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Reaching out to the ‘gandus’ of Delhi

Reaching out to the ‘gandus’ of Delhi
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The name shocks you. And they say that doesn’t bother them one bit. They—the members of the obscene-sounding rock band Gandu Circus— are in the city to perform. ‘We do not give a shit about anything and our irreverance is the most endearing part of us,’ says Neel Adhikari, lead guitarist and singer.

Originally from Kolkata, the group consists of Q or Qaushiq Mukherjee, producer/ filmmaker/rapper/agitator, Jiver or Jivraj singh, beat poet/clip conductor/drummer and Neel Adhikari, producer/singer songwriter/guitar player.

The genesis of the band came from the film Gandu, which created a wave in the  special cinema category across the world. Directed by Q, the film is high on profanities, nudity and is extensively political. But how proper is it to use an abuse as a name for the band? ‘We have never faced any flak as such due to our band name. In fact, partially it is because whatever criticsim or reactions had to come, came after the film. We are an extension of the film hence lucky to be shielded till now,’ says Neel.

Gandu Circus
is a year old and has given a series of international and national performances. Their best one was the escape festival, Naukuchiatal, last year in May. That apart, they have winded up a tour of London, Brussels, Cologne and Berlin and are headed to Norway in November.

Their genre of music is known as Bangla Electro Punk Rap. ‘Our music is neither commercialised nor mainstream and we are extremely anti-Bollywood. There are no insecurities related to the popularity of our music as we boast of a definitive community that follows us. We play and perform to have a good time and raise a couple of issues,’ says Neel.

DETAILS

Where: Out of the Box, Hauz Khaz Village, New Delhi
When: 1 August, 10.00 pm onwards
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