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Just go with the ‘OLAM’

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FWD Life has a chat with OLAM, one of the first bands from Kerala to emerge out of an Artist Residency Programme

Text credits: Nikhil Wilson    Image credits: OLAM

Arun S Kumar, Syam N Pai, Ajoy Jose and Manu Ajayan a four-piece band has a friendly chat about their band ‘OLAM’

Q)How did the name OLAM come up?

There wasn’t much of thinking done to come up with a name. I think it was URU the name OLAM came up and we loved it, as we felt some kind of similarity with the names URU and OLAM.

Q)How excited were you about your first gig and your preparations for the show?

We were very excited about our first gig and we have been preparing for the last one year. URU has provided us space and support to work on our music and we think we have some good compositions with us. We have been having a late night and sometimes early morning practice sessions preparing for the gig.

Q)What genre of music do you play?

We are an instrumental band and we have elements of psychedelic rock and progressive rock music in our songs. So when people ask us what kind of music or type of band we are we say “ We are an instrumental band”.

Q)How did you guys meet up?

Myself (Arun) and Syam were bandmates from years back. We used to play in the same band and after a few years, when the band split up, we made sure we never lost contact and kept working on our music. We also knew Manu and Ajoy as we four belonged to the music band field.

Q)How was your entry into URU?

Syam knew Riyas Komu, the curator of URU. One day Syam told Riyas that we were looking for a space to jam, and he offered URU as a space for us wholeheartedly. We never knew it would become our home and we would get this kind of support from the team.

Q)How has URU been a place of support and motivation for you?

Getting a space and technical support is one of the major hurdles every band faces and URU has provided us both. URU has become a home for us, where we meet up and escape into a world of our own with our music. Just 15 days before the inaugural ceremony of the URU art exhibition, we started our jamming sessions. We were given a chance to play at the inaugural ceremony and that gave us a big boost to create more songs and work even harder.

Q)Have you all taken music as your career?

Well, most of us want to take music as a career. Syam is a graphic designer and he has book designing shop. I used to write for Deccan Chronicles for a few years. I also work with films in Sync sound projects and I have also directed some video songs. Ajoy works as a music composer and Manu is a sound engineer.

Q)Tell us about your practice sessions

We usually practice for 3-5 hours and sometimes we practice really late if we are really hooked upon completing a track. There are sometimes when we adjust our timings because URU is also a venue for talks and camps. We adjust our practice sessions according to the crowd for the exhibition at URU.

Q)Has your family’s been full on support from the start, or where there any issues with you guys spending a lot of time at URU?

Well, our families don’t have an issue with us spending a lot of time and they have been supporting us. Even though they are concerned about us, they have never discouraged us.

 

 

 

 

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Going Beyond Laasyam

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Mohiniattam dancer Suchitra Visweswaran has made her dance form accessible to the masses with her radical choices

Words by Dhanya                                        Photographs from Suchitra Visweswaran

The mid-1990s Malayalam film Kamaladalam has a scene in which Nanda Kumar, the character played by Mohanlal, proves his expertise in dance to his reel and real audience by interpreting the performance of the dancer. His main argument is that the dance form associated with Siva and his masculinity is Thandavam, while women are the translators of laasyam. Acclaimed Mohiniattam dancer Suchitra Visweswaran has set out to turn around this sexist view on the forms women can take in classical dancing.

Read more about the radical danseuse in the latest issue of FWD Life, Dec-Jan 2018.

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It has been 56 years since Goa has been part of India and here are 8 places to visit in Goa

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On this day in 1961, Goa the tourist’s hub became a part of India

After 14 years of  Independence, Goa became a part of India on 19th December 1961, after being liberated from Portugal. Goa which is the smallest state in India has always been the tourist spot. Here is our guide to “8 places to visit in Goa”.

Arambol Beach

A 16 km long unexplored beach surrounded by cliffs on two sides, with a Fresh Water Lake and chirpy markets nearby, Arambol is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa.

