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Folks of rock n roll

Delhi-based band Nasya get the house rocking with a twist of folk music.

music Updated: Sep 21, 2011 01:07 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

Who are they?
Nasya is a fusion rock band based in Delhi. Playing a blend of Sufi, Haryanvi and Punjabi folk with rock influences, they are not your typical fusion band. Their sound is distinctly characteristic, finely balancing traditional Hindustani vocals with western elements of Jazz, Blues and Rock music.

Why should you care?
Because according to the band, when they hit the stage to play good music and have fun, it makes the audience share a comfortable space with them. They believe that music is important because it makes people happy. Their USP is playing a Sufi blend.

How long have they been around?
The band was formed in 2008.

Why this name?
The name Nasya comes from a Hebrew word meaning, a miracle of God. The band believes that it is quite a miracle that a few talented and skilled individuals from extremely diverse musical backgrounds could come together and in a very short while realise their dream to create and play rousing music while transcending boundaries of influences, genres and stereotypes.

What makes them click?
The self-compositions and stage acts of each band member makes the entire unit graceful. As per the band, it’s important for a musician to best portray the emotion behind a song and effectively communicate it to his fans. That is exactly what Nasya tries to do by creating a healthy setting for appreciation of good music.

They love to perform in Delhi. Why is that?
They love the city because they are Delhiites. They have lived here, worked here, and have based their music here. According to the band, Delhi and its people encourage them to make music that binds them together. Fans and musicians are inter-related. Nasya shares the same consciousness and it gives them a great feeling while playing music.

They are remembered for?
They have performed on MTV Rock On-2 and on Sahara TV World Cup fever 2011 twice. Their hit numbers include Rabba Mennu Maaf Kari and Tu Raja Ki Raaj Dulari.

Are they socially active?
Yes, their website is —- and Facebook page is

Meet the members
Kern Dalton, 26, on the guitar.
Aashish Chauhan, 23, on the drums.
Hiten Panwar, 28, the percussionist.
Kunal Wason, 22, vocals.
Varun Kapahi, 21, bass guitarist.
Kartik Dhar, 21, on the keyboard.
Nikhil Kumar, 24, plays the flute.

First Published: Sep 20, 2011 17:15 IST