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About Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar plays bass guitar with a few Bangalore bands on and off. He is a coordinator with Songbound - a music outreach initiative that uses singing to reach out to India’s most impoverished children via collaborative projects with schools, choirs and professional musicians worldwide. His other interests include discovering new music on YouTube and computer programming.

June 29, 2012

The Explosive TAAQ Sizzles The BFlat Bar, Bangalore

By - on 29/06/2012 at 5:51 pm


Thermal and a Quarter is arguably one of India’s most successful and talented bands. Success of course doesn’t come without hard work and boy does this band work hard! Bruce and the gang who recently got back from their Singapore/US tour are recording their new album called Three Wheels Nine Lives and are playing explosive gigs such as the one in BFlat on 16 June 2012. I must say that I was one of the privileged few to have experienced such a mind blowing performance. I ran into Ramanan Chandramouli, LA Music Academy graduate and a faculty at Taaqademy, who acknowledged that this was the best Thermal gig he had witnessed in recent times. The sound at BFlat…

June 12, 2012

Shaa’ir n Func at CounterCulture, Bangalore

By - on 12/06/2012 at 11:35 am


“Get set for an unforgettable evening” was what the weekly mail from CounterCulture said. And boy was it unforgettable! I reached the venue by 8:45 with a sinking feeling that I might be late for the performance by Shaa’ir and Func. But when I saw some extremely loud and inebriated people making merry at the Kingfisher Beer Up Festival I was assured that my apprehensions were needless. In about ten minutes the crazy, but immensely talented stand-up comedian Vishal Thakur took to the stage. He made the crowd go nuts with his outrageous jokes on bizarre subjects such as under arm fairness creams and condom flavours. This was followed by the finale of the beer…

March 6, 2012

The Kaya Quintet at The BFlat Bar, Bangalore

By - on 06/03/2012 at 8:48 am


When I stepped into BFlat on 25th Feb 2012, I was sure that I was in for a musical treat. Arati Rao Shetty’s The Kaya Quintet was performing that evening, and like previous occasions, she had invited some immensely talented musicians to accompany her. This time, she had along with her Aman Mahajan on Keys, Keith Peters on Bass, Arjun Chandran on Guitars and Amit Mirchandani on drums. B Flat is famous for hosting some of the best acts in the country; the place was spacious, the dim lights were beautiful and the waiters were very friendly. I arrived at this lovely place half an hour before the band started with its performance. Eventually, more…

November 15, 2011

The Himalayan Blues at Counterculture, Bangalore

By - on 15/11/2011 at 4:11 pm


It was a Friday evening and the roads were wet and slippery after the incessant rain. I was exhausted after an arduous journey all the way from Electronic City to Whitefield but happy that I made it half an hour before The Himalayan Blues gig began. I was really excited and was looking forward to a bluesy night with not one but three remarkable bands. I armed myself with a notebook, a pen, a glass of whisky and a pack of cigarettes before I settled down at the table right at the centre of the long corridor where candle-lit tables were beautifully laid out. The first band on stage, The Hudugaas, had completed their sound…