Though this is a music blog, I wanted to feature a particular film by a particular actor.
ASHES, follows the story of two brothers whose lives are unraveling. As one brother plummets deeper into mental illness, the other, Ashes, copes by throwing himself into the community that consumes him.
The man behind it all is AJAY NAIDU. Raised in Chicago where Ajay worked extensively as an actor in both film and theatre. He graduated from the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre, training at Harvard University and has appeared in over 50 films and television projects such as K-Pax, π, Requiem for a Dream, Bad Santa, The War Within as an actor. ASHES, marks Ajay’s directorial debut, but you’re probably wonder where you have heard this name before?
Well Ajay has been worked extensively with musicians from the Asian Underground scene. Over the years his vocals have appeared on many tracks from Talvin Singh’s Decca to 136 and Tonic by the Punditz.
136 : MIDIval PunditZ (Midival Times, 2005) Spoken words and Directed by Ajay Naidu.
So this film brings together some old friends to score the soundtrack … Karsh Kale and Midival Punditz.
There’s no stopping the most prolific electronica act from India. The MIDIval PunditZ are at it again, this time scoring with FIFA.
Along with names like Bassment Jaxx, Spearhead and Sergio Mendez, the Punditz have made it to the FIFA ’10 official PS3 and Xbox game soundtrack with ATOMIZER from their third studio album Hello Hello (2009).
Atomizer – Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz (Live at Paleo Fest 09)
The track featured is a dhol-centric version of ATOMIZER remixed by DJ Pathaan representing India in the game.
This isn’t the first time the Punditz have had their tracks have caught the ears of other video games such as Project Gotham and Need for Speed. Hollywood has also taken quite a fancy to their work in the past – Prison Break and the film Closer starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law.
Dark Escape (Closer 2004)
After months and for some of us years of anticipation … they are finally here … the gig we have ALL been waiting for … Karsh Kale and the dynamic duo of Asian electronica Tapan Raj and Gaurav Raina better known as the MIDIval PunditZ will grace us with their presence together with Bobby Friction on Saturday 29th May 2010.
It’s been described as “global groove music”, but Karsh Kale & MIDIval Punditz’s sound is much more than that. Together, they weave influences from drum ‘n’ bass, Sufi music, deep house, centuries-old ghazals, rock, trip-hop, North and South Indian classical and folk music, trance, Jamaican dancehall and more. It’s a tight acoustic-electronic soundscape that – devoid of fusion clichés – blends evocative singing, instrumental melodies, ambient drone and funky, intricate amplified beats with ballsy intelligence and infectious energy.
Location : RICH MIX35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA BOX
Box Office : 020 7613 7498
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.richmix.org.uk
Book Online: http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_karsh.htm
Naina Laagey – Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz (Live at Paleo Fest 09)
Epic (Remix) – Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz (Live at Paleo Fest 09)
Punditz + Kale have certainly kicked it up a few notches on the latest bollywood film soundtrack Karthik Calling Karthik. Fusing elements of rock with edgy electronica adding their unique trademarks.
Karthik 2.0 – Punditz & Karsh (Theme from Karthik Calling Karthik)
KCK Theme Remix – Punditz and Karsh
India’s Republic Day marks the occasion of the transition of India from a British Dominion to a republic, but that’s not really what I want to talk about. On this day, the media puts on a display of patriotic films and songs everything from Meri Desh ki Dharti by Mahendra Kapoor to A.R. Rahaman’s Maa Tuje salaam.
However there is an album out there, rare and hardly listened to, Vande Mataram: An Electronic Exploration. Vande Mataram meaning “Salutation to the Motherland”, brings together an array of accomplished artists to showcase the talent of Indian Electronica.
Vande Mataram is a song composed by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay in a concoction of Bengali and Sanskrit, was the national cry for freedom from British oppression during the freedom movement. It has virtually become a second national anthem and to some it is considered as the anthem.
Vande Mataram: An Electronic Exploration – is exactly what it is. As the age of electronica develops so do the artists, and this album portrays the proficiency, dexterity and an aptitude for the best in modern Indian Electronica. It paints a vivid picture of the traditional Vande Mataram in many colours. Each colour is like a different avatar, providing unique dimensions and perspectives yet retaining Vande Mataram’s original significance.
Recommend listening :
- Electro Indian Mix – Midival Punditz
- Rocktronics – Func International
- Ambient Dub Mix – Jayant
- Pathshala Mix – Bandish Projekt