Canadian band to reveal ‘hidden world of bhangra’ in documentary
“At the moment, we are shooting a documentary on the ‘hidden world of bhangra’. Trying to shed light on this subculture of Punjabi music in Vancouver that has such deep roots here (India), and also in the UK. We’ll be travelling to Punjab later this month,” Tarun Nayar, the band’s DJ and tabla player said.punjab Updated: Dec 09, 2016 00:08 IST
After shooting a video in Mumbai’s Dharavi, considered Asia’s largest slum, Vancouver-based world music group ‘Delhi 2 Dublin’, which comprises a mix of Canadians and Indo-Canadians, is set to put the spotlight on the “hidden world of bhangra” in their upcoming documentary.
The electronic pop-bhangra fusion band launched the official music video of “We’re All Desi”, shot with the local cast and crew in Dharavi slum earlier this year.
“At the moment, we are shooting a documentary on the ‘hidden world of bhangra’. Trying to shed light on this subculture of Punjabi music in Vancouver that has such deep roots here (India), and also in the UK. We’ll be travelling to Punjab later this month,” Tarun Nayar, the band’s DJ and tabla player said.
The band, which also comprises Sanjay Seran, Ravi Binning, James Hussain and Serena Eades, will show India in a “good light”. Nayar says that, as the children of Indian immigrants to North America, “we take issue with the systemic misrepresentation of Indian culture in mainstream western media”.
“It’s so annoying! We’re vocal about it both in our music and in our online and real-life personas. And it’s not just Indian culture that is fetishised for easy consumption of the mainstream -- it is all narratives outside the conventional white, straight-male perspective,” he said.
The group, which working on a small Bollywood project, is pumped up about its Indian tour, which will conclude on December 17 in Bengaluru. “So excited. After our trip to India last year, which included SulaFest and Jaipur Lit fest, we just couldn’t wait to come back,” said Nayar.
And their fans in India must be overjoyed as ‘Delhi 2 Dublin’ is not restricted to just one genre.
“We’ve never been too concerned about fitting into a genre or getting radio or TV play. I guess from the outset our music was so weird that those things weren’t an option for us. So we just make whatever music we like. Ranging from really folky to really electronic. And over the years, as we’ve grown, so too have our tastes and the music we represent,” said Nayar.
Nayar sais the band, which was formed 10 years ago, didn’t strategically pick any form, but agrees they have a strong bhangra influence as “2.5 of our members are Punjabi”.