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05/31/2020
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A Month of Protest Music (May)

Kapil Seshasayee – The Gharial

“The Gharial” is the latest single off the upcoming sophomore album Laal by art rocker Kapil Seshasayee. The tune is a scathing indictment of Bollywood profiting off nationalism, especially in connection with religious identity. The song is titled after a type of crocodile that is viewed as sacred in traditional Hindu mythology. An example of what Seshasayee is addressing is the recent hit Bollywood film Tanjhaji which depicts a cartoonishly “evil” antagonist roasting and eating a crocodile. Such films only serve to further the divide caused by current issues, such as India’s Citizenship Amendment Act & the Coronavirus pandemic.