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ROGER WATERS – The creator of PINK FLOYD will present a three-hour spell binding music spectacular on April 13, 2002 in Bangalore.
This awesome production which is being flown down to India on a special charter weighing over 32,000 kilos will re-create the PINK FLOYD experience for the very first time in this part of Asia.
The ROGER WATERS Opus features music from the classic PINK FLOYD albums THE WALL, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, WISH YOU WERE HERE and ANIMALS including songs from early FLOYD material SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN and SAUCER FULL OF SECRETS. The performance itself is over three hours long that will re-create the magic and render classics such as Another Brick in the Wall, Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Welcome to the Machine, Money, Time, Breathe, Mother, Animals, Comfortably Numb and so on.
ROGER WATERS is accompanied by a superb eleven piece band of top flight musicians.
This ROGER WATERS - IN THE FLESH show features Signature PINK FLOYD show effects, surreal Video, Sound & Light throughout. The show utilizes elaborate large scale video projections to create psychedelic graphics featuring the illustrious 35 year career of PINK FLOYD such as flying pigs, brick walls, crossed hammers, the prism and the rainbow.
For the first time in India audiences will enjoy the ultimate audio experience of a 360 degree quadraphonic sound system including gigantic surround sound with all the sound effects FLOYD album audiophiles are familiar with such as thundering helicopters, dogs barking, sirens wailing, Cash Registers, alarm clocks and so on.
The salient highlight of the India concert is that a television documentary of the India show will be a first of its kind to be aired post the concert for the FLOYD fans.
A great interview with Roger - "Roger Waters talks about the happy 'Syd Barrett' years" appears in the Interview section of this site. Conducted with the New Indian Express, it covers some new and interesting ground!
Even gods of rock have to eat. The F&B staff at the Atria is in charge of catering for Roger Waters when he's here In The Flesh this week.
"We received a detailed brief as early as March 27 of exactly what the legendary star and his troupe will have for each of his meals while in the city," says general manager of Atria Hotel, Vikram Cotah.
The brief has been specially prepared by Royal Lamb who is Roger Water's personal dietician. Lamb will be in Bangalore on April 10 to oversee the final preparations before the arrival of the star.
The brief includes specific details of items that must be part of the menu. Right before the show, Roger Waters' meal will be put together from organic broccoli steamed crisp, a large piece of fresh ginger root, organic honey, freshly mixed bean salad, Tabasco brand hot sauce, a bottle of olive oil, in addition to lemons. The rest of his crew also need to have fresh organic vegetables with hummus, ginger roots, milk, soya milk and tea.
"We are importing products which are not available locally such as organic broccoli, Marmite, salsa, cream cheese and low fat yoghurt," says Cotah. Fried onion rings and French fries will be supplied by the international manufacturer, McCain.
Air-conditioned rooms have been set up at the venue for Roger Waters and his crew members (a separate one for the female singers who will be part of the show). There is also a fully equipped pantry that is currently being set up adjacent to these rooms.
"Only four people from the hotel will be given right of entry by Roger Water's personal security group that will be flying down before he gets here. On the day of the show, once we enter this enclosure, we will not be allowed to get out till the band leaves the premises. Our staff are also being trained on the do's and don'ts of serving Roger Waters," says Cotah.
A separate menu has been set up to be served in the rooms where Waters and crew will be from the morning of April 13. Some of the items include semi-skim milk, dried pineapple pieces, bottled horseradish sauce. For breakfast there will be bacon, sausages, eggs, hash brown, assorted sugar-free cereals, doughnuts, assorted fresh baked breads, bagels and croissants, among others.
Lunch features different kinds of vegetable soup, pasta, chicken salami, mixed lettuce, burgers, roast chicken with sauce and steamed vegetables. "Assorted cold cuts for sandwiches will be made specially for Roger Waters," adds Cotah.
The official caterers will also be adding a touch of India to the exuberant menu. "Our chefs will be introducing Indian delicacies such as chicken palak, Nizami handi, naans, rotis, roomali rotis, parathas and shahi paneer. Indian desserts will include khubani ka meetha, tender coconut kheer and litchi gateau."
A 24-hour canteen, also at the venue, will dispense coffee, a variety of herbal teas, crackers, biscuits, bags of chips, multi grain wheat and wheat bread, assorted box of cereals, whole milk, two per cent milk and skim milk. If there is anything on the menu that the hotel has not been able to cater to it's just `half and half' (milk and cream) and beef jerkey. A small lapse on a demanding list, you'll agree.
