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Of old and new

music Updated: Sep 20, 2008 14:56 IST
Malvika Nanda
Malvika Nanda
Hindustan Times
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The End Is A Start Of New Life

… To quote from a Moksha song, this week does seem to be about endings and beginnings. Monday went along just fine, with a lot of thinking to do and Tuesday morning was one hell of a shocker for me, my colleagues and Pink Floyd fans.



Neither am I narrating a day in my life here, nor were the above three shocked parties stumped for the same reason. My colleagues were shocked to see me at the office in ‘unearthly hours’ — read 9.30 am — and I surprised myself by actually liking the early mornings.



The story doesn’t end here. My newly rediscovered early morning came with the news of Floyd founder and incredible keyboardist Rick Wright’s demise. Me and the rest of Floyd fans, who were hoping that Floyd members will one day end their ego war and play live again, were wondering what happened to the Post War Dream… So, we’d expect to see some tributes and almost emotional re-runs of the last Floyd concert Live 8, 2005.



What we also will get to see and hear is an unusually rare honest unplugged session with balladeer Susmit Bose. Okay, I promised myself not to go on about the terrifyingly multiplicating unplugged gigs, but this one is different. Bose, who is fondly called the Dylan of India (not to be confused with granpa hotpants Lou Majaw) will be doing a show at India Habitat Centre centred on Interpretations of Peace and Conflict. His genre is urban folk-rock and he has been doing that with his own dedicated set of followers for over 30 years now.



The man, who is all set to be out with his fourth album titled The Song of the Eternal Universe, has been fighting this battle for original music all these years. A chat with this poetic-rocker, who’s nearly touching the sixties, was refreshing and inspiring. “Although promoters and distributors for long haven’t been able to find that confidence in my music, I do have my audiences. I have my words sung in my style and I won’t have that changed for anything,” he says.



Bose recently experienced this generation’s music reckoner — the pub gigs, when he recently performed at the F Bar and Lounge as a part of their Sundaze fest. “It was, well, an experience,” he says. “Things are moving at a slow pace as most bands follow a standard format that resembles an international band, musically. I feel the audience is more inclined towards instrumentally heavy music that begins, kicks up frenzy and settles. They don’t like the words as much anymore.”



But he isn’t giving up just now, and he shouldn’t as when one has a good story to tell, they’ll always find people to listen. Also check out the next big wave of Hindi bands at Decibel, Samrat, also on Sunday, at 8 pm, featuring the talented Faridkot (‘confused pop’), Bandish (pop-rock) and Punkh (Hindi electronica meets hip-hop!).

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