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    Classic rock covers and Tamil folk music liven up Saturday nights on Beach Road

    Second Saturdays in Pondy always end on a high note.  Thanks to SecSat Pondy’s fortnightly live gigs that have been a staple since 2006. This weekend, with Chennai-based band Atmosphere Cues and local group Tamil      Rhythms making music, Beach Road will be thumping with a fusion of acoustic pop and Tamil folk renditions. Siddhartha Patnaik, the man behind the SecSat project (organised with the help of the tourism department), says that the shows bring variety into Pondicherry’s after-dark scene. “The music make-up here is segmented. The French go to concerts at the Alliance Francaise, while people from the Ashram stick to their classical renditions. SecSat draws crowds from the locals and out- of-town youngsters who enjoy all kinds of music,” he says, while commenting that he prefers when bands play in public places as opposed to restaurants and pubs, as it is open to a wider audience.
    Two to tango
    Of the two outfits performing this weekend, Atmosphere Cues, a team of four, are excited as they are debuting as a band. “We have 11 compositions and a few covers planned for the night,” says Protim Bhaumik, the band manager- cum -guitarist/vocalist. Esther Rubina, the lead vocalist, says they will be playing retro, contemporary and a little bit of pop “to reach a wider audience.”
    Tamil Rhythms, the six-member group known for their folk songs, hope to add some local flavour to the evening. “In the end, we are trying to create a healthy balance of western and Indian music so that everyone has a good time,” concludes Patnaik.
    From 7 pm tomorrow, at Beach Road. Details: 0413 2339497

    Niranjana Hariharanandanan

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