Indus Creed’s lead vocalist Uday Benegal and guitarist Mahesh Tinaikar assembled this five-piece acoustic rock band in 2010. Two years later, after a successful reboot of Indus Creed, Kalapas bassist Kenneth Rebello and drummer Jai Row Kavi are no longer part of the ensemble. The third surviving member is multiinstrumentalist Sankarshan Kini aka Shanky who will join Benegal and Tinaikar on stage to play songs about peace, love and understanding like “Looking For The Mahatma”, “Varanasi Trail” and “Fireflies”, which has become an Indus Creed song.
This isn’t the first time Benegal has explored acoustic forms of music. After the first iteration of rock band Indus Creed dissolved in the mid-1990s, he and guitarist Jayesh Gandhi formed Alms for Shanti to dabble in Indian classical sounds, teaming up with percussionist Taufiq Qureshi, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and kanjeera- and mridangam-player Sridar Parthasarthy to name a few musicians. After releasing a couple of albums, that band was wrapped up in the early 2000s.
Lately, with Indus Creed getting all the attention, the Kalapas had taken a back seat. Now that IC has toured extensively, it’s a good time for Benegal to return to his experimental side. The Kalapas have already performed in Delhi and Bangalore and last month played a small set that was part of the Amit Saigal tribute gig at Blue Frog. This fortnight’s gig will be their first full performance.
When we spoke to Benegal, their plan for this gig was still nebulous, but he did say that there will be guest musicians including percussionist and producer Ranjit Barot. “We’re looking for instrumentalists that can bring in a new tonality, some new textures to our sound,” said Benegal. At the time of going to print, singer-songwriter and harpist Nush Lewis – who, apart from her original songs, also does a sparse cover of “Billie Jean” – was being considered.
By Aditya Kundalkar on August 03 2012 4.19am