Archive for February, 2008

29
Feb
08

The Famous Headbang!

Every rock musician (well .. I am going out on a limb here by saying ‘every’), let me rephrase .. quite a few rock musicians including me loved the image of the headbanging rocker! and a large part of that image was the long hair swinging wildly on stage which combined with the lights and the smoke on stage made things even more enticing!

So when 5 guys clad in lungis go up on stage and sing Indian Folk music, the last thing the audience expects is such wild headbanging! but the Raghu Dixit Project is not just another band doing ‘fusion’ music (what is that anyway! .. the definition is so muddied now its like saying ‘alternative’ ..). We love being ourselves on stage and enjoying the music we play … its based on a concept that Raghu kept telling us about .. if the performer enjoys the performance, the audience’s joy is doubled and that joy is translated back to the performer until one point when everyone’s experience is elevated. This goes for Raghu’s wild jumping, his ghungroos, our synchronized dances, the headbanging, everything!

What I wanted to share was a sequence of images that were captured at our launch gig where I was headbanging away (I think the song was Gudugudiya .. a song I LOVE playing on stage!!) and Shilpa managed to snap this …

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28
Feb
08

Hey Bhagwan – The Video

This has taken a long time to happen. The video was shot long long back in Bombay and all of us were waiting for everything else to come together before we can let it loose and have everyone see it.

And now it is finally here! Please to take a look at the FIRST EVER music video for ‘The Raghu Dixit Project’ and let us know what you think. You should also be able to catch it on MTV India and hopefully on other channels soon!

Without any further ado … ladies and gentlemen .. ‘Hey Bhagwan’

28
Feb
08

People seem to like us :)

The lovely folks at OML and BabelFish decided to give copies of our album to a few bigwigs in the music industry so that they could listen and tell us what they felt about the music and other things … Not surprisingly, they had some very good things to say as you can see here …

27
Feb
08

A Star was Launched!

It finally happened! after what seemed like eternity, the next step was taken … and everything happened perfectly!



It was sometime around 3.30 when we reached the venue and everything was being set up. The venue itself was wonderful! it was at the ‘land’s end’ at the Bandra Bandstand. This was literally at the land’s end with the ocean behind us and tons of trees all around with a very earth and rustic feel to the whole place!



The audience sat on the stone cut steps of the amphitheatre, there was a separate enclosure for the cameras (well … it din’t hurt to try!!) the sound was just perfect and things just couldn’t get better!
The show did start a tad bit late .. but then, we had waited so long that a few more minutes to get things just right was not at all a problem and the audience din’t seem to mind either! many of them were close friends and family of the band, quite a few of them had flown in from various parts of the country to be there and witness the moment.

The show itself was very emotional, and inspite of Raghu claiming it would be just another show for him, none of us could help feeling a little lump in the throat and we choked up with emotion of the moment finally here!

   


Our latest and greatest fan, Mr. Sanjay Dutt himself came up and recommended the album and told everyone that he is a fan of the music and wished us luck, Vishal and Shekhar spoke about how they were inspired to start a label because of Raghu’s music and then proceeded to jump start the party! it was quite heartening to see them jumping around in the crowd revving everyone up to have a good time! If someone has the video of Vishal and Shekhar singing ‘Mysore Se Aayi’ with the band, please put it up and let us know!!!

 


And just like that … it was done! but this is just the beginning of many good things to come!

Update – Thanks to our very dear friend Vinay Shukla, we managed to find the perfect picture that shows Vishal and Shekhar enjoying ‘Mysore Se Aayi’


26
Feb
08

The Album Launches Today!!

In a few hours, the dream will be realized … atleast in part! This time round there is no stopping it! The album shall be launched at the Bandra Fort Amphitheatre this evening at 6.30 PM. It will be a super spectacle ….

Quite a few friends of the band are making the trip down from Bombay and shall be here to witness the launch. The launch itself is quite a party! Sanjay Dutt shall launch the album along with Vishal and Shekhar. We saw the reactions of the bigwigs in Bollywood to the album and everyone has only good things to say!

The mood here is quite upbeat and things are very hopeful and expectant..

If you are anywhere in the vicinity, please get yourselves to the Bandra Fort Amphitheatre this evening and celebrate with us!

26
Feb
08

Mommy I’m on TV!!

NDTV gave its viewers an exclusive pre-launch look at the album and an interview with Raghu from the venue at the Eastwind Festival.

Here is Raghu explaining the concept of the ‘Bonus CD’ and the other contents of the album on air. Also, keep an eye out for our humble boy as the album was receiving rave reviews by the NDTV host 🙂

Still to come … Tons of pics and stories from the MTV Alert photoshoot, the testimonial from all of Bollywood (well … most of Bollywood atleast) .. So watch this space!
26
Feb
08

The Album and its Fans – Part Deux

More sightings from the Eastwind Festival. Manjyot and Sanjeev from Seher with their copy of the album .. They have always been great friends of the band and a great source of encouragement and support!

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There have been a LOT of new developments and its tough to just keep up with the pace at which work is happening here. Everything is being put in place for the launch on the 26th. If you are anywhere in the vicinity of the Bandra Band Stand, try to make it for the launch. More to come on that soon.