3rd March 2015

Amity University, Noida

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Five Things That Made SOF 2015 the Most Awaited Event of the Year!

Yay! We had reached!! The time to chill, groove, rejuvenate, spice-up, eat and enjoy was here!!! The Sounds of Freedom concert gathered all like- minded people at the Amity University Grounds on March 3 and they enjoyed…… AND here are 5 reasons why: AMAZING LINE-UP OF MUSICIANS The very ecle...

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Engaging the Youth

In it’s short history, SOF has always emphasized on how important the voice of the youth is and has provided various platforms for the youth to let this voice be heard. Similar to last year, Sounds of Freedom presents to you, two brilliantly talented and socially conscious youth performance groups...

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Freedom of Creative Expression…through Music

There have been a recent spate of incidents all over the world concerning censorship and the curbing of the freedom of creative expression, a fundamental right. What does freedom of creative expression mean? What do freedom, creativity and expression mean individually and clubbed together? Most i...

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Our Lineup and Their Message

This March, we bring to you an opportunity to experience music and share conversation with some of India’s most talented and socially-conscientious artists who are sharing the stage at Amity University, Noida. Farhan LIVE, the Raghu Dixit Project, Tritha, Madboy/Mink, Kutle Khan Project and Dindi...

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Five Things That Made SOF 2015 the Most Awaited Event of the Year!

Yay! We had reached!! The time to chill, groove, rejuvenate, spice-up, eat and enjoy was here!!! The Sounds of Freedom concert gathered all like- minded people at the Amity University Grounds on March 3 and they enjoyed…… AND here are 5 reasons why:

AMAZING LINE-UP OF MUSICIANS
The very eclectic artist line up kept everyone on their toes, moving. Kutle Khan, Dindigul Drummers, Tritha, Madboy/Mink, Vocal Rasta, Raghu Dixit and of course Farhan Akhtar! All of them helped keep the theme of the Concert alive: Be the Voice! The Schedule was made in such a way that music lovers participated in the mood created, totally!

THE CAUSE
Gender is not just a woman’s problem. It’s a man’s as well. The Cause of this Concert was that we stand together in the fight for gender equality. Sounds of Freedom with the UN Women #HeforShe campaign aimed to bring about a change in thinking and highlight gender equality as a basic human right. This was a solidarity movement for the benefit of all.

THE WILL TO EXPRESS YOURSELF
Sounds of Freedom was an emotion one experienced on the 3rd of March’15. The Concert was a journey into the realms of creative expression which liberated and uncaged the freedom of thought, spirit and speech. Thousands came to celebrate the freedom of creative expression. Through music they reaffirmed the importance of imagination, creativity and standing up for a cause. They all got a chance to Be the Voice.

THE FESTIVE, MUSICAL AMBIENCE
The carnival-like atmosphere created at the Sounds of Freedom venue encouraged visitors to stay longer and soak in the moods. Happy faces all around, infectious music that transcended age and language, good food well laid out created the right space for the Cause all that this Concert stood for.
Visitors witnessed the coming together of the freedom of sounds, thought, spirit and speech at SOF.

FOOD AND MERCHANDISE
An eclectic array of food stalls satisfied everyone’s taste buds. The food outlets had been carefully selected to interest the fussiest of eaters. Stalls were easily accessible and set up with ample space.
Merchandise stalls attracted the visitors with their colourful products. Items on sale added to the festival fervour.

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Engaging the Youth

In it’s short history, SOF has always emphasized on how important the voice of the youth is and has provided various platforms for the youth to let this voice be heard. Similar to last year, Sounds of Freedom presents to you, two brilliantly talented and socially conscious youth performance groups; Vocal Rasta and Natya Rasta, both part of the Yuva Ekta Foundation.

Natya Rasta and the Teamwork Arts Outreach programme work with young students to create a street theatre performance.

Focused on the gender equality theme, they have come up with an extraordinary street play – ‘Gender Bender’. It is truly a hard look at our social conditioning, our attitudes and beliefs that lie at the core of all our relationships. When will we evolve towards a more ‘gender-just’ world?

Vocal Rasta has been performing for the past few months and was recently seen at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. The group comprises of 15 performers singing A Capella (only voices).

Trained by Antoine Redon and Subhadra Kamath, they bring together a rich repertoire celebrating Freedom of Creative Expression through popular renditions of songs such as Hum Dekho Chal Pade, composed specially by Kailash Kher… as well as create original compositions, “Freedom”, “Love”, “Respect”, “Chain”, “Right Left”. Vocal Rasta will perform in colleges as part of the Sounds of Freedom outreach program.

This year, Vocal Rasta and Natya Rasta will lead the youth in expressing their opinions and Be the Voice.

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Freedom of Creative Expression…through Music

There have been a recent spate of incidents all over the world concerning censorship and the curbing of the freedom of creative expression, a fundamental right. What does freedom of creative expression mean? What do freedom, creativity and expression mean individually and clubbed together?

Most importantly, what does the phrase freedom of creative expression mean to you?

It is a problem more relevant now than ever; the limiting of freedom of creative expression, whether it is in the field of writing, drawing, theatre or music.

For us, the most connective and effective tool to make a difference would be music. Sounds of Freedom is using music to try and eliminate this restriction on freedom of expression, to open up the conversation between groups and societies and allow flexibility in thinking; actually making a difference. We want to offer hope that each person’s voice can and will be heard in a society where often our questions and statements are unanswered or ignored.

Throughout history, music and songwriting and their various forms have been used as mediums of communication and clarification. From songs about or by civil rights leaders, to victims of repression to the recent and much-needed demand for equal gender rights, all these issues can find common ground in music.

Join us in uniting people different origins, faiths and mindsets through music and embrace your right to the freedom of creative expression.

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Our Lineup and Their Message

This March, we bring to you an opportunity to experience music and share conversation with some of India’s most talented and socially-conscientious artists who are sharing the stage at Amity University, Noida.
Farhan LIVE, the Raghu Dixit Project, Tritha, Madboy/Mink, Kutle Khan Project and Dindigul Drummers; an incredibly diverse line up from across the nation all in one place and with one goal.
Out of this line-up, Farhan Akhtar is most known in the media for being an advocate for gender equality and freedom. But each of the other artists in this line up is equally passionate about our main theme and message: the right to Freedom of Expression. Today, it is more urgent than ever, to establish and secure this right.
Our concert aims to give a voice, and the confidence to use that voice, to the youth of Delhi and the rest of India. Without being able to speak up and stand up, we will continue to be at a standstill as a society.
To infuse this message and aim with renewed energy and life, we are using tools such as music and Expression Zones. And what better inspiration than our performing artists?

Join us in encouraging each other to be bolder, be bigger and Be The Voice.

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