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Ziro Festival of Music 2015, Ziro Valley


Gingerfeet’s Kolkata Debut at Someplace Else, The Park


The last couple of years have seen the rise and fall of many bands/artistes in the Kolkata rock/music circuit. This demise and/or hibernation of these top bands in Kolkata have led to a void which many new acts are trying to fill up. The jury is still out on who the current top dog is – but one band which is laying good its claim to this throne is Gingerfeet.

Gingerfeet is a group of five young blokes, two of whom are also members of the very popular band, The Cynical Recess (currently in self-exile), – drummer Abhinandan Mukherjee and vocalist supreme Abhishek Gurung. The remaining 3 members who make up this funk rock quintet are Vedanta Razz (lead guitar), Dibya Raj Mukhia (rhythm) and Lokes Mangar (bass). They are a band which not many people know about, and although they were last year’s winner of the prestigious Hornbill National Rock Contest, the guys from Gingerfeet preferred to remain underground all these days until, that is, the 17th of June , when Someplace Else decided to play host to their debut gig in the City Of Joy.

After a shitty day at work I really needed something to soothe my frazzled brain. I had no idea if Gingerfeet was the remedy though, having never seen this band play live – I hadn’t ever sampled any of their originals either – but after seeing their quick sound-check before the gig I had a feeling that my Friday wouldn’t end as badly as it had begun.

An hour-and-a-half later, my spirits were certainly sky high, and it wasn’t because of the drink in my hand! With their intoxicating combo of funk and super-charged energy on stage, Gingerfeet knocked me off my feet. The crowd at Someplace Else that evening was wowed too – a huge feat, since the majority of the crowd comprised of the Friday evening Hip Pocket faithful, waiting for their weekly dose of classic rock covers. Gingerfeet were anything BUT classic, and their infectious energy and musical showmanship on stage was like a vicious punch in the solar plexus to the crowd.

The band opened with the catchy original ‘Game On’ and that got the Friday crowd’s ears perked up. This song was followed by two other very funky originals, ‘Fake You’ and ‘Am I Dreaming Or What?’, both ditties being majorly laced with a heavy guitar tone, reminiscent of a typical Red Hot Chili Peppers number (courtesy Vedanta’s proficient axe attack). And right on cue, their 4th track was an RHCP cover, ‘Suck My Kiss’ – and that got the SPE crowd hooting with joy! One of the highlights of the evening was their rendition of the Jamiroqui cover ‘Black Capricorn Day’, deconstructed to give it a very Gingerfeet-ish sound. Half way through the setlist and Gingerfeet had the crowd literally eating out of their hands, as was evident by the way they broke into impromptu sing-along sessions during the chorus lines of ‘Stars’ and ‘God Forbid’. The band’s cover of Extreme’s ‘Get The Funk Out’ also went down well with the SPE audience who by now were busy either headbanging, hand-clapping or jumping up and down to the funky rhythms being dished out. After 7 originals and 3 covers, the crowd still hadn’t had enough of the band – so encore time it was, and a repeat of the setlist opener ‘Game On’ was performed as the final track of the evening.

Cheered on by a close-knit group of fans and friends, the band served up 7 originals and 3 covers, and by the end of their set-list the entire pub was roaring for an encore – a good sign of a job well done. Each band member was in their element that evening –Vedanta in particular stood out with his excellent funky riffs cutting through each song like a knife. Dibya on rhythm and Abhinandan on the drums too gave a steady performance. Lokes the dreadlocked bassist was bang on with his bass tones and also majorly entertained us with his never-ending energy, making him look like a bouncy kangaroo at times. And what can I say about Abhishek and his golden voice? Arguably the best male vocalist in the Kolkata circuit, the lad knocked the socks off everyone in attendance with his range and vocal power. For those who were hearing him sing for the first time, well, they were lucky there were no flies around. Yes, no joke that, his voice made my jaw drop too, despite the fact that I’ve been hearing him sing for more than 5 years now.

And so did end the evening’s entertainment and also my first taste of the band Gingerfeet. As debut shows go by, Gingerfeet’s was definitely impressive to say the least. Good originals that made you both want to headbang and tap your feet, great musicianship and a fun stage presence – Gingerfeet ticked the boxes for all 3 categories. If there was one thing however that made your head buzz, it was the fact that their originals did lack a bit of variety, and after about 5-6 of them played in succession you’d probably get the feeling that they sounded the same – something that could be worked upon. However, if you love the Mizo band Boomarang and their brand of music then Gingerfeet is a band you should most certainly check out. And even if you aren’t a fan of funk, I would still recommend you to catch them live. Especially if you’ve had a shitty day at work and don’t think booze is going to be much help to soothe your soul. It certainly did wonders for me! A big thumbs up to Gingerfeet.


