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Guwahati: Delhi-based rock band Parikrama gave a high-octane performance at the ongoing Rongali — Destination, Culture, Harmony — a festival of Assam, for their loyal fans of the northeastern state.

The performance by the band, consisting of members like Saurabh Choudhary, Srijan Mahajan, Nitin Malik, Gaurav Balani, Sonam Sherpa and Subir Malik, was one of the main attractions of the three-day fest.

And the rockers, who closed the second day of the fest on Saturday, didn’t leave anyone disappointed. They captivated attendees with their approximately 40-minute concert.

Calling the audience “absolutely mind-blowing”, the band’s lead vocalist Nitin made the gig an interactive one. At one point, Nitin told them to simply sing ‘Hey’ after him. He also requested them to lift up their mobile phone and turn its light on for a photograph. The crowd did all that with a lot of enthusiasm.

And why not? After all, they entertained the audience with their popular tracks like “Am I dreaming” and “Whiskey blues”. Nitin even played an acoustic version of the band’s sought after number “But it rained”.

If the band mesmerized the crowd with Nitin’s powerful voice and the use of instruments like guitar, drums, violin and tabla, rapper Borkung Hrangkhawl, who hails from Tripura, blew everyone’s mind with his songs that highlighted many issues including racism faced by the people of northeast.

Dressed in black and grey casuals, the 29-year-old, explained each and every song before performing. For instance, before playing “Journey”, he told the audience: “We need to use our life properly. We might feel discouraged due to the ups and downs in our life, but we shouldn’t get disappointed.”

His heavy words won over the hearts of the crowd, which mostly consisted of young localites.

Hrangkhawl even got off the stage and shook hands with his fans.

Apart from music, there were plays and fashion shows too.

Using silks of Assam on outfits that were an amalgamation of the East and West, designer Pallavi Talukdar showcased an interesting collection for men and women.

Another designer named Kamal Lochan took inspiration from the northeast culture. Giving a twist to the Naga shawls, his creations were mostly in red, white and black. The headgear was eye-catching too.

“I used bamboo, wire and paper among other things to make the headgear. The collection is inspired from the northeast region, so I thought of having them along with the clothes,” he said.

The fest, which also has exhibitions of horticulture and handicraft products, and much more, was graced by the Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. After taking a look at the horticulture section, he even praised the organizers of the Fest for taking an initiative to help the farmers.

The festival, which is being organized by a socio-cultural thrust of Assam Trend MMS in association with Hotel & Restaurants Association of Assam, Assam Tourism, department of cultural affairs, government of Assam, and Ministry of Youth Affairs, government of India, will conclude on Sunday. (Natalia Ningthoujam, IANS)(Photo: www.soundbox.co.in)

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Indian Ocean Band’s Rahul Ram Said He Doesn’t Mind Doing Music In Bollywood

Since the band came into existence in 1990, it has showcased dominance over music by blending in rhythms and tunes of different instruments into their music and coming out with edgy sounds.

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Rahul says he seeks inspiration for his music from life. Wikimedia

“I don’t mind doing music in Bollywood. We have been lucky as people have been allowing us to do what we want. The working style is different as people set the mood and lyrics, but it is still fun,” Rahul told IANS.

“We won’t be the ones making item numbers as that is not our core skill. We are non-mainstream Bollywood with occasional performances,” he added.

Apart from doling out albums like “Desert Rain”, “Kandisa” and “Tandanu”, the band has rendered music for films like “Black Friday”, “Peepli Live” and “Masaan”.

We are non-mainstream Bollywood with occasional performances," he added.
“We won’t be the ones making item numbers as that is not our core skill.” said Rahul. Wikimedia

Since the band came into existence in 1990, it has showcased dominance over music by blending in rhythms and tunes of different instruments into their music and coming out with edgy sounds. The band performed at Flyp@MTV cafe on Wednesday.

Rahul says he seeks inspiration for his music from life.

“Life events inspire me, as life evolves events evolve. It is difficult to point to a particular thing or event. I don’t take inspiration from the music I hear but things which happen around me,” he added.

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He feels EDM (electronic dance music) has taken over the Indian music scene.

“A lot more venues and avenues as opportunities, festivals and live playing venues have mushroomed. TV and radio is almost dead and everything happens on the web, even though it is cheaper and easier to produce music but you have to fight with a thousand listeners for your share, a lot of types of music has come up — biodiversity and styles in music forms,” he added. (IANS)