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Awakening Of the Inner Self!
It was yet another Friday or billions of
earthlings. May be it was a mundane day ahead for
some and exciting for others. An exciting day ahead for the ones who were certain
of the joy to be unwrapped the next day, the weekend. Well, in my case it was
the former. Blame it on being one amongst the many who work on Saturdays.
At the end of
day, I hurriedly shut down my laptop and shoved it into my backpack. There was
a sense of eagerness brewing within. The eagerness had a nameAgam.
This contemporary carnatic rock band from Bangalore had caught my fascination
sometime back. I had heard a few of my colleagues talking about the band in
office. They where raving about the fact how well the band played at a music
festival calledStorm Festivalat Coorg last year.
It was my
curiosity to know more about these guys that led me to a video of the band on
YouTube. The song called ‘Malhar Jam' was what I found on top of my Google search result. It
was a video ofAgamplaying on a popular music show called
Coke Studio on MTV.
And here I was
almost half a year later walking hurriedly to a lesser known place to me called Bak Bak Bar to watch them perform
live. When I walked in and was trying to find a place as close to the
performing area I spotted Harish Sivaramakrishnan, the vocalist ofAgam.
For a moment I felt I knew this guy for ages, like a long lost friend. May be it
was his radiance or my sheer innocence which gave me such a feeling.
And then after
short yet long wait the band came on to the stage. Harishthe
vocalist with his violin, Ganesh on Drums, Swamy on Keyboards, Vignesh with
bass guitar, Praveen the lead guitarist and Jagadish with
rhythm Guitar everyone was on stage. The stage seemed to be tad too small
small to accommodate the big stars.
What happened in
the next two hours will surely go down in my memory as the most amazing two
hours of live music in my life. Well these words are not sugar coated to
appease anyone. These moments will forever be memorable for the fact that it
was my first ever experience watching a live musical act.
At the end of
their performance I looked around and I knew, the crowd had completely soaked
itself in the musical trance and was yet hungry for more. Alas it was not a
random jamming in the free world and so the band had to bring the curtains
down. But as they did so, they knew they had ended on good note, as the crowd
around stood up to applaud their magical talent.
Well I did shake
a hand or two with the band members and was excited to do so. To me it was one
of the most thrilling evenings, it simply couldn’t have been better. And I knew
from within, the music of this band and more importantly perseverance they
displayed in their journey to become the band Agam, that they are today, was
the inspiration I needed to pick up the pen lying idle on my desk and to start
True to the name
of their album and the meaning hidden in the band’s name the Inner Self in me
has truly awakened!