|(From top) Amyt and Anjan; Anjan with Sanket and Neel
“It is not a regular gig,” boomed Anjan Dutt into the mic at a packed Someplace Else. The musician-actor-director loves to perform at this Park Street night spot, and on Friday night his “excuse” was his recent release Dutta Vs Dutta. In keeping with the ’70s feel of the film, Anjan took the stage with son Neel (vocals and guitar), Amyt Datta (guitar), Sanket Bhattacharya (bass) and Deboprotim Baksi (drums) for ‘A Tribute to ’70s Pop’.
The ’70s greats — Neil Diamond to John Denver, Leonard Cohen to Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan to Pink Floyd — followed one after the other. Play Me, Seasons In The Sun, Country Roads, Let It Be and Suzanne... the father-son duo got the crowd swaying, cheering and clapping.
For Anjan, it was like looking back at the time when he grew up. “I think the ’70s created some magic, which will remain in 2020 also. My city was rocking and Park Street was so beautiful. Everything was so magical to me. There were people singing Beatles and Dylan protest songs. I heard the best of music on Park Street, played by the best of musicians… Usha Uthup, Pam Crain,” Anjan told t2 later.
So was it difficult to pick just a few songs from such a vast repertoire? “It wasn’t difficult because everybody loves Neil Diamond, Dylan, Beatles… they will never get old. I came here for the promotion of my film because there are still people on Park Street who care for live music and the great things that had happened in the ’70s.”
Amyt Datta, who loves the ’70s for its rock ’’ roll and for whom any Jimi Hendrix track is a favourite, wowed the crowd with his strumming. “They changed the world… the way the world is now. And we are still playing those songs and people are clapping! Every time I play those songs, I think of them. It is for them… for us may be a little bit,” smiled the guitarist with Greek god looks.
Some of the songs were for a dear departed friend too — bassist Gyan Singh. “This is the first gig we had at Someplace Else since Gyanda passed away (in November). It is pretty nostalgic... we miss him. Dutta Vs Dutta was his last recording for an album,” said Neel, who sang Tobu jodi tumi ashte chao from Dutta Vs Dutta and 500 Miles.
And yes, Anjan was true to his word — it was not a regular gig.
• Seasons In The Sun (Terry Jacks)
• Country Roads (John Denver)
• Let It Be (The Beatles)
• Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
• Sway (Dean Martin)
• 500 Miles (Folk song)
• Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
• Starry, Starry Night (Don McLean)
• A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan)
• Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
Raima Sen dropped by, looking gorgeous in a Celine top and True Religion denims. “I heard Anjanda perform live after many years. My whole family is a fan of his music and we have all his music. I went to Someplace Else because I hadn’t heard him live for years!” she smiled.
“I simply loved it! I have been a fan of Anjanda and Neel for a long time. I also love this era of music. Anjanda’s voice is totally suited for this kind of music. And Someplace Else has this whole ambience where we are not just an audience, the whole crowd participates. Such an interactive evening!
“The ’70s was the time of all the best British bands mainly… late ’60s, early ’70s. That was the time when I was also growing up and I know that music inside out. We use to listen all night… Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, The Who and Jimi Hendrix of course….
Going by my personal taste, I liked Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.”
— Nondon Bagchi,
who ended the Friday night gig with band Hip Pocket
“All the Dutts were phenomenal, but my favourite was Amyt Datta!”
“I am a ’70s fan and have a regret in life…. I couldn’t see Jimi Hendrix (live).”
— Sanjay of band Brahmakhyapa
“I am an Anjan Dutt fan. I am a doctor but he taught me acting. At 58, this man has more energy than a lot of my other friends. I lost a dear friend of mine today and I said I wanted to come and listen to Anjan Dutt’s music. That’s going to make me feel that tomorrow is a different day.... My favourite Anjan Dutt song is Tumi ashbe bole.” — Kausik Ghosh