The second issue of BASS Sanskriti was hosted in the Monkey Foundation head quarters in the presence of a wider set of audience. Trying to be ready for a possible monsoon shower, the monkey crew setup the place complete with tents and stage decoration.
The show started with a set by Foliage whose music was inspired by the theme ‘Rainforests’. Setting the mood for the evening, Foliage was followed by a film screening of not-yet-released footage from Word sound power’s second project, “Blood Earth”. The director of the film, Kush Badhwar, presented the half hour long movie, complete with subtitles. Set in a village in interior Odisha called Kucheipadar, the word sound power – Blood earth project is a collaboration between Taru dalmia/ Delhi Sultanate and Chris McGuinness on audio and Filmmaker Kush Badhwar on visual.
Kush’s film screening was followed by Chris taking center stage for a live performance of the word sound power project. His setup included Ableton live and APC40 through which he performed live music in the tradition of Jamaican Dub. His set centered around field recordings from different parts of India. The evening came to an end with a set by Daham Rathnayake from ‘In the company of clowns’, all the way from Sri Lanka who was Collaborating with King Jassim, the MC from Agumbe, Karnataka whom we saw in the first edition of BASS sanskriti. Irieboy/Raj verma made a special appearance with a beatbox session towards the end.
Special thanks to Vishnu and Santosh for memorable ginger tea.