Indian Ocean performs in Chicago

Technews Writer
Fri Sep 30, 2011
Indian music is world famous. The broad and exotic range of instruments and styles, influenced by the Indian “ragas” (series of Indian musical notes on which a melody is made) is apparent in all the forms. Indian Ocean is a group of musicians who are world class representatives of what Indian music has to offer.

Indian Ocean, as the name suggests, blends music from all the corners of India, building a crescendo of amazing beats and mystifying atmosphere.  The drummer, Amit Kilam, provided beats, especially with the Gabgubi (an ancient instrument from West Bengal, India which looks like a small drum with 2 strings attached for rhythm modulations). The Gabgubi is a perfect touch for Indian folk songs. Susmit Sen, a standout at their performances, is known for his unique way of playing the guitar, which is actually the base for the Indian touch for this group. The latest addition to the group is Himanshu Joshi on the vocals with Rahul Ram and Tuheen Chakravarty with the Indian tabla, but capable of performing with almost anything in the group. The best part of the show was the riveting musical duet (jugalbandi) between Amit on his drums and Tuheen, who was at the beats on the guitar fretboard rather than his usual tabla. For the ones who are oblivious to the group's activity on the music and entertainment front, Indian Ocean is known for its musical hits such as “Ma Rewa”  “Kandisa” and “Bandey" (from the acclaimed movie Black Friday). Their music is a symbol of the richness in Indian culture.

This musical evening was brought to Chicago by Association for India’s Development (AID) with Mission India Foundation (MIF), and our very own Gokul Butail (SGA VP of Student Life at IIT) gave IIT students access to this event at discounted and affordable prices. Thanks to him, IIT students got to be at the concert for a mere $15 per ticket, meet with the band members, get some photographs taken together and dancer and reveled with the rhythm.