Post a well-deserved break of a few years, the pioneers of Indian Electronica, Midival Punditz will be releasing a trio of singles in the latter half of 2019. The first of three Punditz style collaborative singles was released last week. Titled Rootha Yaar, the first single is based on the writings of Baba Bulle Shah and features Kolkatta-based Indian classical prodigy, Sukanya Chattopadhyay. Since its release, the single has climbed to No.1 on the Electronic Music chart on Apple Music in India.
Rootha Yaar was originally written as part of the music, done for the popular web series on Amazon Prime called ‘Made In Heaven’, by Gaurav Raina and Tarana Marwah (Komorebi). The new version is the Punditz rendition of the same song, featuring a heavy dance floor groove and analogue synths, making it equally relevant at a club or for an easy listening session at home.
Over the span of their career, the duo has released 4 formidable albums, always breaking new ground with each one. In 2002 they released their first album Midival Punditz with Six Degrees Records in the US, becoming the first Indian electronica artists to release on an international label. This debut launched them into the global electronica stratosphere and was critically acclaimed in India and all around the world.
The follow-up album Midival Times released in 2005 further cemented their position as Indi-electro pioneers.
The Punditz have moved from strength to strength and 2009 saw the release of Hello Hello. The album encompasses all the varied worlds — in which they exist and — that ties them together through a sound that brings International Electronica, Global Pop, Indian Classical and Folk with modern-day songwriting. The result is a sound like no other, one that is uniquely Midival Punditz, even earning them a spot on Amazon’s top picks for 2009 and on the Official FIFA 2010 Soundtrack.
They released their much-awaited 4th full-length studio album, Light in 2015, creating their very first performance-based concept record. Light can be called their most cohesive and driving album yet, not particularly devoted to any one style. This cinematic, larger-than-life experience was conceived as a live show and featured a wide range of Indian folk music (Rajasthani, Punjabi, Carnatic and UP), along with a robust line-up of collaborators such as Papon, Malini Awasthi, Kutle Khan, amongst others.