Monday, November 16, 2009

RUDRA Music Video World Premiere

Local filmmaker Jacen Tan, who created hits like Tak Giu, Zo Gang and Zo Hee, returns to the scene this year with a different cinematic offering - that of a music video for Singapore metal band Rudra titled Hymns from the Blazing Chariot, which will make its world premiere on 7th Dec 2009 at The Substation.

Based on the song's lyrics and concept, the explosive music video is a re-imagination of the ancient Sanskrit text 'The Bhagavad Gita', one of the most important philosophical classics of the world. Shot entirely in front of a green screen, the music video boasts each band member wearing pink tghts while performing...

OK I'm kidding. Green screen check, but no tights. Instead the video's storyline will include battle scenes created with visual effects compositing and computer animation. which took over a year for production, complete with Indian performing arts groups Apsara Asia and Maya Dance Theatre helping out with the stunt choreography, costume design, props and weapons which were specially made.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage will also be shown, and Rudra themselves will perform a special set after the screening!!!

Doors open at 8pm at the Substation Theatre.

More details of the premiere are available at

To thank Rudra fans for their years of support, entry is free (pay as you want) for the event on 7 Dec 2009.
Limited seats are available, to reserve seats email tickets [at]

The Bhagavad Gita is a philosophical dialogue between Prince Arjuna and his charioteer Krishna which takes place just before the start of the Kurukshetra War.

Prince Arjuna is reluctant to go into battle as he has to fight his relatives, beloved friends and revered teachers. In desperation, he turns to Krishna for advice. Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior and elaborates on different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies.

The Bhagavad Gita uses war as an allegory and is often seen as a practical, self-contained guide to life.

Click here for the wiki-entry.

Rudra, formed in 1992, is one of the leaders in the Asian Metal scene. Founders of 'Vedic Metal', their unique fusion of Indian traditional music, Vedic philosophy and extreme black/death metal has won them an underground following worldwide. Based in Singapore, their current line-up is Kathir (vocals & bass), Devan (guitars), Vinod (guitars) and Shiva (drums).

'Hymns from the Blazing Chariot' is taken from Rudra's fifth and latest album “Brahmavidya: Transcendental I", released in April 2009 by Vic Records (Netherlands) & Trinity Records (Hong Kong).


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