Delhi-based three-member band Eka took birth in August 2010. As of today, the two-and-a-half-year-old is already the winner of Best Group at ArtistAloud Awards 2011, nominated at Entertainment Connect Live Quotient Award in top four, have performed at Mountain Echoes literary festival in Bhutan, Bengaluru Habba festival, International Film Festival of Goa, Indo-Pak peace concert at UN General Assembly Hall, New York, the Great Wall of China and the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, USA and the list is endless.
And they are ready to set the city ablaze, for third time in six months, on new year’s eve at JW Marriott, Sector 35. HT City gets to know the band better.
What’s Eka With Benjamine ‘Benny’ Pinto on vocals and keyboards, Hitesh Rikki Madan on vocals and guitar and Lokesh Madan on vocals and bass, the band brings together music from all boundaries.
“We tag our genre as ‘swatantra rock’ and play music that is free from geographical boundaries. We believe in flowing with the music and developing original songs, following the direction that the music demands. When it comes to music, there is a lot to get inspired from — be it the Hindustani dholak, the Chinese gongs, Greek bouzouki or African djun-djuns,” say the members.
What’s interesting to know is that Benny had earlier been a part of fusion band Euphoria for 18 years. Hitesh too was a part of the same band for 14 long years.
How do they connect?
“Whenever we go on stage, our aim is to bring a smile on everyone’s face. So, we try to come up with songs that people can easily relate to. Our songs, such as Jane Kyun I Love You, talk about just falling in love; Aaye Tum on the other hand, is about the anticipation of something exciting, be it your first child or just about anything. Similarly, Chalte Jana is an inspirational song.”
New year’s eve gig
“What’s keeps us coming back to Chandigarh is that the people here have the taste for our kind of music. We’ve always had a blast here! Contrary to popular belief, people here are open to all kinds of music. In fact, this applies to the whole of Punjab — music is religion here!”
Now and next
“We have come up with a greeting card, which is packaged with a CD of our songs. This CD consists of our tracks in collaboration with eight different artistes such as Rabbi Shergill and Anamika. It also includes 15 of our original songs.
We are also ready with Eka’s 30 original songs, which we have been performing at various places. We are planning to record these songs and come up with our album by November. The best part is that we have been performing across the country — from literature festivals to music events and corporate events to private parties.”