Venkat Vardhan, Director, DNA Networks, on what it takes to stage Roger Waters `In the Flesh':
What are the logistics involved in a show of this magnitude and with such a big star?
It's extremely complex, more so because the production needs to recreate the signature effects and magic of a Pink Floyd experience. To begin with there's the co-ordinating with the two private charter planes that will touch down in Bangalore with manpower and equipment and setting up all that equipment in 24 hours for the concert.
There needs to be co-ordination between the various production elements covering staging, light and sound to erect and cable the 360-degree quadraphonic sound. In simple terms, this means setting up four individual full concert sound systems within one concert venue to create crisp surround sound.
We also have the task of creating a mini-city which will serve as the backstage area for equipment and people, catering and power for the event.
How big is Water's entourage?
The entourage comprises 36 people travelling with Roger Waters, of which 11 are performers on stage, 15 technical personnel and the balance covering accountants, security etc. Over and above this, there are approximately 60 sound and light engineers coming in from various parts of India, Mumbai and New Delhi to assist and provide technical support for this event. We have a 150-strong labour crew that will be working only on the stage and roof.
How much equipment is being used for the show and how much is being flown in?
Roger Waters is flying in with 585 boxes of equipment that covers mostly on-stage gear, processing equipment, giant video projectors, musical instruments and equipment required for special effects. This itself is 15,000 kilos.
Does he have any special preferences in terms of accommodation and food?
When I met with him in London, he expressed his desire to taste authentic South Indian food which we are preparing to serve him at a luncheon. His needs at the hotel are relatively straightforward. The only special item that has been requested for is a humidifier to be placed in his room.
Vikram Raizada, director, marketing, MTV India, on the Roger Waters `In the Flesh' show to be held in Bangalore:
As a music channel, what is your involvement in the show which is being organised by DNA Networks?
We are associate sponsors of the show and also the exclusive television channel associated with the event, first choice partners in rhyme as always! We did Bryan Adams, Vengaboys, Lou Bega, Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson...you name it!
What promotions and contests are you planning for the event on and through your channel?
We whole host of things such as live-wire spots promoting the event, a contest on the channel as well as on tv-india.com to give away tickets to the concert and in-show announcements by our VJs.
Will MTV VJs be hosting the concert?
MTV VJs will not be hosting the show but will be present on ground for the behind-the-scenes special that MTV will be shooting at the concert. The two VJs will be Nikhil Chinapa and Nafisa Joseph.
What is your target audience for this concert experience?
This is as big as it gets. Music like this is both timeless as well as ageless. So we expect our entire target audience from 15 to 35 and from all the 23.5 million homes we reach to enjoy the music and the concert experience.
Will MTV viewers get to see the concert live?
We are airing one of the international concerts from the tour as well as shooting a behind-the-scenes special at the concert which will give our viewers a first hand taste of the Bangalore concert experience.
Even DNA's T Venkat Vardhan is getting into the mood. He's got `We Don't Need No Education' playing on the EPABX. But Venkat's not the only one grooving to Floyd. A team from Kolkata has been waiting for this day for God knows how long. Joy Roy Choudhury and Samij Datta of Light Ice are actually going to have Waters wearing them. Since they are the only ones designing memorabilia for `In The Flesh 2002,' they have a special tie just for Waters to put on a day before he performs live, in the flesh.
"It's got the Rajasthani sun rising and has `Set the Controls Through the Heart of the Sun' written on it. We're meeting Waters on April 12 and will give it to him," says Choudhury. The ties are a limited edition and are also being auctioned on E-Bay by `In The Flesh 2002.'
However, T-shirts and bags are being sold to those who want to own something for posterity. Back home in Kolkata, Choudhury and Datta make alternative theme T-shirts and rock T-shirts. "Initially, we were just planning to come down for the show. Then we saw an article and decided to make Roger Waters memorabilia," explains Datta.
After this information was posted on the `In The Flesh 2002' website, Roger Waters' son Phillip saw their work and agreed to have them make T-shirts and recyclable bags for the India tour. "We got the approval on February 28 on the Net. We also have the name of our company on the T-shirts," adds Choudhury.
