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Anusmita Datta

About Anusmita Datta

Anusmita Datta is an ardent day-dreamer, music lover, die-hard foodie and occasional writer. Her obsession with pandas is sometimes disturbing and she can be often found lusting after momos!

December 11, 2013

Bacardi NH7 Weekender at Embassy Riding School, Bangalore

By - on 11/12/2013 at 7:04 pm

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After the mega-success that was the NH7 Weekender Bangalore last year, this year’s event was a must-see music festival for the music lovers of Bangalore. In a city that sees at least one grand music concert and dozens of smaller gigs every month, one would think that there wouldn’t be enough Bangaloreans interested in NH7 weekender to fill the grounds of the Embassy Riding School. On the contrary, after having waited for over a year for the next installment, music lovers in the city braved the harshest weather to be at the event. The experience last time left the audience in awe of how smoothly everything went and how well planned out the event was….

October 14, 2013

What Colour Is Your Raindrop by Tajdar Junaid

By - on 14/10/2013 at 8:53 pm

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Let’s just begin by saying that you have probably never heard of anything like Tajdar Junaid’s music. This doesn’t mean that it is too left off the centre and needs exceptional patience and concentration to understand. On the contrary; his music is uplifting, inspirational, melodic and calming and something you can listen to in the background while you go about your life. His songs are like the background score to a day lived fully and in contemplation of the past, present and the future. You cannot help but smile at the soothing and nostalgic tone of his songs. Tajdar Junaid is a Kolkata-based musician who seems to be born to be a musician. A musical hippie at heart, he draws inspiration…

October 2, 2013

Raat Raazi by Prateek Kuhad

By - on 02/10/2013 at 11:49 pm

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This is the era of the singer-songwriter. Singer-songwriters with guitars strapped on are cropping up everywhere with everyone wanting to emulate John Mayer or Nick Drake, but very few have the talent to stand out. Fortunately, Prateek Kuhad is one such singer-songwriter. Fiercely talented and unnervingly honest, he has managed to turn audiences with his performances in the US and India.  It is surprising to learn that the Jaipur-born, Delhi-based musician had no aspirations of becoming a musician growing up and in fact has studied Mathematics and Economics at the New York University. Although his interest in music was piqued when he learnt how to play the guitar while he was still at school, a…

June 28, 2013

Lagori

By - on 28/06/2013 at 4:36 pm

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Bombastic vocals, soothing melodies and unaffected lyrics were the first three things that came to mind as I was listening to this album. Fusion acts are cropping up everywhere, but what sets Lagori apart is the fact that they have managed to restrain themselves and not go too far. Yes, there are flutes and shehnais, and most of the lyrics are in Hindi, but they still manage to sound completely contemporary and fresh. More than fusion, their songs can be classified under the “Easy Listening” category. This probably explains the immense success that they have managed to achieve in a few short years. Formed in 2011, the band boasts of more than 20,000 likes on their Facebook…

April 5, 2013

In All Shapes & Sizes by Route 3

By - on 05/04/2013 at 10:01 am

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Discovering new music and artists is always exciting. For the first few days, all my new music is on repeat and you might catch me singing loudly to lyrics that have just registered in my mind. However, I have a confession to make – most of those songs fall off my playlist in a few days and are never heard again. There are very few artists who can create evergreen songs that one can listen to all the time and Route 3 is one such artist. This young Delhi-based band fuses electronic, jazz, alt rock and pop genres seamlessly to create catchy, easy-to-listen-to songs that get stuck in your head and are hard to shake off. Listen…

February 11, 2013

Fireflies Festival of Music 2013, Bangalore

By - on 11/02/2013 at 12:01 pm

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      Perhaps the bar was set too high by the previous instalments of the Fireflies Festival of Music, but this year the festival seemed slightly less successful. It was probably because everyone went into a state of panic as the clocks neared 10 o’clock, rushing the last few bands and generally leaving everyone feeling a little confused. As the festival was for a much shorter duration this time, there were fewer people this year and the line-up lacked the big names of previous years. However, the line up of artists was, if anything, more eclectic and more esoteric than ever. This year’s event, which took place on the 10th of February, started about three…

November 18, 2012

Bigger than Blues by Big Bang Blues

By - on 18/11/2012 at 3:27 am

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There is something inherently alluring about a gutsy woman with a strong set of pipes. Noteworthy female artists in the Indian music scene may be few and far  between but they are a growing breed. One such woman, Ipshita Roy, is the lead singer of the Delhi-based blues band Big Bang Blues and she is what makes them interesting and to be completely honest – very cool! Now before I am unfairly accused of focusing a bit too much on the sole female member of the band, I would like to say that anyone who can bring Aretha Franklin-esque vocals to a song deserves a special mention.   The Indian blues scene is replete with talented musicians…

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Before I could start writing this review, I put this E.P. on my iPod and after one listen – I was hooked. My earphones have been glued to my ears ever since, and this E.P. has been the soundtrack to my life for the past few weeks. Caesars of the Green is a Delhi based band and their music is as unique as their name. Formed in 2011, the depth of their lyrics belies their relative inexperience in the music industry. Their songs are smooth, melancholic, bittersweet and clever. The band members claim that their “lyrically driven music” is based on the “philosophy of an ideal for living”. It doesn’t matter if you understood that or not,…

August 29, 2012

When It’s Time (Part 1) by Harsha Iyer

By - on 29/08/2012 at 5:00 am

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There must be something different in the Chennai air to produce someone as quirky as Harsha Iyer.  He sticks out like a sore thumb among his peers with his penchant for making outrageously good pop-rock music. Think about it – how many other upcoming Indian pop artists can you name? Barely 20 years old, Harsha Iyer has managed to bring back respect to the otherwise ridiculed and derided pop music scene. Other musicians have been too afraid to incorporate pop music into their repertoire, but Harsha has stayed true to his heart and produced some original and exciting music via his two albums. Yes, you heard right – only 20 years old and he already has…