Sound, Art & Technology Festival Kicks Off This Week

18 February 2013

"The Sound, Art and Technology (S.A.T) festival is inspired from collaboration, to creativity, culture, tradition and technology."

Kicking off later this week, it will promote innovative art practices, discussions and live performances in an effort to bring fast disappearing musical traditions such as folk music, to the contemporary performance space through its interaction with technology.

Over the course of 2 days, producers and practitioners from around the world, will discuss the impact and innovative uses of technology in music production in South Asia, with focus on topics such as:

- Creativity, culture, folk music traditions and technology
- The technology revolution in the tools of creativity
- Innovative use of technologies

Amongst the invited speakers are Luke Kenny (9XO), Sumudi Suraweera (Music Matters, Sri Lanka), Nafis Ahmed (LiveSquare Music, Bangladesh), Taru Dalmia (Word Sound Power) and artists Inder Salim (New Delhi) and Punita Singh (sound designer and researcher). The opening night will also see performances by Swiss Jazz ensemble, Orbital Garden and German folk artist, Petra Rehwald.

An initiative supported by Goethe Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan), Pro-Helvetia and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, it takes place on February 20 and 21 at the Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi. Entry is free and requires registration at the following email

A full schedule of the festival can be seen below:

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

6.15 - 8.30 pm, Lawns

6.15 - 6.45: Bundeli Folk performance
by Abhinav Sanskritik Manch (Sagar, M.P.)

7.00 - 7.30: German artist Petra Rehwald on the Hackbrett, a Bavarian folk instrument

7.30 - 8.30: Don Li’s ‘Orbital Garden’ (Berne, Switzerland) featuring Don Li (Clarionet, Programming and Composition), Tian Bosshard (Drums and Bass), Peter Scherer (Electronic Programming) and Vidya Shah (Vocals)


Thursday, 21 February 2013

10.00 am - 5.30 pm, Library Hall

10.00 - 10.15: Registration and tea

10.15 - 10.30: Introductions and Opening Remarks (Vidya/Parthiv Shah), Chandrika Grover (Pro Helvetia) and Robin Mallick (Goethe-Institut)

10.00 - 1.00: SESSION 1
Community, Media and Technology

Dr. Sumudi Suraweera
Ethnomusicologist, Teacher at Music Matters, Sri Lanka
Presentation: Baliphonics - Transforming the Low-Country Bali Ritual Music of Sri Lanka for the Concert Stage

Tapas Sen
Chief Programming Officer, Radio Mirchi
Presentation: Radio, Music and Technology: Dissemination and distribution of music

11.45 - 11.45: Taru Dalmia
Musician (Delhi Sultanate)/Scholar
Performance: Word Sound Power

Dr. Punita Singh
Artist/Sound Researcher
Presentation: Music and Technology: Intimate Encounters

Luke Kenny
Presentation: Film, Music and Technology

Omprakash Choubey
Folk Art Scholar, Madhya Pradesh
Presentation: Bundeli Folk Music: Community, Tradition and Expression

1.00 - 2.00: LUNCH

2.00 - 2.30: Performance: Bundeli Folk Artists
Abhinav Sanskritik Manch, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

2.30 - 5.30: SESSION 2
Music, Technology and Dissemination

Rajiv Makhni
Technology Journalist, Television presenter (NDTV)
Presentation: Television, Music, Technology and Innovation

Nafis Ahmed
CEO, LiveSquare, Bangladesh
Presentation: Digital Bangladesh: The NextSpace

Ritesh Meshram
Artist, Mumbai
Performance: Transmigration

3.45 - 4.00: TEA

Subroto Chattopadhyay
Chairman, Peninsula Studios
Presentation: The Peninsula Studios

Kuldeep Kothari
Co-founder, Rupayan Sansthan, Jodhpur
Presentation: Digitization and Dissemination of Audio-Video Archives

4.45 - 5.15: Inder Salim
Artist, New Delhi
Performance: MUJeY KYa BURrA THa MARnA,



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