HUN­GRY FOR MORE THAN AN OPEN­ING ACT

In­dian mu­si­cians are happy to col­lab­o­rate in the West, but say it’s not as big a deal as it’s made out to be. They crave big­ger, bet­ter in­de­pen­dent op­por­tu­ni­ties

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It’s al­ways great to hear about an In­dian mu­si­cian bag­ging the open­ing act in an in­ter­na­tional big­gie’s con­cert. Only last week it was an­nounced that Delhi-based gui­tarist Ke­shav Dhar’s metal band Sky­har­bor will open the show for Amer­i­can al­ter­na­tive metal band, Deftones, in Europe. And Point of View will per­form just be­fore Amer­i­can rock group, Guns ‘N’ Roses, in Dubai. The same goes for col­lab­o­ra­tions — singer Akasa Singh re­cently joined pop sen­sa­tion Ricky Martin for a fu­sion ver­sion of Martin’s 2016 Span­ish hit, Vente Pa Ca.

While these mu­si­cians are happy with the op­por­tu­ni­ties, they say it would be wrong to brand them as torch­bear­ers for In­dian tal­ent.

“I won’t be ar­ro­gant to say that I have achieved so much for my coun­try in the space of metal mu­sic. No one in the band is mak­ing mu­sic for any­one. For me per­son­ally, it is a big thing — some­thing that you write in the bucket list. But it does not mean that I am go­ing to cre­ate a rev­o­lu­tion of any sort with this,” says Dhar.

Arsh Sharma, the gui­tarist of Point of View, also in­sists that their Guns ‘N’ Roses as­so­ci­a­tion is “no big deal”. “We don’t want to re­main an open­ing act. It’s a great thing to be open­ing for such big gi­ants in the in­dus­try, but at the end of the day, we would want the num­ber of peo­ple at­tend­ing GNR’s con­cert to at­tend ours where we are the main act,” he says.

Akasa, the Tu Khech Meri Photo singer, how­ever, be­lieves oth­er­wise. She says that as­so­ci­a­tions in the West give one an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ent, and ex­pand their fan­base. “Col­lab­o­ra­tions are im­por­tant be­cause In­dian mu­si­cians then get [to per­form in front of] au­di­ences from across the globe. From that per­spec­tive, it’s a re­ally big deal. With this song (with Ricky Martin), peo­ple will know that I just don’t have a pen­chant for Bol­ly­wood songs, I can sing Western songs too,” she says.

PHOTO: NAVIN KHIANEY

(Top to bot­tom) Metal band Sky­har­bor, singer Akasa Singh and rock band Point of View

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