NH7 Weekender draws to a close

The happiest music festival has come to an end. Engaging the music loving crowd of Pune with diverse artists, the NH7 Weekender has left yet another lasting impression in the city. The second and third day saw renowned musicians like Steven Wilson, Anoushka Shankar, Shankar Mahadevan and Jose Gonzalez enthral the audience with their songs. The main highlights also include the performances of emerging musical talent like Parekh & Singh, Borkung Hrangkhwal, Divine (Gully Gang) and Thaikkudam Bridge.

Swaraj Sriwastav, an enthusiastic festival goer will always recount this edition of the Weekender to be truly magical, “I travelled over 600 miles, stood for six hours and kept all that aside to watch Steven Wilson play. This NH7 has been truly magical and shall be among the fondest memories to cherish.”

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“You will fail to find a better environment to discover new music besides NH7 Weekender. And, this has more to it than just music – the people, the artists, the food and even the Ferris wheel for that matter are all instrumental in making it live up to its ‘happiest music festival’ tag!” explains Aditya Sinha, a student based in the city.

We had just the time to catch up the with Kochi-based band, Thaikkudam Bridge that made the crowds head bang to their signature ‘fish rock’ style and music.

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Image credit: Thaikkudam Bridge

Tell us about the origin of the band and why the name Thaikkudam Bridge?

Well, we have answered this question quite a number of times. Founder members Govind Menon and Siddharth Menon took a liking to the flagship program of Kappa TV named Music Mojo and decided to bring a few friends together to do an episode for the show. The rest of course is history, completing close to 300 shows across the world; We are glad our music is loved by all. As for the name, during the jam sessions our friend Piyush suggested the name as we were jamming in a building close to a similar sounding bridge in Kochi.

The band consists of 16 members with very different backgrounds. Can you tell us more about how you work together?

We all knew each other long before Thaikkudam Bridge happened and this has only gotten us further in our camaraderie. This versatility is our USP as well. We all are well versed with each other’s style and hence have only produced better results while working together.

You have created both cover songs and original songs. What is the difference in your mind set when you work on them?

Original is making our own songs with our sounds our style and our genre. Cover songs have a responsibility attached to them. It’s another person’s baby and we have to show immense respect to the creativity and effort to the intellectual property of another person. What gives satisfaction for any musician is of course the originals!

With inputs from Sujitha Sundaram

Vijayta Lalwani

Vijayta Lalwani

The young lady from Lagos has always been keen on a career in journalism. Pune365 was hence the right stop. We agree. vijayta@pune365.com
Vijayta Lalwani

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