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The second season of The Dewarists has many more electronica and international acts.
When the last episode of the first season of The Dewarists was aired in December last year, there wasn't a doubt in anyone's mind that they wanted a second season to follow soon. Part documentary and part travelogue, with a focus on making new and original music, the television show's concept caught the fancy of viewers and recently won itself a Cannes Lions award for its efforts. It returns for its second season later this month, with the first episode going on air on October 28 on Star World.
Much like the first season, there's an interesting mix of musicians encompassing a variety of genres. Monica Dogra will continue to be the host, or as she prefers to put it, "I'm a guide, or an interested and active member of the artistic community with relationships with many of the people featured, even sometimes a history of having worked with them myself." The director, however, for the better part of this season will be New Delhi-based director and producer Ayesha Sood. Besides, it's also almost instantly evident that some aspects of the line-up are different from last year.
For one, this season will feature many more partially or completely electronica acts than last season. Among these are Dualist Inquiry, Shaa'ir + Func, Asian Dub Foundation, DJ Nucleya, Brooklyn Shanti and Hari and Sukhmani. This, however, isn't an offshoot of the popularity of electronic music in the country, Manish Seth tells us. "The fact that there are more electronica artistes isn't a trend-based decision, but one that came from finding an artiste with a story and the right sound within a collaboration," says Seth, Director Sales and Marketing, Bacardi India Pvt Ltd. "There are a whole lot of fantastic electronica acts across the country and they all fit really well within the show's format," he adds.
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