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Advaita returns to play in Mumbai

music Updated: Apr 04, 2011 14:04 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times
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Rock and raga shake hands and how! Ask New Delhi based band Advaita that has made a mark with its unique sound, bringing together jazz, rock and Hindustani classical in a tight conglomeration. In the city after a long gap of more than one year, the band is excited to be playing at Blue Frog on April 7.



“We are really looking forward to performing songs from our first album. Our last gig in the city was in Feb 2010, so it has been quite a while. Plus, Mumbai has some awesome venues, so it is a great experience to perform here”, says Anindo Bose, the band’s keyboardist.



Known for their earthy sounds, Advaita was formed in 2004 by a group of musicians from varied backgrounds, and has steadily grown since. Besides playing at almost every big festival and college concert in India, the band has also toured across UK and Singapore, giving foreign audiences a taste of India.



“Our music is based on Hindustani ragas within the framework of western and jazz-rock. So when we perform for a western audience, they understand our sound and there is connectivity. Similarly, when we perform for Indian audiences, they connect with the earthiness of our sound, which is rooted in Indian culture,” he says.



Currently, the band is working on its second album, which Anindo tells us will have something new to offer, “In our second album, we have experimented with electronic sounds with different textures. Also, sonically, this album will bring out a more mature, and cohesive sound with an international appeal, without losing out on our earthy style. We are more confident of our musical style now and this will definitely show up,” he says.



With a line-up of eight musicians, ask him how difficult or easy is to incorporate bits from everyone while working on an album and he says, “If one member comes up with an idea, others keep adding to it. We all understand each other and are in sync with what we are finally looking for. One cannot really quantify the individual effort of each member,” he says.