I kept asking for directions to NH7. And then everyone was confused if I was talking about the highway or the gig. Languages in India keep changing in every few kilometers. Music at the venue kept changing at every 100 metres. The Dewarists stage had some solid acts on Day 2 with Agam, Shrilektric, Swanand & Shantanu, Trilok Gurtu and Karsh Kale Collectiv.
I managed to catch Shrilektric, which is the violin-bassist shri’s solo project. I had earlier seen him in one of the Dewarists episode. But watching him live, playing a bass with a violin stick had its own bizarre aesthetics. Swanand & Shantanu’s poetic brilliance kept everyone captivated. Some were moved, while some others didn’t want to move at all!(from the stage I mean).
Everyone was stationed there. Some others were stationed at the Pepsi dub station, which had Driving Lolita, Buraka Som Sistema and Engine Earz experiment perform live for the audience. Engine Earz was tight, as tight as the audience. Everyone moshed like no one was watching!
Oh yes! The whole of Pune was moshing to it, including Jackie Shroff’s moshi, who loves eating moshed potatoes. While, the Black Rock Stage was sponsored by Bacardi, Dub-station stage by Pepsi. That’s says a lot, doesn’t it? That was a perfect mix of elements. Meanwhile, I was waiting desperately for the two Tabla maestros to take over the Dewarists stage. Karsh Kale and Trilok Gurtu. Trilok Gurtu is a known figure in the indie percussion scene, he is a master Tabla player from Germany. The other master, Karsh Kale was at his usual best, but well the guitarist stole the show. No whitey or brownie points for guessing who it was. It was Mr. Blackstratblues, Warren Mendonsa. As soon as the venue was lit up, rum was flowing and so were the cigarettes. Some others were permanently at the Dubstep station, which was my favorite stage at the NH7 Weekender, Pune.
The chopped up sounds with some tripped out background visuals were so hypnotic! Even though, I was kicking myself for being late for the gig and missing Nucleya, I am glad I got to see a lot other artists. I decided to stay mostly at the Dewarists stage and the Pepsi dub station. One of the best acts of the Dewarists stage was when Swanand decided to sing Bawra Mann, and the audience demanded an encore. Every time he would say ‘this is the last song’, and the audience won’t let him leave. And so it continued with ‘Ab ke Saawan Aise Barse’, which was originally sung and composed by Shubha Mudgal.
Wrapping it up, my picks for the day would be: the whole ensemble of the Karsh Kale Collectiv, Shirilektrik, Swanand-Shantanu (I know it’s heavily in the favor of the Dewarist’s stage). And of course, in all this running around from stages to stages, there were two artists who made the crowd move to their beats (rather bass =D), Vachan and Sound Avtar. This is where my body started aching because of all the mad dancing. Also, there was Slow Down Cloud that performed at the Bindass Fully Fantastic stage, which was recently reviewed by MoZ. There was so much of bass, that the entire crowd was in the air. Also, because we were high. High on music!
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