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Kings of Rock n Roll

Started off as a stop gap project for four months (in case founder Subir Malik did finally decide to join his family business), the original desi rock band, Parikrama, completed 20 years last week.

music Updated: Jun 19, 2011 00:53 IST
Aaron Rohan George

Started off as a stop gap project for four months (in case founder Subir Malik did finally decide to join his family business), the original

desi

rock band, Parikrama, completed 20 years last week.



And the band, it seems, has no intentions of slowing down. “We did our first concert in 1991 at a school in Delhi, and back then, none of us thought we’d still be at it two decades later. And from how things look, I don’t think we’ll be slowing down anytime soon,” says Subir Malik, one of its founding members.



In an industry where bands break up every other weekend, what’s their secret? “We’ve always tried to keep our sound original. Even in the 90s when rock-n-roll bands were all about singing covers of Western hits, we were doing original tracks,” says Malik, adding that another reason may be that the band has always believed in innovation.



They were the first band in the country, and most likely the world, to offer free downloads of their music in the 90’s from their website. “Music needs to get across to listeners and we’ve always tried to ensure that we are directly in touch with our fans,” says Malik. It’s no wonder they’re still a staple at almost every rock festival in the country.