Koi Bol Ram Ram

Photo taken:
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Additional editing by Shruti Parekh and Sonny Singh 

Delhi footage courtesy: Jamun Collective 

Kolkata footage courtesy: Anirvan Chatterjee 

Jackson Heights footage shot by Shruti Parekh Manhattan footage shot by Shravya Kag

“Koi Bol Ram Ram” is a single from Sonny Singh’s debut solo album, Chardi Kala, which takes its name from the Sikh concept of “revolutionary optimism.” A Sikh devotional song reconceived with more contemporary sounds and instruments, “Koi Bol Ram Ram” is a radical celebration of religious pluralism and human dignity. 


A Sikh devotional song reconceived with more contemporary sounds and instruments, “Koi Bol Ram Ram” is a radical celebration of religious pluralism and human dignity. 

Sonny is also a longtime activist as well as a musician. His artistic output and social justice ethos are inextricably intertwined. When Sonny and I first discussed producing a music video, connecting his music to the on-going protests against the CAA - a body of communalist laws that seek to strip Indian Muslims, specifically, of their citizenship - made sense. We were lucky to connect with filmmakers in Delhi who had been documenting the 101-day occupation of Shaheen Bagh by anti-CAA activists. They generously allowed us to use their beautiful footage for this project. 

To learn more about Sonny’s music, check out this interview and article.

Koi Bol Ram Ram also marks my first time directing a music video - and first time shooting a video during a global pandemic!  This project was a huge labour of love from all involved and would not have been possible without the following people: