“Earlier rock bands were more active in Visakhapatnam than in Bangalore.” — Ramana Gogula
Lovers of rock music will have a gala time at the Strings Rock Festival-2013, the first rock extravaganza in the city, on April 13.
Youth icon and Tollywood music director Ramana Gogula, who hails from the city, will be the show-stopper. The auditions for ‘battle of bands’ came to an end on Tuesday and the four short-listed rock bands will get a platform at the festival being held at Alwar Das Stadium, MVP Colony, to showcase their talent.
Being organised jointly by CMT Business School and Round Table India, the proceeds of the event will be spent for performing cleft lip surgery for underprivileged children under the project ‘First Smile’. The four short-listed bands will be awarded cash incentive and mementos. “I am very happy to be associated with this noble initiative. So many children are suffering due to cleft lip problem. I readily agreed to be the show-stopper when I was told about this programme,” Mr. Ramana said. He said there was time when rock bands were more active in Visakhapatnam than in Bangalore. Of late, they faded due to lack of patronage. “I wish the rock culture will pick up soon with Strings Rock Festival,” he said.
The music director said with the event, there would be lot of encouragement to bands specialising in fusion, rap, retro and rock.
City-based businessman and music lover A.V.R.K. Kumar said, “Rock is a clean music, which is loved by many. Vizag was once popular for various rock bands and there used to be regular events at the Town Hall, a heritage building, and Railway Institute.” Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM) secretary S.P. Ravindra and Round Table India 77 chairman Yelavarthi Raghu said they were very happy for hosting the programme and announced that they would make the rock festival an annual event.