Sweety Kapoor

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Sweety Kapoor is a music & arts promoter, programmer and creative producer. Born in New Delhi, India, Kapoor moved to London at the age of 4.

Kapoor was one of the key people behind the legendary Anokha music nights of the mid 90's alongside it's host Talvin Singh, and resident Dj / music producer Sam Zaman aka State of Bengal.

Anokha, the weekly Monday night music sessions at the iconic venue Blue Note in London's East End, soon became one of city's influential cultural hot spots, drawing a wide variety of musicians, creative artists, tastemakers, and listeners alike. It was instrumental in the rise of what became known globally as the The Asian Underground movement.

Dubbed ‘Queen of the Asian Underground’, Kapoor is featured in veteran music journalist Nik Cohn's book ‘Yes We Have No: Adventures in the Other England’.

Talvin Singh subsequently won the Mercury Music Prize for his solo album OK in 1999, while State of Bengal signed on to Bjork's label One Little Indian, and opened for her world tour.

In 1998, Kapoor was the first to bring the sounds of the Asian Underground to India. She produced a series of gigs in Mumbai titled ‘Underground Connected’, featuring Music Producer/ DJ State of Bengal, often referred to as God-Father of Asian Break Beat, the prodigious young singing talent Amar, and celebrated drummer Marque Gilmore aka Inna.Most, who is credited as being the man responsible for bringing the complex programmed drum n bass sounds into live performances.

These pioneering events not only introduced the British Asian underground cultural scene into Mumbai but brought with it global electronic music, fashion and culture trends, thereby animating the fledgeling scene in the city by influencing many musicians, DJs, filmmakers, designers and other creative artists. Its wide-reaching influence is recalled even today; drum & bass sounds are heard globally in a variety of genres, not to mention in Bollywood songs as well.

Kapoor was also noted for her dress sense in the East End music and cultural circuit. An outfit worn by her, was part of a major exhibition (2004) The London Look: From Catwalk to Street at The Museum of London, and is now housed as part of its permanent collection under Asian Underground, alongside other pieces from influential alternative movements including the first lady of the Grime scene Ms. DYNAMITE, club promoter & performance artist Leigh Bowery and key figures from Punk scene.

She was also behind bringing BBC Radio One, and it's Dj / presenters Nihal and Bobby Friktion into India in a four-city tour, working alongside the British council, with coverage by The Independent newspaper UK.

Kapoor lives between London and Mumbai.


External links[edit]

  • The London Look
  • Roving Eye
  • The ‘98/‘99 Mumbai performances, was co-ordinated by the quiet but immensely influential Sweety Kapoor – also responsible for the conception and success of ...


  • KarmaCola for these in-between times

The invitation came from the enthusiastic and energetic Sweety Kapoor (Indian name, British accent). The event (``two nights of universal club culture) ...


Calcutta Cyber Cafe - Talvin Singh

Anokha Soundz of the Asian Underground - compilation

Audio-Visual - State of Bengal

Star Rising /Nasuret Fetah Ali Khan: compilation remix album on RealWorld

Tana Tani - State of Bengal & Paban Das Baul: RealWorld

Walking On- State of Bengal & Ananada Shankar: RealWorld