So there will be a few bright sparks in the fiasco for posterity. Just when
everybody heard The Mall go blub blub blub, it comes up with a flash in the
pan in the form of the Seagram's Mega Music concert featuring some of today's
most well known names in indi-pop.
Take Kishore Kumar and Rafi and lace up their dancin' shoes, and you'll get
Neeraj Sreedhar of Bombay Vikings in tow with his box of beats as he remixes
old classics and churns out hits in the form of Kya Surat Hai, Mona Re etc.
Indian-born, Stockholm-raised Neeraj had the crowd in a frenzy as he belted
out tunes from his two mega selling albums. He started off with some okay numbers
for which the crowd had a comme ci comme ca response, but when he screeched
out Woh Chali, it was a different story altogether.
Keeping up the tempo for about an hour, he gave way to up and coming (and almost
going down) star Mika. About him, the lesser said the better. With credentials
that read "autowallah attitude, Daler Mehndi's brother", a nasal voice which
can hardly be described soulful, and a couple of songs best suited to some dhuadaar
dhaba on the Jalander-Timbuktoo highway, he actually had the crowds quite thrilled.
But I'm the snoot here. With stuff from his latest album 'Gabru' (don't ask
me… I just review the stuff) and tunes like 'Oh Sajni', 'Ishq Brandy' and the
ever popular 'Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag', he satiated the 'bhook' for Bhangra.
The music actually started when Euphoria, back from a recent tour of the US
where they had performed at the UN headquarters, hit the stage. Sweet melodies
and fat guitars are how anyone would describe this band. Lead singer Palash
whipped the crowd into frenzy with a rendition of 'Ma Tujhe Salaam'. Not one
to waste any time, he quickly moved onto 'Dhoom Pichuk Dhoom', which had the
mob literally eating out of his hands.
The indi-pop was stirred about a bit with some good ol' pop rock, and the crowd
was soon jiving to Bon Jovi's 'It's My Life', Ugly Kid Joe and some Queen. They
had the best pop songs for the rockers and the rock songs for the popsters.
The piece de resistance was, of course and sans doute, 'Mai Ri',
which kinda proves that the band's songs lyrically and musically always buzz
Euphoria, with its lush music and straight-ahead song crafting, has proved conclusively
that it is the best band on the rather insipid Indian pop-rock scenario, and
the star spangled night came to a mega decibel end with the crowd drooling for
more of it. There were moments where you were left staring vacantly at outer
space as you tried figure what exactly you were doing at that concert, but you
heard the euphonic guitar chords and Palash Sen on stage, and all your woes
were packed in a bag and thrown in the ocean.
The evening left the 2,000 strong crowd feeling thrilled, and I could almost
hear someone whistle nonchalantly on the way back as I spied the rainbow on