Folks We Misplaced in 2022: Swadesi’s MC Tod Fod 

Folks We Misplaced in 2022: Swadesi’s MC Tod Fod 

The multilingual Mumbai rapper passed away in March of this one year, leaving a gaping void in the country’s hip-hop scene

David Britto
Dec 14, 2022

Late Mumbai-bred artist MC Tod Fod aka Dharmesh Parmar. Photograph: Samarth Shirke

Earlier this one year, India’s music neighborhood and the country’s hip-hop scene in drawl misplaced one amongst its most prominent and outwardly spoken artists, MC Tod Fod aka Dharmesh Parmar (24), from Mumbai’s multilingual hip-hop neighborhood Swadesi.  

Quickly after Tod Fod’s passing in March, Swadesi stated in an announcement, “Our brother Dharmesh Parmar aka MC Tod Fod passed away on twentieth of March in the afternoon. He died due to a heart assault whereas taking part in hackey sack. Post-mortem experiences comprise acknowledged that he died due to of high blood stress that induced the assault. He had a heart scenario previously that took assert around November final one year.” 

When Swadesi fashioned in 2013, the neighborhood fast grew in prominence with their tag of socially and politically acutely conscious hip-hop music. With Swadesi, Tod Fod shone shining as he stood up for environmental and human rights factors, amongst other most valuable issues. Tod Fod would creep on to free up a ramification of singles in conjunction with the impactful “The Warli Revolt” in 2019 and the fat-length 10-note Chetavni in 2020 with Swadesi. His collaboration with DJ Chromaderma and rapper MC Solomon on “Truth & Bass” modified into once his closing free up sooner than his passing in March 2022.  

Other than Swadesi, Tod Fod modified into once closely sought-after and fervent with other initiatives too. He worked with the likes of artists equivalent to Bandish Projekt, Viveick Rajagopalan and metallers  Providence, and even contributed to the visceral note “India 91” that modified into once part of the soundtrack for the Zoya Akhtar-directed Bollywood movie Gully Boy.  

Tributes for the rapper poured in from a ramification of contributors after his passing. Akhtar stated, “You may perhaps presumably well well also fair comprise long gone technique too soon. I’m succesful of handiest be grateful our paths crossed.” Equality Labs, a Dalit civil-rights group, stated, “We offer esteem and energy to his family, participants of the Swadesi Movement and all people grieving the loss of this younger artist.” Rapper Prabh Deep stated, “Rest in vitality brother man. Peek you on the opposite aspect. I keep in mind assembly you at reveals and [was] consistently awestruck with your direct. This modified into once unfair.” 

This past June, Swadesi establish collectively a crowdfunding campaign as neatly as two reveals to honor the unhurried artist. The first demonstrate modified into once an birth jam and took assert at Meantime Home in Mumbai. This modified into once adopted by a gig at Mumbai’s antiSOCIAL that integrated sets by Swadesi, Boombay Djembe Folas, Ta Dhom Mission, Many Roots Ensemble and DJ Uri. The crowdfunding campaign yielded a revenue of ₹3,15,353, with the funds being smash up between Tod Fod’s family, an environmental conservation program and a digital museum created to reduction the unhurried rapper’s legacy alive.   

In October, Swadesi establish up Tod Fod T-shirts on the marketplace for fans, and final month posthumously launched the note “Yam”, which aspects Tod Fod at his fiery handiest. It is obvious that though Tod Fod is sadly no longer with us, his work and legacy will continue to shine shining, it would no longer topic what. 

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