Re-inventing Subcultures

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by Samrat Bee on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Performing Arts and Music

Session type
Lightning Talk

Technical level


  • To present two separate projects which combine and exploit the effects of contrasting subcultures via musical connections and technology. The two projects which involve artists from separate backgrounds ( class / language / aspiration ) who have combined their artistic, technical and research skills in order to co-create.

The core attempt behind these projects is to foster and develop a possibility of artists, filmakers, musicians to combine skills outside the commercially available markets- and further to re-vise the recent history of independent Indian music and rising subculture - further "digging" the lost & unsung.

  1. Bant Singh Project ( New Delhi Films / Word Sound & Power ) -

  2. Charanjit Singh -Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat ( Rana Ghosh/Samrat B ) -

  3. Rediscovering Charanjit Singh -


The Lightning Talk will include 1. Quick introduction to the two films & the people involved. 2. Reasons for undertaking : DIY Nature of such projects. 3. View the two films 4. Discuss the challenges / pitfalls and social need for such projects. 5. Open to audience / panel - questions and critical views.


Projector / Laptop ( for film ) Speakers / Amp( for sound )

Speaker bio

Samrat B (Producer / Remix Artist / Electronic Music Propagator / Synthesizer Geek ) Artist Name - Audio Pervert / Teddy Boy Kill Samrat has been involved in the indie music scenario of India for almost 12 years. He is a producer and composer based in New Delhi. As a musician, Samrat has spend the last decade creating music with synthesizers, drum machines and computers, steadily developing a repertoire of producing music and sound for various media - Bollywood (2003-2008), indie bands, progressive electronic music and interactive installations based on digital tools and software. He has worked as a producer and remix artist with Da Saz, Men-Who-Pause, Delhi Sultanate, Tempo Tantrick, Sridhar & Thayil, Shaa’ir & Func, Pentagram, Bombay Black & Delhi Electronica Supply Unit. He is the co-founder of Teddy Boy Kill, an electro punk duo, emerging as an distinct and evocative electronica act from India. He has been actively involved in fostering and collaborating with bands and artists across India within the independent music groups & the rising electronic music culture. Samrat is motivated by a continuous desire to bring renewed interest, research and awareness about progressive music and artists from India, to the rest of the world. Since 2008, he has created various projects with organizations such Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhawan in New Delhi, C.O. Pop festival in Cologne, Elektron Festival in Switzerland, Sodra Tearten in Stockholm and The Global Groove Festival in India. He envisioned and directed India's first anthology of Electronic music, HUB, published in 2010, in association with Goethe Institut & Music Gets Me High. Samrat has actively curated panel discussions with various annual music seminars in India, such as Sound Bound (2010), India Music Week (2011), Ziro Festival (2012) & Indiearth (2012). At present he is collaborating with musicians, sound / graphic artists and writers from different countries in the field of internet broadcasting ( distributive performance ), searching the implications of remote performances - the combination of sound, music, words and images outside of the traditional spaces of performance.


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