Bablu Bakshi, who's helping the team out with the marketing, adds that since the name Light Ice is so cool, people don't mind wearing it. "You don't need to say Chill anymore, just say Light Ice," he laughs.
They have also tied up with Swarnab Saha of Ramaiah College to sell the merchandise. It was the USP of their memorabilia that really clinched the deal. "We wanted to relate to the Indian experience of Pink Floyd. The music is so universal that even someone in Shimla can relate to it," explains Choudhury.
So one of the T-shirts is a take-off on the Mother song. `Mother Should I Trust the Government' is used above the picture of a pregnant elephant, where that's the question the baby elephant is asking its mother. "We've also mentioned the date and time of the event so that people can show it to their children in years to come. A lot of youngsters who love Floyd have now grown up to become CEOs of companies and they're coming for the concert too. The interesting thing is that these are purely concert T-shirts and concentrate on Roger Waters," says Bakshi.
The T-shirts come in two designs and can be purchased on the Net through the `In the Flesh 2002' website or can be bought at Purple Haze and IISc. They are available for Rs 300, while the bags are available for Rs 40. "There's also a segregation of Floyd listeners so we decided to use songs from the most popular albums -- The Wall and Comfortably Numb -- on the T-shirts."
The team also hopes to make the same memorabilia available at the international concert in May.
We don't need no education, we don't need no self control... To call The Wall an anthem would be just about touching upon the revolution it brought about in the world of music.
The song, along with Roger Waters, bound people across the globe together. Co-founder of the path-breaking Pink Floyd in 1966, Waters was the group's sonic architect, creating classics such as Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here and Final Cut before he went solo with The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, Radio K.A.O.S and Amused To Death.
Come April 13, and India will be witness to Waters' musical magnificence, when he brings his ‘In the Flesh' concert to Bangalore as part of a world tour.
For a boy who lost his father only a few months after he was born, it is not surprising that Waters' music is a conscious and unconscious mourning for the father he never knew, and hatred of the hierarchy of circumstances which robbed him of his father.
And while his lyrical brilliance could never be denied, his inability to come to terms with his grief and hatred eventually wore out its welcome with the majority of his fans. Roger quit the band in the mid 1980s to go solo.
Post-Pink Floyd, did he ever need to make peace once again with his audiences?
"I think the one thing we all have to understand is that you can't go chasing the audience. That would be a living death for anyone who is serious about what he does. At the end of the day, I've had to understand that all you can do is your work. Maybe, nobody will buy any of it. Modigliani never sold any pictures. Van Gogh peddled his pictures for a bowl of soup. Some of these geniuses never got any reward at all in their lifetimes. Except the reward that comes from doing your work and understanding your connection with the mathematics of life, or God, or whatever you want to call it.
Considering that he turns 60 next year, does Waters still manage to ‘connect' with the young audience, especially during a concert?
"On my last tour, the audience was aged between 15 through 50, but the majority were 20-year-olds. And they knew the songs. And liked them. My songs had meaning for them. It was a warm, touchy-feely experience for me. And I'm ashamed to say that I love it. I'm now in a state where, emotionally, I can recognise, absorb and enjoy that connection with the audience - whereas, maybe 10 or 15 years ago, I couldn't. Because I was still the tall guy in black, standing in the corner scowling at everyone: Stay away. Leave me alone."
But didn't he consciously distance himself from the world at large? "I guess I did. For years and years. Looking back, I'm so glad I refused to do The Tonight Show, refused to speak to Barbara Walters or do the covers of magazines. I think if you start doing that stuff, you're saying to people, ‘Okay, I'm yours. Take me.' But hey, guys, il faut patir. I must go." Always living life on his own terms. And being accepted and appreciated for it. Always Roger Waters....
Bangalore’s Palace Grounds will be a sight to behold on Saturday, April 13, when Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters takes centrestage. And just like any other mega rock concert held in India, this one has also attracted a fair number of Puneites.
Pink Floyd and Roger Waters audiophiles will be treated to signature effects of thundering helicopters, wailing sirens, barking dogs, alarm clocks and the like, all rendered by a 11-piece band Waters has put together for this three-hour extravaganza.
The concert, dubbed ‘In the Flesh’ will also feature quadraphonic sound and is one of only three concerts Waters will perform in Asia.
It’s no wonder then, that Pune’s only ticket distribution centre Planet M was mobbed by Floyd fans, and nearly sold out within days of sales opening. The popular music store has sold 80 tickets, 35 of which were of Rs 900 denomination, indicating that Pune was travelling to Bangalore under severe budget restrictions.
