‘Fire Star’ with Tamil Electro Funk & Synth Pop sounds by South-Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja out on
Indian film music invariably manages to take you by surprise, time and time again. Hard electro-funk and sweet synth-pop are not genres you would expect from India. Yet, in the late 80s electronic beats and synths were eagerly embraced by the film industry of South India along with kung fu fights, aerobics, sunglasses and jogging outfits. The rich and funky Tamil grooves of early 80s transformed into stripped electronic synthesizer music. Composer Ilaiyaraaja, AKA ‘The Maestro’ used minimal beats and synthetic arrangements to create an addictive and captivating electro synth pop sound. His experimental mind, unfailing pop instinct and advanced harmonics make the songs a feast for the ears that will grow with every listen.
Fifteen children were each asked to watch a Bollywood movie prominently featuring a child character. During the shoot that followed, each child was asked to verbally portray the child character in the movie that s/he had watched, to describe the role and plight of that character within the movie’s narrative.
The edit avoids specific reference to particular movies or particular characters, instead weaving the fifteen interviews into a composite portrait of ‘the child’ within the Bollywood imaginary, as told with the input of fifteen young Mumbaikar cinemagoers.
Von Candice Breitz.