Interviews with Musicians
Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, book critic, and the host of the Desi Books podcast. In 2020, she had a critically acclaimed debut short story collection out titled Each of Us Killers. Jenny also had a well-received debut literary translation (from Gujarati to English), released titled Ratno Dholi: The Best Stories of Dhumketu.
Neelam Matadin was only 8 years old when her uncle discovered her talent for singing. When she was 12 she performed together with Baitak Gana legend Kries Ramkhelawan. And since five years she is part of a Surinamese music band named Freestyle, where she sings popular Bollywood cover songs. Neelam’s music is loved by millions and with her voice she stole hearts in several countries Guyana, Curacao, Indonesia, Netherlands and India.
Nandita Shankardass is a UK based performing dance artist, choreographer and teacher. She is currently creating her own work from home. The foundation of her art finds it’s roots in awareness, current affairs and issues, which we as a human race have ignored for far too long. Humankind has inspired Nandita this year to stand up and speak out through her dance.
Who doesn’t know DJ Insane aka Marcel in The Netherlands? He is not only the most respected Desi DJ, but also a producer and label manager and that for 20 years! Over the years he worked with international stars such as Apache Indian, Daler Mehndi, Jay Sean, Rishi Rich, Himesh Reshammiya, Kumar Sanu and Bally Sagoo. Recently he released a mixtape and is working on a Bhangra remix for a British record label. His hectic life and playing gigs in clubs and festivals ended once the government announced a lockdown.
The 515 Crew is the best Bollywood band in Europe. Since 2010 they have toured with well-known British Asian Artists such as Navin Kundra, Taz Stereo Nation and they are the live band for Indian Idol UK. They gave three unforgettable concerts for DesiYUP. UK based musical director, pianist and producer Hinal Pattani remembers the events of this decade and is very proud of the band’s achievements. Although this year has been strange and sad, it was also beautiful and a blessing in disguise all rolled into one big emotional ball for him.
Mumbai based tabla player Amit Mishra is known all over the world for his music in the Indian classical and World Fusion genre. His passion for the Indian drum instrument started as a young child in his home town, one of the oldest living cities in the world,...
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Mewati Gharana vocalist Hemang Mehta and tabla player Nitin Mitta pay a homage to Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj (28 January 1930 – 17 August 2020). The legendary Indian classical vocalist (90) had a music career of 75 years....
The International Film Festival Rotterdam hosted the screening of the film Shut Up Sona by Deepti Gupta. The film follows singer and composer Sona Mohapatra in her quest for equality and her journey through India to find her message of empowerment in the mystics of...
In November 2019, 70’s star Asha Puthli said YESS to Le Guess Who? Festival. She performed after decades in Europe for the biggest world festival in The Netherlands. This Indian beauty talks about her musical come back and how she became the star that she is today.