Much has been written about the MySpace launch in Mumbai and how it was one hell of a party, but the twin launch in Pune has been forgotten a little bit. For us, it was one of the best shows we have played at a venue that was really really wonderful!
We landed in Pune after being delayed by almost two hours by one hell of a jam on the highway, and I don’t mean with our instruments!
It was our first time in Pune and infact it was the first time for all 3 bands that played that day. Nitin was in his best spirits as he made us feel welcome in his city 🙂
The sound check was run of the mill and I loved the tone I managed to squeeze out of the bass amp that was given to me that day! We had our lunch and it was time to rest and play some mini-golf (which I must admit I am quite good at :P) … did I mention it was a lovely venue?!? … well .. it was!
The show started somewhat on time and it was a brilliant acoustic set by Them Clones that set the tone for the evening. Swarathma followed them and I must say that was the best I’ve seen of them on stage. Both band raised the expectations quite high and we were up next looking at a very very energetic and enthusiastic crowd! The best kind of environment for a performer!
At this time, I should mention our dear friends Rewben Mahsanghwa and his little dynamite of a son ‘Saka’. Raghu calls Rewben “The Heritage Protector” because he embodies all that is good about our culture and heritage. He is a truly inspiring person and an amazing musician who makes all the instruments that he plays! and he plays quite a wide variety of them!
His son Saka is such a bundle of energy! he never stops running around … EVER! and looks like a full on rock star on stage with his shades and super costume!
Together they make music that is so truly amazing! it is simple and pure and from the heart, the one song we heard and played together was called “Lets Beautify” which spoke to the youth about beautifying our culture and going back to the roots. Check out the video clip of us doing part of the song live .. I just found it on youtube! A huge thanks to whoever put that up 🙂
The show was brilliant! the sound was fantastic .. and the audience was one of the best we’ve played to .. Now I hope they run to the stores and get our album 😉