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Cinema Beyond Boundaries

September 24, 2013

Join Molecule Communications, one of ARC’s partners working India Music Week, this weekend for

Ticket 2 Bollywood: Cinema Beyond Boundaries
3 Days of Talks-Learning-Networking and Celebrating 100 Years of Bollywood Filmmaking


Friday, Saturday, Sunday; September 27, 28, 29, 2013
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Free admission; advance registration required

A must attend for all filmmakers and actors-Its free-You have to Register @

Molecule Communication in collaboration with SVA & SAG/AFTRA Presents.  Ticket 2 Bollywood “Cinema Beyond Boundaries,”
The 2nd annual conference for successful film industry professionals working in the Bollywood and New York film industries. Over three days of panels, workshops and receptions where today’s hottest writers, directors, musicians and actors recount experiences in the field and lessons learned. They will offer personal insights and forecast changes in the fast-growing and rapidly-evolving global film making industry, while also taking the opportunity to extend their professional networks. CBB will focus on global cinema opportunities, bringing Hollywood and Bollywood film professionals together to discuss screenwriting trends, co production opportunities, and international film financing to connect the world’s most important film industries.

Guest Speakers from the East:
Madhur Bhandarkar: Screenwriter/Producer/Director; Fashion, Jail, Heroine, Chandni Bar
Sanjay Gupta: Screenwriter/Director/Producer; Kaante, Shootout at Wadala, Dus Kahaniya
Aunradha Tiwari: Screenwriter; Fashion, Jail, Heroine

Guest Speakers from the West:
Michael Canzoniero: Co-Writer and Co-Director, Don Peyote (starring Anne Hathaway, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel and Topher Grace)
Dan Fogler:Tony Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Comedian      Co-Writer and Co-Director, Don Peyote (starring Anne Hathaway, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel and Topher Grace);
SAG-AFTRA:Bernadine Goldberg, Member Outreach; Nicole Hill, Equal Employment Opportunities & Diversity Department; Leif Larson, Theatrical Department
Reshma Shetty:Actor, Royal Pains (TV Series)
Dylan Marchetti : Variance films
Ajay Naidu : Actor
Elliott Kanbar  : President of the QUAD MEDIA  New York
Aroon Shivdasani: Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council – Festival Founder – NYIFF
Vladan Nikolic : Professor ,Film Directing,Production and Diigital and Transmedia Filmmaking: The NewSchool and NYU

Taylor Negron: Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, Writer
Aroon Shivdasani: Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council
Kanika Chadda-Gupta: Anchor, Spokesperson, Zee TV
Geetika Agrawal: Creative Director, R/GA

Ticket to Bollywood: “Cinema Beyond Boundaries” features a full roster of highly-respected Bollywood and New York City film industry professionals —technicians, writers, actors, soundtrack composers/musicians, and directors—who are helping to unite the global film industry.Ticket to Bollywood: “Cinema Beyond Boundaries” features a full roster of highly-respected Bollywood and New York City film industry professionals —technicians, writers, actors, soundtrack composers/musicians, and directors—who are helping to unite the global film industry

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15 Years of Sunshine + Indian Music

September 10, 2013

On Sept. 28 the Florida based Association of Performing Arts of India is celebrating 15 years of producing wonderful events and concerts.  They’re in Plantation (where my Pop once thought $200 and acre was too much) and the concert will focus on the Folk Music of Rajasthan.  Looks like fun.

photo_1You can see the organizations brochure here

July 29, 2013

Amarrass Records in New Delhi has become the latest addition to our list of contributors to India Music Week, Oct 7 – 13, 2013 – less than three short months away!

I first heard of them through the Amarras Desert Music Festival (Dec) that features the music of  dry regions worldwide as well as India’s Rajasthan.  You can get a taste of this lovely event here.

Amarrras Is sending all of their releases, organizing a CD giveaway AND hosting a concert in New Delhi as part of India Music Weeks festivities.  Below is a list of available and upcoming releases + links to their artists.  The label is dedicated to sophisticated field recordings of artists in familiar home settings, perhaps at their most comfortable.  Check them out!

