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Aanch Enthralls The Crowd At Pamphilos

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Aanch Enthralls The Crowd At Pamphilos

The night at Pamphilos was captivating as Delhi based rock band Aanch got up on stage, plugged in their instruments and gave us a tantalizing performance. Now who could’ve imagined the use of a Cello in Sufi music, we were literally sold at that!

The band’s lead singer, Siddharth Raj Kashyap, moved out of the confines of the stage after a few songs and began to interact with the audience, getting them to sing along and clap their hands. Their performance had people up on their feet the whole time.

After playing a few songs, Siddharth moved out of the confines of the stage and began to interact with the audience personally. The performance of the band had people dancing the whole time. Where on one hand, Sonali Vij and her band had already warmed up the ambience, Aanch came up on stage and heated it up further.

At that time, it was already dark, yet everyone was in a rhythmic state of mind. The band made themselves very comfortable on the stage; all seated up in a very Qawwali-like fashion and performed some classic Hindi tracks with a unique touch of Sufi Rhythm provided by Tabla, Cello and Flute. Some people from the audience had already started dancing to their favourite numbers, while the others were sitting, waving or sharing wonderful conversations in the beautiful ambience.

Meanwhile, I, along with a few others, were waiting to listen to their original tracks, to know the band more and on what they had been working on. But they sweetly tricked us into believing that they were the band of the day, with their experiments in Hindi rock and Sufi classical, and the way they covered the songs they were playing with their experimental blend. An older member of the audience, too, expressed his joy of being a part of the evening by stating he was glad that the youth is embracing the beauty of authentic and traditionally rooted Sufi songs. We look forward to Aanch playing original compositions soon.

Their talent is clearly visible (or, in this case, audible). The energy, the sound and the texture of their performances will definitely lead them forward in the future.