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Hindi rock on a van

Independent Hindi rock band performs in malls and colleges across India.

music Updated: Aug 27, 2010 12:13 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder
Jayeeta Mazumder
Hindustan Times

Nitish Pires is currently touring 25 cities across India, on a van, traveling 15,000 kms, for two months, carrying 3,000 CDs of his new album, Chauraha. A fully equipped van, it powers his equipment.

The Nitish Pires band (DNPB) consists of four members and released Chauraha via a major music label. But after the album tour ended, Pires found himself looking for gigs. That is when he decided to hit the road. The idea of the rock tour — Make Way For The Indian Rock Bands — is to inspire bands to perform live on the road. Pires says, “I decided to promote my music, not supported by any label.”

He rues that Indians aren’t even aware of many indigenous rock bands in the country. “I have 12 tracks, all in Hindi in my latest album, and I plan to encourage fellow rockers to try a similar concept.” Pires is focusing on performing at malls and colleges. “We’re in Pune right now and just finished a performance at FTII. In Mumbai, we’ve performed at Phoenix Mills and Khalsa College,” he says. After every show, donations are collected from the audience. “Even Rs 5 makes a difference,” Pires says. He has also composed for the movie

Soch Lo

that is releasing today.

First Published: Aug 27, 2010 12:04 IST