Crowned best Hindi band, Swarathma focussing on first album

March 7th, 2008 - 12:23 pm ICT by admin  

By Radhika Bhirani
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) Bangalore-based fusion band Swarathma is basking in the glory of winning the title of India’s best Hindi band following their successful stint at the finals of “RC Live” after a nationwide competition. The group is now focussing on making their first album. “It feels euphoric and unreal. In fact it is still sinking in,” Vasu Dixit, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, told IANS.

“The competition was excellent. The finalists were outstanding in their song writing and compositions. But I think our edge was in the showmanship, not to mention the strength and beauty of our compositions - and the way we engaged the crowd with our performance,” he said.

Swarathma was one of the two bands selected in the Bangalore regional finals to compete at the final.

The six band members are Vasu, Jishnu Dasgupta (bass vocalist and bass guitarist), Pavan Kumar (back-up vocalist and Indian percussions), Sanjeev Nayak (lead violin), Montry Manuel (drums and percussions) and Varun (lead guitar). They came together as a result of Montry’s network and their passion to follow their dream.

The recipe of the band’s music is to blend the tastes of each band member to produce a comprehensive mix of traditional as well as contemporary music.

“Each band member has his own tastes and the recipe for our sound is to add a dash of rock ‘n’ roll to Indian folk and classical music and season it with a live-wire stage presence,” said Jishnu.

He added that the sound of the band is the pulse of Indian youth as it is today - energetic, vibrant, ambitious, impatient and proud of its Indian roots while willing to incorporate Western influences in its way of life.

As a result of winning the contest, Swarathma has bagged an album release contract with EMI Music India as well as joint promotion by the company and Radio City for one year.

“Our primary commitment at the moment is the album. It has been our dream. We would love to play for new audiences and showcase our brand of music to them,” Vasu said.

So what should the audience look forward to in their album?

“Our band sounds like nothing else you’ve ever heard. We would like that freshness to reflect in the album - quite like the taste of hot pakoras (a spicy Indian snack) and a cup of chai (tea) in the rains,” said Jishnu.

“Each of our songs is an honest effort to bring out an emotion, however trivial or however deep it may be,” he added.

The band claims its songs talk of things as varied as the power of youth to the story of the river Kaveri with all the strife it has seen to the frenetic pace of urban development and how one feels when his/her childhood playground becomes a swanky mall.

Swarathma targets its songs to the layman and the music enthusiasts alike.

“Though we like to believe that our songs are targeted at youth, we have realised that our songs are equally appealing to housewives, senior citizens, children and even auto drivers,” Vasu said.

Keeping this in mind, the band has decided to be true to its emotions, write from the heart and play with all its energy, he said.

Considering that winners of talent hunt shows for bands like Viva and Aasma went into oblivion after initial hype, will Swarathma head for the same?

“The fact of the matter is that the band existed even before ‘RC Live’, and would have existed even if the talent hunt had not happened,” said Vasu and added that his band will most definitely be around after a year.

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