Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence!
India as a nation has placed women on a divine pedestal for ages, but the ground reality is as ghastly as it gets. Violence towards women is an ever increasing curve in the country and shows no signs of decline. Societal reform is the need of the hour and therefore a handful of youth based out of Bangalore got together for a music project to emphasize and generate awareness about the atrocities that women bear in every walk of life.
The single 'Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence!!' is composed by Jim Ankan Deka, an Assamese musician and director of Bangalore based music organisation Eastern Fare Music Foundation. The lyrics are penned together by Jim and singer Ritwika Bhattacharya. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs (2009) finalist Antara Nandy from Kolkata has rendered her vocals to this cause along with Ritwika and Queen Hazarika (a familiar face in the music scenario of Assam).
The song aims to sensitize people of various social evils like sexual violence, child abuse and marital rape. The core idea behind the song is to encourage people to speak up and not hush up matters like this.
The song is recorded at Eastern Fare Studio and Madcat Music Studio in Bangalore and Sargam Audiocraft, Guwahati. The music video is directed and produced by Parmita Borah. This collaborative project involves noted artists from across India and will be released on June 01, 2013.
The music video of Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence with the same name was released online on July 1, 2013. It is now available on YouTube, IMDb and other video portals.
Won the Best Music Video award at the Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, 2013.
Awards and Nominations
Won the Best Music Video award at the Hollywood Shorts Reel - 2014.
Won the Best Music Director award at the Noida International Film Festival - 2014.
Won the Best Music Video award at the Noida International Film Festival - 2014.
Won the Bronze Medal at the Global Music Awards, 2014.
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Download MP3 : Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence
Composed & Produced by: Jim Ankan Deka
Music Video Director: Parmita Borah
Lyrics: Jim Ankan, Ritwika Bhattacharya and Parmita Borah
Vocals: Ritwika Bhattacharya, Queen Hazarika and Antara Nandy
Lead Guitar: Jim Ankan Deka
Drums: Vicky Mahanta
Bass: Pankaj Rajkhowa
Rhythm Guitar: Pratik Nalawade
Actors: Antara Baruah, Rachel Rose Oommen and Parmita
Camera: Shasanka Gogoi, Anoop Guha, Vikramjit Kakati and Monibha Mitra
Production Assitants: Pruthvi R Akarsh, Priyanka Mahanta, Partha Protim Gogoi and Atlanta Talukdar
Graphic Artist: Ullas Hydoor and Mohd Siraj Mahagavin
Recorded by: Anil CJ, Abhijit Barman and Jim Ankan
Recorded at: Madcat Music Studio (Bangalore), Sargam Audiocraft (Assam) and Eastern Fare Studio (Bangalore)
Mixed and Mastered by: Jim Ankan at Eastern Fare Productions, Bangalore
Video Editing Studio: Eastern Fare Music Foundation, Bangalore.
Special Thanks to: Aquin Dutta, Jasmine Nongrum, Papori Bhuyan, Ayushman Baruah, Harish Marappa, Vinod Singh, Naomi Oommen, Rahul, Jaiji Oommen, Jui Nandy, Animesh Nandy, Siddharth Tanti, Biju Dt, Nalini Prava Deka and Ankur Deka.
Shooting Locations: Eastern Fare Studio, Centerstage (Bangalore), Bangalore, Assam, and Kolkata,
Radio Partner: Radio Flote
Digital Distribution Partner: IndiEarth
Presented and Produced by: Eastern Fare Music Foundation