Written by Mitali Dhar
For almost a decade, Sanam has been creating new memories with old songs. The Mumbai-based pop rock band is well-known for renditions of classic Bollywood songs as well as original music. More than six millions fans on Youtube are a testimony to their popularity, and the band was among India’s top 10 YouTube channels, the country’s largest song artiste on the digital platform and the fastest growing YouTube channel in the country. The track, Gulabi Aankhen, is a crowdpuller and among the most watched videos on YouTube in India.
On November 9, the band will work the crowds of Pune, who will get to hear some new touches in the Sanam signature performances. Their show is titled #VirsaaWithSanam 3.0 and will be held at Phoenix Marketcity.
“We will be performing a bunch of new songs such as an unreleased original called Mukhda. This song was supposed to release four to five years ago. We had even talked about it in our interviews that year. But for different reasons it didn’t release. The song has changed dramatically since then and is finally ready for release. We are so excited about this,” says Venkat Subramaniyam or Venky S, bass guitarist for the band. The others in the group are Sanam Puri (lead vocalist/composer), Samar Puri (lyricist/lead guitar/composer) and Keshav Dhanraj (Drums/lead trackarranger).
He adds that this year, the band has spent a lot of time trying out new styles of music and new sounds. “We are currently working on a lot of original music as well,” he says. The band had started by making original music. “That will always be our priority. I love to compose. Every song means a lot to me,” says Puri.
But when did performing old Bollywood become their mainstay? Puri says they started making renditions to reach out to the world on YouTube. “Over time, we started getting so many messages from people saying that our renditions have reunited their families. Parents, grandparents and children would be sitting together listening to the same song. This inspired us to continue making renditions, to spread love through our music,” he adds.