Adam J. Greig
KM Music Conservatory
Dr Adam J. Greig completed his PhD from Lancaster University under Prof Deborah Mawer specialising in the interactions between Historical Musicology, Analysis and Performance in the piano repertoire of French Les six composer Germaine Tailleferre. Since 2011 he has worked at KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India, taking up the post of Academic Coordinator in 2012. In his current role he is responsible for oversight of all educational programmes at the institution as well as curricular developments and maintaining Institutional partnerships including the articulated validation with Middlesex University, alongside lecturing in piano performance, theory and analysis.
Divya Bhatia is a versatile arts professional with experience across a variety of disciplines. He is based in Mumbai as an independent festival programmer, performing arts consultant and producer and actor.
Currently, he is the Festival Director of the annual Jodhpur RIFF music festival; he is the Artistic Director (Theatre) for Aadyam, an initiative of the Aditya Birla Group and he is visiting faculty for Applied Theatre at the RCSSD (London) and lead/ mentor to their International CollOut program in India. He regularly produces and tours music and theatre projects in India and abroad and regularly conducts performance workshops for schools and corporate. He is the Indian faculty for Financial Planning at ARThink South Asia (since 2009). He also acts in films and TV projects.
He has been the director of the Prithvi Theatre Festival (Mumbai); head of theatre at the NCPA (Mumbai); consultant to the British Council on various arts projects; head of theatre Celebrate Bandra Festival (Mumbai); artistic consultant and creative mentor to The Hidden Gardens (Glasgow, Scotland); national co-ordinator of Phakama (with LIFT, London); has co-conceived and devised theatre under his company "Stageleft" with VAMP, a collective of commercial sex workers (VAMP/ SANGRAM Sangli, India) and also an award-winning puppetry project with young people in Dharavi (with SNEHA, Mumbai and Snuff Puppets of Melbourne, Australia); India consultant to the Bonn Biennale and to the Teatr de Welt (2004/2006).
Divya did his schooling in India, UK) and Canada. His interests include contemporary dance, film, trekking, travelling and politics.
Music Composer, Singer, Songwriter & Performer
Shashwat Srivastava is a music composer, singer, songwriter and performer with a notable body of work in theatre, cinema and advertising. He has written background scores and designed sound for 14 full-length stage productions and a number of films, documentaries and TVC's. He has recently released an album, titled 'Tempo', with his 'Urban Folk' band FOLKA DOTS. Born and brought up in Lucknow, he is oriented in the traditional music of 'Awadh' and is trained in the Hindustani Classical (vocal) music. Shashwat is also a playwright and a theatre director.
Alliance Française of Madras
Pierre-Emmanuel Jacob took up his post as Director of the Alliance Française of Madras in September 2014. He hails from Noisy-Le-Sec, a city near Paris where he was Director of Cultural Affairs and holds degrees from both the French Political Science Institute of Aix-en-Provence in International Relations and from the Graduate Institute of International Studies of Geneva in Public International Law. He has been awarded the title of “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” in France. Pierre-Emmanuel’s coming to India is actually a happy return for him as he was the Director of the Alliance Française of Bombay from 1997 to 2001. He is well-integrated into the Alliance Française network and has also managed the Alliance Française of Macao from 1995 to 1997 and of Singapore from 2005 to 2010.
As a Business Development Manager, Trupti's role covers partner relations, new music tie-ups, territory liaison, leading territorial expansion throughout the region. Horus Music was incorporated in August 2006 and was founded by Nick Dunn in the city of Birmingham, UK. The company initially concentrated on music management but soon founded its own label. The way artists get label attention has changed over the years and in today’s climate one needs to do a lot of the legwork oneself.
Anthony B J Ruban
Anthony B J Ruban is a Sound Designer/Recordist, a graduate from the Film and Television Institute, Pune and an alumni of Loyola College. He is based out of Mumbai and Chennai and has worked in Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam and Tamil films. He has been working in films since 2009 and has been a recipient of many awards - including an award for Kuttram Kadithal (National Award for Best Tamil Film, 2015). He is currently working on an Indo-US production.
Miriam Chandy Menacherry
Miriam Chandy Menacherry is an award winning independent Director. Her films have traveled widely and been telecast on leading channels. Filament Pictures is a Mumbai based production house committed to making high quality creative documentaries for a global audience.
