The lead vocalist of Vishaarad, Rakeish Verma, talks to us about the band and more.
What sort of music can we expect from you?
A fusion of modern Western music with Indian classical.
How did the band come together?
In general meets and through mutual friends.
Why this name?
We describe our music as Vishaarad, which is a sanskrit word that means — ‘to present something great.’
What do you think of the music scene in Delhi? Has it changed over the years?
Yes, and it has changed really fast. People are now accepting live bands as part of the music industry.
What, according to you, has been the most inspiring song, event and artist for the band?
The most inspiring artist has been Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the inspiring song has been — Face of Love.
Which place in Delhi is the best to make music?
There are lots of places in the city actually. Each place in Delhi has its own charm, be it the city’s colleges, high streets, or clubs. Delhi has its own dil (heart) and we love to perform for Dilwallahs!
Would you say Delhi inspires artists?
Yes, in more than one way.
If you could play at any gig in the world, it would be...
The Woodstock Festival in New York.
What has been the best moment for the band so far?
Our first jam together when we started to re-arrange Nusrat saheb’s music. We all were so confused and nervous, as he has created all his compositions with great musicality and hidden clues for the next generation. We think his music is a different world in itself, and we always try our best to do justice to the compositions of the great maestro.
What do you think peopleremember most about your gigs?
The purity in our music and the unforgettable vocal improvisations.
Catch them here
What: Vishaarad Live
When: May 11
Timing: 9pm onwards
Where: Qafe Pasha, 1, Club Road, Punjabi Bagh (West)
Nearest metro Station: Punjabi Bagh on the Green Line