While band anniversaries are usually celebrated with parties and cake cutting, Delhi-based band Advaita will celebrate its eighth anniversary with a gig tonight. A line-up of musicians from bands such as Parikrama, Them Clones, Mrigya, and Teddy Boy Kill, among others, will perform their own interpretations of Advaita’s popular numbers.
“The idea behind the show is to present Advaita’s songs in a new light by inviting musicians from the Delhi music scene who we admire and hang out with,” says Abhishek Mathur, guitarist, Advaita.
On September 21, 2004, the band made its debut at Sri Venkateswara College, and since then, have become quite popular over the years, with two studio albums to their credit.
“We have chosen some of our most popular numbers and want to present them in a new way to our fans, who have been supporting us all these years,” says Mathur.
The eight-piece eclectic/ organic fusion act has a fine mix of musicians playing both traditional and western instruments. “Our bands share a great rapport. Advaita’s number Light has always been my favourite and it’s a pleasure to perform it,” says Surojit Dev, the drummer with Them Clones.
Sharat Chandra Srivastava, violinist and vocalist with Mrigya, believes in the concept of guest musicians coming together at a gig. “It’s all about collaboration. When a guest musician performs a number, the song gets a brand new texture. It’s a challenging, but a learning experience,” he says. He will be performing on two of Advaita’s popular songs — Drop of the Earth and Words.
Watch it live...
What: Advaita: Eight years celebrations
When: September 23
Where: Amphitheatre, India Habitat Center
Timings: 6.30pm onwards