Sonya Mazumdar is the Founder/CEO of EarthSync, a music production house, award-winning documentary film producer, and a global, cross-cultural artistic collaborator. EarthSync's initiative IndiEarth Project was created to build a multi-country collective of professional, cultural, educational and economic collaborations for the development of the independent music, film and media industry infrastructure in India. IndiEarth XChange is the annual trade event in India for independent music, film and media with a focus on networking India, Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean region. Avid traveler and writer, Sonya has over 20 years experience in project management and social responsibility in the infrastructure and content industries in India, West Africa and Asia.
Yotam Agam is the Founder/CTO of EarthSync, a production house of award-winning documentary films, music productions, online platforms, music and cultural festivals, connecting cultures and people through music, films, and its initiative XChange, an annual trade event for independent artists in India. An audio engineer and sound Designer, Yotam has done several on-location recording and mixing projects worldwide, recording and mixing for some of the biggest names in the music industry. Yotam’s work is deeply rooted in South India, the Indian Ocean region and Asia, engaging with local cultures and projects that build bridges for independent and folk artists.
Israel / India
Yoav Rosenthal is a musician and music producer who has played and toured around the world with various acts and bands. His second love, the digital world led him to head the technical team of ‘LiveDNS’ – a leading company in Internet solutions, web application and information architecture. In 2011 Yoav decided to combine both his passions - Music and Technology - to join EarthSync. Starting out as the development manager of the IndiEarth project, his touring musician experience contributed vastly to the project. Apart from being a project development manager for many EarthSync projects, Yoav is also an integral part of EarthMoments – a boutique samples project that creates tools and virtual instruments for musicians and music producers.
Dr. Kristina Kelman
Queensland University Of Technology
Dr Kristina Kelman is a lecturer in Music and Sound. She has 23 years experience working as both a professional musician and an educator in both the high school and tertiary sectors. In 2009, Kristina established Youth Music Industries (YMI), an organization run by young musicians for young musicians across Queensland engaging in music industry learning through real-world, entrepreneurial contexts. YMI received $100,000 in funding over three years which saw the development of the first all-ages music festival for emerging and headline acts, Little BIGSOUND, a one day music industry conference for the youth in conjunction with QMusic, and the establishment of Emerge, a series of all-ages gigs for young emerging musicians at venues from the Gold Coast to Cairns. Kristina was invited to present her research at a Tedx event at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in 2014. She has also had extensive experience working in the area of community arts and culture. In 2013 she collaborated on the Music Bridges project in Vanuatu, which brought together musicians from across Indian and Pacific Oceans in the form of a music camp with performances at signature music festivals in Australia, Vanuatu and Africa. Kristina has also been working with ARIA award winning musician David Bridie and the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee on a national language recording project ‘Yamani- Voices of an Ancient Land’ premiered at the Queensland Music Festival in July this year.
Yanto is a Brisbane based recording engineer & record producer. Yanto has worked with world renowned recording artists like Ed Sheeran, and some of Australia’s most recognized and award-winning musicians including The Medics, Kate Miller-Heidke, Tara Simmons, The Jungle Giants, Jac Stone, The Belligerents, The Art of Sleeping, James Grehan, Mosman Alder, Darren Middleton & Ian Haug (Powderfinger), Jeff Martin (the Tea Party), Yves Klein Blue, Big Scary, The Chutes, Karl S.Williams, Workinghorse Irons & many more. He predominantly works out of Airlock studios, just north of Brisbane, but travels around the country as a much in-demand producer and recording engineer. Yanto is also an associate lecturer, heading up production at the Queensland University of Technology.
Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music
Daniel Raju's journey in the audio professional industry started with tracking songs for Hariharan and mixing film tracks at In the Mix Studios. After gaining professional experience he decided to venture out and started his own firm, and his clients include the Indian Naval Orchestra. He currently works as Manager-Operations at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music.
Manojna Yeluri is the founder of Artistik License. She is an entertainment lawyer specialising in copyright having earned her BA. LLB from the NALSAR University of Law and her LLM in Entertainment law from the UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles. Working with artists, she regularly publishes content on the AL blog and conducts workshops for the creative community. Manojna is a big fan of creative innovation and actively engaged with the startup ecosystem. She has led the content curation team for the Construkt Festival 2015, held in Bangalore, India. She has also spoken about the relationship between law, culture and artistic expression at several international trade events/conferences including IOMMA, WOMEX and the IAMCR.
