Sudeep Sen and Aditya Balani are two Indian artists who came together to create a cross-platform record responding to each other's individual work. Sen was invited to address the the Nobel Laureate Week in St. Lucia in January 2014 and as a gift dedicated to St Lucia, Derek Walcott & the Nobel Laureate Week the album Kargil was created. The two artists plan to work on more collaborative projects in the near future.
Sudeep Sen [www.sudeepsen.net] is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and ‘one of the finest younger English-language poets in the international literary scene’ (BBC Radio). Sen’s prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Distracted Geographies, Rain, Aria (A K Ramanujan Translation Award), Ladakh, and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor). Blue Nude: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1979-2014 (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming from Partridge | Penguin Random House. His poems, translated into twenty-five languages, have featured in major international anthologies. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Herald, Harvard Review, Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on bbc, pbs, cnn ibn, ndtv, air & Doordarshan. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta), Language for a New Century (Norton), Leela (Collins), Indian Love Poems (Knopf/Random House/Everyman), Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe), and Initiate: Oxford New Writing (Blackwell). He is the editorial director of aark arts and the editor of Atlas.
Sen is the first Asian to be honoured with an invitation to participate at the 2013 Nobel Laureate Week in St Lucia, where he delivered the Derek Walcott Lecture and read his own poetry. A special commemorative edition of his work, Fractals: New & Selected Poems|Translations 1978-2013, was released by the Nobel laureate Derek Walcott himself in the presence of H.E. Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General (President) of St Lucia. That year, the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture”.
Aditya Balani, an eclectic guitarist, composer and songwriter, has worked with bands like Advaita, Aritistes Unlimited, Crimson, Think Floyd, Incognito and performed with international artists like Kenwood Dennard, Shubha Mudgal, Shye Ben-Tzur, David Fiuczynski, and Carl Clements to name a few. In 2010 he graduated (summa cum laude) from Berklee College of Music (USA), where he received the Berklee Achievement Scholarship, won the Kenwood Dennard artist competition and performed at various celebrated events like the International Folk Music Festival and Guitar Night Showcase. After moving back to India, Aditya has been performing extensively across the country in festivals like the Delhi International Arts Festival, NH7 Weekender, Jazz Utsav, Congo Square Jazz Festival, Shisha Jazz Fest, TEDx, Aquajam Festival, TaBlu Jaipur and Literary Fest.
Aditya is a rare guitarist who performs microtonal music, with a unique approach to fretless guitar. He leads the Aditya Balani Group, a cinematic-jazz ensemble which brings together talented musicians from countries across the globe. Aditya’s music has cinematic overtones with an exciting blend of the spontaneity and harmonic interplay of Jazz with the sheer intensity of melodies and rhythms influenced by Indian Classical/Folk music, and various other musical traditions of the world. The group performs internationally, has been chosen as one the featured artists for Jazz Revelation Records for 2010, and nominated for best song (Jazz/Blues) for the BIG STAR Indian Music Academy awards.