Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 04:22 AM IST

TEDxGateway 2018! Maati Baani: Merging cultures together


Maati Baani, which means sound, or language, of earth, is made up of the duo of Nirali Karthik and Karthik Shah. While Nirali is a vocalist and a music composer, Karthik is a guitarist and producer. They shot to fame when their Michael Jackson tribute, Heal The World video that featured musical child prodigies from across the globe, went viral.

Path of strong resilience

“We believe in the path we have chosen. We do not believe a person should change their vision or path because of what society perceives them to do. We are here to create what was not created before. Our music will reach everyone who was meant to listen to it eventually!”


Music strings people together

“Music should heal, give hope, resurrect a dead soul and inspire one to appreciate other cultures. We want to work with different traditions, and make music which will make all young and old forget about their worries for a while and enjoy the world.”

Technology to unify


“It’s time to use technology for the advancement of music. It’s logistically impossible to travel to six countries to make one song. It is better to do something than just dream of working with artists that inspire you. For this year’s TEDx performance, we have 11 musicians from Mongolia, Australia, Germany and India and we have been rehearsing with them online for a month! It’s a good feeling to meet someone in person, but it should never stop you from thinking that it cannot be done.

“For Heal The World, we found the best child prodigies on the planet and got them together for the tributes to Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. Nobody met each other and the whole project was done online involving more than 100 singers and technical teams. It’s a great feeling to re-imagine these songs with the innocence of the children. It inspires us to work more with the future power generation.”

Ambassadors of peace and love


“Musicians are universal ambassadors of peace and love and that is what our message is too. Our performance this year is called ‘The Horse who pulled the Guitar strings’. It’s an ode to all the people who wanted to take that leap of faith and hustled their way in achieving their ambitions.”


They are the new name in the world of music. Rolling Stone India says, what makes Maati Baani stand out from their peers is their “collaboration-friendly approach to music making.” Apart from their collaborative music, which features folk artistes to famous YouTubers, they are also activists who started ‘Chipko Re’ with writer Piyush Mishra to mobilise citizens to protect the trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony. They are proud to have worked with 150 artistes with the “help of remote collaborations online” some of whom are celebrities in their own right.

(This 10th edition of the TEDxGateway sees over 20+ speakers from different walks of life sharing unique ideas that make them an inspiration the world over. Over 5500 attendees are slated to attend this feast of ideas and inspiration on December 2 at DOME @ NSCI Mumbai.)

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Published on: Friday, November 30, 2018, 02:47 PM IST