Shan Bansil

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Terminology #2: Beatboxing

Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion which primarily involves the art of producing drum beats, rhythm and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue and voice. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, the simulation of horns, strings and other musical instruments.
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Body as the musical instrument

Kathakbox makes music with no instruments, only the power of the human body and voice. Drawing on urban trends and global traditions, each performer uses the instrument of their body: feet, hands, voice and whole physique create layered rhythms, melodies and narratives. Dancers and musicians meet in a shared space, where dancers create music and musicians create movement. They tell their individual stories through spoken and unspoken languages: rhythm, movement, poetry and rap in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
Harnessing the spontaneous nature of both Kathak and Hip Hop, the artists work in collaboration, in competition and in improvisation, challenging each other’s space as well as the audience’s expectation. The exciting, immediate interactions will never quite be the same twice…

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