Despite the unflattering comparison of the Indian version of Coke Studio with the much sought after Pakistani version, some modifications on-board have geared up the MTV people enough for a second stint starting this July. With Music director Leslie Lewis out, seven producers find their space, each holding on to one’s own episode. Makes sense. The list of performers boast of Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Amit Trivedi, Shantanu Moitra, Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Sonik, Karsh Kale and Nitin Sawhney.
Individually, they’ll be making up five new songs for their episode, which shall also incorporate a footage showing how their tunes came to life. Also, you’ll witness these producers with their faithful partners improvising on the music. Swanand Kirkire will compose lyrics for Shantanu Moitra, Warren Mendonsa shall strum his guitar for Kale, Shriram Iyer shall sing Amit Trivedi’s tunes.
The ears desiring more of regional folk from Season One may feel let down, as this genre is backed by just a few among the approximately 200 musicians of Season Two. Indian indie lovers ought to catch the eighth episode though, where five non-bollywood compositions shall be shelled out. These include the compositions from these artists: Assam-based singer-songwriter Papon, Jalebee Cartel from Delhi, Punjabi twosome Hari and Sukhmani, Sufi singer Dhruv Sangari of Da Saz fame, and the Carnatic rock band Agam.
Channel head Aditya Swamy dubs all the Season 2 artists as “experimental”, and no matter what the genre, he’s sure that the best in music shall leave us with nothing but the best. Well, we’re listening. More info could be obtained on their site here.