The experimental artiste

Organised in Uttarakhand, the carnival of e-creativity 2012 which will take place in the outdoors isn't for snooty gallery-hoppers. Art forms whether formally recognised or not are all welcome, Yolande D'Mello introduces you to a few artistes

The Indian underground
Akshat Nauriyal is self-confessed internet junkie. Apart from that he is also a musician, filmmaker, and web entrepreneur.

The founder of Now, an internet-based documentary series, the film follows a plot which takes you deeper into the Indian underground. It features short stories of emerging Indian subcultures like graffiti, street performance digital art and independent music.

"And I see the Internet as an important tool in that change. Movements and people which were earlier sporadically displaced now can connect with like-minded individuals which will lead to the creation of networks and cohesion in movements," he says.

The founding member of the post-progressive band Another Vertigo Rush that introduced experimental sounds to the country and won several international awards, Nauriya currently plays with electro rock band Teddy Boy Kill. The band attempts to interpret electronic music with live drums.

Fastest finger
Jayen Varma is an electric bass player, known for developing tabla and mridangam-style finger technique on bass guitar to play slap bass. The style developed by him is widely known as Indian slap bass, which won him fans around the globe and accolades from famous bassists like Jeff Berlin, Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten. As of 2008, The Registry of Official World Records says he is the fastest in percussive bass playing. He performs with the band Khayal Groove led by Indian classical vocalist Aparna Panshikar.

Watch the fastest fingers play:

The colour of music
Neil Harbisson is a British-Catalan 'cyborg artist', musician and performer best known for his ability to 'hear colours'. In 2004, he became the first person in the world to be officially recognised as a cyborg by a government after he was fitted with an eyeborg.

Neil Harbisson was born with Achromatopsia, a condition that only allows him to see in black and white. An eyeborg is a cybernetic body apparatus created in 2003 which typically fits on the wearer's head, and is designed to allow people to perceive colour through sound waves.
Harbisson founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation created to help humans become cyborgs and defend cyborg rights. Colour and the use of technology as an extension of the performer's body and senses are the central themes in Harbisson's work.

He grew up in Matar, Spain, where he studied music, dance and drama at various schools and began to compose piano pieces at the age of 11.

At the age of 16, he began fine arts studies at Institut Alexandre Satorras, where he was given special permission to use only black, white and gray colours in his works.

Harbisson moved to Ireland in September 2001 to finish his piano studies at Dublin's "Walton's New School of Music". In 2002, he moved to England to study Music Composition at Dartington College of Arts.
At: Carnival of e-creativity, February 24 to 26, Sattal estate, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand.

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