Whirling Kalapas at Oak Lounge, Pune

  • Date / Time: 06/04/2014 : 8:30 PM
  • Location: Oak Lounge
  • Address: Oak Lounge, Koregaon Park,Pune,Maharashtra,India

Whirling Kalapas is an acoustic-based trio comprising Uday Benegal, Sankarshan “Shanks” Kini and Ashwin Andrew. Their music can be described variously as neo-folk, alt-country and eclectic and bluesy acoustic pop. The band’s vocally rich and instrumentally diverse sound has been garnering praise from audiences across the country, including at their performances headlining Lou Majaw’s renowned Bob Dylan birthday celebrations in Shillong in 2012 as well as at Sulafest and the Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh in 2013.

Uday is best known as the frontman of India’s foremost rock band Indus Creed, with whom he still writes and performs and has released four highly succesful albums. Multi-instrumentalist Shanks is a veteran session musician who has toured the world with Kailasa and currently plays with Bombay Acoustic People and Passenger Revelator. Ashwin is a bass guitarist trained in classical piano but prefers to play drums with such acts as Passenger Revalator and Suraj Jagan. All three musicians love to sing their hearts out.

Whirling Kalapas have recently released their self titled EP, which Uday and Shanks recorded along with Indus Creed guitar player Mahesh Tinaikar. The 4-song EP features guest performances by virtuoso percussionist Taufiq Qureshi, singers Suman Sridhar and Ankit Dayal, bassist Suresh Mendoza and drummer-percussionist Vivaan Kapoor.

The trio are a rich addition to India’s current indie explosion, especially for audiences looking beyond the volume-driven sounds of rock and electronic acts populating the scene. This is cerebral and fun music for the thinking listener who loves to dance.

EP on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id862641854