High on Music

Singer-musician Akhil Sachdeva on his band Nasha and the genre of sufi-rock

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published: February 23, 2013 5:23:46 am

A couple of friends come together,jam in their garage and make music that moves them. Usually,the chronology of the formation of a band goes somewhat like that. But in case of Delhi-based sufi-rock band Nasha,it was the opposite. “I had written,composed and sung my first solo song,Nasha and it was an instant hit. Through that,I met fellow musicians and we got together and formed Akhil Sachdeva and Nasha,” says a 27-year-old Sachdeva,a self-taught singer and musician whose band is three years old. Set to perform for the first time in Chandigarh at Blue Frog’s Spring Music Concert in Bella Vista on February 23,Sachdeva says that creating a band was a part of his effort to taking his music to the next level.

“I needed a team and now we are ready to take our work to the Mumbai film industry,too,” he says. Yes,there are Bollywood projects in the pipeline,but he’d rather not talk about this at present. For now,it’s playing Sufi rock,a genre close to his heart,a genre he says he’s made popular. “No one was really doing sufi music with rock elements in Delhi a couple of years back. We were one of the first to touch it,” he claims.

The conversation veers to Sachdeva’s hit version of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s song Main Tainu Samjhawa Ki. “Our words come from poetry while all our instrumentation is rock,” says Sachdeva.

Sufi to him is music that comes from the heart and goes back to the heart,touching its deepest levels. “As long as music is flowing from the soul,it works,” says the economics graduate from Delhi University who prides in being an “in tune” bathroom singer first.

“I love all genres,but it’s the music and lyrics of Pakistani and Hindi songs that fit well with me,” he says. While he claims to be talented,he does not discount the need for training and riyaaz. “Learning is important,so is practising it and I do that everyday,” he says. A theatre actor trained by Barry John,Sachdeva says that there is another reason for being attracted to Mumbai. He is keen to become an actor. “I’ve always wanted to do my stuff,and the day I stood on stage,sang and acted was the day that defined the path to the rest of my life,” says the singer,who is working on an album with Saregama. Nasha will perform at Bella Vista with Blues band,Soulmate,guitarist and flautist Harpreet Singh,international DJs Sasha and Leon.

For tickets,visit bookmyshow.com or Bella Vista hotel in Sector 5,Panchkula

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