Parikrama, the band that still manages to stay in the list of 10 best rock bands in the country, will cross a milestone this summer. For the uninitiated, the forerunners of rock music is turning 25 this June.
Journey so far
Subir Malik, the band’s organist and keyboardist, says, “We are a band doing non-commercial music, in English, that too rock and still resist doing Bollywood. If you like us, thank you and if you don’t, still thank you.”
The band is yet to release a full album as they prefer to keep their music free for everyone. Their tracks are up for free downloads on their website and Facebook page.
As the band recalls its journey so far, Subir highlights two important pit stops in their two-and-a-half decade long musical voyage, “Winning BITS Pilani in 1992 turned us professional and after that our first performance at Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay festival, on December 28, 1992, made us national in a big way.”
Come and hear
When asked to describe their band’s music in three words, Subir with his wit replies, “Come And Hear.” The band often mixes Indian instruments like tabla and classical violin with western instruments like guitar, drums and keyboards. Tagged as the face of Indian rock, Parikrama has maintained its class in the category of rock bands in India.
The band comprising Nitin Malik (lead singer), Sonam Sherpa (lead guitars), Saurabh Chaudhary (guitar), Subir Malik (organist, synthesizers), Gaurav Balani (bass guitar) and Srijan Mahajan (drums) has never thought about their competitors. “Live and let live is our credo,” they say.
Labelling Hyderabad as a growing hub for cultural events, “I will still say its getting there. It certainly have to have many many more shows, and the crowd needs to come out and flood these shows and not selected concerts. This will also encourage many organisers to ensure that Hyderabad is a 100% concert venue favourite, but things have really been picking up, and we are glad to be visiting your beautiful city, maybe for the 100th time.”
The Hyderabad crowd which is ‘superb’ according to Subir, can surely expect Parikrama to perform Am I dreaming, But it rained (acoustic version) and Whisky blues for sure. The band is currently working on something new and that the announcement would be made soon, disclosed Subir before wrapping.
Parikrama will be playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in GVK One Mall, Banjara Hills on March 18 from 9 pm onwards. The band will be in the city as a part of their India tour on March 18. For more details on tickets log on to bookmyshow.com.
— Nishad Neelambaran