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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Shillong’s own mathrock quartet Sky Level releases its long-awaited debut EP entitled Time.

Two keen mathrock music enthusiast, Denzil Swer and Sonny Taba, introduced this unevenly structured genre of music with irregular patterns and unpredictable polyrhythms to their bandmates of Sky Level and made them dig more into it. The bunch soon began to jam to the likes of Toe, Tom’s Story, Chon, and Lite. In no time, they started to pick up on odd-time signature moves and write their own materials and play live in and around the Northeast regions of the country.

Founded in 2014, with the intention of playing original music, Sky Level is Sonny Taba, and Meban Lyngdoh on guitars, Pynshai Kharchandy on bass and Denzil Swer on drums after a few changes in their lineup over the past. Being the only mathrock outfit in the whole North East India (In a country where mathrock is still very new), Sky Level is one of the most underrated band in the NE regions. It’ll be extremely surprising for many to find out that the quartet has been playing live for almost 4 years now and they have bagged titles in big music events such as Meghalaya Icon 5 (2014) and Mood Indigo Bombay (2016), have made appearances in giant music festivals of NE India such as Music For Change, Rocktober Fest, Orange Festival, Ziro Music Festival and many more on top of opening for Crown The Empire (Texas, US) at IIT Bombay in 2016.

Time is a complete DIY project. It was recorded and edited by Denzil, the drummer of the band. Their mutual friend Jacob P’nlook help them out with the mixing and mastering processes. The band has come a super challenging yet creative way on making this release possible. Even the release date had to be delayed for a few months due to the unceasing production works that band had to cover on their own. “It has been quite difficult for us to cope up with everything as we wanted the best effects for our EP. The hard work was challenging but worthy”, quoted Denzil Swer.

Time (EP): Tracklisting:

  1. Friday Jam
  2. Indigo
  3. Rollercoaster
  4. Time

Recorded & Edited by Denzil Swer.

Mixed & Mastered by Jacob P’nlook.

Artwork by Rui Xing.

Teaser Video & Graphics by Jerry Chen.

Time is available for online purchases and streaming on the various music streaming websites below: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Saavn, Gaana, Google Play Music, Deezer and OK Listen.

Now that the EP is out on all major music streaming sites, the band is working on releasing the physical copies soon. A giant EP promotional tour is also in the pipeline for the band before they get back to writing new materials for more releases in the near future.

Best wishes to Sky Level!

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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!

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Facebook: WeAreTheRaven

Instagram: theravenmusic

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GETTING CANDID with JENY RAJKUMARI (Travel & Yoga Enthusiast)

Name: Jeny Rajkumari

Age: 28 years

Hobby: Travel, Yoga, Acroyoga, Street Workouts & Photography.

Occupation: Software Engineer at FWD, Hong Kong.

City: Imphal, Manipur. (Currently in Hong Kong)

ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m Jeny (J-E-N-Y; with just a single ‘N’) and I grew up as the middle child of a typical middle-class family in Imphal, Manipur. After completing school at LFS and RKSDV, Imphal, I then proceeded to pursue an Engineering degree (IT) in Bhubaneshwar from KIIT University. Right after college, I started working for HP for few months until I got through a campus placement for HCL, Chennai. After almost three years with HCL, I landed a relocation opportunity for Hong Kong in October ‘16 and that’s where it all started for me.

THE BIRTH OF AN EXPLORER HEART!

It was probably the trip to Shimoga (Karnataka) with my dad and my younger brother in July 2015 that made me want to explore more places and document them changing my whole perspective towards travel. But the first accidental solo trip to Gokarna later that same year in November when one of my friends kind of ditched me and I ended up travelling and exploring north Goa all by myself was when I actually discovered the thrilling affair of travelling solo for the first time and ever since I’ve been  mostly travelling solo.

YOGA AND OTHER FITNESS WORKOUT ROUTINES.

It was August last year, 2017, when I was probably the unhealthiest in my life. I was going through a really difficult time in my personal life and was mostly surviving on junk food, and had put on weight. It was then I realized that I needed to make a positive change in my lifestyle. I needed a home to go back to, to reconstruct myself each time I fell down. Yoga is now that home for me.

Initially, I started it as a way to reduce weight and be fit and the routines seemed cool. However, the more I practiced I fell more in love with it. I was continually surprised as I discovered the capabilities of my body that I had only dreamt of thus far. I was also introduced to Acroyoga late in December last year by a friend and have been jamming regularly ever since with the Hong Kong acro jam community every Sunday. I’m self-taught and continue to learn from YouTube channels and Instagram and now the people I meet in my street workouts or Acroyoga jams.

My yoga journey is an integral part of who I am since it’s given me strength during difficult times. I would also love to start teaching yoga in the near future. There are many benefits of the practice and I’d love to share them with people by hosting events back home (when I feel I’m ready) to encourage them to start practicing it. Likewise, meditation has helped me immensely in my practice. 

A DAY IN YOUR LIFE.

Every morning I start my day with a glass of lemon, warm water and honey, enjoy a healthy breakfast, practice Sun salutations for atleast 30 mins, cook for the day (I pack my own lunch and dinner, too, on days where I have to work late), learn something new at work, come back home and practice yoga for another 2-3 hours squeezing in a 15 mins HIIT workout, talk to the important people in my life and then hit the bed before 1 am. In between if I get time to write or read something, my day would be extremely productive. LOL!

BEST AND WORST PART ABOUT TRAVELLING.

