Crack Magazine marks Pride’s season with a series of specialty mixes and playlists dedicated to LGBTQ+ parties and club promoters. From iconic parties of bygone eras to emerging events of 2022, we’ll shine a light on the sounds of these parties and the artists who shape them.
HUNGAMA has been a vital hub for South Asian queer culture and creativity since its inception in 2017. Held for the first time in East London’s famous queer pub and performance space, The Glory, the pioneering event has since traveled to cities such as Los Angeles and Mumbai.
Born out of founder Ryan Lanji’s desire to hear Bollywood tunes on the dance floor – and to create a space where he and his peers could openly celebrate their gayness and reconnect with their culture – HUNGAMA club nights pack a euphoric energy and festive. The name itself means “chaos” in Hindi.
The events encompass a wide range of creative pursuits, with Lanji’s background in fashion and art curation playing a part in creating a space for the kind of authentic and abundant expression that HUNGAMA offers its community. . Over the past five years, HUNGAMA has continued to evolve and grow, with a focus on alternative South Asian club sounds as well as Bollywood music and culture. Earlier this year – and for its milestone anniversary – the party shared its first release. The self-titled project centered on remixes and reworkings of Bollywood tracks and pieces by queer South Asian artists.
This coming weekend, HUNGAMA is hosting their new NAZAR party – a series in collaboration with NAFS.Space, which champions queer SWANA [South West Asia and North Africa] community – at fabric as part of UK Black Pride. Before that, we spoke with Lanji about the inspiration behind HUNGAMA, nurturing a space away from nightlife hierarchies and the upcoming NAZAR event on Sunday August 14th. You can also check out an exclusive playlist curated by Lanji alongside NAFS.Space’s Drew Demetry.
A celebration of South Asian homosexuality and creativity. Since its inception five years ago, HUNGAMA has been a hub for South Asian creatives and young artistic talent. This is a time to allow your queerness, your culture and your counterculture to exist in one room.
What inspired its launch?
HUNGAMA was a refutation of cis-entered white queer spaces. I couldn’t see myself anywhere and wanted to hear Bollywood. I’m so proud that after five years of hosting him regularly, we’ve played in London, Los Angeles and Mumbai, and inspire South Asians around the world to embrace gayness and their creativity while opening up the sounds of our culture to the white gay community without being fetishized. In London we played Fabric, Ministry of Sound, Lovebox, UK Black Pride and more. We’re also proud to have hosted some amazing parties at Tate Modern, Southbank and the National Theater this year alone.