Indian Ocean Talk Lockdown Blues, New Song ‘Akhiyan Udeek Diyan'

RollingStone India|May 2020

Indian Ocean Talk Lockdown Blues, New Song ‘Akhiyan Udeek Diyan'
The fusion/rock stalwarts picked a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan song, marking the first of more songs to be released from their eighth albuma
ANURAG TAGAT

FROM THE COMFORT of their respective homes in Delhi NCR, Indian Ocean’s Amit Kilam, Himanshu Joshi, Nikhil Rao and Tuheen Chakraborty are speaking about what it would be like when live gigs eventually resume and the fusion heavyweights get back on stage. “It will be full of mistakes, bro,” Kilam confidently assures over the video conference call, lounging.

The virtual meeting room erupts in laughter, indicating that even with their decades of experience, Indian Ocean are always as real as they come. Even though bassist-vocalist Rahul Ram wasn’t on the call, there’s plenty of banter. Rao says he can handle all cooking duties now and Chakraborty immediately says he needs to get a taste when all this is done. Elsewhere during the 30-minute chat, when Kilam praises both Chakraborty and Rao for their singing and how they’ll also own mic duties for Indian Ocean, Chakraborty says, “Iss baat ke liye aapko mere tarafse party baadmein (you get a party from me for saying this).”

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