For winning rock band `Zero' a dream come true

Winning rock band `Zero' in full flow.  

THE CAPITAL'S rock music lovers will cherish this past weekend for long as they got an opportunity to listen to all the leading bands and artistes from across the country at the Levi's Great Indian Rock Show at Pragati Maidan here.

The annual nationwide talent search has been providing a platform to budding artistes to showcase their creativity and has proved to be a stepping-stone for bands like "Parikrama", "Indian Ocean" and "Orange Street" among others.

And this year it was the young and famous rock band from Mumbai - "Zero" - that was adjudged the winner among the 12 other competitors shortlisted for the grand finale that enthralled the audience with their own compositions.

For "Zero", the band of four who sang their original number - "I wish I was... " - it was like a dream coming true because they will soon be sharing the stage with the best in the US showcasing their talent and giving international rock stars a tough fight. The rock group was given stiff competition from bands "Medicis" from Pondicherry and "Pin Drop Violence" from Mumbai. After receiving the award the ecstatic band members said: "All our efforts have really paid off. We are proud to be associated with an event like this not just because it gives young artistes like us a unique platform to showcase our music but we also get to be our part in promoting the awareness of AIDS among our peers."

Significantly, an important aspect of the Levi's Great Indian Rock is the continuing efforts of the organisers, promoters and artistes in raising a common voice against the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

The Levi's Great Indian Rock has become quite popular over the years and it today referred to as the most awaited talent search event among young rock bands. This year's talent search brought numerous entries from all over India. Interestingly, the event managers have so far come up with eight compilation albums featuring various Indian artistes.

By Sandeep Joshi