Far away in the uncharted backwaters of Hyderabad, there rolled in Parikrama to rock the crowd at Euphoria 2003, the annual festival of the Vasavi College of Engineering. Probably one of the greatest rock bands we have ever had, Parikrama kept the crowd's spirits up and inhibitions down right from the word go.
Though there seemed to be no apparent theme in Parikrama's repertoire, there was an underlying pattern that mirrored their psyche and the genre of music they associate with. Fashionably late by about an hour and a quarter, the band got straight into the groove with "Highway to Hell" by AC-DC - an act that is quintessentially dark, mighty and metal. Then it went to "Hush" by Deep Purple, who, unlike the characteristic death metal bands, don't fringe their music on nihilistic and destructive tendencies.
Waiting under the wraps was the soft yet psychedelic "Govinda" by Kula Sekhar, which immediately struck chord with the young folk who chanted along. A riff here and song there, and they got to the band they admire and believe in - Pink Floyd. Parikrama took off with an innovative variant of the dark and foreboding "Thin Ice" of The Wall. "We Don't Need No Education", not surprisingly, got everybody's imagination and was easily the most popular song with the crowd only too eager to partake. Floyd, again not surprisingly, got everybody to his or her feet and filled the air with mirth, excitement and, well, a lot of dust!
In all of about 60 minutes, just as people got on a high with the soaring tempo of the act, we were told that it all must come to a close owing to some security reasons. Pyrotechnics lit up the sky as the band played "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple, a befitting end that figuratively described the show - short yet scintillating.
NA chat with the group, Nitin (vocalist), Chintan (on the bass guitar) and others, gave an insight on what substance they are made of, and, like I said, the underlying pattern in the repertoire. Nitin, the vocalist, is a firm believer in Lord Shiva to whom he attributes everything that he's ever got. Chintan is an amazingly creative guy, infectiously energetic with a tinge of rebel inside. They stood by the philosophy of Rock - rebellious, creative, non-hypocritical, individualistic and don't-give-a-damn attitude. Parikrama rocks!