Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bollywood rock, Kala Ghoda, and Us

We woke up February 8 morning to find Prayag listed as “Bollywood rock” in The Times of India’s schedule of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
We had thought we would play an all-original set at the prestigious arts festival, which supposedly celebrates the eclectic.
Thoroughly disillusioned, we played seven of our own songs, Raaste, Aa Paas Aa, Daud, Waat, Bas Karo, Naya Savera, Kal Akele, and three songs which would classify as Bollywood rock – Rock on, Roo Ba Roo and Socha Hai.

It was a scorcher of a gig, because the sun was beating down at us like it too disliked any band that went under the excuse of Bollywood rock. Nevertheless we battled on, rattling off songs we had written about riots, misguided youth and lucid dreams (Naya Savera), the rat race (Daud), the Mumbai life (Waat), terrorism and government response (Bas Karo) and so on and so forth to what we must say was a surprisingly appreciative crowd.

They cheered more for our originals than the Bollywood rock numbers!

Anisha as usual, took some great photographs of the band, Pranab jumped around despite the heat (must be all the gymming he does), Sumit unleashed his hidden blues harp talent, and we were really touched by the gesture of so many people who saw our gig and came up to tell us that they had tears in their eyes listening to our songs like Bas Karo.

Meanwhile, Bachi Karkaria, a venerable editor of The Times of India, the venerable sponsors of the festival, chose to write about the band that played after us. The all-cover band was lauded for playing “modern” songs like Summer of 69.
So much for originality and the arts!

Like always, we leave you with some pictures of the gig:

V Man!

They call him the "Prayag Foundation"

Psychedelia! (?) Well later he told me he was about to faint on stage due to the heat :)


p.s: We are all set to rock Surat on February 14, and Pune on February 20. Watch this space...

p.p.s: Most important, We are very very glad to announce a new member in the Prayag extended family – Alex D’Souza, who’s been working his magic on the sound console for the last two Prayag gigs. You rock, Alex, and Dil Maange More! 

Oh and one more thing. We would like to thank Nicole & Manjula of the Kala Ghoda Festival, who really went out of their way to help us in every way they could.
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wink and you'll see me said...

Bachi is a relic.. what do you expect from a superannuated woman sitting in the air conditioned offices of the TOI building in her cotton sarees and rambling on and on about 'modernity' she certainly has no clue...if summer of 69 is her idea of a modern song... too bad for her... you guys rocked...

The Wannabe X-Man said...

Good gig guys! I had fun watching Pranab getting the crowd to sing and stuff!

The udder people were creamy, as reputed, as always, I guess! People suck up to them! It's natural!

Original rock rulz!