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CREATING MUSIC FROM WASTE

11 Mar 2018 04:31am IST

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Karsten Miranda

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11 Mar 2018 04:31am IST

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Karsten Miranda

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Montry Manuel, a percussionist and a passionate music producer brought smiles and amazement to the visitors and tourists on Miramar beach with the fantastic beats produced out of waste, plastic and metal. Cafe catches up with Montry Manuel to find out more about his brand of music

It was an eventful evening in Goa as the

#TeraMeraBeach campaign celebrated 100 days with a large number of tourists and visitors enjoying the fantastic beats of Thaalavattam as the sun set over Miramar beach.

The unique public awareness campaign #TeraMeraBeach, organised by Drishti Marine, is aimed at educating people on cleanliness and beach management along the coastal stretch.

The successful #TeraMeraBeach campaign which took place at Baga and Miramar will spread to Calangute, Candolim and Colva beaches. The campaign consists of daily drum circles lead by musicians from Taal Inc. followed by each participant of #TeraMeraBeach adding one piece from the collected waste to the community art installation. The art installation consists of bottles, cans, papers, cloth etc. collected by the participants during the clean-up drive.

The 100 day celebration kicked off with tourists and visitors drumming to the rhythmic beats of Djembes, followed by the adorning of the art installation at the beach with various items of waste collected during the clean-up drive. It was followed by a performance by Montry Manuel of Thaalavattam who produce splendid beats with instruments made out of waste, plastic and metal.

What drew Montry Manuel to the campaign was how it linked to his own music philosophy.

“For me it’s not only Goa, it’s all around the world. I just came back from a Europe tour. I did 16 countries in 90 days and 25 festivals including TedX talks and interactive sessions. My intention is to go all around the world. Goa is just one of the places on my list. I feel awareness is very important and I am doing my part and showing people who would learn and next time when in Goa we can reduce this garbage menace,” said Montry.

The beach campaign was in syn with the aim of his solo project Thaalavattam- that is spread the message of environmental conservation through music with the motto - Reduce, Reuse, Retune. “My message is ‘If we take care of our mother earth she will always take care of us and our future generations to come.’ And I feel that #TeraMeraBeach campaign is a platform which we need everywhere in this world. Beginning within India itself. It’s a great opportunity for me to come and be part of it and being an artist it fits in with the project,” said Montry

When asked how he picks his material to create the instruments required to produce music, Montry stated that it all depends on what inspires him. “For example I picked up one bottle and created music. At times I have picked up and created instruments at the junkyard itself. One of my instruments is called ‘Floating Jugs’, I found 25 discarded steel water jugs. I picked up one and played a tune and realised it has a great sound. Then I collected all 25 which I found, took it back to my studio and I started experimenting with the sound. Feeling it, touching it; creating instruments out of waste is like having a relationship Over the last 15 years I have been developing relationships with all my instruments. I am open to finding out new mediums to produce music, otherwise I would be a drummer or a guitarist. It’s amazing that we create sound from nothing. I have another very special instrument called ‘Tubela’. It’s the discarded PVC pipes which I found at a construction company site. I picked it up and fine-tuned it and gave it a new life,” added Montry.

Speaking about his future plans, Montry said his next project is about creating self- sustaining music. “I am working on a project which involves solar power music speakers which are self-made so that I can produce sound without using electricity,” said Montry.

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