I had heard about these two guys (Mayur and Udyan) a while back..but was unable to find any news on them; nor was I able to track down any email addy or web address for either of them. Finally here it is - notice the prominent 'friends' these guys mention in article.

Now let's just hope - what they release on their new record label is actually worth listening to and not some cookie cutter dnb with bollywood added.

Link: http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=8565&CatID=7

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Believe it or not, but Vivek Bald aka Siraiki aka the man who made you dance on countless thursday nites is considered a scholar among the people who study the South Asian diaspora. I for one am all about it! He is probably the only man (that I have heard of at least) studying the South Asian experience in America. Read the informative article about him below:

Vivek Bald, whose two documentaries are required viewing in academic courses on the South Asian diaspora , has made a significant scholarly foray into the 20th century history of South Asian Americans for his doctoral work at NYU.

link: http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=101405100320

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What do you get when you cross Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Rage Against the Machine, with Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Why you get the Desirock producer's Swami ofcourse. Now what I have to wonder is where does bhangra and hip hop come from in those influences. http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=6188&CatID=7

“Desi rock aims to break musical and cultural barriers. Apart from reflecting social issues through music, we want bring about a social change,” says Swami. Ask them whether they can be viewed as a parallel to the Asian Dub Foundation from the Asian Underground Scene, and they are quick to clarify. “ADF is very ferocious with their music and they are more politically charged. We are mellower and want to relate to people on a personal level through music,” says bass player Martin Savale (ironically, the brother of ADF’s guitarist Chandrasonic).
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With only 450,000 people in a country of 1 billion+ having broadband internet connections 1 one has to wonder what business model rediff hopes to employ by starting a download music service 2 - songs for cell phone only? Considering the significant market penetration of cell phones in India.

Ofcourse if they start offering MIDIval Punditz for cheaper than iTunes - my money is going to them ;)

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Not even in London would you be lucky enough to see such a roster of performers on a single night. It has only been six months since super club 1015 Folsom and Dhamaal's Janaka Selekta first collaborated on 'Worldly'; a showcase of the most sought after club-land and live world music talent. Three gigs later and more incredible shows in the pipeline, San Francisco is fast becoming the epicenter of a movement that started in the UK a decade ago with Talvin Singh and State of Bengal's club night, Anokha. A number of critically acclaimed albums later, Asian Underground pioneer, State of Bengal and breakbeat revolutionary, Visionary Underground fly in from London with the freshest cuts.

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