Danceable and musically ground-breaking, relevant and original, “Mama I Need You,” the Fourth Single from Indian Lesbian Singer-Songwriter Pragya Pallavi’s forthcoming album “Queerism,” is a song that can move your feet and your heart. The track, which is about “coming out,”, tells the impassioned story of a gay person’s plea for acceptance from her mother. The song releases on April 26, 2019.“Mama I Need You” combines elements of western pop, EDM and soul with Indian classical music for a gorgeous and mesmerizing depiction of the emotional struggles of LGBT+ people and their families. The song blends reggaeton style drum rhythms with Pragya’s Hindustani alaap vocalizations and a stunning Carnatic style violin riffs. Indian National Award and Filmfare Award-winning sound engineer K.J. Singh has mixed this track, which was co-produced by Deejey Lolly, K.J. Singh, and Pragya. The song was composed and arranged by Pragya, with lyrics by Dena Gorilik, a Russian-American poet, composer and singer-songwriter.
“Mama I Need You,” is the musical narration of a queer person coming out to her mother. It gives voice to the experience of LGBT+ people across the globe who grapple with family and social rejection — and who hope for and sometimes receive acceptance and reconciliation. The accompanying lyrics video, features rainbow colors and LGBT symbols. This danceable and infectious track is also a significant focal point for discussing the need for family support for queer and trans people.“Mama I Need You” is the fourth single from Pragya’s upcoming album, “Queerism.” The album, which is dedicated to LGBTQI+ communities in India and all over the world, is slated for release on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
The 9 track album will feature songs in English and Hindi, in a variety of styles including disco and EDM, hip-hop and jazz soul, Indian fusion, funk, and dancehall. Queerism is the first album by an openly queer artist to release from India since the historic 377 verdict.The other singles from this album are “Lingering Wine,“Girls You Rule!" and “Izzat De”.
Pragya's first three singles and album concept have been widely well received by both international and Indian media. She has been featured and interviewed on the prestigious Jeremy Vine talk show on BBC Radio 2, and BBC Asian Network. Her music is on rotation on a number of UK, US and Indian radio shows. She has received positive coverage from LGBTQI international press such as Pink News, Gay Times and Gay Star News, as well as being covered in a variety of international music blogs. In India Pragya's music and story have been covered by Mid-Day, Times of India, New Indian Express, the News Minute, Blush magazine, Radio Mirchi , Radio One, SoundboxIndia etc.
Pragya is a singer/songwriter, musician, percussionist and performer who is classically trained as a Hindustani vocalist. Her compositions combine diverse influences such as EDM, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, alternative rock, and fusion, as well as classical Indian music, Sufi and folk music. She was born in Patna and is now based in Mumbai. She describes herself as a gender fluid lesbian.
Pragya says, “I am a person who is not confined to any single genre, nationality, religion or gender. I want to bring together Indian and western, contemporary and traditional musical influences in a way that all types of people can relate to. I know songs have the power to create a movement, this is my attempt at being that voice for LGBTIQA+ persons across the world”.
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Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.