Meeting  new people and immersing yourself into the local cultures and diversity is the best thing about travelling. You get to learn so many things on your travels from people you meet along the road. The worst thing is, yes, it’s expensive, and not everyone considers it accessible. Second, staying away from my friends and family most of the time and missing out on their special occasions at home thus failing to keep up with them as much as I’d like to.

INSIDE YOUR BAG.

You’ll always find my phone, power bank, lipstick, kajal, etc. but it usually depends on what I go out for. For hiking and other outdoor activities, I carry my Nikon D3300 camera and its accessories (10-20mm wide-angle Nikkor lens, 35mm and 50mm prime lens, ML3 remote and a compact traveler tripod from Rollei) with which I manage to take my own pictures along with a phone stand and GoPro Hero5 Black. My mat has to be my most essential stuff along with the phone if I go out for fitness workouts.

BEST TRAVELLING EXPERIENCE.

I’d totally go back to those beautiful 7 days of Island life in Andaman with my best friend when we almost cut off the rest of the world and immersed ourselves in the place. Also, my solo venture in Vietnam last year where I stayed with a Hmong family in a village in  Sa Pa, Vietnam for 4 days in bare minimum conditions and lived like a local for those days. A lovely host in Hanoi warmly housed me during my visit there.

LAST TIME YOU WERE HOME.

In February 2018, I came back to India for a friend’s wedding in Delhi and stayed at home for about 4 and a half days. I haven’t travelled much in my hometown per se but I remember this unforgettable trip to Dzukou valley with a bunch of my friends. We stayed in Paomata in Senapati for a night before our trek to Dzukou valley and it was one wonderful experience.

PLANS FOR 2018.

I look forward to a lot of things – in terms of work and my personal life. Mastering handstand, fighting away the fear of swimming in deep water, picking up with my travelling scores which has sadly been low of late (so explore China more), improving my Acroyoga skills, hopefully run a full marathon (42.195K), prep for my first yoga teaching class that I intend to start someday and seeing my parents here in Hong Kong are on the list. Also, seeing my abs for the first time in my life. LOL!

It was an absolute delight having Jeny onboard as Disclosures’ first storyteller. We wish her the best in all her future endeavours.

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GETTING CANDID with RINCHIN CHODEN (Doodle Artist)

Name:  Rinchin Choden
Age: 31 years

Artistry: Doodle, Illustration, Graffiti Art 

Occupation:   Project Manager/ Design Assistant at Alienleaf Studio
Management at Bitbucket Solutions

City: 
Shillong, Meghalaya

Rinchin Choden grew up in a Buddhist family in a small town called Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. She left home and went to Shillong in 2005 to pursue a degree course but her love for creating art crowned her a job at a design studio called Alienleaf Studio as an intern soon after her graduation and has been living there ever since (12 years). 

She was graceful enough to allow us to peep into her world through this brief chat:

When and how did you first become interested in doodling? What have been your strongest influences? 

2016, as my friends would have said, it was the worst year for them, but it was the best for me. I did a lot of stuff then which is still memorable, doodling being one of them. My strongest influences have been these amazing guys I work with, they have been my greatest support.

Take us through the whole process of creating a new piece.

I usually start with a ‘dot’, wander around it for, like, few minutes.. and then there is no stopping. When I am making a piece with intricate designs I usually take about five to ten days, and I like to be left alone when I am making it. My other work titled “Diary of Lazy Rinzi” is a bit more fun and is about my observation skills (which happens to be real bad).

What else do you do when you’re not doodling?

Apart from my usual job and doodling, one can always find me in the kitchen, experimenting with innovative ingredients. According to my friends I make killer momos. If not the best, at least, the second best in the town.

It is easily noticeable that most of your doodles are in black and white. Any particular reason for staying away from using other shades?

My favorite colors are grey, black and white. I find more dimensions through them. About “brighter” colors, they are yet to equally fascinate me!

What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

My studio is basically my bedroom and the most indispensable item is my blanket. 🙂

Do you undergo creative blocks from time to time? If so, how do you subdue them?

Ah, that’s hard to answer; I do give myself breaks whenever I am working on something. Those breaks are usually time for daydreaming, where I think about what else I could add to make my artwork more appealing. When I start working on a piece I just think about it day and night till I complete it. So, technically, I’m always working and thinking. Thinking is the greatest work.

Pick up your favorite piece of art and tell us the story behind it.

There was this time when I had a recurring dream which I actually remembered and tried to put it on the canvas. I managed to complete two out of the three series but somehow the last part of the series is yet to be done. It’s about this girl trying not so hard to fit in and letting herself lose control of all the burdens. The medium is permanent marker pens on canvas.

How do you feel about the present art scene in Shillong?

 – Well, Shillong is one big hub for artists. Be it graffiti wall art or painters, we have it all. There are art schools to hone the talents of young and old artists. There are cafes which promote art and then there are groups like The Small Art Project which is a small initiative to bring in all local artists and promote the freedom of creativity through various mediums of art.

What do you think are some of the most inspiring things happening in the North Eastern region of India that encourages the budding talents?

There are lots of events and workshops happening in the Northeastern part of India where young minds gather together and these are the hotspots where budding talents are discovered, be it Music, Sports, and other youth activities.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? Tell us about the particular piece.

Recently, I started the project “Diary of Lazy Rinzi”, which is a mini-version me, and the whole idea behind it was to make myself feel good and it’s an accomplishment every time someone says that seeing my work makes them happy.

So, what are you looking forward to in 2018?

2018 – It should be brighter, vibrant and eventful!

We had an amazing time chatting with Rinchin and we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

To keep up with Rinchin’s amusing doodle series The Diary of Lazy Rinzi and other creative arts, follow her social-media handles below:

 

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