For the past year or so it has been my privilege to play with some of the most unusual and groovy rock and jazz musicians in the country. There are at least three distinct lineups that I play with on a regular basis, but I thought it’s time you all got introduced to my numero uno lineup, which is quite simply the most kickass band I have ever fronted.
Ajay Kadam (Tablas, Handsonic): Ajay is my right hand man, and is the glue that holds all of us together. An absolutely unflappable demeanour and an unshakeable groove, he is constantly the hub around which we spin our magic. A dedicated sadhak and a busy manager in an insurance company, Ajay expends practically all his casual leave on my concerts 🙂
Mizo Doss (Lead guitar, keyboard, arrangements): Mizo and I have been friends for almost twelve years, when he was playing guitar in Shiva, Kolkata’s legendary rock band. He now lives in Mumbai and composes music for albums, jingles, films and says he has become a computer programmer! Well, it’s awesome to have him back on guitar, playing everything from atmospheric chordal stylings, tasty octave comps, chiming c&w licks and of course all-out shred.
Chiro Lahiri (Drums): This hard-hitting groovemeister has played with everyone from Shiva to Krosswindz, and has endless live gigs and album appearances to his credit. Currently he also plays on Bikram Ghosh’s Rhythmscape project. Chiro’s octopads sound woody and rich, and he peppers our show with rim shots, bells and congas to complement his driving, thumping grooves. His energy spills over offstage as well, making him a constant source of entertainment when we travel!
Bumpy Nagchoudhury (Bass): Bumpy plays jazz, rock, Latin, funk, and even Carnatic — often in the course of the same song! A versatile and sensitive musician, he always adds a vital intellectual dimension to the simplest of tunes. In addition, he is always ready for a passionate discussion on matters metaphysical, musical and mundane, and usually has a fresh flavour of existentialist angst on each tour — no wonder the girls always fall for him.
But sorry, this is one band after Deep Purple where every member is happily married and pretty well domesticated 🙂
Definetly u rock boss…bhaya u told me about all of them and i cant wait ne longer to have u here wid ur band in indore for sumeru sandhya….
we al remmeber u a lot !!!
Nice to read about the band members, Vikrambhaiya, hope to attend a satsang when whole of this band is performing. Missed the bassist and the drummer in your satsangs in Navsari and Surat. And these two makes a whole lot of difference to the music.
Nevertheless, the spiritual essence is always there in your satsangs.
Vikram da may be this my first privilage to comment on ur blog as the 1st person 🙂 hope you accept this comment before anyone else….
Well i know what enthralling music you play its an awesome spectacle to see you all banging the stage and making the audiance go loose their mind like hell and immerse themselves into the sea of soul serching music….
Keep playing like this forever….
such talented people and interesting personalities make up ur band.
That is how u people rock !
u r too good vikram. ur narration is lively with human touch, humour , poetry…. is not simply an expression of ur words but of ur energy, ur being.
i have been to a few of ur concerts too !!!!
at diff wavelengths aand atmospheres the nadis and chakras resonate na.
tat is wy i feel the intense pull with in me.
Dhooom machaaa diiii !!!
The reason why all of you sound so good is because you all are married and domesticated!!!
Nothing like a dose of marriage to tune the guitar strings and strum the melodiest and beautifullest rhythms….
DEEPAN MUKHERJEE says
dada will u be touring with your band when u will be in ncr or u will be picking the local musician? plz reply
Vikram Hazra says
This tour in Delhi: ie 11th in Dwarika, 12th in NOIDA and 13th in East Delhi will have one of my other lineups — Amit Joshi and Satyajit Kelkar — fabulous musicians and a different flavour
I trying to find out about the album Shankara
and all the songs in there.
Is there a place for backing vocals ? I will be glad to come for auditions 🙂
Can I apply for the tambourine spot in your lineup? I would go as far as learning the spoons if need be.
In musical love and devotion,
Swati Arora says
Bhaiya i have just recently becoem a big fan of ur music!! and ur blog is fun to read as well!! 🙂 Btw What is ur band called? =)
today i opened an youtube acct so that i could reach ur blog and write a comment.today is the first time i heard a bhajans sung by you and i really liked it.i have heard a lot of bhajans but this was different in the sense that it has an appeal to attract the young generation.i want both my tiny little boys to listen to bhajans which they find attractive enough to hum all day.thank you.hope to hear a lot of ur foot tapping bhajans and inspirational music
hello sir….. u r a great singer….. accordng to me there is no one who sings lyk u……. i m a big fan of u…… bcoz of ur bhajans i started lerns to music…..
all d best….
Vikram Ji, Do U reply to comments posted on blogger
Vikram Hazra says
Sure whenever possible. Else just post on my fan page on Facebook 🙂
Bhaiya Jai Guru Dev. Big fan since achyutam keshavam. Any plans of Odisha visit it would b great to get in touch with you. jus inducted myself into aol family with yes + that finished 2 days back. Stay blessed, keep stringing the chords.