Guwahati Lights, a Guwahati-based fusion band made its first stage appearance at the Northeast Festival, 2014 held in Delhi. This was followed by a series of shows, gigs and festivals.
The band’s bassist, Vikram Gogoi, an avid reader and a music enthusiast formed Guwahati Lights with a vision to shed some light on issues plaguing the society. ‘I want to spread awareness on keeping our city clean and ways to avoid pollution.’ Vikram quit his job to pursue a career in the world of music.
The band’s vocalist, Barnali is very optimistic about the band’s future endeavours. She wants to keep entertaining people. Their concept is to have multi-instrumentalists and percussionists in the band. ‘The idea is to create a musical opera on stage. We are currently a two piece band; we have artistes joining us on and off. But we are on the process of short listing permanent members for the band.’
The band is currently working on their debut album titled, ‘Ehsaas’. With a mix of Hindi and English lyrics, the album is scheduled to be released by August. The band is experimenting with fusing Indian Classical and Carnatic music with traditional blues, rock and jazz. They are also doing research on African and local Northeastern sounds in order to create a blend of urban and traditional folk music.
By Mrinal Paul