Hip-hop your way into India

May 09, 2012, 07:07 IST | Surekha S

With Hip-Hop, beat boxing and graffiti artists flown down all the way from Europe, the Urban Culture Project, which starts today, hopes to encourage young artists in India to warm up to these urban experiences through workshops, interactions and an all-night performance to bring the curtains down

For young break-dancers and Hip-Hoppers in the city, the Urban Culture Project comes as a blessing — it brings the opportunity to not just watch masters of the art in action but to also interact and learn from these gurus, thanks to the numerous workshops that will be held in the city over the next few days. The four-day event has been organised to celebrate Europe Day, which falls today and is a collaborative effort between Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Bluefrog, German Consulate, Rikskonsertene and Sound Curry.

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 “Hip-Hop culture has just taken off in India; there are many young artists who wish to learn break-dancing and Hip-Hop. It’s becoming very popular here,” says Emmanuelle Decker, Head of Live Programming, Bluefrog. “European countries have invited artists from their respective nations to be part of this project. Youngsters will thus get the opportunity to get inputs from renowned European artists. If you walk into a slum here (in Mumbai) and watch the kids dance, you will realise what they do is essentially break-dance. Underprivileged kids will also get to learn from these artists,” she adds.

Out of the box
There are seven artists who have come down to India to be part of the project — beat boxers from Norway and Germany, graffiti artists from Germany and France, a break-dancer and a rapper from Norway. Throughout the four-day experience, these artists will interact with young artists and underprivileged kids in different parts of the city demonstrating their work and teaching them. Today, French graffiti artist Rock and the German artist Rene will work on a mural in Worli and it will surely be worth the effort to go and watch them as they create beautiful artworks.

The event culminates on Saturday with a big all-night performance that will witness the artists come together with Indian bands like Bombay Bassment, Roc Fresh Crew, Boxy Turvy, Sout Dandy Squad and DJ Uri to give the audience an unforgettable experience. “Before the concert, there will be a B-Boying Jam session and a beat boxing workshop. Bombay Bassment will subsequently take on the stage and each of the European artists will come and join them as they showcase some moves,” adds Decker. “The graffiti artist will be painting a white flag live outside Bluefrog,” she adds.

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