They’ve been playing to packed houses for a while now, charming audiences with their mellow, folksy melodies and contemplative lyrics. And now, city-based acoustic trio, Whirling Kalapas, is out with their debut EP.
The outfit comprises Indus Creed members, Uday Benegal (vocals/guitar), Mahesh Tinaikar (vocals/guitar), and multi-instrumentalist Sankarshan Kini.
Their eponymous new release has four songs, each of them featuring guest artiste(s). And, at present, it is up for free download, till June 15. “Whenever we perform live, we often call other musicians to play because we like creative inputs from others. And we’ve done the same to our songs in the EP as well. Being an acoustic setup gives us a lot of flexibility to team up with people,” says Benegal.
Fireflies, a song that Benegal and Tinaikar perform as part of Indus Creed too, features the popular indie singer Suman Sridhar. “We were looking for someone with a very distinctive voice, and Suman was the first person that came to my mind. She sings beautifully,” says Benegal.
The band also got on board renowned tabla player and percussionist Taufiq Qureshi to team up with them on a song titled, Looking for the Mahatma. “We had put down the parts for the cajón (percussion instrument), and even though we could have done it ourselves, we wanted someone to bring in his own creativity. Taufiq was just perfect for that,” adds Benegal.
Another track, Alive, features Suresh Mendoza on the acoustic bass. “He borrowed it from his cousin, Loy, for the song,” informs Benegal.
City-based pop-rock band Spud In The Box’s vocalist Ankit Dayal, too, is part of the number. “We’ve performed with his band before and love them. Ankit added another vocal texture to the number,” says Benegal. Dayal’s ex-bandmate, Vivaan Kapoor, is a guest artiste on the fourth track, called ‘Don’t laugh at the sun’.
“Vivaan is an enthusiastic performer and had brought a nice percussive pattern to the song,” he says.
Whirling Kalapas recently performed at the finale of the The Revival of the Bandstand Culture at Dadar Chowpatty and they are off for another gig in Delhi. Will they be playing here again anytime soon? “After Delhi, we’re all going on our vacations. We’ll perform once we’re back,” says Benegal.