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The Dewarists in legal tangle

The popular TV series on musicians, The Dewarists, has been dragged to court by writer-musician Manish Kumar for alleged copyright violation. Kumar has filed a petition with the Delhi High Court against host channel Star India alleging that he had conceptualised a similar TV programme.

music Updated: Dec 01, 2011 01:16 IST

The popular TV series on musicians, The Dewarists, has been dragged to court by writer-musician Manish Kumar for alleged copyright violation. Kumar has filed a petition with the Delhi High Court against host channel Star India alleging that he had conceptualised a similar TV programme. “The matter is subjudice,” says a spokesperson for the channel.

The television series which aims at encouraging individuals to do what they believe in, became popular after the video by Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Imogen Heap.

"The trio worked on a composition based on Rabindranath Tagore's Where The Mind is Without Fear, in which Heap introduced the audience to a variety of instruments, (some of which were played and recorded in a shop for musical instruments in Samode), and a group of schoolchildren sung the chorus. There were also distinct influences of a village band and local nagara players," reports Zaira Arslan of Indian Express.

They shot this video in the luxurious Samode Palace in Rajasthan.