Architect turned musician Sawan Dutta has been creating music professionally for over two decades. Her commercial work includes music for...
The Metronome: Storytelling through a Song Vlog
What links a reluctant donkey to Boroline to recipes of various Bengali dishes to various cities in Europe to a dirty beach in Mumbai?
With the advent of the digital space, many artists - musicians, singers, visual artists - have suddenly found a free space to share their work. Unencumbered by market demands (so far), they are able to play with abandon, experiment and unabashedly share their ideas, their work, their experiments and sometimes, their gems of genius. In this space, they are also able to connect directly with audiences - who follow them, like them, critique them, and sometimes even make them.
We are delighted to invite Sawan Dutta - musician, Singer-songwriter, Song Vlogger - to Mumbai Local. Sawan may be the only person in India today running an active song blog (The Metronome). As Sawan herself says, on her blog she writes and sings "about anything under the sun". After Boroline as a pujo gift to Bengalis everywhere, she found herself with a large and growing following online - much to her surprise. In this session, she will talk to us about her ongoing journey with her blog - what drives her, how she creates (she is fond of guerilla tactics), and where she finds herself evolving.
Look forward to an evening filled with wonderful, quirky music and ideas, an artists' gut response to situations and places, fascinating anecdotes of making the song blog videos, and a sense of the creative possibility that the digital world currently offers us.
We hope to see you there. And as always, a request - please share this email on to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested. Help us spread the joy!
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Architect turned musician Sawan Dutta has been creating music professionally for over two decades. Her commercial work includes music for Bollywood feature films, over 200 TV shows such as the ongoing KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati), documentaries, ads, jingles, albums, installation soundscapes and theatres (her score for Dadi Pudumjee's Transpositions received the META Best Soundtrack for Theatre award). She is currently known for her pathbreaking Song Vlog, The Metronome, on YouTube. Perhaps the only Vlog of its kind, The Metronome, which now has over a million views, features Sawan writing, composing, producing and singing her original songs about her everyday experiences, trivial and profound. Many of its songs, like Macher Jhol, Ode to Boroline and The Pet Pujo Song have gone viral on the net.