Re-defining Meraki.

Meraki (Mee- Rah-Kee)
(v.) to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into work.
The word ‘meraki’ bears a captivating meaning to itself and also sounds strongly alluring to the ears when we hear it.
At Meraki Studios, we define ‘our’ meraki as:
(v.) to do or help someone do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into work or into supporting others with their works.

Our 18 Best Picks From Music Videos Released In 2018!

2018 was such a smasher year in local music scene of North Eastern India. From International music bands playing at local music festivals to umpteen national acts from metro cities making mini-tours exploring this part of the country, and not to mention, the countless local acts releasing singles, EPs and dropping music videos all year round, it was indeed a year of musical strike  in the local music scene . We saw various local independent artists releasing not just one but multiple music videos in 2018 which speaks for itself about the speedy gear-shifts coming up this year.

From the ocean of music videos released last year, we have handpicked 18 music videos, not based on the number of views on YouTube, the phenomenal VFX or CGI inputs nor the riveting drama and plot behind the video, but how incredibly they jammed with us throughout the year. Here’s our 18 best picks from 2018 (in chronological order):

Pelenuo Yhome – Build A Story (January 4 // The Rec.current, Kohima)

Fame The Band – Autumn (January 19 // Jamsteady X Blooperhouse Studios, Kolkata)

Lai Lik Lei – Eshei (February 19 // Studio Dominance, Imphal)

The Twin Effect – Chasing Shadows (March 23, Dimapur)

Avora Records – Sunday (April 22 // Good Noise Ent, Aizawl)

Fireflood – Rains (May 12 // Tinted Light Studio, Dimapur)

Tali Angh – City Of Lights (May 26 // San Production, Kohima)

Lucid Reccess – Blindmen (July 12 // Lucid Recess Studio, Guwahati)

Featherheads – Haokui (July 25 // The Dialog Media, Ukhrul)

Big Ri & Meba Ofilia – Done Talking (July 27 // Mix & Flow Productions, Shillong)

Avora Records – 23:00 (August 8 // Kings And Prophets Studios, Aizawl)

Lo! Peninsula – Another Divine Joke (August 11, Imphal)

Lateral – Hepaah (August 11 // Lucid Recess Studios, Guwahati)

Sacred Secrecy – Shitanagar (August 16, Itanagar)

Blue Temptation – Blessing (August 17, Shillong)

Lily – Unchained (August 25 // W-50 Muzik, Shillong)

Matilda & The Quest – Thinlung Hliam (September 30 // BigFuz & Quest Productions, Aizawl)

Joshua Shohe & Zonimong Imchen – Never Let You Down (December 1 // The Rec.current & San Production)

We hope to see more of such amazing music video releases this year to make 2019 more remarkable! Godspeed!

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Ramya Pothuri & Ronit Sarkar set out for their debut North East India tour – The Winter Sun Tour.

Singer/songwriters from Mumbai, Ramya Pothuri and Ronit Sarkar (Rono Music) to set out for their debut North East India tour – The Winter Sun Tour tomorrow where they will be performing in 4 different cities viz. Dambuk (Arunachal Pradesh), Shillong (Mehgalaya), Guwahati (Assam) and Imphal (Manipur) within a week’s time.

Ramya Pothuri is a 22-year-old artist born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After living and performing in St. Louis, MO for 10 years, she moved to Hyderabad, India, where she became an avid performer in the city’s hotel and restaurant circuit. A seasoned singer and finger-style guitarist, with an expansive repertoire, she is currently based in Mumbai. She released her first independent EP of original music, titled “We Never Left” on August 24th 2016 and promoted it through her venture “The Living Room Tour”, a series of house gigs around Mumbai organised by herself and Ronit Sarkar. In 2017, she completed a completely DIY tour of Sri Lanka, titled “The Quick And Dirty Tour”, along with 5 other artists. At the end of 2017 she joined the band Ladies Compartment and is now the guitarist and vocalist for the band.

Formerly known as Awkward Bong, Ronit Sarkar is a Mumbai-Based singer-songwriter, who performs under the stage name of Rono. With an independently produced album, ‘In The Brightest Corners‘, released in June 2015, Rono has played several stages and festivals around the country, including the Bacardi NH7 Weekender (Pune 2015) and the Vans New Wave Festival (Bangalore 2015, Delhi 2016) as well as the RTX Project Artist Residency in Sri Lanka in 2016 and the International Writers Camp 2017 in The Netherlands, and has been featured on several programs and online publications like Vh1 India’s Music Diaries, Rolling Stone India, IndiEarth and Ennui.Bomb’s annual “Stupiditties” indie compilations. He is currently writing new music and, inch by inch, playing his way around India’s independent music circuit.

