Mukti Mohan, Divine and more are gearing up for Suede Gully Image: Facebook
The street festival that you thought will never happen, is finally coming — to four cities, no less. Suede Gully strives to celebrate the gullies of India, with names like Gully Boy Divine (obviously), dancer Mukti Mohan, 8 rappers, 36 dancers, seven street artists, and several other names, who have helped street culture to live on in this country. The four-city, multilingual festival will be held at Delhi, Madurai, Shillong and Mumbai, and premieres this November.
The street festival also includes names such as artist Shiloh Shiv Suleiman, Shillong rap crew Khasi Bloodz, Madurai-based artist Madurai Souljour, and Divine's crew of hip-hop dancers. Divine, who is probably India's biggest street artist, has earned a massive cred as a 'gully' artiste. He even collaborated with Grammy nominee Raja Kumari to make a hip-hop number called City Slums recently.
"People like Divine, who are talking about the gully and growing up without a father, and not just sitting in a Mercedez Benz — that is hip-hop. I made my mom watch Divine's videos, and I told her, 'Look mom, it's happening there. People are making real music," Raja Kumari told T2 Online recently.
The Suede Gully festival is all about celebrating the spirits of the streets, and is even using regional languages like Khasi, Tamil, Punjabi and Hindi, to reach out to more people.
Bengaluru’s Black Ice dance crew, Northeast-based Unity One and Mumbai’s Flying Machine, are some of the dance crews which are a part of the collaboration. From street choreography, to murals, to hip hop sets, Suede Gully is bringing together graffiti, rap, art, dance, music together like never before. The festival kicks off on November 5.
Watch this space for more details.