Almost exactly 11 years ago, I was in first year of my college pursuing a B.E. in Information Technology from DTU (Known as Delhi College of Engineering back then). It’d been only about a year since I’d been playing the acoustic guitar and I hadn’t even bought the electric guitar until this time. Although, I could barely play the guitar, I was madly in love with music and as well totally enamoured with the guitar. I knew that at some point of time in college, I wanted to form a band and hopefully be on the stage some day. In September 2015, I went to one of the first big concert of my life – Blitzkrieg 2005 at IIT Delhi – the daddy of all Rock competitions and concerts. Parikrama was the headliner of the concert. I can distinctly remember every moment of that concert – I was right there in the front row shouting, “Sonam, I Love You” as he belted out the guitar solo of their epic song, ‘But It Rained’. Standing right up front I was trying to reach out and just touch his beautiful Gibson guitar. I was a total fanboy. I also vividly remember head-banging and singing through a bunch of their songs, and waking up with a sore neck yesterday. Little did I know that 10 years later I will not be just sharing stage with the biggest Rock n’ Roll band of India, but actually playing guitars for them. In October 2015, when Saurabh Chaudhary, the guitar player of Parikrama called me to substitute for him for a couple of shows, it just felt like one of those to-good-to-be-true-movie-like moments. Hell yes, I responded. Within no time, I just ran through and prepared all of their songs. Despite learning all the songs thoroughly, I was so nervous playing their songs with them at the rehearsal. Thankfully, Sonam, Nitin, Subir, Gaurav, Srijan – all of them were really supportive and encouraging. After a couple of rehearsals, we were set for the gigs. And, man – did I have blast. Oh, hell yeah! We played two back to back gigs and what a moment it was – absolutely incredible.
Here’s a video of one of Parikrama’s most popular songs, ‘Am I Dreaming’ live at Step by Step School, Greater Noida.
Parikrama – Am I Dreaming Live at Step by Step School, Greater Noida
A month later, I got a call from Subir Malik to play again for Parikrama at undoubtedly the biggest college festival of India – Mood Indigo at IIT Bombay. And what made it even bigger that this time I was substituting for Sonam Sherpa. Oh man – it couldn’t have gotten bigger than this – playing to an audience of over 20,000 people with the biggest band in the country and the largest college festival in Asia, what more could I ask for. We rehearsed again and set for Mumbai and buoy oh buoy – what a gig it turned out to be. Absolutely freaking insane and tight!!! I had the time of my life.
Here are a bunch of pictures which will remain etched un my memory forever and ever.
Photo credits: Anup Shrikumar, campus_shots
Looking forward to many more amazing concerts and meeting all you awesome people in the years to come 🙂