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!

6 comments:

Adrenjunky said...

I agree with you the Pakistanis are definetly way ahead on Desi Rock scene front.What keeps them ahead is the originality of their music.They are a really talented bunch, i've been waiting for an Indian band to rock the International scene for a long time now, hope it happens in our life time.If you remember the song "Aisha" it has a few Pakistanis in that group.BTW as far as i know Aashiq banaya aapne has been sung by Himesh Reshmaiya also the Music director of the movie.

Neets said...

you said it... its originality thats the key. the movie song is a modified copy of a song originally sung by a paki singer.

praynlady said...

Howdy, I am not familiar with the music but I read your comment on another blog and felt that I should let you know that Christ Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas and (please, I am not preaching, I just get nuts when I see this, so please take no offense, I just like to share with those who write it this was) noticed that you used x'mas. I am not a politically correct person, but I am trying to figure out where the "x" came from to begin with. Who came up with the idea to use it instead of Christ. I believe that Christ was born to die on the cross to pay for mine and everyone elses sins. His birth was so significant that I can't figure out who substituted the x for His name. I taught and still teach my children that they must remember to always, (even during the visit to Santa at the local mall), keep Christ in Christmas. It is why we celebrate the holiday.

Sorry, I really hope I did not sound like a preacher. I hope you are not offended, I just had to visit you and let you know how I felt. Guess that's what the blogging world is all about. God bless.

Neets said...

hi praynlady! thanx for your comment! Your most welcome to share your views here. The only reason i used the 'X' for 'Christ' is simply cos its a single character short form i have seen in Christmas cards since childhood. I hadnt even wondered why it was used till you left this comment here. Now i think its a beautiful figurative replacement for Jesus Christ. The cross is synonymous with him. Its an identifiable sign. A sign you instantly relate to him. I think though you like the longer version, I owe you a thanks for making me love the short form even more. Thanks Praynlady, I am praying for you and the world.

Deeps said...

oooh finally i find some1 who thinks exactly like me....u r rite dude ,paki bands r ruling the chart....its not that we dont hav talented people out here ...the problem is that India is bollywood crazy.....almost every1 runs after bollywood....even our so called India idols who r suppose to concentrate on their albums,run after playback singing...and in pakistan movie amrket is very down and pop stars r treated as shahrukh khan....they concentrate more on bands and albums coz they hava good market of music industry there....i guess thats the only thing y we cant stand in competiton when it comes to pop music....

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