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    Cast(e)ing Music

    Utharakalam Admin

    Sruthi Herbert ______________________________________________________________ 3D Stereo Caste is a short documentary on caste thoroughly rooted in reality. Short. Precise.Sharp. Hard-hitting. This documentary shows how caste operates in the field of music – a field that has not seen a lot of debates and discussions in Kerala. And for that reason, it can be expected to ruffle a few feathers. Explicitly political, it seamlesslessly interweaves several facets of caste discrimination into one coherent narrative. ______________________________________________________________ Many years ago, when we were tiny tots who were taken for dance classes on Sundays, mom would whether she could join the violin classes. The old brahmin

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    A R Rahman and Mylapore Blues.

    Utharakalam Admin

    A S Ajith Kumar The ‘Tamil Issai Iyakkam’ had tried to raise questions regarding the politics of caste in karnatic music. Rahman connects Mylapore to an entirely different terrain, `the blues’ which has afro-American origins and was a part of black assertions in United States. By connecting these two different genres having different political histories and different understanding of music structures he invites us to a new space of hybridity and contamination. I suggest that Rahman disturbs the stereotypes of `fusion’ music and try to engage with the possibilities and problems of music and technology with this. The popularity of the Airtel ringtone brought a new `audience’ to the Indian music scene. Airtel claimed that in

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