Genre-bending British Tamil musician Susheela Raman is to team up with Bengali rapper and filmmaker Kaushik Mukherjee in what is certain to be an explosive, mind-bending musical collaboration as part of the London Indian Film Festival 2012.
Mukherjee - stage name 'Q' - is the controversial director behind 'Gandu': the subversive Bengali film about sexuality and youthful angst in India, which has shocked and entertained audiences at numerous Film Festivals around the world and which will have its UK premier at LIFF which kicks off June 20.
Mercury nominated Raman and Mukherjee will be joined on stage at the BFI Southbank by Mukherjee's band Gandu Circus along with Steve Chandra Savale from the Asian Dub Foundation following the premier of 'Gandu' on June 21.
Festival director, Cary Rajinder Sawhney says: “Gandu Circus is a live Jungle-rap rock performance intercut with stunning visual imagery, with the powerful voice of Susheela Raman making the experience transcendental. The film Gandu was never publicly released in India, especially due to the blatant drug usage, expletives and full frontal sex. It makes the film Shame look tame.”
Much like Raman's folk, jazz, carnatic and trance inspired melodies, Gandu Circus is an amalgam of several visceral music genres, including punk rock, rap and electronica.
The end result of this collaboration, whilst being difficult to categorize, is certain to be an assault on the senses.
Raman says: “I got to know Q on my travels to India and was immediately struck by the intensity and fearlessness he has and which he brings to his work.
I loved the idea of the film being about a rebel rock musician in Kolkata and the taboo-shredding edginess of the whole Gandu concept. He’s a visionary, in terms of pushing boundaries of Indian cinema and it’s a real bonus that he is a musician as well as the filmmaker. We were looking for an opportunity to perform together and the London Indian Film Festival provided just that.”
- Poonam Joshi
Susheela Raman and 'Q' with Gandu Circus will be at BFI Southbank June 21: 8.00pm
Tickets are currently on sale at the BFI Southbank. www.bfi.org.uk
The London Indian Film Festival takes place June 20 - July 3: www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk