Welcome to Ragatip
Ragatip is a collective of creatives who seek to use music to promote positivity.
They aspire to provide a platform for unrecognised and under-represented talent to be able to thrive as creatives. In addition to creating music, Ragatip is also passionate about telling the stories of the artists behind the sounds.
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- Why oversimplify? Pt. 2: Kishori Amonkar: icon, diva, world-wary genius?According to Indian critic Suanshu Khurana, the great Hindustani songstress Kishori Amonkar (1932-2017) “represents the gold standard of musical genius in the country”. She is also regularly described as the ‘diva’ of Indian classical music – which, though a Western term (with etymological origins in the uber-dramatic world of Italian opera), seems to have takenContinue reading “Why oversimplify? Pt. 2: Kishori Amonkar: icon, diva, world-wary genius?”
- Community roots: snapshots of early Indian culture & music in BritainSubcontinental travellers have been arriving to Britain since at least the early 17th century. In Pt. 1: Early Explorers we met the lascars – local sailors who boarded the return journeys of East India Company ships – and also ‘Mariam’, an Indo-Armenian courtesan from Emperor Akbar’s Agra palace who married an English sea captain andContinue reading “Community roots: snapshots of early Indian culture & music in Britain”
- Indo-Trinidadian fusions: ‘chutney’ pop music and its Bhojpuri rootsThe global Indian diaspora is larger than any other. Successive waves of outward migration have been scattering the sonic cultures of the Subcontinent around the world for centuries, spawning countless offshoots and localised fusions: in Kenya, the Indian taarab genre sets Swahili lyrics to twisting melodies drawn from classic Bollywood hits, and, going the otherContinue reading “Indo-Trinidadian fusions: ‘chutney’ pop music and its Bhojpuri roots”
- Why oversimplify? Pt. 1: Unraveling easy archetypes with Charlie Chaplin, Jeff Buckley, JFK, & James BluntHumans love to dramatize the lives of our creative torchbearers. Like mosquitoes drawn to exposed flesh, we find ourselves immediately attracted towards the juicy allure of outlandish gossip, revelling in tall tales and wild speculation as to the hidden habits and attitudes of our artistic icons. Even if you scorn ‘celeb culture’, we all haveContinue reading “Why oversimplify? Pt. 1: Unraveling easy archetypes with Charlie Chaplin, Jeff Buckley, JFK, & James Blunt”
- Turn up the hype! Global musico-sporting matchups: Maori chants & Muay Thai melodiesMuch has been made of the similarities between music and sport. Both are embodied forms of human improvisation, balancing rule-bound restriction with expressive freedom and open-ended creative possibility. We revel in romanticising the stars of both spheres, hailing their technical innovations and heroic feats performed in front of massed stadium crowds. We could muse forContinue reading “Turn up the hype! Global musico-sporting matchups: Maori chants & Muay Thai melodies”