VIDEO SPOTLIGHTS

Aasman Ki Dukaan

Shot Live at The Red Music Box

Released in Sept, 2020

Album: Raah E Fakira

"Aasman ki dukaan wale, khol tu apne dil ke taale...

Seedhiya utar ke aaja neeche - warna hum nahin sudharne wale..."

Aasman Ki Dukaan is a petition to the shopkeeper in the sky to open his heart, descend to be amongst us – lending us grace and acceptance. 

Shooting this live was special - we met our lock-down gig venue, all masked up and sanitizing compulsively, just to make music together despite our forced isolation in times of this pandemic. We celebrated this win - however small, and it felt great, to drench ourselves with cheerfulness and melody, even as we held on to faith in a better tomorrow! We missed the home-quarantining Sanjeev and his quiet brilliance that day, but we went ahead because there has never been a greater need for art and music in our life-times than now.  

Let's Go is Swarathma's few instrumental tracks that showcase the brilliance of Sanjeev Nayak and his violin wizardry. The video is a slightly dramatized version, with Sanjeev cutting loose while in home quarantine - final track was recorded and mixed by Varun at The Red Music Box

Let's Go is a delight to play on stage and we hope to continue experimenting with it in the B-stage format when we get back to live-shows!

 

Till then, watch Sanjeev totally blow your minds with his playing chops. 

Pyaar Ke Rang

Shot Live at NH7 Weekender 2019 Pune

Released in July, 2020

Album: Swarathma

Pyaar Ke Rang is a classic from our debut album. Here is a video us playing this fan-favorite live at NH7 Weekender. It was a cracker gig that started at sundown and the sheer energy of the audience continued lifting the show up many notches. 

Midway through it all, Vasu scythed through the crowd and chatted up this amazing member of the audience. What followed was some easy banter and killer dance moves! But we never did get to know her name. So, before releasing this video of which she was the star, we took our search to Instagram. And within a short 24-hours, the (social-media universe) helped us find her. We got together for an live-chat as we dropped the video. Didn't you know Swarathma shows were special in so many ways?

Kaanton ke mausam mein

Phoolon ki khusbo ko chunte raho 

Dum bhar ke saanson mein

Ummeed koi jagate raho

Mushkil mein jeena na bhoolo

Koi geet sunte raho...

Remember to pick the fragrant blooms 

From among the thorns

Keep alive the flicker of hope

In every breath drawn 

Choose life in your heart 

Listen to this song 

Mushkil Mein Jeena, is not just a song. It's a virtual hug for a tired world. It is soaked in emotions, the lows (and some highs) of the unprecedented times we're living in. The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown that has disrupted our lives and livelihoods.

 

Mushkil Mein Jeena is not a rallying cry of optimism. It's just a gentle reminder to remember to live, even as life is turned on its head.

We couldn't get together as a band - so, the video was shot on our phones in a typical vertical format for consistency.

The cast of this video is dearest to us: it features our families who give us hope and encourage us as we continue to make music. From indulgent mothers, to supportive better-halves to our children - we have captured moments with our loved ones as we hold up handwritten lyrics-pages to the soothing melody of this gentle song. 

Mushkil Mein Jeena Shot Live at our homes as we remained sequestered during the COVID-19 pandemic

Released on June 12, 2020

Video Concept & Direction: Vasu Dixit

Edited by: Aayush Agrawal

 

Special Appearance 🧡

Abir Dasgupta

Mahati Subramaniam

Alaap Dasgupta

Jovila Marina Baptist

Carol Viola Crasta

Bindhumalini N

Shreya Dasgupta

Chitra M

Jangama

Shot Live at Red Bull Studios

Released in April, 2020

Album: Raah E Fakira

"Is there a saint or Jangama inside you?

Is there a saint or Jangama inside me?"

Jangama is an interesting folk-rock fusion. 9th track of our album, it is the only song in Kannada. A song about the common man in us all - one who journeys on through life's ups and downs. The journeyer is the focus of the music, which began as a recursive, trippy guitar lick later made groovy with the kanjira pattern. 

"One who saw life in sludge and earth

One who lived in the seas and forests

...

One who laughs and dances as per the season

One who consumes pain and fear"...

Let's Go - The Quarantine Jam version

Live at The Red Music Box

Released in July, 2020

Also called "Long Awaited Jam" - part of Swarathma's early line-up

Jiya Lagaye is a song about the things we hold closest to ourselves, but those that matter the least. Just a simple voice of calm in a troubled world.

