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 …


4 Responses to “The Famous Headbang!”

  1. 1 Arp
    February 29, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Those are some grin inducing images alright!! Pleaaaase you most certainly are not fusion or alternative or any other box that you can tick against….

    Anyhoo…you think you can persuade Raghu to grow his hair?? I am trying to imagine dreadlocks….alteast cornrows. And a nice Mysore style upturned moustache wont hurt either. And dont forget the petha now. come to think of it….that is a good idea. It might roll right off your heards while you headbang, though!! 🙂 lollz :-)))

    Great going guys…watched the vid on MTV…Whoohoo!!!

  2. March 1, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Thank you thank you! what is with the classification anyway!

    And Raghu growing his hair!?!?! That will be quite something .. I will let him know you think it will look cool on him though! All that and ghungroos will just be perfect!!

  3. 3 Arp
    March 1, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Naaa…Raghu is fine just the way he is…if he thinks that I think he will look ‘cool’ in dreadlocks, I’ve got something else coming my way!! A bhaashana and an engaged audience as well… 🙂 btw…does he ever reply to his mail?

  4. March 1, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Well .. yes he does reply! but then considering the number of directions he is being pulled in right now, its bound to take a tad bit more time!

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