28
Apr
08

And we loved Kolkotta!

It was a really early flight that took us from our respective homes to Kolkotta and ‘The Park’ where we stayed had things completely sorted for us! everything was smooth sailing and before we could see enough of Kolkotta, we were in our hotel rooms catching up on sleep 🙂

The landscape of Kolkotta is drastically changing and there are tons of new buildings coming up all over the place! but we absolutely loved the yellow cabs and the trams that frequent the city. Also, the vintage architecture of the buildings in the heart of the city was a refreshing change to the modern complexes and malls that have sprung up.

We landed for soundcheck and saw that we were well publicized all over the place there and we were promised that playing at “Somplace Else” on a saturday night will be an experience we won’t forget and we certainly did not!

The place itself is quite small but it is a brilliant ambience and it was a series of firsts! It was the first time for us in Kolkotta, the first time in a proper club for us and it was one of the only times a vernacular band has ever played in ‘SomePlace Else’ … All this made it a really special evening in the offing!

After a nice sound check, we headed back for a snooze and then a quick shower and the show started by 10.30PM and for us who come from Bangalore, it is unbelievable that a gig (a full gig) can start at 10.30 and go on past midnight and to top that .. have another band that plays after that! But supposedly, in Kolkotta, thats the norm!!!

The place as promised was filled to the brim with people and there was hardly any space left for us to even get from the door to the stage! But the packed house made it for a very nice gig and it was filled with energy from the word go!

Huge applause to Nitin for getting the sound figured out and to the sound guy from Someplace Else for knowing his stuff when things broke down for a bit during the show.

Thanks everyone for coming in such large numbers and the Park Hotel! One of the finest experiences we’ve had … Our first time at Kolkotta was absolutely stunning and we’d love to get back! 🙂

Pictures of the actual show are coming up and if any of you were at the gig and took pics or videos, please put them up somewhere or send them to us .. let us know!

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2 Responses to “And we loved Kolkotta!”


  1. 1 Raghu-knows-me-as-RAY!
    May 16, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Raghu bhai !
    indeed. the gig was a wonderful experience! i personally enjoyed your band a lot ! infact i dragged along my sis & a few friends.. i have full faith in your music & would keep bugging Gautam (SPE) that they bring you guys back for a second “reality” ‘overdoze’ here at the sameplace else (as my Guru Amyt Dutta calls it!) haha!
    rock on brother!

    Vijay – you were amazing – precise chops but real good ones!

    Gaurav Vaz – Dude.. when i come down to b’lore next time .. i’d so like to play that Warwick monster of yours ! hehe yeah .. in return i can lend you my 6 stringer Ibanez bass 😀 mandwali haah ?? lol — you just blend wid this band reeeeal good!

    Darbuka Siva – aay there u little monster! soloing n all huh?! crazy on the skins ! real good. and yeah.. i respect your preference of calling yourself a ‘percussionist’ rather than a drummer.. well i believe we should never forget our Roots.. not that we only ‘survive’ but , We Exist cuz of our roots., just that many dont realise it! Waiting to meet all you people soon!

    Jithin Das – namaskaaram , Suprabhaatham , Enikku ‘Malayalam’ samsaarikkan ariyilla.!! ( 😛 thanks to wikitravel phrasebook ! heheh ) — whatever i say is too less, i’m not eligible enough to speak on your playing.. being honest! ; you’re just great & are doing justice to the music & instrument ;

    Well Raghu bhai, wish to see your band soon.. either in cal, or b’bay or b’lore.. !

    ~let the music flow..

    your freak pal from cal !
    – RAY!

  2. 2 Raghu-calls-me-RAY!
    May 17, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Raghu bhai !
    indeed. the gig was a wonderful experience! i personally enjoyed your band a lot ! infact i dragged along my sis & a few friends.. i have full faith in your music & would keep bugging Gautam (SPE) that they bring you guys back for a second “reality” ‘overdoze’ here at the sameplace else (as my Guru Amyt Dutta calls it!) haha!
    rock on brother!

    Vijay – you were amazing – precise chops but real good ones!

    Gaurav Vaz – Dude.. when i come down to b’lore next time .. i’d so like to play that Warwick monster of yours ! hehe yeah .. in return i can lend you my 6 stringer Ibanez bass 😀 mandwali haah ?? lol — you just blend wid this band reeeeal good!

    Darbuka Siva – aay there u little monster! soloing n all huh?! crazy on the skins ! real good. and yeah.. i respect your preference of calling yourself a ‘percussionist’ rather than a drummer.. well i believe we should never forget our Roots.. not that we only ‘survive’ but , We Exist cuz of our roots., just that many dont realise it! Waiting to meet all you people soon!

    Jithin Das – namaskaaram , Suprabhaatham , Enikku ‘Malayalam’ samsaarikkan ariyilla.!! ( 😛 thanks to wikitravel phrasebook ! heheh ) — whatever i say is too less, i’m not eligible enough to speak on your playing.. being honest! ; you’re just great & are doing justice to the music & instrument ;

    Well Raghu bhai, wish to see your band soon.. either in cal, or b’bay or b’lore.. !

    ~let the music flow..

    your freak pal from cal !
    – RAY!


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