The Mellow Turtle, Tre Ess collaboration “Dil Aziz” will warm your heart
Sidhantha Jain · April 26, 2019 · 2 Minute Read
Created by Hip-Hop producers The Mellow Turtle and Tre Ess in collaboration with visually-impaired students from Jharkhand, “Dil Aziz” combines folk music with rock accompaniment to create a unique, soulful sound that is contemporary while being deeply rooted in tradition.
Sung by fifteen-year-old Dheeraj Kumar Gupta, he is a multi-instrumentalist and trained in Hindustani Classical Music. The lyrics have been penned by Subhash Kumar, fourteen, who hopes to become an IAS officer in the future while pursuing music.
Both are students from St. Michaels School for the Blind in Jharkhand.
Ekastha Foundation, established by Rishabh Lohia aka The Mellow Turtle in 2016, runs several social initiatives and is currently promoting music at St. Michaels School of the Blind. The artist has also adopted a village through a non-profit called Friends of Tribal Society, sponsoring the village’s school for an entire year.
Speaking on the larger vision behind the song, The Mellow Turtle says, “To us, music is more than entertainment. It can and should be the driver of significant social change, and have the potential to transform the lives of people for the better. Featuring two talented singers, “Dil Aziz” is the culmination of that vision. Both Tre and I want this song to inspire emerging artists across India and give them the motivation to pursue their passion, regardless of the challenges they face.”
Tre Ess, real name, Sumit Singh Solanki, has been working towards building the non-existent indie music circuit in the state of Jharkhand and creating its unique sonic identity by supporting emerging artists. Hailing from a region at the epicenter of the Naxalbari struggle, his songs capture the politically-charged environment around him and an artist’s struggle for identity within it.
Tre Ess tells, “Jharkhand has an abundance of musical talent. Unfortunately, most artists here don’t get the kind of opportunity that their peers in metropolitan cities do. We want to change that. “Dil Aziz” is not a standalone project. We want to explore more collaborations with regional artists to help them showcase their extraordinary talent, and to make music a viable career option for them.”
Both, The Mellow Turtle and Tre Ess have been leading the wave of alternative new-age artists emerging from smaller towns across India. Using music, they have been enabling and creating opportunities for regional talent, particularly those who have their dreams and ambitions limited by circumstance.
With their latest single, The Mellow Turtle and Tre Ess aim to kick-start a larger movement by showcasing and promoting local music and artists in Jharkhand, as well as to inspire those on the fringes to dare to dream bigger.
They are also using the platform to launch Taal, an initiative which aims to mentor and train visually-impaired children to help them pursue music as a career.