Dhruva Balram is an Indian-Canadian freelance journalist whose work sits comfortably at the intersection of culture and politics. He has been published in NPR, the Guardian, NME and GQ . He is currently based in London, UK.
In the 1980s and 1990s, South Asians created a community around daytime raves in the U.K. Now, a new generation is trying to reignite that same magic.
September 13, 2021
The 34-year-old has already written jokes for the likes of Chris Rock and Hasan Minhaj — and was the first Indian-origin writer for SNL — but not everyone is laughing.
October 02, 2020
For 30 years — from the 1930s to 1960s — jazz dominated Indian elite entertainment and weaved its way into iconic Bollywood showtunes. Its influence lingers to this day.
September 24, 2020
Two years after India’s Supreme Court revoked Section 377 — which criminalized homosexuality — violence, assaults, and discrimination are still the norm.
July 08, 2020
Reducing the suffering of others is a habit, not a momentary concern.
June 11, 2020
The novel explores not only whether two struggling musicians can be friends but also the context that led them there.
April 10, 2020
The three-year-old music label is fighting for the truth — no matter the cost.
April 02, 2020
Though South Asians who seek formal mental healthcare do well, music and art are informal avenues for those otherwise wary of institutions.
May 08, 2019
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