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    Indian Ocean teams up with folk singer Raghu Dixit for a performance this Sunday

    Mark your calendars as fusion rock band, Indian Ocean, hits the city next week. The Delhi-based band will be sharing stage with Bangalore-based Raghu Dixit, the front man and founder of The Raghu Dixit Project, at Phoenix Market City.
    In with the new

    With the founding members giving way to new talent, “it’s been a great journey over the past 20 years,” says Amit Kilam, one of Indian Ocean’s oldest members, and current drummer and vocalist. “Susmit Sen, our guitarist and one of the founding members, left in 2013, but we’ve gone from one strength to another after that.” Now the band has a young new guitarist, Nikhil Rao, with a fresh and different sound. In fact, their latest album, Tandanu, released in July, has been called the band’s best yet. “When we first came on the scene, people were shocked. Then they started liking us. And now our latest album is topping the charts. We’ve had an intense past one year, touring all over—Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune. We’re a band that plays for all sorts of audiences—right from school kids to sit-down audiences in their 50s,” says Kilam.

    He confesses that he and his band mates are looking forward to coming to Chennai. “We played at the IIT in 2002 and we recorded Genie not far from the city,” he recalls. Apart from the concert itself, they also have recording commitments in the city. “We’re going to be working on a song we’re really excited about,” he teases. “And once that’s done, we have work in a small Bollywood film.”
    Catch Indian Ocean and Raghu Dixit live in concert on December 21, at 5 pm.

    Mixing it up
    Meanwhile, Dixit—known for integrating Indian ethnic music with styles from all over the world—gives us his take on performing in the city, the audience and what to expect: “I’ve played very few shows in Chennai. This time, with Indian Ocean, I really want to reach the audience and try out some new material,” he admits. “I’ve even got a Tamil song that I’m really keen on performing,”
    he signs off.

    —Krishna Trilok


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