Rahul Ram

Rahul Ram never thought he was going to become a musician. He studied chemistry in college and obtained a PhD in environmental toxicology,...

The Politics and Art of Aisi Taisi

Rahul Ram likes to not know what's going to happen next. He likes to create music out of jamming with fellow musiciana - and we get the wonderful music and energy of Indian Ocean. When he first heard stand-up comic Sanjay Rajoura, he loved his style, walked up to him and said - if you ever want to do anything with music, I'd be interested. Four years later, Sanjay called and asked if he'd like to work with him and Varun Grover - and so we got Aisi Taisi Democracy.

What are the factors that draw a group of artists together? How do they trigger each other's creativity? And how do they create a shared consensus on the direction they take together?

We are delighted to invite Rahul Ram - Musician and environmentalist - to Mumbai Local, to share with us the journey, spirit and creative play of Aisi Taisi Democracy. While we know Rahul as a great musician, in this session we will also be regaled with his storytelling, as he takes us through the why, how and wherefore of the work Varun Grover, Sanjay Rajoura and he do together to give us the cutting insight of Aisi Taisi Democracy. He asked if he should bring his guitar - and we said of course, you must! - so we can happily expect to enjoy his inimitable brand of live performance as well.

Look forward to an evening of sharp political humour and healthy doses of irreverence underwritten with acoustic music commentary. Look forward to happy collision of political thinking and spirited artistic expression. Look forward to having an awesome time.

For those of you who absolutely cannot make it to the venue, we will be live on Facebook for you. Join us on our page at 5 pm on Sunday, 8th July.

This session is curated by: Sanjna Kapoor - co-founder, Junoon

@ 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

Rahul Ram never thought he was going to become a musician. He studied chemistry in college and obtained a PhD in environmental toxicology, and seemed well on the way to becoming a professional scientist, but fate intervened and he joined the Narmada Bachao Andolan in his late twenties. Goodbye professional scientist. He started playing the guitar in school and was a semi-professional musician during his college years. A trip to Garhwal visiting the Chipko Andolan during his school years made him passionately interested in environmental issues. All of this somehow led to Rahul becoming a full-time musician somewhere in his early 30s and he has been playing with the band Indian Ocean for over 27 years now. As part of Indian Ocean, Rahul has performed over a 1000 concerts across five continents, and released seven albums, in addition to composing music for several documentaries and Bollywood films. Four years ago, he became part of a stand-up comedy act called Aisi Taisi Democracy, that focusses on social and political issues.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
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