Kohinoorgasm (one word: ko-hee-noor-gasm) is the experimental pop music project of queer, desi artist Josephine Shetty, born and based in Los Angeles, CA. Shetty uses minimal dance beats and softly sung vocals as a cathartic way to communicate her frustrations with misogyny, opposition to systems of oppression, and experiences with anxiety and abuse. By looping danceable drums and dreamy synth sounds beneath repetitive English and Hindi lyrics, Shetty creates hypnotic environments in which she hopes listeners can relax and reflect. She has performed at SXSW, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and several other universities, museums, music venues, and DIY spaces across the US and Europe.
Her latest single ‘Naga Tease‘ explores sensuality in some of its many forms; experimenting with color, movement, pace, friendship, femininity, and collaboration to envision enjoyment, expression, and pleasure in ways that aren’t bounded by romantic or sexual conventions.
Written, Recorded, Produced, and Performed by Josephine Shetty
Video Directed and Edited by Jasdeep Kang
Co-directed by Andrea Granera and Josephine Shetty
Shot by Andrea Granera and Zeek Paez
Animation by Tieraney Carter
Lighting and Green Screen by Rob Borsdorf
Featuring: Opal Kale, Sonali Tzul, Ayesha Shaikh, Lily Woo, Summer Fucking Mason, Minkah Taharkah