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Delhi-based Parikrama mesmerizes audience in Assam with its music

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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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Music Composer A.R. Rahman Feels That Indie and English Music Need To Be Nurtured

NEXA Music will kick off with the launch of four original tracks sung by acclaimed celebrity artists Rahman, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D'souza and Uday Benegal

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Veteran music composer A.R. Rahman has said that Indie and English music have always been like an underdog in India but it needs to be helped and nurtured in coming years.

Rahman was interacting with the media at a press conference of Nexa Music launch along with artists Uday Benegal, Clinton Cerejo, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’souza and R S Kalsi, senior executive director-marketing and sales Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday in Mumbai.

The initiative by NEXA is curated to provide aspiring Indian musicians a platform to compose original lyrics. NEXA Music invites entries from budding musicians across the country to participate in it.

The participants will be mentored by famous music composers and global music icon A R Rahman, supported by singer Clinton Cerejo.

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When asked if he feels that English and Indie music in India is going to capture the market, he said, “It needs to be helped and it needs to be nurtured. I think nothing is wrong with film music. It’s beautiful but it has been commissioned like, there you have to write for a situation and those are limited but I think here whole universe is your imagination.”

“Sometimes Indie music actually inspires movies and I want that to happen. I want a song from Indie music to go in film music. It is not a compulsion but I feel people’s mind should never be closed.”

When asked what benefit singers and musicians are going to get through Nexa Music, he said, “They are mainly going to get exposure from this venture. We are not telling many things because we don’t want to promise too much and not deliver. This is just the first step and second step is something on which we are working on.”

NEXA Music will kick off with the launch of four original tracks sung by acclaimed celebrity artists Rahman, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’souza and Uday Benegal. (IANS)