HT Friday Jam Season 2 to offer Sufi rock, fusion music

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2015 17:27 IST

In an attempt to bring harmony and peace to everyone's life through music, Hindustan Times and DLF Cyber Hub's Friday Jam Season 2 is all set to feature four more bands in this week's edition.

All four bands -- Raag 'n' Roll, Agastya, Innayat the band and Jazba e Junoon -- believe that music is the string that holds the world together and is the best form of artistic expression. It will be a treat for the people who love Hindi rock, Sufi fusion and Bollywood music, as well.

Raag 'n' Roll, a band formed in 2012, mostly plays fusion rock and alternative rock. This band of seven members is geared up to give a great performance on the HT Friday Jam stage.

"Association with HT is always thrilling because they give so much opportunity for Indie bands like us. This platform will give us wide exposure and help us reach a wider audience," said Sharat Sinha, vocalist and bass guitarist of Raag 'n' Roll, and an employee of Maruti Suzuki.

Agastya, a six-member band formed in 2010, plays Hindi rock and Bollywood music. "We are very happy to finally get a chance to perform at the HT Friday Jam event. We have attended these jam sessions earlier and are ready to hold the audience spellbound," said Naveen Singh, lead guitarist of the band.

Jazba e Junoon, a band formed in 2012, plays Sufi rock, a relatively rare experiment.

"We generally try to convert old Qawwalis (devotional music associated with Sufis) into Sufi rock so that audience can connect to it easily. Our practice is in full- swing and the band is planning to perform a few old Sufi numbers as well as some of our compositions," said Mohammad Salman, vocals & lead guitars, Jazba e Junoon.

The fourth band which will be performing on the HT Friday Jam Season 2 stage is Innayat. Fancying themselves as entertainers, this band of six members is planning to play peppy songs to make the audience groove to their beats. "We will be playing upbeat and peppy numbers forcing people to get up and join us. We are an eight-month-old band and Friday Jam comes as a very huge stage for us," said Akshay Singh, bass guitarist.

The event, which started as an initiative to bring back music and melodies to the concrete jungle of Gurgaon has now become a one-stop destination for many in the city. "This is absolutely a great initiative by HT. Music brings people together and this initiative is pulling people out of their houses giving them a good time," said Sudhir Sachdeva, chairman of Sushant Lok, RWA.

"I think music being encouraged in this way is a great thing and should be done more often. It gives musicians the thrill to perform and also allows music lovers to listen to good music. If it weren't for such opportunities for bands to prove what they're all about they wouldn't go and do what they do. There's a certain thrill about playing live that makes us all feel like rock- stars, no matter how big or small the venue is, and that's where I think the real beauty of music lies," said Leo Woessner, a resident of The Magnolias.

Loosen your tie and unbutton your sleeves and join HT at DLF Cyber Hub in a celebration of music at HT Friday Jam Season 2.

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