When Delhi rock band Electric Plant played a sold-out show at the Ashok Hotel in November 1981, their fans, desperate to check out the five-piece outfit, caused a melee and ended up severely damaging the entrance doors of the hotel’s convention hall.
Perhaps wisely hoping to avoid a similar situation, the 30-year-old band is playing a special reunion concert with three other classic Delhi bands on 9 January at the Garden of Five Senses in the Capital—an open air, thankfully door-less concert venue.
Live and kicking: Niren Chaudhary and Bann Roy of Applied For.
The free Reunion Rock India concert, or ReRock, is bringing together the bands Electric Plant (active between 1978-82), White Fang (1980-83) and Applied For (1980-83), three of the biggest Delhi bands of their time, as a part of its second edition. Debuting at the show is Unfinished Biz, where several members from the other three bands have come together for an interesting experiment.
Electric Plant comprises Arun and Varun Sharma (the former on drums, the latter on guitar and vocals) and Pradip “Glover” Chaudhuri on bass. The band’s first break came in the summer of 1976 when it was invited to play at an event at the Jesus and Mary College for a sum of Rs200. Soon, thereafter, it started frequenting the college festivals and rock shows circuits. White Fang was formed in 1980 by Amitanshu Das (guitarist) and Gautam Ghosh (vocals), both students at the Delhi University. The band was an early entrant into the Delhi hard rock scene in the 1980s, and included in its line-up Rahul Ram, who is now the bassist for band Indian Ocean. Applied For was started by Tony George (vocals) and Niren Chaudhary (guitar and vocals), both students of St Stephen’s College.
But more than a one-off gig, the bands are hoping ReRock becomes a regular feature on the live music circuit, bringing together more old bands from other cities.
“ReRock is a growing movement and one that’s going to build. When we’ve completed reuniting the old bands of Delhi, we’d like to go to other cities and reunite those bands as well,” says White Fang’s Das. “I’ve heard of bands in other cities wanting to start their own ReRocks. It’s all about making connections, human connectivity and friendship. It’s for people over 35 to think of having a creative life, in addition to their family life and other responsibilities.”
Electric version: Applied For performing at New Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium.
ReRock is on 9 January at 6pm (gates open at 5pm) at the Garden of Five Senses in Saket, New Delhi. The free passes are available at select Barista outlets, including Khan Market, Vasant Lok Market, Vasant Vihar and Greater Kailash (I and II). For information on passes to ReRock, contact the YP Foundation at 011-46792243/44.