• At Home: Barmer Boys (AMAR008) (Released December 2012).  21st century folk. Folk with attitude.

• At Home: Lakha Khan (AMAR007) (Released December 2012).  A hundred hues with a master of the Sarangi recorded in his own environment (Released Dec 2012)

• At Home: Sakar Khan (AMAR006) (Released September 2012).  An album of historic, intimate recordings with the Yehudi Mehunin of the kamancha featuring the 78 year old maestro Sakar Khan, at home, with his sons Ghewar, Firoze and Dara.

• Live at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival (AMAR005).  Features festival recordings and jams with Vieux Farka Toure, Madou Sidiki Diabate, Lakha Khan, Barmer Boys, Nihal Khan (released August 28, 2012)

Madou Sidiki Diabate – Live in India (AMAR004) (released August 14, 2012).  Madou captures that traditional sound and infuses his own jazz sensibilities in his first live solo kora album. Recorded at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival held November 26 and 27, 2011, this is the music of his forefathers of the Griot community—West Africa’s historians and storytellers, his roots embedded in every chord.

Banko Ghodo (AMAR003) – Vol 2 of field recordings from the Indian Desert (released February 7, 2012)

Mitha Bol (AMAR002) – Vol 1 of field recordings from the Indian Desert (released September 8, 2011)

The Manganiyar Seduction – (released November 27, 2011).  Amazing stage show, w/ great folk musicians and maybe a TAD over the top presentation.

Just Another Drum Joke…

July 20, 2013

drum Joke_India

Brazil vs. India

May 15, 2013

Some things are just too good to be true.  While finishing off the cataloging of recordings that ARC collected for Brazilian Music Day, in preparation for India Music Week, I came across this album by Egberto Gismonti.


It’s the perfect transition – the perfect bridge between the two cultures and the annual focuses here at the ARC.  Last year Brazil, this year India.  Força Lascada (EMI, Brazil, 064 422 940, 1984) offers a jazzy and dissonant use of a dilruba and the “sitara” – untuned, loungey and peculiar – as nearly all such cultural mashups are.

It’s the perfect addition to the collection we’re building of non-Indian musicians incorporating Asian Indian instruments into their music. Often it’s a straight ahead and flatly melodic use, like on a Beatles record.  But sometimes it’s an avant-garde mess bordering on genius.  As this is.  At least on two cuts.

We’ll have a full rundown and essay on more than 30 of these recordings ready for India Music Week in Oct.  Stay un-tuned!

Blue Lotus Festival in Rajasthan

January 29, 2013

My trip to India was a wonderful experience and has led to a host of new friends and musical information. One stellar event that’s coming right up is The Blue Lotus Festival in Rajasthan.

This is a massive, well-organized event, featuring more than 300 talented artists from nearly every state and representing the widest range of traditional, semi-classical and Sufi musicians presented anywhere.  Definitely not a tourist-hype event, but striving for authenticity.  A quick look at the short video above tells you this is exciting stuff!

This event is organized by De Kulture Music. They make it pretty darn easy to have a great musical experience – a long trip to an unfamiliar place, made safe and comfortable. Click here to view the Blue Lotus Package travel package they offer .


De Kulture’s mission is to develop an Indian network of audio archives and an entertainment resource that delivers the India’s diverse cultural expressions in an entertaining and informative way via all mediums and formats possible. They represent 2000 artists from various parts of India, and have released more than 50 albums over the past seven years.

It’s worth lingering a bit in Rajasthan, a desert region with beautiful cities, sites and music. This is where they have a lot of “j”s – Jaipur, Jodhpur Jaisalmer – as well as Pushkar, most famous for it’s camel fair (Nov), and now, the Blue Lotus Festival.