Zain Memon is a storyteller, media-tech specialist, futurist and Media-Producer based out of Mumbai, India. He co-founded Memesys Culture Lab, a cinema and new media studio at the intersection of science, philosophy and culture. He functions as the CTO-COO, playing a pivotal role in the virtual reality ecosystem out of the Indian subcontinent and has designed state-of-the-art workflows and immersive grammatical tools for Mixed Reality. In the past few years, Memon has also worked on the world’s first Open Source film project for the critically acclaimed feature film, Ship of Theseus. In addition, Memon conceptualised and lead the most successful crowdfunding campaign India has ever seen, for the documentary film ‘An Insignificant Man’ set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. His well-rounded expertise in storytelling, technology, narrative design, and ludology allows him to bridge the gap between technology and effective storytelling.
Women On Record
Vidya Shah is a musician from New Delhi, India. Trained initially in Carnatic music, she later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal (from Shubha Mudgal and Mujahid Hussain Khan), and Thumri, Dadra and Ghazal (from Shanti Hiranand). She has performed at several national and international forums, including the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., The Asia Society in New York and the Bode Museum in Berlin. Vidya conducts workshops on music appreciation and spiritual traditions in Indian music. She writes on music for several publications and has contributed to the Encyclopedia Britannica. A popular performer and prolific composer, Vidya Shah is a recipient of the Senior Fellowship from the Government of India and the Charles Wallace Award for her project ‘Women on Record’, a performance highlighting the contributions of women performers in the gramophone era.
AC Projects/Alternative Currents Ltd
Alasdair Campbell is Creative Producer and Director of AC Projects/Alternative Currents - a company that he launched in October 2011. AC Projects is an independent producer of arts projects and events. This company continues the work he established as artistic director of the Tolbooth in Stirling. Alasdair held the position of artistic director for 6 years during which he was instrumental in setting up and managing the Tolbooth’s 3 year New Music Fellowship with composer Brian Irvine and a 3 year Music residency with traditional musician Aidan O’Rourke as well as its annual programme and festivals. Alasdair Campbell believes in arts’ capacity to create new experiences which in turn can develop and stimulate in the individual a sense of worth that can ultimately contribute to the future well-being of a community. He has had over 25 years’ experience in the music industry in a diverse range of roles. From setting up his own record label and shop to working with a dance company in Barcelona as music adviser.
He currently produces the contemporary music festival Counterflows and co-produces and co-curates the Tectonics Festival with Ilan Volkov and the BBC SSO in Glasgow, a residency series for new artists, and is developing a network of international festivals and producers in new music. He is on the board of NOISE (New Opera in Scotland Events), is a trustee of the Glad Café Foundation and an adviser to the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
Women Making Films
Writer, filmmaker and a feminist. Merging activism and art through her films that she produces through her own production company, Lime Soda Films (www.limesodafilms.com). Founder of Women Making Films (www.wmfindia.com), a community for female filmmakers to come together and collaborate.
Koka Tarini Siddhartha works as a Research Associate for Artistik License, leading the research efforts for the various projects, studies and surveys carried out by Artistik License. Originally from Coimbatore, Tarini graduated with a BA. LLB from the School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore. Tarini’s passion for the combined study of law and art led her to working with Artistik License. Tarini loves to read, play sports, travel, watch movies, listen to music and is a big fan of podcasts, tea and dogs. The creative industry is the biggest influence in her life and is also an irreplaceable source of entertainment which is another reason why she chooses to help creative entrepreneurs do what they love in order to ensure that they are aware of their rights and know how to enforce them as well.
Rian Treanor (b.1988) is an artist and producer based in the North of the UK. His sound practice re-imagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, presenting an insightful and compelling musical world of interlocking and fractured components. Drawing upon his study with Lupo at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering, plus years spent curating the Enjoy artspace in Leeds, Treanor's sound uses off centred rhythmic arrangements, referencing the dynamics of garage and techno as much as Fluxus and Dada cut-ups.
Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). After studying experimental film and video art at Sheffield City Polytechnic he reverted to earlier interests in computational technology, music and synthetic sound. Fell is widely known for exploring the relationships between popular music styles, such as electronica and club musics, and typically academic approaches to computer-based composition with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. Since his early electronic music pieces Fell’s practice has expanded to include moving image works, sound and light installation, choregoraphy, critical texts, curatorial projects and educational activites.
Vasuda Sharma’s music bridges the worlds of Indian classical and folk with Western contemporary music, creating a sound which she believes has ample scope to evolve in the future. Her debut album ‘Attuned Spirits’ which featured Indian raag elements with rock was one the country’s’ first ever crowd funded music projects. Vasuda loves to experiment with new genres and sounds, and her experiments led her to become a self-taught live looping electronic artist. Vasuda is all set to launch her new live act “Miss V” in which she plans to showcase the electronic production side of her musicality.
Electropicales is an electronic music and visual arts festival based in Reunion Island, a small French island in the Indian Ocean where all musical genres are represented, not just the mainstream ones like techno, house or trance. Electropicales also has a very strong motto: to be a clear reflection of the island's multicultural background, a "Let's all live happily together" model. Following those guidelines our goal , since 2009, is to have an adventurous, curious, festive and hybrid approach to concert programming. Mixing genres and origins, DJ culture and concerts; but always retaining an infectious, happy mood.
Music Producer / Educator / GMI
Aditya Balani, a multifaceted musician wears many hats as a composer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, music producer and educator. He started his musical career in 2002 with bands like Incognito, Advaita and Artistes Unlimited and in 2010 graduated (summa cum laude) from Berklee College of Music (USA). Aditya’s debut album Answers released in 2013 to public and critical acclaim, features his fretless guitar work, cinematic compositions intertwined with jazz and world music. Quicksand featured on Jazz Revelation Records, was nominated for best song (Jazz/Blues) at the BIG STAR IMA awards 2010. His work has been featured on BBC Asia Beats, MTV Coke Studio, Pepsi MTV Indies, BBC Radio to name a few.
Aditya is very passionate about music education and co-founded Global Music Institute with his brother Tarun Balani in 2011. GMI has in a short span of time become one of the leading music schools in India bringing in a global approach to music education in the country. Aditya also regularly performs with Shubha Mudgal one of India’s most prolific vocalists. His latest EP Constants and Variables, won him Best Pop Artist at the Radio City Freedom Awards ’15 and has been listed among the Top 10 EP’s of 2015 by Rolling Stone India. Aditya frequently collaborates with artists from across the world. His Indo-Welsh collaborative project Khamira have recently recorded a full length album this summer in Wales and are set to release internationally with a tour of UK and India in 2017.
Niranjan Arcot is a film maker specializing in films for organizations that help deal with pain and suffering around us – from rescuing abandoned babies to running old age homes - work that’s acquainted him with some of the most beautiful souls on this planet.
Moulee is a queer activist based in Chennai. He was part of the organising committee of Chennai International Queer Film Festival from 2013 to 2015. Moulee was instrumental in bringing critically acclaimed films like Navarasa (2005), Papillio Buddha (2013) and Pride (2014) to the film festival. Moulee believes that documenting and curating LGBTQ history is important to the queer movement in India and believes cultural festivals play an important role in the process.
Malini has 10 years experience working in a variety of capacities in the music industry in India and abroad. After completing a masters in Music Business from NYU Malini moved back to India and dived straight into the robust Indian music industry working in a number of capacities; as a curator for festivals and venues, music publishing, project manager for a Tribal Music project in Arunachal Pradesh and as an A&R rep for Pragnya. Malini also runs her agency 'culturegrind,' which is an endeavour to enable the discovery and appreciation of multiple art forms and promote stand-out artistes. She joined Horus Music to develop their India Business. Horus Music in India is working in a number of areas.
Music Distribution and Publishing: We're actively looking for unexploited and unexplored music catalogues and artistes from India as well as in and around the sub-continent. We can help you release your music on the world wide web and also provide marketing and promotions assistance for your releases.
Education: We're currently working on a number of programmes to educate artistes in India about their rights. With our diverse backgrounds we'll also be happy to assist and advice anyone looking to enter the Indian market and global markets.