While they wanted to entertain the crowds with their groovy music and tongue-in-cheek lyrics, Mumbai-based Sridhar/Thayil had another thing in mind. Through their music, they wanted to make people think, and hoped they could bring about change.
“We wish to remind people of the concept of blues, which means pain and complaint, which ultimately leads to revolution or change of order. The audience here are our target, since these are the people who can bring about a change, as they are the privileged class,” says Tala Faral, who plays the keyboard and saxophone with the band.
Performing on the second day of the Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival, the band was happy to be a part of the event, since it was meant to bring about a change in the life of 10 kids who were in urgent need of treatment for life-threatening diseases.
Since band member Jeet Thayil has classical and jazz base and Suman Shridhar has blues and rock base, the band is known for creating out-of-the-box tunes. Their music includes mixing various genres with stories and rhymes. At Kasauli, Tala and Vaibhav Wavikar (on tabla) joined the duo.
“Before the performance, we sat in a room for four days, and all kinds of strange things happened. People got to hear that in our performance,” says Jeet.
Because of their unconventional music, Jeet says that wherever they perform, they get extreme reactions. “People either love it unconditionally or are completely bewildered by it; which is fine with us. We don’t want to be their favourites,” he says.