Monday, December 22, 2008

Prayag's Jamshedpur trip - an account

Jamshedpur rocks!

Yo and behold, we are back from Jamshedpur after a very tiring but equally exhilarating four days.
First things first, we had a blast playing at the Steel City, thanks to the very warm people and the amazing hospitality we received everywhere we went. All you guys, thanks a lot for taking such good care of us.

But, initially, we were very, very apprehensive.



The reason: We got to know when we reached the venue – Tata Auditorium in the XLRI campus – that we were playing for a school programme. Loyola School was hosting Tamanna, a musical evening, and our performance was preceded by a full on annual day kind of performance, with the hall packed with parents.

All of us winced, convinced that the first blast of Prayag’s rock assault would send half the audience home. How wrong we were proved!

The amazing students of Loyola School & XLRI were one of the best audiences we have played to. The nearly 1,500-strong crowd sang along with us on the covers, and appreciated our originals even more!

A word is also a must for the astoundingly talented students who performed before us. Guys, we at Prayag salute you. The a capella version of A R Rahman’s Ma Tujhe Salaam gave usgooseflesh. And our jaws dropped when we saw just how well all of the students sang, how polished their performances were, how versatile they all were.

As far as our own performance was concerned, yes, we were not very satisfied with the sound; the sound ‘engineer’ who was handling the mixer needs a new job and fast. But the sheer energy of the crowd drove us into giving our best – Sumit kept running into the crowd, showing off his newly acquired wireless -- even though all we could hear on stage was a treble-high mess of sound.
Outside, it turned out, things were better. Thank god.

After the show, we were overwhelmed. The crowd was chanting “Prayaaag, Prayag” as if egging on Sehwag for a six! And we were just floored with the kind of intelligent appreciation and inherent knack for music everyone showed.

We were treated to drinks next day at Beldih Club, and we played a great game of cricket with some of the boys inside XLRI. Both Sumit and Pranab are claiming that they top-scored, but it was Swapnil – the man who never smiles was grinning ear to ear, so you know what kind of an overwhelming experience Jamshedpur was – who stunned us all with his bowling skills.
We would love to be back, Jamshedpur. Thanks a ton for inviting us.

We also had a blast on our return journey, but we’ll get to that in the next post. Keep watching this space.

p.s: We are now looking for a Sound Engineer who knows our sound and is ready to travel wherever the band goes. Prior experience is welcome, but not compulsory. What is a must is that the person should know what to do to deliver the Prayag sound in any set-up. Write to us if you think you have what it takes.

Leaving you with a few pictures. More pictures are awaited & will post and when we receive them.















After a victorious bowling spell...we saw him smile...again!!



That didn't go for a six (the next one did)...



Our wicket keeper friend wondering if the bowler knew what was going to hit him. (Thank God I'm handling the blog for now)



Ummm....OK. Looks more like a pose for the camera than cricketing stance though ;p



And finally! The most ignorant 'Umpire' we've ever come across!


Cheers!

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Prayag live @ XLRI Jamshedpur

Okay, so at a time when India is seething with anger - at our completely useless politicians, at the brazen attacks on our pride, at the hypocrisy of the world in advising restraint to us when they have themselves destroyed many countries as revenge – Prayag is off to the XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur, to play on the 13th of December.

But then, what is music if not soul-balm.

We have reason to be excited, because this is the first time we will be playing with two guitars - (Naveen is back!!) – and a keyboard! We plan to do all our originals, plus some new covers, so it should be pretty exciting.

We also hope to unveil two new songs of ours, Bas Karo and Daud.

Now, if we can only get some practice in with our hectic schedules.

We'll let you know how it went; watch this space & wish us luck.

Cheers!

Prayag
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Prayag on JAM Magazine

Hi Fellas

So Prayag gets featured once again - this time it's the latest issue of JAM Magazine (15th November).

Do check at a nearby stand and get your hands on it. 

And for those of you who are lazy enough to do that, here are some snapshots. Download them onto your Desktop and zoom in or better still, Click Here or on the 2nd image for a bigger view!

A special thanks to Gayatri from JAM.




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Friday, September 5, 2008

Prayag on Bombay Times

Well this one's kinda old news now, but we thought it'd be great to share the piece with those who've just started following this blog.

Prayag
was featured in the prestigious Bombay Times (thanks Dhaval) a while ago.


