then, while Eashan, individually, set the record for being the Youngest Rock Guitarist of India, as acknowledged by the India Book of Records.
Eashan and Eash at their residence in Sector 19. Gurminder Singh/HT
About their recent victory, the 15-year-olds say, “Today, we have two victories to share—we have also passed Grade 8 from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABSRM), London. We had passed the ABSRM (leading authority on musical assessment) exam in 2011 — Eash had cleared piano Grade 6, and I had cleared the same for guitar, besides us both passing Grade 5 of theory in music.”
Giving more information about their victory, Eashan says, “Grade 8 is a very high level qualification; only professional music teachers reach Grade 8. But we plan to study further and plan to go ahead with the ABSRM professional diploma [DIP ABSRM], a university level diploma.”
The boys idolise maestros of western music such as JS Bach, Beethoven, WA Mozart and Franz Schubert, and insist that Bollywood is not their cup of tea. “We don’t think Bollywood is the place for our kind of music. We would stick to our studies, while also indulging in live performances,” say the students of St John’s School, Sector 26.
About their recent performances, they add, “Eashan gave a solo rock performance at Zorba Amphitheater, Delhi, and both of us performed together at Delhi School of Music, where Eash performed all three pieces of piano (Allegro, Novelettes and Capriccio) by different musicians.”
“We, however, give equal importance to music and studies. One never takes precedence over the other,” says Eashan, who has also become the youngest certified Indian rock guitarist, as he has passed his Rock School advanced level exam in music performance (Grade 8), conducted by Trinity College of London.
In their previous interview, Eashan and Eash said, “Till now, we have been performing together as well as individually, since it’s the era of fusion music. We do plan to create a unique composition soon.”
This time around, the modest Eashan has something different to say, “We do love to collaborate, but performing solo is a different feeling altogether. No one over shadows the other. Both the instruments get a fair chance.”