It was time to rock ‘n’ roll at the Hindustan Times Youth Nexus at Rocknova, a competition that selects the best college rock band. The event, which took place at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), saw participation by 10 colleges across Delhi and the NCR. The audience was seen having a good time as bands played songs such as Oh Fortuna, Walk with me in hell and Good old days among others.
The colleges that made it to the finals are Jamia Milia Islamia, SGTB Khalsa, PGDAV College, College of Vocational Studies and International Management Centre.Five teams made it to the final round. “I am amazed at the amount of talent shown by these youngsters. There is a new stuff taking place and a lot of creativity is there,” says Tahzeem Raza, western classical guitarist of the group Prestorika. The finalists will face off on February 18.
Does Delhi have an exciting rock music culture as compared to other metropolitan cities?
The rock scene here is not at par with other cities like Bangalore and Mumbai. Here gigs are organised on a very small scale and they are neither organised nor punctual. Even the crowd does not have much knowledge about rock.
Adhiraj Singh Thind, SD College
The Delhi rock scene has improved over the past decade. People are now more open to new genres of rock. Until a decade ago, they were only keen on listening to Bollywood or pop music.
Anurag Deb, Musician
Delhi has a lot of scope but due to poor management and delays, the music scene here is very sad. Many competitions are rigged and many promises are made in terms of cash prizes but they never materialise.
Saurabh RC, Jamia Milia Islamia
Rock scene in the Capital is highly commercialised because of bands playing in cafes. Money speaks and talent takes a backseat. Politics in bands ruins the creativity of music. It really needs to improve.
V Ramanan, audio engineer at KM Music Conservatory
The city lags behind on the rock music scene. Bands here focus more on heavy metal because of which, traditional and Indian rock takes a backseat. They just don’t want to experiment and for most, it just means head-banging loud music.
Lalit Thapa, Deshbandhu College