A rock ensemble with bilingual loyalties
While vernacular bands may not be a novelty anymore, with bands such as Avial singing in Malayalam, Swarathma and artiste Raghu Dixit incorporating Kannada into their tunes, a Hindi rock band from Bengaluru is still something unique.
Indi Graffiti is just that with a hint of metal. After being on a break for over a year they re-united in 2016 and are playing again as they take the stage at B Flat this weekend.
“We like to call our music graffiti rock,” explains Bharat Rajagopalan the lead vocalist, adding, “That means our music is free flowing and not restricted to any genre or form.” Their influences range from Carnatic music, in which Bharat was trained, to death metal and psychedelic, which the other members bring to the band. The lyrics, though, are in Hindi. “We are very influenced by regional bands. We present Hindi music which is not Bollywood,” reveals Bharat.
Their songs Dekh Zara, Barsaat and Safar — talk about life and its journeys. They have a new track, which they will play at the gig, titled Haseen Zindagi. Whilst the lyrics may sound soulful, the music is decidedly progressive and rock.
With Bharat on vocals, Akshat Kiran Kavidayal on bass, Akhilesh Kumar on guitars and Glenn Joseph on drums, the four-piece outfit promises a distinctive sound. The opening set is by Ady Manral, a Mussourie-based folk fusion musician.
Tonight. At B Flat,
Indira Nagar, 9 pm. Tickets (`400) on bookmyshow.com
— Anagha M