Ghazal meets Rock

The first time Vaadyasya,a city-based semi-classical and Indie-Rock band,performed,they impressed the crowd.

Published: December 5, 2013 3:16 am

The first time Vaadyasya,a city-based semi-classical and Indie-Rock band,performed,they impressed the crowd. That was in 2008,at a memorial show organised for the families of the victims of the 26/11 bomb blast. A year later tragedy struck closer home and their drummer Vinit Pingle died in an accident. But the band members picked their lives together again when Ganesh Venkateswaran joined them in 2010 and set out on a fresh journey. Since then they have been performing at various venues across the city. The six-member band now features Sagar Jadhav on vocals,lead guitarist Ninad Khandekar,Siddhesh Sahsrabuddhe on rhythm guitar,Deepak Ukey on bass,keyboardist Anup Sakpal and Ganesh Venkateswaran on the drums.

“We all have very tight schedules. Ninad and Siddhesh are still pursuing engineering while the rest of us work but we make it a point to jam at least once in 10 days,” says Venkateswaran. Though the band is yet to come out with their own album,they have created an instrumental composition called Introraagh. “We usually perform cover songs from Bollywood or old classical ghazals and give it our unique touch of classical rock,” says Venkateswaran.

Now they are gearing up for their next performance at the “TEE party” to mark the inauguration of Pune’s first in-township Golf Course at Blue Ridge,Hinjewadi. The band will be performing the opening act for Agnee. “It’s a big accomplishment for us to be sharing the stage with a band like Agnee and we are really looking forward to it,’ he adds.

Violet Vaz

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