Hong Kong home for Chronicles crooners

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  • Published 28.04.12

Gangtok, April 27: Rock band Girish N the Chronicles has relocated to Hong Kong after bagging a contract to play in the pub circuit there.

The four-member group reached Hong Kong yesterday and they will start performing from May 1.

Front man and vocalist Girish Pradhan had been in Hong Kong since November where he was performing with a Philippines-based band. He had returned to Gangtok earlier this week. On Wednesday, Girish, his brother and bassist Yogesh Pradhan, drummer Nagen Mongranti and lead guitarist Suraj Karki left for Delhi. “We got a contract from the same event management company that had hired Girish. We will be playing in the pub chain and performing gigs organised by the company,” Yogesh told The Telegraph.

He added that the contract from GraphitiXcape was for seven years and it would be renewed every six month. “It is up to us to extend it,” he said.

GraphitiXcape owns two pubs in Hong Kong.

GnC’s media manager Shyam Pradhan said: “Girish was very keen to have his band members there but the owners of the company were hesitant. Finally the band got an invitation to play at an annual rock event called Alive-Clash of the Titans in Hong Kong in February. The group also got an opportunity to perform at the local pubs. Its performances impressed the company and the band got the contract.”

According to the agreement, GnC would be performing from May 1.

GnC that was formed on October 18, 2009, is the only Indian rock band to have played at Montenegro in Europe in 2010 where it became the first runners up.

“Girish had been in Hong Kong for the past few months and we did not get a chance to perform as a band except for the February tour. Now we will be together,” said Yogesh.

He added that Hong Kong has a big market for rock music. “GnC is relocating for good. Hong Kong has a very good market for rock and other music genres. We will set up a base there and try to go to different parts of Asia. Our aim is to become an internationally renowned rock band and play in the USA and UK,” he said.

Yogesh said GnC would be the first Indian rock band to play professionally in Hong Kong.