The Dewarists is a ten-part television series that is now in its second season. The season premiered on Sunday, October 28 at 8pm on Star World India. The show features collaborations between artists of different genres, shot at locations across India. Each episode will centre around the creation of an original track by the combination of musicians, and will culminate in the performance of the new composition.
The fourth episode in the series features six musicians who get together to write a song that is probably one of the most cohesive songs that the second season has seen up until now. The collaborators are Bangalore alt-rock veterans Thermal And A Quarter (who will be playing the Bacardi NH7 Weekender Bangalore), New Delhi jazz/blues duo Adil & Vasundhara, and Indian classical music prodigy Ashwin Srinivasan; all seasoned performers that have been playing for years. Srinivasan has previously collaborated with Imogen Heap and Nitin Sawhney, and both Adil Manuel and Vasundhara Vidalur have worked with various musicians before forming their own band, which maybe explains the easy chemistry these collaborators possess from the very beginning of the episode. This chemistry is what drives the collaboration forward, easily translating ideas and grooves and riffs into what becomes a funk-jazz track that sees spoken-word inputs by Srinivasan and vocals by Vidalur and TAAQ’s Bruce Lee Mani. The song’s pedigree is not too hard to define and fans of TAAQ will see elements of their signature sound in the song, but the most remarkable part of ‘Make Love’ is that it doesn’t end up sounding exactly like separate sums of its whole, taking from each of the collaborator’s identities instead and creating a seamless melange that might as well have been written by a band that has been performing together for a few years, at the least.
The episode was aired on Sunday, November 18 on Star World, and can now be viewed on YouTube in HD now. Check out ‘Make Love’ below.
The third episode of the series featured a collaboration between electro-pop duo Shaa’ir+Func and South Indian folk music collective La Pongal. The second episode of The Dewarists saw actor and singer-songwriter Piyush Mishra collaborate with British hip-hop artist Akala, and the first episode of the second season saw a collaboration between British singer-songwriter Fin Greenall (of Fink, who are one of the headliners of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Bangalore next month), Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali and Bollywood music director duo Salim-Suleiman. The next episode will feature sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.