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Hitting paydirt with the bass guitar

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2011 23:18 IST
Shaswati Das
Shaswati Das
Hindustan Times
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Increased access to music has given students the wherewithal to form a band. Yet, more often than not, they carry forward this initiative to become professional musicians.

The history of Advaita - one of India's leading bands - began similarly in 2004, after the bands its members were previously part of, disintegrated. However, they believe that being a musician is multi-dimensional.

"A band is not just about singing. It helps if you are formally trained, because you can explore different genres and improvise. But it
would be incorrect to say that formal training is mandatory," said Suhail Yusuf Khan, who plays the sarangi for Advaita.

Other student music groups, such as the Artistes Unlimited, have also made their presence felt.

"We had always focused on collaborating musically and getting college students to perform. When we select students, we gauge their ability to sing in a choir, their voice texture and commitment to the art," said Anindo Bose, one of the music arrangers for AU.

There are other bands of national repute - such as Swarathma - that cut across genres.

"If you want to be a hobby musician - go ahead. But generating revenue is like starting a business; you won't earn overnight," said Varun Murali, the lead guitarist with Swarathma.