Monday, December 19, 2005
Rock the LOC!!!
For decades India closed her eyes,shut her windows and invited silence in to her mind and room, sunk into her favourite chair in the room and then drowned in Pakistani ghazals and traditional sufi music along side her own Indian artist's. The root of which both cousins shared. India and Pakistan culturally have a lot in common - food, dress, language, music, dance... aalu paratha,hindustani music,kathak,etc. Ghazals (both Indian and Pakistani) catered to the musical appetite of the calmer and wiser section of the audience that ranges from Indians who witnessed the partition to ones who have studied about the partition only to get thru their history papers. But what about the not-so-wise, noisy and rock-loving souls like me?!! :( Indian movie music- yes is as varied as the masalas served here in India and everyone is sure to find some song or the other to suit their taste. But in a country where every 'A' grade college has a Rock festival of its own that draws crowds from different parts of the town and country... why do we have to make merry with the once-in-a-bluemoon serving of a movie song that would have rock influence - like Yunhi chala chal raahi(Swades),songs from dil chahta hai just to mention a few from the few available. India's pivate music scene has been gifted with loads of pop singers/bands, most of whom have had careers that are nothing more than a flash in the pan. Perhaps the first band in India that came forward with some rock influenced music was Euphoria- who brought rock with a touch of Indian folk that was fresh and a commercial success.But after a couple of albums they too,like may others seemed to be repeating them selves.And around that time, or is it a lil before that,India was introduced to the talented band Junoon(song:Sayyonee) from Pakistan who too experimented with some hard rock and Sufi music... which was instantly accepted by people on both sides of the border. After Euphoria theres been just some two other bands, whose names i have forgotten .Beyond this India hadnt seen more of, what i would like to call, H'ndi-Experimental-Rock until perhaps the last few years... when bands like Strings,Fuzon,Jal, etc walked into the scene to whet our appetite. I have to admit, i am on a glutton's diet of unlimited servings of Pakistan's H'ndi-Rock. Their artists seem to be bolder than ours as far as experimentations are concerned. Soul stirring combination of elements unique to the Pakistani and Indian culture and rock... listen to Ankon Ke saagar(fuzon),Kamaj(fuzon),Huwe Anjane(Strings), woh Lamhe(Jal), then the latest Ashique Banaya(i dont know the name of the Paki singer,if you do know,do let me know). Comon people! all of you out there with talent! Wake up! Our neighbours need some healthy competetion. I have complete faith over our Indian talent and would love to see more than just-flash-in-the-pan successful musicians who can contribute original and innovative sound wave to a medium that waiting to be shaken. Its time that Indian Rocksters rise up to the challenge and add their share to the potluck.Get rocking guys! And while you both (Indian and Pakistani artists) compete with each other, music lovers like myself will laze on the couch called LOC and experiance complete Loss Of Control and hog big-time from both sides.... What?! you liked it too?! ... Help your self!