Music from the heart

SPIRITED GUITARIST

Music from the heart

According to American writer Vera Nazarian, ‘if music is a place — then jazz is the city, folk is the wilderness, rock is the road, classical is a temple’. Bharath Kashyap, the lead guitarist of the band ‘Broken Membrane’, completely believes in this saying.

Brought up in a family of classical Hindustani musicians, Bharath developed a love for rock music at a young age. The guitar caught his attention and that is how it all began. “I developed an interest towards rock music and the guitar interested me as an instrument. I joined guitar classes when I was in tenth standard and Satish, who taught me how to play classical music, was my mentor. After attending about eight to ten classes, I dropped out and started learning it myself. Thanks to the internet, I learnt a great deal about playing it,” says the final-year BCom student of Jain University.

“My first show was a solo performance at my cousin’s wedding anniversary. Then I played for a band in school. I thought of forming my own band only after that,” he says. He adds that ‘Metallica’ was one of his inspirations. “It has been an inspiration for all the budding rock musicians including me,” he says.

A three-piece alternative rock band, ‘Broken Membrane’ is a group of talented young artistes, with Bharath on guitars, Nakul on bass and Adhir Punja on drums and vocals. Started in 2012, the band has played at several rock shows. “In 2011, I met Adhir who happened to be a drummer and we decided to form a band of our own. We jammed together once but after that, we did not meet each other for about a year. I bumped into him again at the ‘Metallica’ concert and we discovered a mutual love for music and formed the band,” he adds.

Though it has been just two years since the band was formed, it has already been shortlisted as one of the top eight Indian bands for the BITS Pilani’s fest.

The young musician will soon also be opening for an Australian progressive rock band called ‘Karnivool’ along with his band in January. “‘Karnivool’ is one of my favourite bands and it is exciting to open for them. I wanted to buy tickets and attend their concert but now, we will be opening for them,” he says.

“I do not know where  I will be five years down the line but I know that I will
 definitely stick to my passion,” concludes the spirited youngster.

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