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This festive season, Sound Comes To Life comes to South City Mall, presented by Sonodyne in association with t2. A series of hour-long gigs at the South City atrium at 5pm will keep you entertained as you shop. The series was kickstarted on August 15 with a performance by Tanushree Shankar Troupe. There will be 50 shows in all, with at least 15 bands and performers, ending on January 1, 2010.

Amongst the bands participating are t2 Rising Rockers Weapon Shop and Prachir. Other bands include Jack Rabbit, Black Rose (who were heard at the Vodafone t2 Rockstars contest), Khoj, Amavasya, Spectrum, The EE Teez Band and The Colours.

“The idea is to promote new talent and the concept of professional audio quality for home usage,” says Gourav Sinha, brand and marketing, Sonodyne. The bands were selected on the basis of demo tapes and previous shows.

The shows are not about rock music alone. There will also be fusion bands and classical music programmes, including a special show by the Violin Brothers on October 24.

 

 

Bengalis of Bangalore had a pre-Puja blast on August 22 when Fossils rocked the town. Organised by Bengali In Bangalore, a youth association, it was the first time that Bangalore witnessed a Bengali band take on 2,500 fans at the Palace Grounds, known for hosting international acts like Sting, Aerosmith and the Scorpions.

Back in Calcutta and busy preparing for the forthcoming UK tour next month, Fossils’ frontman Rupam was very upbeat about the “excellent professional effort of the members of Bengali In Bangalore”. “It was amazing to see how everyone participated despite the swine flu threat there,” said Rupam.

“The sound and the lights were an exact copy of what we had for, say, Iron Maiden, barring the wattage. We are overwhelmed by the response,” said Saikat Basu of Bengali in Bangalore.

The only local Bengali band, Backbenchers, opened the show for Fossils with a 45-minute act before Fossils frenzy swept the stage for a full two-and-half-hours.

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