Folk Artist Recording Studio village Harwa, Distt Barmer, Rajasthan | Milaap
Folk Artist Recording Studio village Harwa, Distt Barmer, Rajasthan
of Rs.1,50,000
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    Talab Khan
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    Talab Khan

    from Barmer, Rajasthan

I, Talab Khan, am a folk musician from the Mirasi community and belong to village Harwa in Barmer, Rajasthan. The closest recording studio for me is situated 250 kms away in Jodhpur. This is not the only reason why many artists like me haven't recorded any of our songs for promoting work or accessing the digital creative economy. From our daily struggles for sustained incomes to marginalisation from economic opportunities, many reasons contributed to the challenges of time, cost and access to build our future. These are compounded by the increasing inequalities arising out of consumption of music in a manner which is being exploited by privileged artists and audiences, that push  torchbearers of music and history to the margins of the music industry . These inequalities have been experienced by us even more during the COVID-19 lock downs and the burden of accessing resources has become heavier.

While there are some efforts to provide artists with spaces online and offline, artists like me mostly do not receive or earn any direct benefits from online platforms for our work or content. Many artists in my community are yet to record a song for the first time or start their own independent YouTube channels to create content that allows them to promote their work and earn without any external interferences.

To address this state of artists in my community, I am working towards realising the idea of setting up a village artist studio to begin recording music with my fellow musicians along with integrating spaces for folk dancers and other regional art forms, esp. when such facilities are not reaching us.

The objectives of the community artist studio are :
1. Provide opportunities to record and create music for my group as well as neighbouring artists in Barmer to enter the digital creative economy and reducing the burden of technological costs
2. To learn to operate basic sound recording equipment
3. Encourage more agency for folk artists to create, share and protect their traditional art forms and community knowledge.
4. To bring recording technology to our community elders in our villages and our own environments.

As a humble start, the cost that needs to be fulfilled for basic equipment and setup for the studio is Rs. 1,50,000. This includes costs that will be incurred on,

3 dynamic/condenser mics,
1 sound card with 4 inputs,
3 mic stands and cables,
2 headphones,
1 laptop (for recording on music softwares)
1 smartphone(for video recordings).

I hope to start the artist studio in my village in December 2021. A small team of sound engineers, lawyers and artists have been working with me and my fellow artists to understand our musical requirements and suggest accessible technological equipment for the village artist studio as well as provide support trainings to the youth of our community to operate it and share content on online platforms.

You can view my recent efforts to increase our participation in the creative digital economy from a performance in Delhi below.

We hope that our efforts and your support will help us sustain this journey and build on this humble start to share our music straight from our hearts and our villages.

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