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Radio Flote, a new music stream, plays original independent Indian music.

Gaanbhashi is on a journey, searching for the lost music of rural India, and its members have already hit the road — starting from the interiors of West Bengal. Meanwhile, flowing with their musical notes is an indie group called Indus Gharana — fusing rap and hip-hop with Indian tunes. While Lord Shiva's dance of destruction is called Tandava, Taandove plays dance and music of peace and love to end "evil". Somewhere down south, Madvinz is churning out soul music while Pseutopia (Psuedo Utopia) is playing politically-driven music. Then there is Deenga, a little boat that ferries folk music. Parvaaz, Solder, 13 AD, Asian Dub Foundation and Avial — independent Indian music is doing great, but there is one stream that's connecting them all.

In a national integration of music, Bangalore-based Radio Flote has taken upon the gigantic task of streaming original independent Indian music through the website and also a free iPhone and Android music app. Sponsored by "music-loving investors" and accelerated by Chandigarh-based start-up company, Morpheus Venture Partners, this Internet radio streams an exhaustive, exciting and growing collection of music from independent artistes across India.

"The idea is to curate best music and have a direct link with the artist," say its founders Mahadevan K (33) and Sikanth Gopinath (36). While the former is an engineer by profession and the latter is a musician, it was their love for good music that made them kickstart this venture. Interestingly, it was never planned. "A year ago, we were working on a completely different idea, a location-based reminder and ran it for three months till we realised that it was not working," says Mahadevan.

He, along with Gopinath, realised that their heart lay elsewhere — in music. "We were playing at different venues, had been collecting music for years and were in touch with lot of musicians, so we decided to float some great music and benefit the musicians directly," he adds.

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