The Pink Mirror

by Kapil Seshasayee

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“The Pink Mirror” is a sonic essay on censorship and dissonance within LGBT representation in Bollywood cinema. While antiquated portrayals of LGBT caricatures continue to serve as little more than comedic relief in mainstream Indian cinema, attempts by LGBT film makers to tell their own stories are often blocked from release (the song is named after a Hindi film by queer film maker Sridhar Rangayan, which was banned by the Indian Censor Board). "The Pink Mirror" highlights the prevalence of problematic narratives in modern Bollywood films, which includes transphobic portrayals of trans characters as villains trying to deceive other characters through seduction.

Proceeds from "The Pink Mirror" will be donated to Solaris Pictures, which champions the production and distribution of Indian queer cinema.


My affectations rarely border on extreme
Invective masquerading as an elegy

Adoptee, I understand
Devotee, I understand

While I'm undecided as to whether I will intervene
You would criticise it, as if I intended to impede

In my defence, the objective wasn't to be
Not here for reverence,steeped in veracity

My own conjecture seldom worded as support
At best placated and at worst beyond reproach


released June 5, 2020
Kapil Seshasayee - Vocals, Keys, Guitar, Electronics
Edwin Stewart McLachlan - Drums


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Kapil Seshasayee Glasgow, UK

Kapil Seshasayee is a polymath, both as a songwriter and as a soundsmith, creating something wholly unique. Combining electronica flourishes evoking FKA Twigs with Indian Classical guitar ornamentations, stunning vocals and a penchant for unorthodox instrumentation such as the aquaphone, Kapil manages to be truly experimental yet still accessible. ... more


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