Ethno-Punk gets an Electric Look!

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Launched in New Delhi in 2011, Tritha Electric is one of the most exciting acts on the indie music scene in India today. With compositions that mix psychedelic rock with classical Indian ragas and folk influences, the band’s soundscape oscillates between very different traditions and stretches the limits of language and genres. Much to the delight of music-lovers across India, Alliance Française de Delhi recently piloted a multi-city series of performances of this unique group in Delhi (Mar 22), Bhopal (Mar 24), Chennai (Mar 29), Chandigarh (Mar 31), Dehradun (Apr 2), and Kolkata (Apr 8).

Tritha Electric

Paul Schneiter, Tritha Sinha, and Mathias Durand of Tritha Electric

Initially composed of Paul Schneiter (French drummer and producer) and the Kolkata-born Tritha Sinha (Indian classical vocalist), the band reached musical maturity when they were joined by the flamboyant Parisian guitarist Mathias Durand in 2013. Aptly described as a rock band with a Hindustani heart, the group frequently belts out Bengali-flavoured songs with a French connection. Tritha underwent extensive training in the Agra gharana since the age of five and later under Pandit Shantanu Bandhyopadyay of the Bishnupur gharana. It is this classical training along with the extravagance of Durand’s guitar and the able backing of Schneiter’s drumming which sets the group apart!

Tritha Electric

Tritha Electric

Tritha Electric cites British Indian musician Susheela Raman, Icelandic sensation Bjork, the English trip hop group Massive Attack, the English psychedelic electronic project Shpongle, and the German Krautrock of the 1970s as their primary influences. For their compositions, they draw lyrics from Indian scriptures or from Tritha’s writings in regional Indian languages. These lyrics often launch into trenchant social and political flak and address widespread issues including the environment, women’s liberation, corruption and the unending journey towards discovery of the self and divinity.

The official video of the band’s song Rangamati – a tribute to the 20th century Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam – can be found below :

Over the years, Tritha Electric has amassed a staggering fan following and has two full-length studio albums to their credit. Both their albums – PaGli (2014) and Raagas in Paris (2018) – were recorded in Paris. Whilst the former is marked by a certain eccentricity, the latter is more subdued and explores the calmer dimensions of Tritha’s voice. The band celebrates its original identity which has been built over the course of several years and does not include covers in their repertoire. The sheer turnout at their concerts is proof enough of the group’s growing influence in India and it was indeed a treat for audiences to witness their crazy energy in person!

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...