BMA Vangpui Kut Cultural Exchange Night 2012 at Baldwin Boys High School, Bangalore


“The recent north east exodus has left us shaken and scared and we hope that this program would help promote a deeper mutual understanding between the people of Karnataka and Mizoram, rebuild confidence among the people of north east and more importantly bring oneness and peace among Indians.” – Ms. Lalrunpuii, President, BMA

Two points I can take out of Ms. Lalrunpuii’s words: Firstly it makes me extremely sad to digest the fact that the North Eastern community, out of personal experience one of the nicest and most peaceful groups of people one can ever meet, was targeted by a few miscreants and driven to such extreme degrees of fear and insecurity. Secondly, it is heartwarming to see things on the road back to normalcy, and to see the Bangalore Mizo Association (BMA) taking steps to help this on its way and keep their faith in Bangalore.

Vangpui Kût is an annual two day festival celebrated by the Mizos living away from home. It has no traditional history, but is a reason for the thousands of Mizo students and working professionals in the city to take a break and celebrate their culture in all its glory- traditional and modern. The festival usually ends with a Cultural Night, though this year the organizers decided to make it a Cultural Exchange Night instead; a night of cultural exchange between the people of Karnataka and Mizoram. It consisted of cultural troupes from both Mizoram and Karnataka showcasing dances, art and music.

The event started with the customary speeches by the various guests followed by a brief explanation about Mizo culture and the festival’s history. The thing that caught my ear was the concept of ‘Tlawmngaihna’, a code of ethics that the Mizos swear by. The word has no English equivalent and is a combination of chivalry, kindness, selflessness and respect. I would say a general sense of Tlawmngaihna was all over the room that day. It is something that effortlessly spreads to everyone around them, Mizo or not and perfectly highlighted the spirit of the night.

The first cultural program of the night was a dance by the Grace Home Girls, a dance group of four dancers from the Grace Home Hostel for Mizo girls. Dressed up in traditional Mizo attire they danced to music that was a combination of North Eastern sounding melodies with techno beats. The sound was a problem for most of the performances, but I decided to not pay attention to it as the point of the event was not the technicalities but an exchange of cultures. The dance team was obviously deeply loved by the Mizo student community considering the cheers and applause they got from the audience for every move of theirs.

The Grace Home Girls stepped off the stage to make way for the Karnataka Cultural Troupe. The entire event saw alternating performances by the Mizo and Karnataka groups. The Karnataka team performed various folk and classical dances including Veergaase, Bharatnatyam and Dollu Kunitha. The funny thing was, even as a Bangalorean, I was as clueless about the South Indian dances as I was about the Mizo ones. The Veergaase troupe performed a scene expressing the fury of a certain Veerabhadra when he vanquished Dakshinabrahma, the bad guy I am guessing. Both the Veergaase and Dollu Kunitha were backed by loud folk drums and were angry and bold and very interesting to watch. The classical dances on the other hand were serenely elegant, as is expected of them.

The Mizoram Cultural Troupe performed few more of their folk dances. They performed the famous Zirodance – the bamboo dance. It was exhilarating to watch the female dancers effortlessly prance around as the men flung around the bamboos under their feet, almost dangerously. The final Mizo folk performance was Cheeih Lam which is an extremely unique dance form. All the dancers sit in a circle and sing a really happy traditional tune, and one of the male dancers starts doing a very simple and playful little jig with his arms spread out. He reaches out and calls forward any of the female dancers of his choice, and follows her around like he’s almost courting her on the makeshift dance floor. She soon reciprocates every move of his as they play around to the beat of everyone’s claps. The dance has a contagious energy to it. This was demonstrated by the fact that each of the dignitaries stepped onto the stage and started dancing along!

The last league of the event was the musical performances. This was the part I was initially looking forward to the most, but it turned out be just a small part of the cultural exchange that was planned.

The BMA band took to the stage first followed by Lr-a Scavenger Project. Both bands played some really catchy covers including ‘It’s my Life’ and ‘Small town girl’ among others. The crowd truly came alive and every single one of them started dancing in front of the stage. The Mizos surely love their music. Boomarang played a few traditional Mizo songs but in their typical funk rock style. They were extremely tight as usual, had a great sound and even though I could not understand the language I had no problem getting into the groove. Also, their songs had Beatlemania-esque effect on the crowd, especially the girls! Clearly their music is very close to the hearts of the Mizo youth.

The event was not the greatest in terms of technical excellence, but it achieved its intended goals. We got to watch two great cultures in all their similarities and differences. As a south Indian I got a glimpse into traditional and modern Mizo life, and strangely, experienced for the first time, aspects of my own cultural heritage. Indian culture is confusing and awesome at the same time and I feel we should encourage events like these that attempt to make some sense out of it.