Just visit the first link to read online or download the PDF directly onto your Desktop by clicking the second. Read through if you will. We promise a decent read :)



Cheers!

Pranab.
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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Some pictures from the Umang gig

OK. So Anisha finally managed to hand over some pictures of the gig. So here we go...they make us much more than nostalgic!

Sumit KILLS IT! The guy on the lights mis-times the focus on him but that doesn't stop Anisha from capturing the moment perfectly...














Mukut captivates all attention as he amazes everyone with his 'Signature' jigs!




















Viru, still wondering why he plays with us (when he's born to only SET THE DEMONS FREE) LOL!














Swapnil on his own trippy digression:




















Ah yes, and that's Pranab, hopping, skipping, jumping and making stupid errors on the microphone (like taking our ex-president's name incorrectly shshshshshsh...it really did go unnoticed) :)




















Basically, put us all together and this is what we become! Jhintaakly full of emotions on stage! :)


























For more pictures, logon to http://www.prayagzone.com/photos.html

Another special thanks to Sunil from www.zxis.com for helping us develop and maintain that uber-cool website up there!

Until our next post, take care!

Prayag
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Prayag has a blog - FINALLY!


Hey there

For a while now, Prayag has been toying with the idea of starting a blog. But given that the professional ‘writer’ in the band is a notoriously lazy bastard, the idea has been eating dust.

So finally we have decided to write it as a collaborative effort.

Of course, the immediate trigger is our last gig at the NM College festival, Umang 2008, in Mumbai, on Saturday, August 16, a day after the 61st anniversary of India’s independence.

A fresh line-up and some new songs meant that we had a blast in the 40 minutes we were onstage.

Yes, Mukut Chakravarti joins us on keys for the foreseeable future, and his infectious energy rubbed off on the band as we played four and a half songs; two of our own and two and a half ‘crowd-pleasers.’ The half being a rocked out rendition of RD Burman’s Jaaneja dovetailed into the back of Strings’ Duur. We also played our original Naya Savera (words and music by Swapnil, our bassman) for the first time ever live, and it was exhilarating. The other original we played, Raaste, went down great with the crowd as always, with Viru’s powerhouse drums driving many a ‘head-banger’.

Pranab, our singer, had a severe encounter with a fierce dosa the night before, and had spent all of the night and most of the morning battling it out in (water)loo. But for those 40 minutes, he forgot his illness and transformed into the machinehead of the band that he is. He ran into the crowd -- which seemed pleased with us, judging by the reaction to our set-starter, a cover of Rock On – and across the stage as if nothing had happened.

After the gig, he returned to his (water)loo.

There were three bands in an evening billed as a ‘tribute to Indian rock’. There was Wehem, from Pune, who started off proceedings high on enthusiasm and not so high on experience, and the delightful Shor Bazaar. It’s good to see Hindi bands writing intelligent – and diverse, because Shor Bazaar’s decidedly punk attitude is as far from our sound as you can get -- Hindi songs.

A note of thanks is a must for the Umang 2008 team. Nirav, Akanksha & Team, thanks for all the help. Stupendous effort, and great organization, all you guys. You made us feel good, and we hope our music made you feel good.
Pratik, thanks for telling us that playing 2nd at Umang is the best option and actually getting us that slot. It helped for sure. We appreciate that.

The sound people, we thought, were excellent too. And believe us, there’s nothing that can turn a show into a nightmare faster than bad sound. Sumit, the nitpicker who is also our guitar man, found his amp wired the wrong way and they changed it in a jiffy.

We’ll say ciao for now, and if you want, you can check the videos of Rock On and Raaste (just Google Prayag Umang) live at Umang 2008, though the handycam as usual plays havoc with the sound.

We’ll be back as soon as we have something coherent to say.

Peace

Prayag (www.prayagzone.com)

p.s: Incidentally, after the Umang show, someone scribbled on our website’s guest book, and said that we should have done covers of Slayer, Lamb of God and others. Sure, dude, we say; we’ll do that as soon as we form a death metal outfit :-)

OK enough, here are a couple of no-AV-quality-at-all videos from the gig:

Raaste:



Rock On cover:



We leave you with this beautiful collage of the Umang gig shot & created by our friend Anisha. A BIG THANKS to her.

Enjoyy and come back for more laterzz!

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