Blogswara launches its first album BLS-1

Sankar Radhakrishnan

Members of the band are bloggers with a shared passion for music.

Thiruvananthapuram, May 25

THE story of Blogswara is a tale of how 30 people, who live in three countries and have never met, collaborated to produce an album of original music.

The group's debut album, called BLS-1, was released today and is available on the Web site

The eight songs, in three languages Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil and two instrumental tracks can be listened to online and can also be downloaded free, say Joseph Thomas and Anup Menon, two members of the Blogswara team.

What makes this venture different, apart from the rather catchy name, is that most members of the Blogswara team are not professional musicians. Added to that all the work on the songs has been done online in different parts of the world. So, for instance, while the music track for a particular song was recorded in the US, the singer might have recorded his bit in the UK and the post-production work on the song was probably done in India, Menon explains.

"Each individual works at his/ her own convenience with the most common mode of communication being the Internet," he adds.

All members of the Blogswara are bloggers who have Web logs or Blogs of their own. In fact, it was blogging and a shared passion for music that brought the group together. What started off as a collaborative effort between a few bloggers, soon evolved into Blogswara, say Thomas and Menon.

The Blogswara concept, "tells you that even if you do not have any professional backing from the entertainment industry, you can still reach out to the public and present your work," says Menon. "Our objective it to make Blogswara a sounding board for upcoming musicians and talent to showcase themselves," he adds.

So, very soon, other musicians or bloggers will be able to be a part of Blogswara, adds Thomas. Also on the anvil is a second album of original music.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated May 26, 2006)
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