Delhi-based Hindi rock group Euphoria has elaborate plans to reach out to fans this year. Besides the in-production fifth studio album and an 12-episode rockumentary, the band is also upbeat about the March launch of frontman Palash Sen’s biography,
Euphoria — The Story of Palash Sen
Written by Pune-based artist and author Ashish Kate,
is the documentation of Sen’s journey with the band and the conversations Kate and Sen have had over a span of three years. Kate, a college dropout, had been meaning to chronicle Sen’s life since 2005, and approached Sen with the idea after two years of research. “The book was born out of the quote ‘if you want a discussion of your life by contemporaries, try drying’. There are huge names that have never got the recognition they deserved. I didn’t want Palash to be a dead hero,” he says.
It inspired Kate to notice that at the time when Euphoria had only recently entered the music scene, their songs were refreshingly different from mainstream drivel. Add to it, the fact that even after being sidelined by the industry, Euphoria managed to produce four studio albums and play live across India and abroad.
“Palash isn’t exactly a Bon Jovi; the industry too doesn’t work with him. But he’s still achieved what he has. And that’s why I had to create a separate structure to follow. I couldn’t follow the template of any other biography,” Kate says.
Although Kate has read Junoon vocalist Salman Ahmad’s recently released book
Rock ‘n’ Roll Jihad
, he says
isn’t along the same lines. Instead, the book speaks about Sen’s childhood, his music and his life as a doctor, and has messages by Meghna Gulzar, Prodip Sarkar and Neeraj Sridhar among others. Kate adds, “The book is extremely fast-paced; it’ll make you sad, angry and funny. It’s like conversations with a friend about education, music and politics. But most of all, it’s a story about possibilities.”