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Fort Aguada: Walk down memory lane

Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing in Goa, India, on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus: Discover Goa’s religious legacy

One of the popular churches in Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is preserved here in this Basilica and hence revered by many. It also is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar as the name suggests, the fall looks like milk. Dudhsagar Falls is a 4 tiered waterfall located and the 4th tallest waterfall of India. Located at a distance of 46km from Madgaon, the falls appear spectacular during monsoons after been fed by the rains.

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Arpora Night Market: Indulge in some Shopping Therapy

Arpora night market is held every Saturday from 6pm until late night. If you are a Shopaholic then you must drop at the Arpora Night Market.

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Tito’s: Dance your way

Tito’s is one of the best nightclubs in Goa. It is also one of the first discotheques of Goa. Located off the main road, towards Baga beach, Tito’s consists of 2 levels; dance floor on level 1 and level 2 is from where you can sit and watch over the action below. Saturday nights at Tito’s is all about pulsating dance floor, electrifying music, and throbbing lights.

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Fontainhas: Enter into a New World

Fontainhas is an old Latin Quarter in Panjim, capital city of the state of Goa, India. It maintains its Portuguese influence, particularly through its architecture, which includes narrow and picturesque winding streets as found in many European cities, old villas and buildings with projecting balconies painted in the traditional tones of pale yellow, green, or blue, and roofs made of red coloured tiles. Fontainhas’ heritage ambience represents the traditional Portuguese influence in the area.

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Deltin Royale Casino

The Deltin Royale Casino boat is the largest casino boat in Panjim, Goa. It offers 24 hours of nonstop fun in an area spread over 40,000sq.ft of luxury live gaming on three levels with 850 gaming positions. Live entertainment is on the restaurant floor and during peak hours.

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Goa, the traveler’s paradise is an integral part of our country and if Goa is on your holiday list, do not miss out on these places.

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Rupi Kaur- An Outpouring Through Poetry

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Her words melt and mingle in our mouths and minds like Milk and Honey

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“If you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise”
                                                                                                     -Rupi Kaur

Poetry isn’t about big words and long winding verses. Poetry isn’t just rhyme and rhythm and meter and measures. Poetry isn’t really ‘poetry’ unless is comes from an outpouring of emotion, unless it is a form of expression. Poetry is a medium to communicate one’s deepest thoughts and feelings and if anyone knows of this the best, it’s Rupi Kaur.

A Canadian poet of Indian origin, Rupi was born in Punjab and moved with her Sikh family to Toronto when she was four. While in college, Rupi began posting her poems on her social media, where she garnered immense fame. She then went on to self-published a book of poetry and prose titled Milk and Honey in 2014. Her book featured over 200 pieces of poetry and prose written in Kaur’s trademark short, simple verse – with her own illustrations acting as visual punctuations. The book dealt with themes of survival and the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity and went on to sell over one million print copies.

“People aren’t used to poetry that’s so easy and simple,” she said in an interview with The Guardian.

And that is key that she has used to ensure that she is connected strongly with millions of young people worldwide. Her poetry does not need heavy analysis. Rather she prefers to tell it like it is. According to her, each chapter of her books serve a different purpose, deal with a different pain, heal a different heartache

“I don’t fit into the age, race or class of a bestselling poet,” she says, “I used to submit to anthologies and magazines when I was a student – but I knew I was never going to be picked up. All their writing was, you know, about the Canadian landscape or something. And my poem is about this woman with her legs spread open.”

Her critics, though many, cannot help but admit that there is little doubt that Kaur is at the forefront of a poetry renaissance that is currently taking place in the literary world.

She is unashamedly ambitious and a workaholic. And is already on her way into writing the first 10 chapters of her first novel – “I’m just free-writing it at the moment” – and has stated that she is also planning to work on turning her poetry music, as well as experiment with screenwriting, films, and photography. The 25-year-old poet, writer, illustrator, and performer published her second book called ‘the sun and her flowers’ earlier this month.

 

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Here are a few of our favorite pieces of prose and poetry by this amazing writer:

 

 

 

 

 

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