Nevertheless, those who are making the journey of their lives, leave today, and are already at a loss for words. From ecstatic, eager and excited to awe, daze and anticipation - the feelings vary with Pune’s Floyd fans.
Every individual has been looking forward to this concert for years. While most would have preferred to see the original Pink Floyd set-up perform, they are attending this concert because it’s the next best thing.
Like software engineer Purtini Joshi. "I’ve been a Pink Floyd fan for years now and my favourite song is Wish You Were Here. I’ve been waiting for this ever since. Many big bands have performed in India, but I didn’t think Pink Floyd would ever come here, because they have a very cult following," says Joshi, who’s only other ‘concert’ experience was that of Boney M in Pune.
Joshi admits that if this concert did not happen in India, she was planning to catch them ‘live’, abroad. Twenty-two-year-old Santosh is the perfect fan.
Having just completed his MBBS and now doing his rural internship, he’s putting everything on hold for this concert.
Only, his travel plans haven’t been confirmed. "He’s such a big Floyd fan, that we’re planning to buy him air tickets since he is still on the waiting list as far as train travel goes," says his mother, Jayanti.
"All his life he’s been looking forward to a Pink Floyd concert. He used to bunk classes whenever there was a Pink Floyd telecast on TV. We never stopped him, because we don’t mind it. Now even we got to like Floyd," smiles Jayanti.
For Hemant Lala and his three pals, this could be the road trip they’ll never forget. "We’re die-hard fans and have been waiting for this opportunity all our lives. If it had been in any part of India, or even Singapore, we would’ve gone," says Lala, who missed a chance to catch a Floyd concert in 1996 in Europe.
"I am a Roger Waters fan and will try to pull strings to meet him in person. But just being here will be the biggest thing for me," adds Lala.
Ironically, very few local musicians are making the pilgrimage. Family matters, other concerts and a number of other reasons cropped up , when PuneTimes contacted a number of Pune’s leading musicians.
The handful that are travelling to Bangalore today, however, aren’t ardent Floyd fans. "We’re not dedicated fans, but it’s also something that one shouldn’t miss," explains Hobby of local group Advait.
"Floyd is the basis of everything. It was my introduction to music. One can really relate to their music. Also, I’m more of a Pink Floyd fan. But this is the closest to a Pink Floyd concert one can get, so we’re going!"
Suma Bolar, an HR-professional based in Pune, had to make a trip to hometown Bangalore this month. So she planned her dates to coincide with the Roger Waters’ concert. "I’ve been a Floyd fan for five years and I had to attend the concert. So I roped everything together," Suma told us from Bangalore.
The man himself, Roger Waters, is coming to Hyderabad on April 14 after the show at Bangalore. Thanks to thousands of letters and e-mails that the organisers received from Floyd fans in the city.
"We forwarded the mails to Waters. He was simply overwhelmed at the response and agreed to do a one-hour show in the city along with four members of his accompanying 15 member band," said public relations officer Rajiv.
The venue is Nizam College Grounds and opening the act for the ‘Floyd in Hyderabad’ show will be none other than Parikrama.
Get set Floyd fans, the event starts at 7.00 pm and the tickets are priced at Rs 2,500, 1,500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.
Just that much for being another brick in the wall, a sheep in the herd!
BANGALORE: Finally, the legend is in Bangalore and In The Flesh. Sure, the journey from London was exhausting, but as his private jet descended on the Garden City, Roger Waters and his team were revitalised.
"I don't usually get this kind of reaction from my fans. I am happy to be amongst you all," he beamed. Accompanying him is his junior, Harry, and 32 tonnes of equipment.
The creative genius of Pink Floyd will perform in the flesh at Palace Grounds on Saturday a three-hour spectacular concert that fans have been awaiting with bated breath.
Signing autographs for scores of diehard followers who flocked to catch a glimpse of the legend, Waters admitted that it "was only in Chile that I got this kind of treatment."
Reacting to one of the most obvious queries on whether he thought 'we still need no education', he quipped: "Look for the word 'irony' or 'sarcasm' in the lexicon," as he was whisked away to Windsor Manor, the official hosts.
