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Chaar Hazaari – Band of the week

Posted On:06.27.2016

What is the history of the band – how did it come into being, members, its journey (in brief) and what does the name of your band signify?

Utkarsh (Keyboard/vocal harmonies) and Yatindra (Guitar/Vocal) started jamming together in their college days just as a couple of musicians looking to diversify their musical horizons. Soon enough, after performing together for their music society, things were set in motion. In the following few weeks, they looked up for muscians with similar interest and attitude and in a few weeks, Shailendra (Drum/Percussions), Vatsal (Bass) and Shivit (Flute) came along and Chaar Hazaari came into existence.

Chaar Hazaari was formed in 2012 and since then has played and maintained its reputation as a Folk Rock band in Delhi NCR and various renowned venues/locations across India.

To describe what Chaar Hazaari means, one has to remember their own college days. The situation being that the group was set and ready for their first performance and till the very last moment, it had no name. On being asked again and again, one of our members just said “Chaar Hazaari”. The reason behind it being that we had to rent the drum kit for the performance and it had cost us 4000 bucks from the society fund. It sounds funny but meant a lot to us back in those days and frankly, it still does. And that’s how, our group transformed into a band.

With time, we have also come up with a literal description for the name which means “We want our music to spread in all four directions and touch the hearts of thousands”.

How do rejuvenate your creative insights / get the adrenaline going?

The very thought of us being able to play music and getting all the love one can expect from their fans is in itself gets the Adrenalin going. Nothing beats the feeling of going on stage for the wonderful audience that is there in front of us. But having said that, we do tend to go out for random trip to the hills and explore as much as we can. Nature is the best gift to mankind, an amazing source of inspiration and rejuvenation.

Of all the songs you’ve created, which is your favorite one and why ?

This is a question we amongst ourselves have never been able to find an answer. Each one is a favourite of one or the other member. We will let you know first if we find the answer to it.

Can you share about some funny incident that happened on-stage / during performance / with you or the other band members ?

We can recall an incident where due to unexpected reasons, there was a power outage right in the middle of the performance. So, to keep the mood going, we picked our acoustic instruments and just kept the show going with whatever we had. The audience was such a sport and kept us supporting during the several minutes of no electricity.

So who are your favorites/ Icons/ Role Models in the field of music?

As a band we draw inspiration from Raghu Dixit project, Amit Trivedi, Kailasa and many more. Also, the members look up to their personal role models and giants in different genres like Blues, Jazz, Funk etc. which can be seen in their style of playing, understanding and creating music.

Do you have any interesting fan stories to tell?

There are several ranging from the fans reaching us on facebook and requesting us to play at their preferred locations to a couple of fans bunking their college/office to attend our show.

Do your songs carry a message / a theme or a story ..if so can you share more on it?

Our songs have a different sound and not all of them sound the same with each other. As we keep on exploring different kind of music, the same gets reflected in our compositions.
One of songs called Barso is about the importance of rain for us and the amount of happiness it brings as it reaches us drop by drop.
Another of our songs called Resham is about a man describing the simple and small things he loves about his lady love and how he wishes to be able to be with her forever and ever.

How has the musical journey been so far for you / your band and what are you looking forward to ?
The journey so far has been quite exciting and a great learning experience. We tend to continue the same in future. Right now we are in the process of recording our songs and have been working tirelessly working in the studio for it. Hopefully, you’ll be seeing the official content being launched and promoted via various platforms.
Do you have any words of advice for youngsters who want to form their own bands or are thinking of getting into this line ?

Only that keep practicing, exploring different genres and be true to yourself, show respect and compassion to your fellow musicians and the audience, and always have a vision.

“We have also come up with a literal description for our name which means…We want our music to spread in all four directions and touch the hearts of thousands”