Fusion music 'bands' this group

Musical talent

On the Janmashtami day on Aug 21, a group of young musicians arrested the attention of passerby near Gandhi square. The team members sang and played musical instruments along with a drummer to give the patriotic songs a touch of fusion with mix of classical and western music. The whole exercise was in support of Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption in the country.

The young group of friends are part of the upcoming band, Rock Veda. A six-member team Rock Veda as the name suggests is trying to bring a uniqueness with the blend of rock music and Indian classical. In the days when cultural capital is giving rise to numerous music bands and many have made their mark in world of music bands, Rock Veda is drawing appreciation for their novelty.

Team members Vijay Hegde, a trained Hindustani vocalist, guitarist Shreyas, percussionist Sumukh Bharadwaj, sitar and keyboard player Joshil Verma, drummer Anoop and vocalist Sripriya make a perfect union.

The group has made five compositions so far and is working on the their sixth project. Rock Veda would soon bring out their album. Interestingly, five out of the six member team are from engineering background. While Shreyas has completed his mechanical engineering, Vijay Hegde, Sripriya, Anoop and Joshil Verma are final year engineering students of Vidya Vikas engineering college. While, Sumukh is into final year photo journalism course at Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA). “Except myself and Sumukh, all the four team members performed regularly at annual college fest at Vidya Vikas college. We met during one of the fests. The team had no guitarist and keyboard player when Sumukh and I were roped in. It was how Rock Veda came into existence about a year ago. All our team members are trained in Hindustani and Karnatak music (vocals) and know the Indian instruments,” guitarist Shreyas tells City Herald.

While, Shreyas and Anoop has a penchant for western and fusion music. Anoop was basically a drummer who did not have a touch about classical Indian music. To sink with the group’s motto, Anoop had been learning mridangam. Such a spirit has led to the band performing in many shows.

“One of our composition has a theme on greenery and environmental protection, while the other is based on patriotism. Soon, we like to bring out the compositions in an album form,” says Shreyas.

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