Jiya Lagaye Shot Live at Red Bull Studios

Released in Mar, 2020

Album: Raah E Fakira

"We aren't the whole tree, we are only the leaves."

Raah E Fakira Official Music Video

Shot Live in the chalws of Jogeshwari, Mumbai in collaboration with a Dahi Handi Mandal

Released in October, 2018

Album: Raah E Fakira

Produced by Red Bull Media House, this video of the album's anthemic title-track tells the story of a young boy who has dreams of flying, but instead finds his superpowers through the ancient Indian human pyramid sport of Dahi Handi. The video charmingly captures the boy's dreams and the subsequent sense of inner peace that comes with finding your purpose in life. Eventually. 

Beta Sweater Pehno Official Music Video

Directed by front-man Vasu Dixit, in association with soft-drink brand Mirinda's "No Pressurepanti, Only Pagalpanti" campaign

Released in February, 2017

Indian kids are under a lot of pressure – every parent expects their child to excel and this results in an Olympian academic race. Times might have changed but the drudgery of going to school from the dressing up to the ride there and then class after class is something that still remains. In this track, weepy violins (Sanjeev Nayak) and bitter bass-lines (Jishnu Dasgupta) takes a quirky aim at helicopter parenting and India’s obsession with grades.

Created in association with “Release The Pressure”, a movement that addresses the extreme exam stress faced by teenage students. Featuring band members in school uniforms going morosely through the motions of school life with comic melancholy.

Won Radio City Freedom Award for Best Music Video in 2018

Rang Zinda Hain Music Video

Released on July, 2013

Created in collaboration with students from NID, this song is about celebrating ageing

"Bachpan after Pachpan" (childhood after 55): Made in celebration of all elders who have inspired Swarathma, this video will add colour to a dull day. A beautiful reminder to not give up, and know that one can always live life with childlike wonder. 

Visuals of a lively group of elders  playing with colours, and huddled around board games are sure to warm your heart on a bleak day.

Manwa Shot Live at Red Bull Studios

Released in October, 2019

Album: Raah E Fakira

Funk-flecked Manwa is a song about telling your Heart to take heart. Things may not be going your way. But this too shall pass.

Agla Savera Official Music Video

A groovy tune shot as a live performance in a studio set-up 

Released in June, 2017

Collaboration with Clinton Cerejo feat. Binanca Gomes

Jamba Live Music Video

Recorded in August, 2009 at Yash Raj Studios

With the reknowned John Leckie and Dan Austin, for a compilation album called Soundpad

Jamba is an audio train journey across Karnataka. Recorded for Soundpad for British Council. the track was later picked up by Music Alliance Pact featuring top indie-songs from 33 countries

Ollekalla Bandide Music

Video

#No1YaariJam - a happy tune about friendship

 

Released in December, 2017

Collaboration with Salim-Sulaiman

Ekla Chalo Re feat. Lakhan Das Baul Music Video

Recorded in October, 2014

Video steeped in sepia-nostalgia is shot at Thakur Bari in North Kolkata, Tagore’s ancestral home

Swarathma re-visions and performs an inspired cover of Tagore’s iconic track for FoxLife Soundtrek Season 2. Inspired by traditional baul (devotional) folk song, Eklo Cholo Re became a powerful anthem for Bengal’s anti-partition movement in 1905.

For a song with so much history, Swarthma stays true to the original while bringing in a contemporary feel.

The music is a compelling call to journey on: walk alone, walk intrepid, find your path.

Duur Kinara Music

Video

Released in January, 2012

Collaboration with Subha Mudgal

Shot for The Dewarists, Season-1 Episode-7

"The Dewarists" is a movement, part travelogue and a musical documentary that recognizes and celebrates musicians who have changed the rules of the game. In this episode, Swarathma collaborates with the pre-eminent Hindustani classical singer Subha Mudgalji again after Pyaasi, the band's debut music-video. 

Duur Kinara, a metaphorical song on a river's journey is created from the soundscapes of Mysore as these musicians collaborate by the waters of the Cauvery. 

Subhaji's haunting, lingering vocals blend with Swarathma's kaleidoscopic, soaring sound. CAVA, Mysore, where the band was born, forms the perfect setting for this track of abiding beauty. 

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