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The music is cool

MORE THAN 150 people, several with their pullovers and jackets on and their monkey caps pulled tightly over their ears on a mildly chilly evening, were at the Cubbon Park bandstand for a rock show.

They lazed on the grass with their legs stretched out. Some seemed to enjoy eating the roasted corn and smoking a cigarette as much as the music while the obvious music enthusiasts were on their feet, vigorously shaking their covered heads from side-to-side in tune with the strums of the guitar and passionately keeping the beat with their foot tapping.

One of the jersey-hooded men called out to another over the loud music "its cool man," the other shouted back, "just awesome."

Lakshmi Ravi and Priyanka Aiva performing at the Bangalore Habba on Monday, - Photo: Murali Kumar K.

Lakshmi Ravi and Priyanka Aiva performing at the Bangalore Habba on Monday, - Photo: Murali Kumar K.  

The rock show organised as part of the city's cultural extravaganza, "Bangalore Habba", featured college band Black Earth and Parroussia. Black Earth performed the opening act for Parroussia. Most of the crowd just hung out and enjoyed the music and the psychedelic lights as if it were a big party. There was a steady stream of curious onlookers who dropped by after their evening walk.

Middle-aged M. Ranganathan was one such visitor. Drawn by the drumbeats he was pulled to the open-air stage.

"I am glad that I came. I hardly get the opportunity to sit down in the open and enjoy music like this anymore," he said.

The enterprising Indian entrepreneur as always was ready for the event.

By Divya Ramamurthi

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