Music All set to perform in the city, Subir Malik of Parikrama talks about their 22-year journey
They are India’s oldest rock band and can boast of having played with the likes of Iron Maiden. They are also credited with having created music with a difference, heavily influenced by Indian classical instruments in their hit singles. Today as Parikrama celebrates 22 years of its inception, they are set to rock the country with their Parikrama @ 22 tour.
Twenty-two might seem like a long time for any band to be still going strong. But according to Subir Malik, the driving force behind the band, it all seems like it happened just yesterday. “I’d say it is our common love for classic rock that has kept us together. Besides, as clichéd as it sounds it still sounds like it was just yesterday that we launched the band. Not too many people know this, but Parikrama started as a four-month project before I joined the family business. And here we are 22 years later having just as much fun as we did back then.”
The band and their music however, has evolved over time and as Subir puts it, they’ve only gotten better. The one thing that hasn’t changed for the band though is the fact that they still provide their music for free to their audience and haven’t cut a single album in all these years. “We have over 40 songs available on the internet. We think fans can download the songs they like and create an album according to their tastes. Besides, we play for our audience and Parikrama is not an earning source for any of us. We all have our regular jobs apart from this,” explains Subir.
Talking about the rock music scene in the country, Subir says, that the bands as well audiences have evolved tremendously in the country.
“Earlier most bands only played covers. But today there are so many bands that make their own music, and good music at that. In fact, at several of the talent shows we have judged, musicians as young as 16 have composed their own tracks and they are so good at what they do.
It also has a lot to do with the fact that audiences today are also demanding original tracks,” says Subir, adding that parents too encourage their children to take up music as an extracurricular activity.
The band is already working on their Parikrama @ 25 tour as they want to make it bigger and better with each passing year. Parikrama plays tonight at Hard Rock Café.
…here we are 22 years later having just as much fun as we did back then