Nineteen-year-old Deepanshu Pandit, a Jalandhar boy, who dreamt of fusing Indian classical ragas with rhythmic chords of the West, now has an eight-member band that calls themselves ‘eternal’.
And this is how the story of the Eternal Band goes: “Last year in January, I went for a solo performance at Nokia Youth Fest in Goa, where I saw young bands from all over the country deliver power-packed performances. That’s when I made up my mind to put together a band. My sole aim was to revive old classic melodies and fuse them with western beats,” says Deepanshu, adding that on August 18, 2012, he conducted auditions and picked his sassy team of eight members.
Having won the Channel V Nokia India Fest (north zone) in December last year, the band is all set to hit Goa to perform at Launchpad Hindi on January 18 and 19.
The band, which is backed by training in classical vocals and instruments, has Deepanshu as the lead vocalist and guitarist, Michael William Teji, 19, as drummer, Sam Christopher, 18, as second percussionist, Sharan Deep Singh, 21, as lead guitarist, Atul Krishan, 18, as the flautist, Princess Narula, 20, as the vocalist, Ajay Anthony, 22, on the keyboard and Falguni Katoch, 18, as the Swarmandal player.
In uinison, the band members say, “Our inspiration is AR Rahman; we dream of playing with him someday.”
Guitarist Sharandeep shares, “We have composed an original composition based on raga Ahir Bhairav, titled Maan Le Mora Manva Tum, which we would perform at the event in Goa.”
Post Goa, the band plans to organise events in major institutes of the region.