Published by: Vijay Kumar on March 18, 2015
Darbuka Siva, is an actor, musician, music producer and a radio jockey based in Chennai, India. Growing up in the suburbs of what was then North Madras, Siva was aware of his music calling early on during schooling, but wasn’t able to do much because of the middle-class situation at home. But soon the time came to drop out of college and take music seriously.
As a starter, in 1999 he began playing drums on his own and from there on, it was a classic case of one thing leading to another. Siva started his performing career in 2002 with ‘Oikyotaan’, an outfit that was experimenting with Bengali Baul music. This experience shaped up Siva’s musical approach, inspiring him to go searching for his own sound. In 2005 he started ‘Yodhakaa’ – a contemporary Indian classical music group that worked with ancient Sanskrit texts. Siva joined Radio Mirchi in 2007 as an RJ and producer, where he hosted a research based show about traditional Tamil folk music. That later became the inspiration for him to create the collaborative folk music project ‘la pongal’ in 2010. In 2008, Siva started Artseek, a platform that primarily works as a support system for local Independent musicians looking for assistance on various aspects of their creative work.
In 2012, he started work on a Television series that he conceptualized – a music travelogue show filmed in some of the most musically rich places of India like Rajasthan and Goa. This project was followed by a self-imposed sabbatical. In September 2013, Siva was selected as an artist-in-residence for OneBeat- a US State department project produced by Found Sound Nation, that brings 25 musicians from all over the world for a music residency in Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida and an East coast tour of the US.
After returning from OneBeat, Siva was picked for a new trade by way of a feature film role in a Tamil movie titled Rajathanthiram, which led him to some more projects. Currently he is working on Darbuka Siva bro’ject, a collection of various expressions that truly represent his current state-of-mind through sights, sounds and collaborations inspired by people, places and experiences all along.
|Place of Birth||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Known For||Rajathandhiram,Chennai Singapore|
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