The Tata Photon Monsoon Regatta is one of India's premier Yachting Championships attracting the hottest talent from across the country. The championships celebrate the season with intensive sporting activity, and bring to light the polluted conditions of the Hussain Sagar Lake. Sailor, citizens and the government stand united in its focus to improve the quality of the water of Hussain Sagar.
To highlight this cause, a fund-raising concert, Z3 Bluesrock, featuring India's Blues and Classic Rock bands - Soulmate and Hip Pocket - will be held on 17th July, at the Marriott Hotel And Convention Center. The event will conclude with a rocking guitar duet by the highly acclaimed Sumith Ramachandran and Rudy Wallang.
Soulmate is a 2-piece band from Shillong (Meghalaya), inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Blues-rock, Soul, Rock 'n Roll, Funk and R&B. The two - Rudy Wallang and Tipriti 'Tips' Kharbangar - came together in Shillong in February 2003, playing their first concert at the 'Roots Festival at the Water Sports Complex in Umiam. Since then, the band has performed at concerts all over the north-east as well as in different parts of India. They also performed at the International Jazzmandu Festival in Kathmandu in 2004 and 2005.
Rock 'n' roll band Hip Pocket features Nondon Bagchi (drums, vocals), Samidh Mukherjee (bass, vocals), Sumith Ramachandran (lead guitar), Rishi Chanda (guitar, vocals) and Som Dasgupta (keyboard, backing vocals).
Born into music, Rudy Wallang grew up listening to his father Toto Wallang making music, and he started singing and playing the ukulele at a tender age, eventually graduating to the guitar. Today, Rudy is a singer / songwriter / blues guitar player with a long musical history, having been part of the well-known blues rock acts, Great Society & Mojo.
Sumith Ramachandran has been playing the guitar from the age of 3. He had stints with Shiva and Usha Uthup before joining Hip Pocket.
Tickets are priced at Rs. 700 per head (including 2 drinks and appetizers), Rs. 500 per head (including appetizers only) and Rs. 300 per head (for the balcony, which includes entry only).
Please contact Savita at 90000-16097 for tickets.