Koi Bol Ram Ram
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.
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: