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‘Rockstar’,the collegerock band competition aims to provide students with a platform to showcase their talent.

Written by Somudra Banerjee | Published: September 25, 2012 6:28:19 am

‘Rockstar’,the collegerock band competition aims to provide students with a platform to showcase their talent

Interestingly the seeds for most bands,which perform professionally,are sown during their college days. And with an aim to provide college rock bands a platform,the college rock band competition ‘Rockstar’ organised by Tata Docomo,has gone across the cities of Nagpur,Aurangabad,Nashik and Pune. The first round of the competition was held in the city in August,where bands from 15 city colleges participated. The city-finale of the same,which will feature 17 bands from the city,will be held in the middle of October,where the winner will go on to perform with the winners of the other cities for the grand finale.

“We had been jamming for a long time but we didn’t have a singer to call ourselves a band,” says Abhishek Chatterjee,a final year student from National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) and a member of his college band Force Majeure. Having made it to the city finals he feels that the band has now got a complete look and stands a good chance of winning with their newest band member,Vishakha Rani who came in at the last minute to complete the lineup and gave the band its much needed edge. Commenting on the christening of the band,Siddharth Kamat,another member of the band says,“In our construction jargon,force majeure means the Act of God.” With influences ranging from progressive to Indian music,the band prefers to stay bilingual. On the other hand,students from Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID),Vimannagar have come up with a whacky name for their band. They call themselves,’Same Shit Different Day’ (SSDD).

“We came up with the name after reading Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher,” says Arjun Rajkishore,a second year student of SID. The band performs only in English and prefers to play original compositions. “Each of our members have their own set of preference but Blues is embedded somewhere deep down in our music,” he says.

Music influences are diverse for the bands. For instance,‘Teri Music Ki Chaahat’ from the International School of Business and Media (ISB&M) prefer to keep things minimal. With two guitars and a djembe,they have impressed the judges to qualify for the city grand finale. “Though it might sound quite naive,we put our heart on stage and that sincerity is our strength,” says Sombeb Roy,a member.

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