TEDxSSN - Yodhakaa - Contemporary Indian Music





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Published on Feb 22, 2011

Yodhakaa is a contemporary Indian music band that evolved around the idea of finding a bridge between the traditional and contemporary. Their music is a collage of all the inspirations and influences they have encountered in their journey as artists. They hope to evolve, embrace more cultures, languages and people, because they don't want to remain a bunch of musicians forever. They want to make noise; they want their voices to be heard... because they have so many things to say, so many messages to send.

Yodhakaa was founded by ‘Darbuka’ Siva in 2005 with a pretty simple idea of covering songs by various world music artists from different corners of the world and arranging it with an Indian twist. Pradeep and Susha joined a couple of years later, bringing a strong Indian classical influence into the band, and took Yodhakaa in quite a different direction. The band was performing often, with a constantly changing line-up of musicians, but managed to carve a niche for their left- of- centre approach.

Though they were doing shows and travelling, they were still on a constant search for a sound that meant more than doing covers, or randomly putting together ideas and hoping it will work. Luckily for them the search ended in January 2009, when they found something, not surprisingly far from our own heritage to carry forward their ideas, through ancient Sanskrit ‘slokams’, dug out from manuscripts and texts, each one towering in significance and value. This made Yodhakaa’s sound what it is today.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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