Independence Day is still more than a week away but I can’t help thinking of the fantastic concept of concerts specific to this date of freedom.
Mumbai youth got something to extend this celebration of freedom 23 years ago in the shape of Independence Rock or I-Rock. And Bangalore has Freedom Jam on similar lines.
I-Rock has gone from three cities to five and, of course, enjoys a certain respect but I long to be at a festival on that very date. Both festivals were originally held on August 15, until terrorist threats made organising such events on I-Day well near impossible.
To quote from Tagore’s poem Where the mind is without fear: “Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.” Amen, patriotism and music make a lethal combination and hopefully there will be an I-Day when we get to go gigging.
Till then, music lovers can enjoy the feeling at least in the same month with I-Rock’s north India finale on Sunday, August 10, at Hamsadhwani, Pragati Maidan, from 5.30 pm.
Last year’s showstealers, The Superfuzz, are headlining the show. Then, of course, there are the new breed of bands that make for a good listen.
Also, drummer par excellence Virgil Donati’s show is finally taking place after a rollercoaster ride, also on Sunday at Elevate, Noida, thanks to composer Sandeep Chowta’s persistence. Seems like a busy Sunday, musically!