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11
Feb
09

India at the Grammys

Zakir Hussain won in the Contemporary World Music Album category for his collaborative album “Global Drum Project”. Congratulations to him. Will it have any impact on The Rock Scene of India?…We all know the answer.

 

This is the sixth time that an Indian won the grammy. Earlier three includes Ravi Shankar(won thrice), Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Zakir Hussain(twice).

 

The other three Indians nominated this year were Debashish Bhattacharya for Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar OdysseyLakshmi Shanka for Dancing In The LightLouis Banks for Miles from India and his collaboration with John McLaughlin for Floating Point

 

Well..its impossible to not notice…that India is synonymous with traditional music..which is not a good news for rock musicians of the country…but two things:

1. Who cares a fuck for the Grammys??

   Admittedly..for people whose music resource is not VH1 or Rolling Stone, knows well enough the farce which is displayed every year at the show which is nothing more than a never ending saga of celebrities and less of appreciating new and fresh music.

2.  May be A.R.Rahman will bring hope!!!

   Of course…make sure that theres a white guy associated with your act ..more importantly.. a white guy whom the world knows and respects …then you are in for some good times.

 

A.R.Rahman or Zakir Hussain’s victory may be the victory for Indian music …but its most unlikely that it will have even a little effect on the Independent Rock Scene.  In fact, all of us know it. Dont we?

Lets get back to our basements and keep practising.

 

PS: This year Radiohead’s stunning performance at the Grammys with USC Marching Band proved again why they are called the best band in the world today. Only they can pull off an absolute smart show with a gang of high schoolers. 

Watch it before the Grammy complaints make Youtube pull it off the site. It already happened once.

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10
Feb
09

Channel V Launchpad III

  The most promising and talked about stage for Indian Rock bands is on a weird road this year.

   Why weird?…Because of the bands….Of course it will be idiotic to expect a superfuzz..sorry..indigo children to delight every time…but the bands may be indie..but the sounds are…for lack of a better word “safe”….

    In the first round, all the bands were asked to do covers….ummmm why? As it is, originals (though catching up) are a rarity..and to decide a fate of a band on covers is unfair and inaccurate…many great bands in the world sucked at covers…it cant be a basis of judgement…it was flawed at the very beginning…

     And the bands who are left: Faridkot, Cassini’s Division, Reverse Polarity, Workshop and The Circus. 

     People are putting their money on Cassini’s Division. Frankly, they sound a bit clueless. Faridkot scores cause of the language. Whatever be the music, the use of vernacular language will make it sound like they are different than the rest. 

      Out of these five, I would like to see The Circus to be the winner. Surely, their sound is not something which we have not heard before, but at least they know what they are doing and the fans enjoy what they are doing.

      The problem which persists is..the bands do not instill confidence in us. May be its my problem, so I better stop here.




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