Learn everyting here:

Need even more info? You can always e-mail them:

Cardboard 78 Player from India

January 22, 2013

While in India I had the great pleasure of meeting Suresh Chandvankar, a scholar and one of the catalysts behind the Society of Indian Record Collectors (SIRC). He also spoke at the IASA conference in New Delhi, is an author and has helped Dust to Digital to release material from the Young India Label. His true love is Indian Classical music on 78s. He was also my guide to the record haunts in Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market), Mumbai. One of the treasures that he showed me was this attempt to create a portable record player for the masses, for pennies (film below). He remembers finding this simple, ingenious device while hiking in the Himalayas forty years ago. At first he thought the cardboard was there just to separate the two discs until the seller told him that he could only buy the records if he bought the gramaphone also. “What gramaphone?” was his bewildered response. And to his amazement the cardboard was unfolded and the player revealed. To his amazement the two discs and player was six rupees (11¢). Here’s how it works; The corrugated cardboard is divided into three folded sections. On one end is a revolving metal disc with a spindle, on the other a metal stylus (needle). The 78 rpm record has a spindle hole, and a small hole on the outer edge of the label to insert a pen, pencil or stick. The cardboard is folded to make a triangular shape, the stylus placed on the record, the triangular fold acting as a resonator. The user insets the pen and handcranks the disc, and voila, an early walkman. It’s an iffy sounding system, but then again, it does indeed create a gramophone for practically nothing. The designers were proselytizing Christians, hell-bent on bringing “The Good News” to, in their minds, the heathen Hindus. The disc containing sermons, Bible stories and quotations. The only info I could glean from a partially obscured label states that this is a “Cardtalk Record Player” manufactured in Bangalore. So feel free to make one of these at home, a great add to our DIY plastic cup cylinder disc player @ For fine academic work on early Indian sound recordings see back issues of Record Collectors News published by the SIRC that Suresh has made available online, downloadable as PDFs –

UpDate – This post has attracted thousands of viewers sing I first wrote it and placed on our ARChive blog last November.  Here’s some new info about these lil’ cardboard wonders from Rainer E. Lotz – “Actually, those missionaries distributed the system areound the globe, from Patagonia to Zanskar and beyond, In all imaginable languages. Discs and cardboard reproducers could be manufactured with locally available material. I obtained a batch of several African languages in Capetown.”  +  “I still have four record & “cardtalk grammaphone” player combinations in Shangaan, Pedi, Venda andTswana (the others went in auction on one of our auction lists As well I have mimeographed instructions on how to use these creatures (“The Phonetic Trouble Shooter”), like, what to do when the sound is tinny or muffled…  And also three different illustrated printed folders from “Gospel Recordings”. They claimed to have produced 12 million records in 4000 languages for 170 countries. They also offered more “sophisticated” hand-wound “grammaphones”, and even hand-wound cassette players.

You Light Up My Life

January 19, 2013

It’s festival Time in India. I was in Varanasi (Benares) during Durga Puja and took a breakneck bicycle rickshaw drive trough the streets – highly recommended in a city offering hash and opium on every corner.

Festivals are pretty darn festive. Here’s a shot from “Outer Space” (you know, about 62 miles away) of India during Diwali, the Festival of Lights, from May be fake; may not matter.

Why I’m A Bit Crabby…

January 18, 2013

Because of the storm it took 4 days to get out of Mumbai, India. After 8 hrs at the airport, only 42 hrs to get from Mumbai to Cleveland, and still not back in NYC yet. ARC is safe and dry, but no power. Fred is there now doing a job for Muscle Shoals by flashlight! We should be up and running on Monday. Thanks to all the great folks in India who helped me out. A big Halloween ‘boo’ to United Airlines who didn’t man their counter for three days in Mumbai and slashed, broke the handles + lock and stole a telephone from my bag on their flight between Houston and Cleveland.

What Storm???

January 17, 2013

Well it’s the storm that is keeping me in India – That’s what storm. So as no one from United Airlines has the slightest idea what to do to help, I’ll show you this sky related item: A beautiful specialty generic 45 sleeve that Angel in India had made to package their ‘ethnic’ releases. Very nice indeed I think. NOW, can I fly home?

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