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Band aid

Exactly a month after their singer-percussionist Asheem Chakravarty suffered a heart attack and went into coma, India’s first boy band Indian Ocean took to the stage again in their home town.

music Updated: Nov 14, 2009 17:10 IST
Maanwi Malik

Indian Ocean performs in the capital, dedicates show to its ailing band member asheem chakravarty

Exactly a month after their singer-percussionist Asheem Chakravarty suffered a heart attack and went into coma, India’s first boy band Indian Ocean took to the stage again in their home town.

However, this time when the band performed at Frogfest at the Garden of Five Senses, Asheem wasn’t a part of the show. “Asheem is still in a hospital in West Delhi. He is out of coma, but doctors say he will take 3-4 months to recover fully. He can hear us and has also started whispering a few words,” said the band’s drummer Amit Kilam.

Known to fans as ‘the man with the golden voice’, Asheem suffered a heart attack at the Doha airport on the last leg of Indian Ocean’s US and Middle East tour. Kilam said the band hasn’t cancelled any of its scheduled shows to support Asheem’s family so far. “Even tonight, we sang for him.”

“We have got a singer Sudhir Rekhari, and a tabla player Gyan Singh, to fill in for Asheem temporarily. And we’re trying to adjust to them. Magar pandrah saal se ek aadmi ke saath baja rahe hain, aur ab woh nahin hai to bahut mushkil hoti hai. [But it’s difficult after you’ve played with one person for 15 years],” said Kilam.

Indian Ocean performs again at MDI Gurgaon tonight