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Making waves all over the world

INDIAN OCEAN is expanding. And it spilled out ?Black Friday? and many other numbers on Saturday night in land-locked Lucknow. After Black Friday?s success, Indian Ocean has a couple of more films to give music to. The oldest popular band in the country became the first band ever to give music to a film?the Black Friday. The controversial film on Mumbai bomb blasts, never saw the light of the day, but the soundtrack won ears.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 00:16 IST

INDIAN OCEAN is expanding.

And it spilled out ‘Black Friday’ and many other numbers on Saturday night in land-locked Lucknow.

After Black Friday’s success, Indian Ocean has a couple of more films to give music to. The oldest popular band in the country became the first band ever to give music to a film—the Black Friday. The controversial film on Mumbai bomb blasts, never saw the light of the day, but the soundtrack won ears.

The four-member band has been on the block for over fifteen years, has five albums under it’s belt, and the band members who now have salt ‘n’ pepper hair say that it will rock for as many years more.

Indian Ocean is a contemporary  band of Northern . Some music critics describe the Indian Ocean music as “Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms that integrates , , mythology and revolution”. The band that had it’s genesis in 1990 had only sound and no voice till 1994. The band added vocals to itself after their first album—the ‘Beginnings-Indian Ocean’. Indian Ocean has another first to its credit. It’s ‘Desert Rain’, in 1997, became the first live album by any Indian band, ever. No music company was willing to take the risk of releasing it, but it eventually became a success.

So how was the struggle? “Struggle!”, exclaimed Asheem Chakravarty. “A joyful journey cannot be called a struggle. One has to struggle to move ahead in an area or activity that one does not really love,” he explained after the initial exclaim and added: “We never struggled.”

How the band has survived so many years, when generally bands disintegrates due to ego tussle and disagreements? “There is one thing that has kept us together. We musically respect each other about our music,” said Susmit. Indian Ocean was the brainchild of Susmit and Asheem.        Continued on Pg 3
It’s third album ‘Kandisa’ achieved cult status.  After this ‘Jhini’ and ‘Black Friday’ happened.

Susmit Sen plays acoustic guitar, Asheem Chakravarty-tabla, percussions & vocals, Amit Kilam does drumming, Rahul Ram plays bass guitar and vocals.
Some background: Rahul Ram has PhD in  from  (New York), Asheem was in advertising world, Susmit with econmics and management background while Amit never got a chance to do anything else as he entered the band while he was an undergraduate.

Some more feathers in the cap: Susmit, Amit and Rahul played a concert with violin player Dr.  while Asheem played in a concert with American folk singer .

The whole band also had the privilege of jamming with renowned Japanese trumpeter  in Delhi, and played with some great Japanese jazz musicians during their Japanese tour in 2002. Rahul and Amit had the chance of performing on stage with renowned percussionists  and his son  at  in 2003. The band has performed all over the world.

It was their fourth performance in Lucknow—the first one outside IIM-L.