Bhanuj Kappal
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Bhanuj Kappal

Reporting from the trenches of the culture wars


BEST of times, worst of times

After a decade of slow decline, Mumbai’s iconic transport service finds itself in a jam of its own making

The Hindu Business Line / August 2016

That Nineties Show

As Channel V prepares to return to its music roots, a trip down its brand of disruptive, ‘desi’ cool

Mint Lounge / September 2016

The Zenzi Movement

The lounge bar in Bandra that was home base for a whole generation of musicians, artists and 'uncreative professionals'

GQ India / October 2016

An Ear For Music, An Eye For Art

Much sought-after exhibition designer Mark Prime’s first Indian solo art show is a playful mix of abstract patterns

The Hindu / October 2016

Review: Swet Shop Boys - ‘Cashmere’

Cashmere mixes together the personal, the political and the universal in good measure, with a generous helping of good-natured subversion and humour. By turning a mirror on themselves and their experiences, they’ve constructed a new cultural identity that

The National / October 2016

Voices For Change

Relaa, the Indian arts collective is hitting back against extremism

The National / August 2016

Taher Shah and the Rise of Cringe-Pop

How does a video with petals, magic wands and a grown man wearing gender-ambiguous clothing, go viral? Shah’s “Angel” seems to pose more questions than answers.

Arre / April 2016

Re-Writing The Future

Five young journalists write from around the world – Yemen, South Africa, Germany, India and the Czech Republic – on their concerns and hopes for the profession

Index On Censorship / October 2014 / [Pdf , 2.33 MB]

I Just Called To Say

In the face of rising political persecution, how does Bhojpuri music manage to reflect both the angst and the passions of migrant workers in Mumbai?

Yahoo! India / August 2013

In the Dark Times, Sheetal Sings Of the Dark Times

After voluntarily courting arrest, Dalit activist and performer Sheetal Sathe is finally out on bail. But why was she arrested under the UAPA law in the first place? If she wasn’t a Maoist, what danger did this woman pose to the government of Maharashtra?

Yahoo! India / July 2013

The Future Is Hip Hop

A column about the immense potential of Indian hip-hop

Sunday Guardian / September 2015

10 South Asian artists you must listen to in 2015

Love your indie? Tune in to Karachi and Bengaluru this year - See more at: http://www.gqindia.com/get-smart/gq-playlist/10-pakistani-indian-artists-you-must-listen-2015-gq-india#sthash.GzSjdCir.dpuf

GQ India / February 2015

Interview with Steve Goodman aka Kode9

Bhanuj Kappal speaks with London-based DJ and producer Kode9, a pioneering figure of the dubstep movement who recently performed in both New Delhi and Mumbai as part of the Red Bull Music Academy.

Sunday Guardian / February 2015

Harsh Raman: Redefining public spaces, a wall at a time

From studying fashion design to altering public spaces beyond recognition, Harsh Raman has come a long way. Bhanuj Kappal speaks to him about his journey and his attempts to radicalise street art.

Sunday Guardian / November 2014

Death G(RIP)s

The renewal of pop music's commitment to modernity and futurism will be Death Grips' lasting legacy

Sunday Guardian / August 2014

The Government’s Favourite New Weapon Against Activists

The Indian government is increasingly using the bogey of foreign funding to shut down dissenting NGOs and people’s movements. At the same time the government is chasing FDI and not holding the companies to the same ‘patriotic’ standards.

Yahoo! India / September 2013

Hiroshima In A Song

How the purveyors of pop interpreted the atom bomb in the decades that followed 1945

Mint Lounge / August 2016

Signal To Noise

A look at India's emerging noise scene

Hindu Business Line / May 2016

Singing For Justice, Singing Against Exploitation

An interview with Deepak Dengle of Kabir Kala Manch, the radical singing group that has been targeted by the Maharashtrian police for suspected 'revolutionary' activities.

Sunday Guardian / July 2013

Sky Rabbit

A review of the Mumbai electro-indie act's debut album.

NH7.in / March 2012

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