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Django Unchained (movie review)

— by Parmita Borah | Bangalore A spaghetti western with a black cowboy - Who else you reckon would venture into a territory like that? Another hint - a ruthlessly violent, gore and cold blooded revenge saga - sounds familiar? Good Guess - Quentin Tarantino it is. The man's back with his large red font title credits, variegated background score and of-course a cast to die for as he adds another feather to his cap - Django Unchained . Django Unchained (poster) Before I begin my review, let me remind you that there are some flicks that owe its ingenuity to a great story (The reader, if I may), some to it's crisp screenplay (let's say The Social Network, or Tarantino's much acclaimed Pulp Fiction), some for direction (for instance The Hurt Locker); and some stand out based on sheer brilliance of performance. Django Unchained is one such movie. So if you are expecting an evenly paced, action packed western, I'd say cancel your movie tickets and shut down that tor

Candid conversation with Tetseo Sisters - Mercy, Azi, Kuku and Lulu

Music has always been rife and rich in the northeastern corner of India. The legendary Bhupen Hazarika and Lou Majao from the days of yore to contemporary favorites like ‘Soulmate’ and ‘Boomarang’, the lush greens of the North East has consistently produced music that is synonymous with brilliance. The last decade however, has witnessed its widespread recognition and assimilation in the mainland of the Indian subcontinent, thanks to many upcoming musicians from the region. Among the forerunners of this league of young and ambitious musicians endorsing Northeast India’s music, the Tetseo Sisters have carved quite a niche for themselves. This quartet of four sisters from the Nagaland is devoted to the tradition of vocal folk music of the state. An ‘ a cappella ’ style of singing combined with storytelling, and the occasional use of one-stringed instrument tati or heka libuh (mithun horn), their compositions are mostly lores on Nagaland . It’s little wonder that they named their debut

Assamese musician Vicckey Goswami’s remarkable musical sojourn

‘Music is what feeling sounds like’, and that is what pours out of the award winning musician Vicckey Goswami . Hailing from a family dedicated to art and culture in Tezpur, Assam, this talented youth was drawn to music from a nascent age. A man of multiple talents, Vicckey has proved his skills as a drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist, and composer. Vicckey Goswami Vicckey’s musical journey began as a music composer with the Ford Super Model show with Mehr Jessia Rampal in 1996, and has composed music for more than 200 Ad films. His latest score was for the Audi A8L TVC which won the Integrated Spikes Asia Award as well as the Goa Fest 2012. Vicckey’s tribute composition to Late Bhupen Hazarika was released on Universal and featured Shankar Mahadevan, Kailash Kher and Shaan. He was invited to compose music for a Telecom Company in Uganda with a reputed local musician Kaweesa who arranged for children from an orphanage to sing, a project very that Vickey considers very close