All is well that ends well!
It was Sunday night, the clock struck 7.30 pm and the restaurant was still silent. The crowd was curious and the sound engineers excited. Not an everyday case with Hard Rock Café, this was a special day. The legendary rock band of India Parikrama was to drop at the venue anytime and start playing a selected package of their compositions.
It was Sunday night, the clock struck 7.30 pm and the restaurant was still silent. The crowd was curious and the sound engineers excited. Not an everyday case with Hard Rock Café, this was a special day. The legendary rock band of India Parikrama was to drop at the venue anytime and start playing a selected package of their compositions. After a long wait, the 23-year old Delhi-based rock band finally hit the stage at 8.40 pm.
The crowd started cheering as Saurabh Chaudhry played the first chord while other band members mounted the stage and braced up. Nitin took hold of the mike, bent towards the audience and sang “Am I Dreaming”, from one of their early albums. Building the music were Sonam Sherpa on guitar, Subir Malik on keys, Gaurav Balani on bass and Srijan Mahajan who finally hit the drums and built the pace. It was probably the first time that Hard Rock Café witnessed such a huge crowd.
With the night, temperature was supposed to drop, but Parikrama’s music was louder than the bitter cold, it filled so much of energy among people that they couldn’t stop themselves from headbanging. The congregation had drinks in one hand while the other was swaying to the beats of the band.
Everything seemed to be in place except that the band did not have a proper sound check before the gig. The bass was very high and was overpowering the vocals. Srijan was busy fiddling with his drum kit. It was weird to see Saurabh play chords while Srijan was ‘trying’ to set his drums in place. Come on, the band could have avoided such awkwardness just by a simple sound check before the gig. Well, to all the guys who were up for a ‘Parikrama’ gig, it was of course a matter of disappointment.
And, we all know that Parikrama is known for Imran Khan’s violin and Shambhunath Bhattacharya’s tabla fusion. The gig certainly had a very meagre part of it except for the concluding part where Imran and Bhattacharya stole the show and left people awestruck. If there was anything ‘epic’ about the gig, it was the conclusion with Imran and Bhattacharya at their best. You can probably call them faith retainers of the band.
On a good note, people enjoyed the night and left with a rocking takeaway. The band’s intention behind the India-tour was to pour in money to provide meals for the under-privileged. They are to be bowed down for that.