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English band Kryptic gets reborn as a hindi rock band

With their debut gig at Effingut brewpub, the band performed their renditions of popular songs like Dil se, Wake Up Sid, Dil chahta hai and Pichle saat dino mein

The Telegraph | Published 03.08.22, 01:58 AM
(L-R) Agniva Sen on guitar, Ayan Mukherjee on guitar and flute, Wriddh on vocals, Sayantan Roy on drums and Tamal Bhattacharjee on bass. “Punch has an electric stage persona and ability to offer a wide range of songs, including the originals, using both western and eastern instruments. Every song tells a story that can move listeners. I am hopeful our listeners can resonate with the same vibe and energy that we feel on stage while performing,” said Tamal. Sayantan, the drummer, was thrilled at the second coming. “I was really excited to play with my old and new brothers. I am happy it went well, and I am looking forward to many more,” he said.

(L-R) Agniva Sen on guitar, Ayan Mukherjee on guitar and flute, Wriddh on vocals, Sayantan Roy on drums and Tamal Bhattacharjee on bass. “Punch has an electric stage persona and ability to offer a wide range of songs, including the originals, using both western and eastern instruments. Every song tells a story that can move listeners. I am hopeful our listeners can resonate with the same vibe and energy that we feel on stage while performing,” said Tamal. Sayantan, the drummer, was thrilled at the second coming. “I was really excited to play with my old and new brothers. I am happy it went well, and I am looking forward to many more,” he said.

Effingut Brewpub on Park Street provided a night of nostalgia on June 23 as they introduced a new five-piece Hindi rock band, Punch. Although the word “new” might not be the apt way to define this band as the members are in fact senior muscians of English group Kryptic, which had a successful four-year run till 2010. The gig felt like a breath of fresh air, as after 12 years, vocalist Wriddh, drummer Sayantan Roy, and guitar player Agniva Sen reunited along with multi-instrumentalist Ayan Mukherjee and bass player Tamal Bhattacharjee.

With this new arranagement, the band performed their renditions of popular songs like Dil se, Wake Up Sid, Dil chahta hai and Pichle saat dino mein. The second half of the set saw Ayan pick up his flute and play to the tunes of songs like Saathiya and Tu hi meri shab hai. Besides the experimental covers, the band paid tribute to late singer KK with a mash-up comprising Yaaron, Tu aashiqui hai and Aashayein.

Wriddh in performance at Effingut. “We also want to tour across India to make people dance. I love dancing on stage while performing. We will be open for private and corporate gigs, besides the pubs, clubs and colleges,” he said.

Wriddh in performance at Effingut. “We also want to tour across India to make people dance. I love dancing on stage while performing. We will be open for private and corporate gigs, besides the pubs, clubs and colleges,” he said.

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Singer-songwriter Rupsha Roy, who had followed Kryptic’s journey back in the day, was present in the audience. “I used to watch these guys on stage during college days. At that time, they were Kryptic, a young band that covered classic rock. It’s been 16 years since their first gig at Jadavpur University and watching them again is a delight. Their sound and genre have changed, but what surprised me tonight was their energy on stage. Ayan’s flute added a fresh sound to Punch; hats off to Wriddh too, who was playing solo gigs in Mumbai in the past few years. His love for live gigs made it happen in Kolkata,” she said.

Punch plans to record its originals Sau saal, Ballygunge blues and a few more songs in the coming months.

Last updated on 03.08.22, 01:58 AM
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