An EP for India

Sep 17, 2014, 07:53 IST | Hassan M Kamal

Local Electro-Pop band, Laxmi Bomb is all set to launch their second EP, Mah'Bharat, today in Mumbai

If Laxmi Bomb’s first EP, H Om was about identifying the local culture and aspirations, its new EP, Mah’Bharat has gone national with its theme.

The album cover of Laxmi Bomb’s new EP, Mah’Bharat

“Our last album was very city-centric. The sound and lyrics of the songs had a very Mumbai touch to them. Even the songs, like Juhu, were named after places in the city. But with Mah’Bharat, we have tried to expand the canvas,” says singer and song writer, Keegan Pereira.

The difference exists both in terms of approach as well as the theme. The songs, says Pereira have a national theme to them, with each carrying a unique flavour from a part of India. “And therefore, the Mah’Bharat has song titles like Keralight based on Kerala, Shillong Train Running inspired by Shillong, and Andaman Eve as a reference to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, among others,”  he says.

But that’s not where the experimentation ends. The EP title, Mah’Bharat in itself is an amalgamation of the word mah (my) as spoken by African-Americans and Bharat (India). The symbolism is expanded further in the artwork, where the sexed up bombshell Laxmi from the previous album takes the form of India, and like Draupadi in the Mahabharata, is shown being un-dressed on the stage while people from all walks of life watch.

Commenting on the innovative album art, Pereira says, “You have a section getting kicks out of such a sight, lawyers playing the justice game, policemen enjoying MMSes, politicians playing the blame game, the indigenous population with their bamboo sticks leading a revolution, the silent protestors, and a large section turning its back on the incident. And a map of India pulling her garment.”

When asked if people would appreciate him using a sexed-up Laxmi as a representation of India, Pereira replies, “A country has always been represented as a female figure, and India is very sexy. Ask any European or American! Our yoga, religion, kama sutra, all that makes us a very sexy country.”

The event, organised by MTV Indies Ribbit will also have Bangalore-based act, Live Banned releasing their EP.

On: September 17
At: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
Call: 61586158 
Entry: Free

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