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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014

Indian bands hit the road

Kanika Sharma, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 21, 2014
First Published: 19:10 IST(21/4/2014) | Last Updated: 19:30 IST(21/4/2014)

Strumming the right tunes while living it up, various bands from India have the audiences wanting more. And being on the go is a part of their routine, thanks to back-to-back concerts.

But when they are not shunting from one stage to the other, their resting spots are airport lounges, and bus rides with a backpack ­doubling up as a pillow.

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We talk to a few bands about their nomadic experiences, and how these experiences make some of their journeys worthwhile, but other ones a little tiring.

Indian Ocean
While the band loves performing, the aspect of travelling gets exhausting.

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"The travel gets you all tired. We have back to back shows in Delhi and we love to do it. Just taking a flight, going for sound check, performing, ­hitting the road to travel to another place and so on tends to take a toll. But you can never get tired of playing music," says singer Rahul Ram.

Parikrama
Exciting and fun is how the band’s bassist, Gaurav Balani, describes the aspect of travel.

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"Performing at various gigs makes me very happy. Airports and hotels are like our offices. We interact with so many different kind of people, and jam with various bands when travelling together. It is a one big party that keeps rolling and rolling," he says.

Indus Creed
Performing at different places gives an opportunity to travel. But lead guitarist Mahesh Tanaikar says they do not get a chance to see the places they visit properly.

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"I like travelling but I also like to maintain a balance. Sometimes when we visit a place for a gig, we do not really get a chance to see it. We just reach, perform and return," he says.

The Raghu Dixit Project
Talking about how sometimes ­excessive travelling can lead to fatigue, singer Raghu Dixit says, "One tends to get fatigued after ­travelling so much and performing back-to-back gigs. We did over 140 shows last year and it took a toll on us. Sometimes you need a break, a retreat to relax and come back to your original self."



Dualist Inquiry
Sahej Bakshi feels that it is important to maintain a balance.

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"Travelling for music gigs are some exulting moments of my life. There are times when it becomes adventurous. A lot of things happen when you are travelling. But, yes, there is always a need to bring the balance back," says the man behind this EDM act.

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