Rooted in its Indianness but also very modern and futuristic.
How did Ta Dhom project come about?
So, Ta Dhom Project was a personal journey of a different kind for me. I think, classical music for years has been restricted within a certain boundary if I may say so.
I started teaching rhythm, konnakol to young rappers who rap in their native languages. They had never heard carnatic music before and it was quite a journey of sharing this traditional knowledge of rhythm with them. There are more kids who are keen to learn and its the love with which they learn that makes it all worth it.
I have always believed that to be original you just need to be "you" and don't have to copy the west or the east or anyone else for that matter.
If the rappers learnt the Indian system of rhythm, they can use it to write in different flows and also explore time signatures and that was the motivation for them too.
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