In season two of MTV Sound Trippin’, Sneha Khanwalkar creates tracks based on episodic themes. Check out the first episode of the new season here.
In a bid to reclaim the M in MTV, the channel began returning to its roots a couple of years ago with shows like the highly successful Coke Studio @ MTV (which is currently in its second season) and MTV Unplugged. Joining the fold last year was MTV Sound Trippin‘, the first season of which saw host Sneha Khanwalkar (who’s won awards for her work as music director for Gangs Of Wasseypur, read an interview with her here) collect everyday sounds from around the country and use them to create a track that characterises the place where the sounds were recorded. In season one, Khanwalkar created ten tracks which featured unique aspects of the places she travelled to, including Punjab, Goa, Mumbai and Yellapur in Karnataka (check out some behind-the-scenes shots from last season here). The second season of MTV Sound Trippin’ kicked off yesterday, and sees a slight change in the format of the show. During this season, the tracks created will revolve around episodic themes. The first episode, which aired yesterday, saw a track created around the theme of movement.
The episode sees Khanwalkar traveling around Delhi, meeting with contemporary Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas and ballet dancer Rea Krishnatraye. Khanwalkar invites the dancers into her studio and gets them to manipulate the basic beats and melodies derived from her recordings, using a body-mapping technology not unlike that of a Nintendo Wii. As the song, titled ‘Nain Matakka’, takes shape, six-year-old classical singer Sneha Pandit lends her melodious voice to simple but powerful Hindi lyrics penned by Ankur Tewari.
The entire episode can be viewed in HD below.