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Abhishek Prakash

Abhishek Prakash is a Bangalore based guitarist and is a third of local act Groove Chutney. He loves jazz, street food, Woody Allen movies and often pretends to be a writer.


BMA Cultural Night feat. Boomarang at Lincoln Hall, Bangalore

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Robin George Thomas

Robin George Thomas is a photographer from Bangalore. He likes to wear white socks. He will only wear white socks. He cant remember the last time he wore a pair of socks that weren't White.


Boomarang and Soulmate at The BFlat Bar, Bangalore





I’d had a beautiful Saturday leading up to the Soulmate gig and I suspect it was because I’d had an evening at my current favorite venue for an all-time favorite band to look forward to. I wasn’t planning on making it for Boomarang but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to watch a band I hadn’t seen live yet. As I walked into the joint, there was already a sizable chunk of people screeching and grooving to the unmistakable sounds of bluesy rock; I’d just had my first taste of Boomarang.

Boomarang is a four-piece ensemble from Aizwal that has blues, folk, rock and electronic influences as well. Their bio is quite interesting, with performances at familiar places like the Hard Rock Café and performances alongside international and Indian bands alike. What I like about the band is the close-to-seamless transitions between genres.

A track that stood out for me was ‘Camouflage’ (quite similar to work by a band whose name begins with a ‘prod’ and ends with an ‘igy’); it’s choppy guitar and interesting blend of electronica had me from the get go. They did a few interesting covers as well – ‘Crossroads’, a blues anthem that is violated by covers at the drop of a hat (I think I hear someone trying an acoustic version of it this very minute as I lounge in my balcony at 2 a.m.), was a pleasurable listen. All in all, Boomarang was the perfect high-energy lead up to Soulmate.

When the band walked on stage at long last, the crowd was itching for them to start. With a special mention for their “brothers and sisters” from the north east, Rudy set the ball rolling with ‘Shillong’. Their take on a Khasi song ‘Sier Lapalang’ (they played an abridged version – cue sad smiley face) was exquisite. That’s their artistic prowess; making what is essentially a lament, a dirge, sound exquisite. I don’t know if it was a help or a hindrance, but at one point the song sounded like the Indian national anthem while at another it sounded like Pink Floyd’s ‘Coming Back to Life’.

Their set by had a few familiars from their older album. Tipriti powered through the vocals on ‘Do You‘, her mouth curling perfectly around the vengeful lyrics. They played a new song called ‘But to Have You‘ that got me with its (dare I say it) cutesy lyrics. A sample (forgive me if they’re slightly off):

The sun warms my feet in the morning,

the blanket covers them at night

But when you aren’t with me,

something just isn’t right.

Tipriti pulled out all the stops on this one. Her guttural vocals had the song resounding in my ears long after they stopped playing. Rudy took over to sing ‘Gangster of Love’ and we were lulled into ease by his voice after being thrown through a riot of emotions by Tipriti’s. Rudy continued his run, this time with slide, on the classic ‘Call it Stormy Monday (But Tuesdays are just as bad)’ by T-Bone Walker.

The band ran through most of their set (‘I just wanna make love to you’, ‘Don’t you come round my house again’, ‘Back in time’) without much ado. But just as Tipriti was singing the most emotional song of the set, a tall, ridiculously drunk, pony-tailed man weaved his way to the front, beer in hand. The audience had an additional show to watch thereafter – Soulmate vs Drunken ponytail dude. He proceeded to rip ornamental butterflies off Tipriti’s microphone stand while screeching”play”, blatantly ignoring his friends who were trying to get the situation under control.

What’s amazing is that the band didn’t miss one beat. They played through the commotion; Tipriti sang through the ruckus until he jostled the mike into her face. The song had tears streaming down her face, and as she opened her eyes and pointed angrily at the douche, she looked as close to a wrath-filled goddess as any mortal ever could! He didn’t seem too cowed by it though and a short while later, after his antics had people watching him more than the band, a few beefy audience members ‘removed’ him from scene. But the show was brought to an unceremonious halt only one song (‘Not Those Funkin’ Blues Again’) later.

What this gig reinforced is that Soulmate has a commanding presence in the Indian music scene for a very good reason. They’ve stayed as popular as they are because they’re a tight live band; their dual vocal punch – Rudy’s comforting, Tipriti’s feisty – is refreshing; and most of all, they’re extreme professionals. After first-hand experience from the gig at The BFlat Bar, I don’t doubt it one bit.

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Sharanya Nair

Sharanya is a 'writer' and an 'editor'. You know the type. She loves her music too much to share.