All for the love of Lord Krishna
Gauranga — a band of boys who have devoted their music to lord Krishna, ask others to join in their source of ‘true happiness.music Updated: Sep 09, 2011 00:47 IST
Prateek Bhatia, 22
Lead Vocal and lead guitar
Prateek Bhatia is associated with Iskcon since the past two years and is a regular at the Kirtans. “The peace of mind that you get there is spellbinding,” says Bhatia who is playing guitar since past eight years. He does it out of respect and love for lord Krishna, “I don’t expect any remuneration, I selflessly wish to devote my life to Krishna bhakti,” he adds. Bollywood music is immaterial for him. He feels, good music can attract anybody. “If the audience wishes to hear Krishna Mahamantra in rock we are ready to compose it,” says Bhatia.
Vipul Malhotra, 19
The youngest member of the band and an engineering student of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) wants to become anything but an engineer. “Two things that I am sure about my future is that I will devote my life in the service of lord Krishna and will definitely never become an engineer,” says Malhotra, who’s studying at NSIT just because his parents wanted him to. “I always wanted to become musician or a designer,” he adds. He got into Krishna bhakti two years back when his father took him to Iskcon temple. “People of our age might not find it hip but believe me, the peace of mind that you attain while you are close to Krishna is an eternal feeling,” he says.
Sonu Sarvam, 24
Rhythm guitars and backing vocals
Sonu Sarvam is training himself on the guitar since the past nine years. “We have Krishna concerts every twice or thrice a month in the temple. This time, with lord Krishna’s grace, we just had 5-6 days to rehearse yet we delivered a 100% performance,” gushes Sarvam, adding that the last time he performed was on the occasion of Radha Janmashtami on September 5 at the Iskcon temple in Punjabi Bagh. And, for all those who think it is not so cool, Sonu says, “Just attend one concert and see how it changes your life for the good.”