Skip to main content

Chai Tunes, Xaare Aasu and the backstory

ChaiTunes presents Xaare Aasu
featuring Queen Hazarika & Jim Ankan Deka
Are you among those who are fascinated by the tea drinking culture in India? From the Masala Chai kettles of street vendors in Varanasi to sipping black tea in grandma's courtyards in Assam, from the aroma of Darjeeling’s orthodox tea to political debates and clay cups in Kolkata – the culture of drinking tea has an almost sacred status in India.

It is perhaps as deep rooted as the culture of music in our beautiful country. In the farthest corners of India, no occasion is complete without music; lullabies, weddings, festivals, simple merriment and even mourning – a few symphonic notes are bound to linger around.

With that in mind, we, the Music Malt team (a part of Eastern Fare Music Foundation by the way) wondered what if we could club the two cultures and create something amazing for the tea and music lovers. “It’s been done before”, we told each other. So what was it that we could bring to the table that left people with a fulfilling experience, as fulfilling as music or tea? We thought and thought and Bazinga! ChaiTunes emerged. It was almost like a bulb lit on top of our heads (read: no fake humility, we felt like geniuses).

ChaiTunes, as it stands today, is a concept, where music is brewed and stories are told over cups of tea. It’s an experiment where musicians from different parts of the country come together to create a musical experience. There will be folk artists, bands, musicians, artists, actors and people from all over India coming together to be a part of this journey.

The first composition of Chaitunes series is Xaare Aasu. Among the tea drinkers of Assam, noted composer Jim Ankan Deka has composed the song, and noted contemporary singer Queen Hazarika has rendered the vocals. Among the tea lovers of Karnataka Shreyas Akarshan (of beat gurus) has played the drums, and Harish Marappa has played the bass. Prateek Nalawade brings his a dash of Maharastrian flavor with the guitars. Playwright and theater actor Suhit Kumar and blogger Divya Nambiar have acted in the story that progresses along with the song. The lyrics of the song is based on poems by Assamese writer duo Prof. Bhabananda Deka and Nalini Prava Deka. Parmita Borah from Bangalore directed the video. Videography is done by Deepak Vijaykumar and his team.

The song is recorded, edited and mastered at Madcat Studios and Eastern Fare Studio, Bangalore by Anil CJ and Jim Ankan Deka.

Well there isn’t much to say. So sip on some ChaiTunes and refresh yourselves!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

10 music fests in North East India you don't want to miss

— compiled by Debjani Hazarika Northeast India is known as the land of festivals and culture. From the beginning, people of this part of the world have been indulging in merriment and diversion. Hence, the music, dance and other forms of art are the integral parts of everyday life. Apart from traditional festivals, since the commencement of television and social media, many young enthusiasts came up with the idea of organising different music events and festivals where local and acclaimed musicians can showcase their talents. Some of the festivals are funded by the state governments while the rest organised with the help of private sponsorship. Here is a list of some of the music and cultural fests we thought you would love to attend if you are into music and adventure. Hornbill Festival (Nagaland) Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo: Sudeepta Barua) WHAT? Hornbill Festival WHEN? December WHERE? Naga Heritage Village, Kohima, Nagaland The Hornbill Festival is a celebra

16 Rock Bands from North-East India you don't want to miss

North-East India is very rich in music, dance, tradition and culture. All the eight states of North-East India have something to offer for rock music lovers. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is also known as 'Rock Capital of India'. Some of the festivals promoting rock music of the region like Hornbill Festival of Nagaland and Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh are quite famous among music lovers. The region gave birth to many well known and respected Rock bands since the 60's. We have compiled a list of 16 (sixteen) comparatively new bands we love listening to all the time. Of course, there are various other bands apart from these sixteen bands who have made their mark on the Rock music scenario of India. We will post about those bands in our next segment. The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) | photo: Facebook The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) - Formed in February 2010, The Vinyl Records is an All-girl Rock band. They have performed in well

Healing power of music: Binaural Beats sound for cough relief | music therapy & meditation

A cough is a common reflex action that clears the throat of mucus or foreign irritants. A cough that lasts between 3 and 8 weeks, improving by the end of that period, is a subacute cough. A persistent cough that lasts more than eight weeks is a chronic cough. There are various ways to treat cough and other lungs and throat problems. From allopathy to homeopathy, from ayurvedic treatment to alternate medicines. Today, we are going to discuss about another unique way to treat the general irritation of the throat. Please note, prescribed medications from a doctor needs to be continued while taking this treatment. We are going to talk about sound waves which can give relief to a patient who is undergoing treatment for cough. People who have general cough and cold problem due to change of weather can get rid of cough and irritation in no time. We will be using binaural beats therapy to treat our cough problem. If you are having a sore throat or a regular throat irritation, plea