The fourth edition of the Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Music Festival had an unforeseen problem, which came pouring when the event’s second day was about to start. The rain, however, couldn’t wash out the festive euphoria.
The organisers, Genesis Foundation and Baikunth Resorts, moved arrangements indoors quickly and put Do Dost, acoustic duo of Niren Choudhary and Deepak Castellino, on stage. The hour-long gig filled in until the rain subsided and the stage was uncovered.
The Supersonics from Kolkata was next, and its blues and punk-driven performance put the festival back on the rails. Lead singer and guitar player Ananda Sen, who was hoping that the band’s first outing in Kasauli did not get washed out, had 200-odd people grooving and screaming on the lawns. “Just a few minutes ago, we were thinking it was pack-up, but now this called performance.
This is what makes this festival great,” said a fan who had come with the family all the way from Mumbai.
Singer-songwriter Akshay Deodhar, who was on next with straight pop to grunge, set the stage for Hollywood-Mumbai band The Disparrows, the lead singer and guitar player of which, Daniel Weber, is married to Sunny Leone, played a quintessential rock’n’roll set that pulled the scattered audience close to the stage.
Midway through the performance, the rain gods paid their second visit. However, The Disparrows upped the ante and continued playing through the drizzle, the audience enjoying every bit of it. “Far from dampening it, the rain only enhanced the mood,” said Grant Loosvelt, the band’s keyboard player, who works as a full-time dentist.
The second spell of showers ruled out open-air performances by Suneeta Roa and the night’s attraction, Rabbi Shergill. And the two-odd hours of no music ensured that only the hardcore Rabbi fans, such as Angad Gill, were left to listen. “I can wait even till the morning if they (organisers) can get him to play,” said Gill, who had driven uphill from Chandigarh to catch Rabbi perform live.
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The performance, albeit indoors, was a befitting conclusion to the festival that had seen great performances by Barefaced Liar, Whirling Kalapas, Sonam Kalra, Kutle Khan, and Swarathma.