Siren Is Here, Let’s Give It A Loud Cheer!

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Siren Is Here, Let’s Give It A Loud Cheer!

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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o say that it’s been a hell of a year for women is an understatement. On the heels of the global #MeToo movement, women have been calling out creeps on Twitter, the news, and even at the bus stop. If there was ever a moment for women to speak up, give collective cry, a call to action, it is now. The siren call for action has been most definitely given.

Arré SIREN is that call you can’t ignore, an oestrogen-fuelled ode to the burgeoning local arts scene and the women who are building it up, one shattered stereotype at a time. The two-day music and comedy festival features the first-ever fully female lineup of acts. It will have all kinds of blasphemous things being said, unladylike jokes being cracked and songs of cheer being sung out loud.

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Presented by Arré Earworm and curated by Sufi songstress Zila Khan, the musical acts can be counted on to bring the noise. There are concerts in every genre from Jazz to Electronica, Indian Fusion and Hip Hop. Highlights include Raja Kumari, the Grammy-nominated rapper from LA, bass guitar virtuoso Mohini Dey, and electronic sensation Saba Azad. 

Arré SIREN is that call you can’t ignore, an oestrogen-fuelled ode to the burgeoning local arts scene and the women who are building it up, one shattered stereotype at a time.

Besides music, Arré SIREN is serving up the freshest, funniest comic talent around. The menu includes Fukrey star Richa Chadda, Sumukhi Suresh, who created the hit web series Pushpavalli, and sketch queen Kaneez Surka.

In case two days of electrifying live performances wasn’t enough, attendees can look forward to exclusive mentorship sessions through SIREN Campus. Intended as a training ground for the next generation of #UssTypeKiLadki, SIREN Campus allows fans to enjoy facetime with their personal heroines. Aspiring artists will have the opportunity to meet the ladies who are changing the face of Indian entertainment.

Arré SIREN is more than a festival. It’s a platform for a new generation of Indians who believe that excellence and equality are one and the same. It’s an acknowledgement of growing diversity in the arts and in society, and a promise to keep moving forward. It’s time to celebrate the women who are dangerous, loud, and bold – the sirens that cut through the chaos and make themselves heard. So get a ticket, grab a beer, and get ready to give the ladies a loud cheer.

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