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Experimental Act Kalika and Raghav Sachar Craft Haunting Novel Video display ‘My Chums Are Virgins’


Anurag Tagat
Sep 21, 2020

Pune-based mostly artist Prannay Sastry from Kalika (left) and saxophonist-composer Raghav Sachar.

Formed in 2018 in Maastricht whereas composer Prannay Sastry used to be a student, Kalika has slowly added extra remembers and collaborators with each and every project. With the most modern track “My Chums Are Virgins,” Sastry met with seasoned composer and saxophonist Raghav Sachar, who ended up participating on the song that is an eerie, ironic lament on sexual repression in India.

While Sastry released a outdated model of the song on his 2018 debut portray Enter Kalki (that contains Maastricht-based mostly trombone player Angus Foster, who returns for the unique iteration), he also released one more series of songs in 2019 known as Data Religion. By early this 365 days, Pune-based mostly Sastry incorporated Novel Delhi vocalist Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, bassist Vinay Ravindra Rao (from blues act Triple Whisk), multi-instrumentalist Jay Kshirsagar and percussionist-producer Yuvaan Makar to fabricate an extended lineup for Kalika. This collective created their experimental outdated single “Made Up,” that contains reputedly Carnatic fretplay and soothing vocal harmonies. He says about his fellow musicians, “There’s a extremely effective intimacy working with artists who maintain to your music. Collaborating is central to my ethos. It enables me to continue to be taught and extending, whereas giving me the opportunity to explore a bunch of sonic terrains – which I for sure worth.”

Not simplest is “My Chums Are Virgins” a out of the ordinary darker song when compared to “Made Up,” it’s also released in Hindi and English. For prefer of making a extra accessible message, Sastry sings about how colonial-period guidelines are peaceable upheld in India, which “stifle our freedom to love in a supposedly free country.” The composer bought Sachar on board spontaneously, when their conversations about making a occupation in music led to songs being shared amongst them. Sachar calls it an “intense” track which used to be very assorted but enjoyable so as to add in direction of. “Since I really had been in the industry for a whereas and I understand how songs characteristic, it used to be easy for me to deem how it used to be going to flip out. So now when I’m hearing the song it sounds excellent, sounds like exactly what I imagined. Total a gigantic experience,” Sachar says in an announcement.

There’s month-to-month singles in retailer from Kalika till December, including an upbeat and humorous track known as “Zen” that contains Bhattacharya and Kshirsagar. Sastry notes they excellent went into their first socially-distanced rehearsal and are pumped. The composer adds, “We can’t wait to play gigs, like every musician available in the market!”

Circulate “My Chums Are Virgins” beneath. Hear on extra platforms right here.

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