What you hear in this album are not just a bunch of songs, but a reflection of Tamil culture, its people, their lives, their stories, happiness, sorrows and their pain.
In this album we have recorded around seventy folk musicians from different parts of Tamil Nadu (South India), performing music from the land that they come from. The process of putting all of them together was such a fulfilling vibe and the most interesting thing I have done so far. Researching about Tamil folk music and working with folk musicians showed me so much life that I have never seen before.
We have handpicked some of the most interesting sounds from various traditional Tamil folk art like Naiyyaandi Melam, Karagaattam, Themmangu, Devar Aattam, Thaalaattu, Kuravan Kurathi, Thappattam (Parai Aattam), Thudumbattam, Periya Melam. We have tried our best to carefully layer these forms with some contemporary sounds without displacing their aesthetics. The idea was very simple- to make this music accessible to every one, no matter which race, region or culture one might come from.
I hope this project becomes a celebration of Tamil folklore. This album is a dedication to all the folk musicians around the world who are yet to get recognition for the artform that they practice and believe in. According to me, they are the real rockstars.
- ‘Darbuka’ Siva