Last year, while travelling by train from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, someone asked these youngsters to sing together, thanks to their musical background. That was the day of the fateful inception of a young band called Jugaadh.
All set to perform Sufi and instrumental jugalbandi at the auditorium of Vivek High School, Sector 38, on December 20, this five-member band gets talking to HT City.
About the name of the band, they say, “The word ‘jugaad’ that literally means ‘through the ages’ is derived from the mool mantra in the Guru Granth Sahib. Similarly, our band is inspired by the rich tapestry of ethnic music.”
The band comprises musicians—singer, pianist and composer Asim Singh Halwari (18), singer Komal Gaba (26), singer and harmonium player Abhay Bhagat (26), vocalist Anand Dhingra and tabla player Rajneesh Dhiman. The band has performed twice in the city in the past. Giving details about their upcoming performance at Vivek High School, the band says, “Initially, there will be an instrumental jugalbandi between Asim Singh Halwari on the synthesiser and Rajneesh Dhiman on the tabla, comprising raga Kalyan and Shivranjani.”
This will then be followed by Sufi songs such as Khwaja Ji, Arziyaan, Piya Haaji Ali, Jaana Jogi De Naal and Jugni, by the entire band.
About their future plans, the band says, “We might come up with an album soon. Or you never know, we might just be seen performing at Coke Studio someday!”
The band and its members are also keen on participating in various reality shows, as they say, “The standard of singing reality shows such as Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is quite high. Even if one doesn’t win, these shows serve as a great platform for artistes, giving them a chance to get noticed.”