Saturday Night Rock ‘n’ Roll

Guess where we were this Saturday evening?

At the Nh7 Weekender! Jealous? Wait till you reach the end of this article.

So let’s get one thing out in the open; this was the first time that I had attended a live concert in my life! And for a person who does not listen to any English songs or any of the bands that performed at the Weekender, the evening turned out to be quite a lot of things(amazing being one of them).

It’s on the way to the Buddh International Circuit (the venue for the NH7 Weekender); that the excitement and fun began.

There wasn’t a second when we did not laugh; it was a combination of work and party; something that you’d probably think adds up to the “worst Saturday ever” but it was quite the opposite.

So, we reach the venue (after a two hour car drive that I can’t remember the details of) and all I can see are cars and people, lots and lots of them. Anyway, we walk ahead, get our bands, walk through the entrance, pause for a picture for social media (facebook, twitter, instagram etc.) and then proceeded to get lost.

There were six different stages and a crowd that consisted of people of all shapes,sizes and ages.

Every stage there had a different band performing simultaneously. For the complete “newbie”, each stage had a specific genre of music so yes, there were similar type of bands playing on one stage.

Number one on the list was Vir Das & Alien Chutney. For those of you who don’t know (dig a hole in the ground right now and never come out!), they are a comedy rock band from Mumbai, one that was started by Vir Das and Kaizad Gherda.

Apart from the fact that Vir Das is definitely not hard on the eyes, their music is actually something worth watching out for.

It was funny, quirky and weird that it felt completely alien; but at the sane time the content and the subject matter was so Indian and relatable, hence the chutney (see how I did that!). The lyrics were insane and filled with “curses”, so you could bet that there were no old uncles jiggling to the music trying to feel young, that’s what made it all the more awesome!

A red bull, some curses in honour of the heat and dust, and five minutes later we were at the stage where Karsh Kale & the Collective were performing.

All I had to do was close my eyes and sway to his beats. I have never seen anybody play the tabla so well. It was pleasing to both my ears and my eyes (considering he is so freaking hot!).

Next up was Shaa’ir + Func.

So as we stood there waiting for them to walk on to stage I decided to get a little social. Thank God that I did, because ten minutes later when my editor came looking for me she found me chatting with Vishal Dadlani and Cyrus Sahukar (mental victory dance!).

Coming back to Shaa’ir + Func, it was awesome!

Nobody could stop swaying his or her head. I so did not regret missing Anoushka Shankar’s performance for Monica Dogra.

But here’s the icing on the cake: We were granted entry into her dressing room, and got to click a picture with her. Yayiiiieee! It took us close to ten minutes to come back to reality and realise that we had just met her and the rest of the band.

Man, I love being a journalist.

And this is how the night turned out for a non-music lover; keep wondering how it would have been for you.

Hope to see you at one such event. Ciao, till then.

Shraddha Jandial

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