Play on, Parikrama



Popular Delhi-based rock band Parikrama performs in Chennai on Saturday

They have performed in Chennai at least 15 times in the last 23 years. And yet, the most vivid memory that Parikrama has of Chennai is their very first trip here in 1993. Huddled in a second-class compartment, the band undertook a three-day train journey to Madras, where they were to perform at Madras Christian College. “We stayed in the college and played there. It was such a great trip and one of our first outstation shows. Even now, we remember that performance fondly,” says Subir Malik, the band manager and organist.

Parikrama, all set to turn 23 this year, will be back in the city to perform at Phoenix Market City, Velachery. “We wanted to come here as part of our 22 anniversary tour but couldn’t make it then. So when the chance came now, we grabbed it,” says Subir. “Chennai always holds good things for us, so we make it a point to come whenever we can.”

The band will perform their original tracks and a few covers at the event. “Most of the event will feature our old songs. We might introduce a couple of new songs here; the rest will be covers.”

How has their music changed since their beginning in the 1990s? “At that time, we had only one original song and the rest were covers. Parikrama was started to play classic rock for a brief period. The band wasn’t supposed to have lasted beyond four months. But people liked us, and the music scene changed. More bands were coming up with original tracks and when we too played them, they were accepted. Now, we play more originals and fewer covers,” he says.

Parikrama’s music has evolved over time. The band started with the idea of playing classic rock but has also performed heavier music. “In 2007, we played in Bangalore in front of Iron Maiden. They loved our music and invited us to perform in the U.K. Till then, we had played our kind of music but they had invited us for heavy metal fests. So we made our music heavier. Now we play some metal too,” he says.

At the show, Subir promises one can witness the band’s journey through 22 years. “We’ve been around for so long that we have listeners across ages. There are people who love our classic rock and those who enjoy our heavier stuff. I guess while some things change, others will always remain the same.”

Parikrama will perform at Phoenix Market City, Velachery on January 25, at 6 p.m.

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