Saturday, October 30, 2010
Indian Ocean – As the name, so the band!!
Indian Ocean – A music band known for its intensity in its touch of diversified genres, be it Fusion, Indian, Rock, Jazz or Sufi...A contemporary fusion music band whose compositions are a ‘soulful amalgamation of sorts’. At times it is seen glorifying the Indian shlokas, Christian hymns, etc. making an absolutely mesmerizing Indo-rock fusion melody, with an unusual topping of jazz making it totally spectacular!!
I had earlier heard a few, yes very few tracks of theirs but loved them to the very core having a considerably decent understanding towards this heavenly field called music. Knew them only by those few numbers I had heard till then. Their piece of music would pump an amazing level of positive energy within, making me feel great at heart and mind. Their melodies were always my best stress busters!! But back then, little did I know that there was a lot more to what they are and what their extent of passion towards their work of art was...
This was the first time I was to hear them LIVE. The first time I was to see them perform in front of my eyes. I was, for all obvious reasons, excited about the whole event. I knew this would be a moment I would always cherish but there was something that bowled me over that evening, totally...
If one could get bowled out this way, then I bet all batsmen would yearn to get bowled out, for a change! Here I come, with my bit of experience enlightened!
I reached the premises with my friends...Till then having heard only 2 songs of this absolutely Indian band, ‘Kandisa’ and ‘Des Mera’. Quite unlike most of the others present there, who had possibly heard Indian Ocean’s pieces umpteen times, to know and understand even a change in chord. Nevertheless, I must say that even having heard just 2 compositions of theirs was enough for me to fall in love with their creativity and this band, by far.
Anyway, there I was to witness the concert at Palace Grounds, Bangalore. It was the 15th of October ’10. With the tits and bits acquired from my friends around, I had learnt a lot more about the band than what I knew until I had stepped in. The show started. Energy saw a high everywhere.
I was jubilant for I was there, finally,
I could now believe my eyes as they were not even a metre away, really.
I was then dancing, I was swinging,
To their melody, I was singing.
It was not just the incessant generation of energy, every muscle seemed relaxing,
Amazing were those vibes transmitted, absolutely positive and revitalizing.
The profound depth in their Voice and their Music was an absolute metaphor to the mighty Indian Ocean.
The music was soothing my senses to an extent miraculous, took me places with every vivid beat, as always, so very like the band ‘Indian Ocean’.
Soon realized, I was all captivated by every other symphony; in them, I was lost,
Even after the concert was over, my heart and mind remained mesmerized to frost...!!!
I could feel myself floating, like they say the feel of being on cloud #9, even after it was all over and they were off the dais. To my surprise, they came down to where the spectators were seated. In a flash, I couldn’t spot them at all. This was possibly as obvious to happen as a baby running towards a chocolate he/she loves, isn’t it?!!! :)
It was an absolute pride for me to watch them perform LIVE. Having yet another reason in my kitty, to be proud of having born in a land that has just so much in it!
They are heavenly, so is their work!! Hence I say, “As the name, so the band”…!!!
3 loud cheers to INDIAN OCEAN…
3 cheers to Late Asheem Chakravarty, Rahul Ram, Susmit Sen, Amit Kilam, Himanshu Joshi & Tuhin Chakravarty
Hip Hip HURRAY;
Hip Hip HURRAY;
Hip Hip HURRAY;
A heartfelt tribute to Asheem. “ We all immensely miss him and will always do ”
- Ahi (a simple yet intense music lover)