Ramya and Rono’s The Winter Sun Tour will jumpstart tomorrow at Orange Festival Dambuk in Arunachal Pradesh the17th December and wrap up at SCXMS Live Listening Session by Sound Check North East and Meraki Studios at Fika in Imphal on 23rd December.

So, check out their tour poster above to catch them live in your own cities. Imphal, see you on the 23rd.

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The Raven kickstarts their Genesis Tour tonight at The Vault, Kolkata!

New-Delhi based experimental prog-rock quintet The Raven to kickstart their long-awaited 10-city Genesis Tour 2018 from The Vault in Kolkata tonight at 7 pm. While the tour starts off in Kolkata and ends at The Pianoman Jazz Club in Delhi on 12th of July, it lasts a total of 42 days circling around the North-Eastern part of the country making cities like Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Shillong, Guwahati, Kohima, and Imphal a big part of the tour.

“The Raven is something you don’t normally hear. The sound of the band comes from all four members being brought up by different genres, and the lyrics are based on the emotions and situations surrounding us. We generally don’t have a fixed genre, if you happen to watch us live you’ll understand, but if we have to label ourselves then it would Experimental prog rock.

We think of ourselves as people who wanna end the mainstream battle of being an indie band being bullied by the commercial and pop-culture or to be precise show people the actual power of independent music”, the band quoted.

The Raven is Tsemola, Nugen, Andrew & Craig.

Tsemola Decchen, the vocalist of the band likes to portray the dark side of life and painful emotions through her songs. Her love for music started at the age of 12 and has kept her going ever since. She is known for her straight face.

Nugen Nathan, the drummer, balances the band’s music through his vibrant and happy demeanor. You’ll spot him dancing if he isn’t drumming.
Andrew Kamei, the lead guitarist completes the songs with his beautiful guitar licks. He’s the quietest one in the band but has the most brilliant sense of humor.
Craig Dominic Pinto, the bassist makes all the compositions feel just right. He believes music is all you need. He has been playing music professionally for the last 5 years and plans to do it all his life.

The band has been working on few materials which they plan to release singles/EP by the fall of this year.  Check out their lyrics video of ‘Fix Me’ on YouTube or their demos on Sound Cloud. So, if your city is also a part of the tour, don’t miss out on them bunch!

Support the band and keep updated with their releases by following them on:

Facebook: WeAreTheRaven

Instagram: theravenmusic

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Sofar Sounds finally made its way to Imphal.

Sofar Sounds (an acronym for Songs From A Room) is an expanding global community of artists and music lovers reimagining live events through curated, secret performances in intimate settings all around the world. Imphal is also now a part of this beautiful secret series gigs happening in more than 387 cities worldwide.

It started in London in March 2009 when Rafe Offer, Rocky Start and Dave J. Alexander who went to a Friendly Fires concert and became annoyed by people talking over the music, gazing into their Smartphones or hearing the clanging of beer bottles. As a consequence, they decided to put on their own gig in Alexander’s North London flat and invited eight friends over to listen to him play five songs in his living room. Now Sofar Sounds is live in more than 387 cities pulling up more than 500 such intimate gigs in a month worldwide. 


Anybody can apply on the Sofar Sounds website to be a guest, host or perform at any Sofar gig. The relevant city team will review the applications and get in touch with the applicants for further processes.

Typically, three artists perform at each Sofar gig with no “opener” and no “headliner”. Performers apply to be considered via a form on the website. Musicians of all genres as well as spoken word poets, comedians and even dancers are welcome to apply. Local Sofar Sounds lead ambassadors/bookers and their review committees and music scouts curate the evenings. The line-up for a concert is not disclosed until the event starts; the location (often a private living room with an average size of 70 people) is announced 24 hours before the show. Guests arrive on time for the first act and are encouraged to stay for the entire show. Events are normally BYOB, and the emphasis is placed on the crowd being respectful – switching off their phones and listening. Sofar Sounds also claims that highlighting headline acts encourages people to turn up late and not respect the other performers, so that is why all artists are being treated equal. Artists are often filmed, with the edited video uploaded to the Sofar Sounds YouTube channel and shared on the website.

Sofar Sounds Imphal

Imphal made its debut Sofar Sound gig on 27th August 2017 featuring two amazing local acts – Atingkok, an alternative folk band and a dream-pop/shoegaze trio Lo! Peninsula at Books & Cofee, Singjamei. The turn up for the gig was not much since it was the first-ever Sofar gig for Imphal but secret gig resulted in a promising impression on the music lovers of the city who were a part of the whole new complete organic environment dedicated only to music alone. 

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To register for upcoming gigs in Imphal: Sofar Sounds Imphal