Homegrown think Floyd
Madhusree Chatterjee

FOuR musicians from reputed local bands whose music harks back to the classical era, in a tribute to the ultimate psychedelic rock icons, have formed Delhi’s unique Think Floyd.

Chintan Kalra, Anindo Bose, Abhishek Mathur and Surajit Dev, are the homegrown version of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright — the original Pink Floyd quartet.

They make vintage Floyd music — cover versions and a bit of improvisation — as a homage to the rock icons, who have inspired them to play original and meaningful music over the last decade.

The musicians are full-time members of Parikrama, Advaita, Artists Unlimited and Them Clones — four well-known Delhi-based rock bands.

"It is difficult to take time out of our regular concert schedule because the western music scene in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore is vibrant. Despite the packed calendar, we have managed to eke out time for practice," said Chintan Kalra, the bass guitarist of Think Floyd, at a concert in the capital recently.

The concert marked the beginning of the fourth season of History Rocks, the Fox History and Entertainment channel’s popular "Rockumentary" series on music.

Pink Floyd, named after two blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council by one of the band’s most famous founder (late) Syd Barrett, entered the musical hall of fame for its psychedelic and progressive rock in the 1960s and 70s.

Formed in 1965 by four British university students, the outfit stormed into the London underground music scene.

In 1968, guitarist-singer David Gilmour joined the band and Barrett, who was on LSD, gradually withdrew from public life. Roger Waters stepped into Barret’s shoes as songwriter — following which the band acquired cult status with concept albums like, The dark side of the moon, Wish you were here, Animals and The wall.

"All four of us owe our careers in music to Pink Floyd because we were inspired by their
music. Nearly five years ago, we — all Pink Floyd fans and practitioners of band’s music — decided to set up a tribute ensemble," says Kalra.

"Pink Floyd’s music is layered and we required four guitarists to capture the diverse layers of Floydian riffs on stage. Five technicians were employed to design the stage, record sound and create the psychedelic special effects. The first time we played on the stage in 2006 was frightening. But the concert was a hit because Indian listeners identified easily with Pink Floyd’s music because of the universality of themes," adds Kalra.

What draws the foursome to Floyd? "Their ideology, the issues they address through their music, cinematic appeal of the music, its originality, depth of music and the fact that all of us have grown up with Pink Floyd," Kalra adds. IANS