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"Mujhe yakeen hai, mere yakeen se, tere yakeen pe hoga asar..." The popular song 'Yakeen' by the band Ankur and the Ghalat Family, is not only about the band's hope for a brighter political future in the country but is also the philosophy that the band prefers to follow when they compose or perform a song. The band is gearing up with the same spirit for their gig in Pune tonight at High Spirits, Koregaon Park.
The quartet comprises Ankur Tewari on lead vocals, Sidd Toutto on drums and backup, Johan Pais on Bass and Gaurav Gupta on lead guitar and backup vocals. Together they play Hindi and Urdu rock and roll, with tracks that are zippy and upbeat and are easy to sing along with. Each track though, has layers of messages which are both personal and social, taking inspiration from the band members' lives and their daily experiences and at the same time, send a deeper message to the world. 'Zaalim Alien', for instance, is based on a story about an astronaut falling in love with an alien. It may come across as a bizarre subject for a song but on further thought, it also raises questions about how people perceive love. "Our songs could be about anything; we have a lullaby for a child that I was inspired to write after I saw my friend's son falling asleep in his arms. That was such a beautiful moment. At the same time, we have songs about politics, love and the world," says band frontman and lyricist, Tewari.
At a time when most bands are in a hurry to churn out one album after another and the music industry judges the success of a band on the basis of how many albums they've cut, Tewari and the Ghalat Family prefers to perform live instead. Their last album, 'Jannat' was released last year, with 11 tracks based on incidents in lyricist Tewari's life in the past ten years. "I'm never in a hurry for anything, least of all to cut an album. I waited for ten years to release my first album," says Tewari, who is all set for his new single called 'Teri Dua', recorded with 'Jal' band member, Farhan Saeed.