an actual performance, but what exactly is Sound Tamasha? To find out, please visit the brand new Sound Tamasha Website, listen to all the former Sound Tamasha artists and have a look at the extravagant artwork Sound Tamasha is famous for. Enjoy!

Copyright © Enrico Fabian

Capturing India - Interview with Photographer Enrico Fabian

Posted by Stefan Heil • Saturday, April 24. 2010 • Category: Global Career
Recently we found the time to conduct an interview with photographer / photo-journalist Enrico Fabian which we wanted to do for the longest time already. We know Enrico Fabian already since he started taking pictures as a profession and have since supported him for his critical approach in photography. His works are often uncomfortable but beautiful at the same time, and one can clearly see the social agenda he is following with his choice of projects.

© Enrico Fabian for Reuters

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Modern Japanese Art in Delhi: Life Is a Battle by Masahiro Fukuyama

Posted by Stefan Heil • Saturday, April 10. 2010 • Category: Arts and Beyond
In the last week of February 2010, the Mocha Arthouse in Delhi became witness to some of the most exciting art on display anywhere in the city, and not just a few visitors’ jaws were seen dropping due to the pictures hanging from the walls. So, you might ask yourself what could have caused such surprise in the faces of the visitors?

The answer to that is quite simple. The art on display – pictures of performances by Masahiro Fukuyama and a video installation by Yo Sato (who we will very soon introduce to this blog’s audience in one of the forthcoming articles) – is thought-provoking and leaves most people wondering if they have seen anything remotely similar before in their lives. And out of those people, most will surely answer with a straight "no" to that question...

Photo by: Federica Plamarin

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The Jaipur Tamasha - Traditional Folk Art in a Modern Context

Posted by Stefan Heil • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: People and Places
Some 250 years ago, during the rule of Aurangzeb in India, it wasn't the best of times for music and the arts. Aurangzeb, adhering to a very orthodox brand of Islam (in contrast to previous Mogul emperors like Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan), is remembered for his uncompromising religious views, such as the discouraging of singing or music for Hindus and Muslims alike. When musicians lost their imperial patronage, they started looking for more supportive environments.

Photo by: Ben Weiss (http://benjaminrweiss.wordpress.com). All rights reserved.

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