Sounds of music Beatboxing

Sounds of music Beatboxing

Beatboxing’s  about is a one-man band. And it is making all the sounds of  an orchestra or musical group using one’s mouth, lips, tongue and voice. Sounds music Beatboxing

The restaurant reverberates with O Humdum Suniyo Re as a group of four boys and a girl croon the popular A.R. Rahman number from the movie Saathiya. But look again and you might do a double take for while the beats are on the dot. The strumming of the guitar sounds just right and there are no instruments in sight. Voctronica, a group of motley crew of singers – Avinash Tewari, Arjun Nari, Clyde rodriguez,  warsha  Easwar and Raj Verma – is a vocal beatboxing orchestra. The Mumbai Based   band  was formed by the collective efforts of Sony Music and British Council.

Now, if you haven’t been living under a rock, you must know that beatboxing is all about creating sounds by exerting pressure on different points in the mouth, inside the throat and over the lips by using one’s hands, the tongue or simply with air pressure.

Often called the fifth element of hip hop, beatboxing has hit the right notes among the yough’uns. Beatboxers are everywhere – at college festivals, corporate events, cultural festivals and at restaurants. It helps that beatbosing doesn’t necessarily  need a group as individuals too can perform sans instrument.

Ishaan Nangia,  19, who has b een beatboxing since Class IX says: “My father used to create sounds with his mounth by flapping his feel at ease in front of the camera.’’

He’s also a perfectionist to the core and is known to reject several ideas if  they don’t meet h is exacting standards. “I’m only bothered by incompetent, lazy liars,’’ says Kasbekar. He’s also super-hard working, and starts his day early. “No matter what time I sleep at night, I wake up by 7. From 7 to 8, I am in a digital detox. My day starts at 10.30 am in office and after that it’s a crazy schedule,’’ he says.

That covers his work as a photographer and also with Bling, where his wife Vandana, who’s also one of its directors, manages the day-to-day show. The couple has two grown-up fraternal twins, Naomi and Arnav. “They’re not much into photography, but we bond with sports,’’ Kasbekar, who’s especially passionate about football, which he played keenly at Mumbai’s Campion School. Now, he keeps close tabs on every Aresenal match and watches at least one game in London each year.

Of course, kasbekar didn’t start out thinking he’d be a photographer. He first set out to study chemical engineering. But while he excelled academically, he soon realized that he wasn’t cut out for academics. So he dropped out and enrolled for a three year programme at  the Brooks Institute of photography in the US, which he topped in 1988.

While in the US, he got an opportunity to work with ace lensman like Jay Silverman and Ron Slenzak. Then, after returning to India to set up his own studio in 1990, he quickly landed high profile assignments like the catalogue shoot of the famous Mumbai store, Sheetal, as well as ad campaigns for brands like Park Avenue and Vadilal. But he credits the famous photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha for giving a kick-start to his career. There was life beyond engineering.

For now, though, he has turned the lens on filmmaking and is excited about the whole process of film production. He says: “There’s so much to do now and that challenge keeps me going.

Lips or hitting particular points on his mouth with his tongue. All id did was to replicate him.’’

He honed his skills by watching YouTube videos. Nangia, now a first year student at Sri Venkateswara College in Delhi, regularly organizes beatbox battles in college. “At Hard Rock Café beatboxers came not just from the NCR but also from Patiala and Hyderabad,’’ he says.

What’s making beatboxing  immensely popular is that it can adapt to all genres of music – hip hop, bollywood or jazz. Voctronica for instance specializes in different kinds of music. “During a live event we perform songs from our albums Fitzpleasure and the Evolution of A.R . Rahman which features songs by the music composer. We also create a live track during a performance,’’ says Arjun Nari, a part of the Mumbai-based group.

Aflatunense, an eight-member group, on the other hand is high on Bollywood and US chartbusters. Says Navarun Roy, band manager and coordinator: “We dig’ 80s Bollywood, Rafi-Kishore era, US chart busters like Major Lazer’s Lean On, Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive and classics like Stand by Me and Michael Jackson’s medleys. We even have a medley of ‘90s Cartoon Network tunes. Each of our members has vastly different musical tastes and bring different skills to the table.’’ This Mumbai-based group recently released a cover called Nucleya’s B ass Rani.

However, it isn’t just the exact rendition of a Bollywood number that finds favour amongst judges at beatboxing competitions. 20 year-old Shubham Sharma started Beatbox India, a community which organizes beatbox battles throughout the country.

For Vijay Tewari, a participant in the fifth season of India’s Got Talent in 2014, a good ear is also an essential quality of a good beatboxer. “Listening is important especially for newer beatboxers. The sounds are produced. And how they are produced are important things to bear in mind while creating music. Tiwari does three four paid gigs in a month while holding a full-time job with a travel company.

Divyansh kacholia, 19, who recently won a beatbox battle at Sri Venkateswara College. He considers establishing a connection with the audience really important. The Delhi college of Arts and Commerce student says: “It is essential to connect with the audience. I pick one element of music and take it forward depending on the audience’s reaction.’’

Kacholia’s USP is his inclusion of folk music, especially Ghoomar from Rajasthan. His rendition of the Pink Panther’s signature tune too is impeccab le.

While the beatboxing community has grown substantially in the last couple of years –from eight beatboxers in 2008 to about 500 strong now. The road hasn’t been easy for most. Most of them learnt to beatbox by watching YouTube videos of foreign performers. YouTube has its limitations. Because, you see the performance but not really understand how something was done. So, practicing involves a lot of experimentation.

To emulate any particular sound takes hours and days of practice something which can be learnt easily if a person is being taught. To overcome this problem, Nangia has started a community of beatboxers in Delhi which stays connected and helps each other.

So, for all those who love music, there’s a whole new world to explore- and no, you don’t need to carry your instruments along. Sounds music Beatboxing

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