Promoted and produced by DNA Networks Private Ltd, the concert will feature classics such as Another brick in the wall; Mother; Wish you were here, Shine on you crazy diamond, Welcome to the machine, Money, Time, Breathe and Comfortably numb.
Tickets are priced at Rs 2,500, Rs 1,500 and 900. The venue will have three enclosures to accommodate the expected audience of 30,000. Arrangements have been made for those coming from other states.
Entry to the Rs 2,500 entrance is only through the Vasanthnagar entrance, while entry to the other slots are from Jayamahal Road. Official collectibles and memorabilia from the Roger Waters Management world tour T-shirts and other exciting stuff will be available at the venue.
See you then, in the dark side of the moon!
BANGALORE: Bangaloreans have reason to celebrate, with the legendary Roger Waters, who co-founded the phenomenon called Pink Floyd, descending on Bangalore on April 13.
So it will be a rollicking time for fans, for three hours and 400,000 watts of Roger Waters' Pink Floyd numbers. The legendary artist will be here with all the trappings of a Pink Floyd show.
Roger Waters' tour dubbed "In The Flesh" will feature 'Another brick in the wall', 'Wish you were here', 'Comfortably numb', 'Shine on you crazy diamond' and other numbers. With Pink Floyd signature effects of thundering helicopters, wailing sirens, dogs barking, cash registers and singing choirs by the eleven-piece band clubbed with psychedelic graphics, 360 degree quadraphonic sound system, the concert promises to be "the ultimate experience".
The kind of power being pumped into the concert can light up three city blocks, said Venkat Vardhan, MD, DNA Networks, who are bringing the show to India, at a press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday. "We have been launching many live shows now. We will do our best to make this one better. The event has been planned in an organised manner to make the going real smooth," said Vardhan.
The show will be on at the Palace Grounds on April 13. Roger Waters will fly into Bangalore on his private jet along with 32 tonnes of equipment.
Concert tickets are priced at Rs 2,500, Rs 1,500 and Rs 900. The venue can accomodate 30,000 people.
Lakshmi Narayan, VP, Operations, Pepsi Foods said: "We have chosen three ways to connect to the youth, this will be done through associating ourselves with music, movies and sports scenes." Pepsi has lined up a series of live concerts of sensational international artists to perform soon.
"This is as big as it gets. With Roger Waters performing 'In The Flesh', you can bet MTV will be there," said Vikram Raizada, Director, Marketing, MTV. MTV will be airing a show on Pink Floyds' other performances and also a few behind-the-scenes from Bangalore about two weeks after this show.
The concert is being presented by BPL Matrix Flatscreen TV in association with Pepsi, MTV and Sony Music.
The three remaining Pink Floyd members meet with a serious accident while on tour and all three die. They're standing in front of the pearly gates to heaven when St. Peter comes up and says, "Oh, hi guys, we've been expecting you! You're really gonna love it here! Heaven is a great place for musicians. We even have our own band and you guys are welcome to join. We've got Elvis Presley singing, Jimi Hendrix is playing the guitar, Frank Sinatra is on piano and your old pal Roger Waters is writing lyrics!"
Dave replies, "Roger's here? When did he die?" St Peter leans over and whispers in his ear, "It's really just God, but he thinks he's Roger Waters!"
If you get the joke, you are probably one of the millions of Pink Floyd and Roger Waters fans, or rather, devotees. And the news that the man himself will be playing in this very city in April next year will have you in a fit of excitement.
This is the mother of all rock concerts. Apart from founder Syd Barret, Waters was the core of the path-breaking band, especially of the last few albums before they parted ways, which are regarded as their best. And although Waters' solo work has not been as successful as his work with Pink Floyd, he still remains one of the most revered figures in the rock pantheon.
Rumours about Floyd performing in India have been popping up every now and then for years. But this time it's not a rumour. It's official, on the official Roger Waters website at least. On April 12, Waters will be playing in Bombay, and two days later, on April 14, in Bangalore. The In The Flesh World Tour 2002 will be Waters' first major tour in a long time.
After the legendary and astounding production of The Wall in Berlin in 1990, the only major performance of the decade for him was the North American performances of In The Flesh, which met with both, popular success and huge critical acclaim.
The tour will also be the first real international one for Waters, going to six continents. It starts off in February in the Southern Hemisphere with South Africa, followed by South America and Mexico, then Japan, South Korea, Australia and India. The second half will be the Northern Hemisphere — Europe and Russia, culminating with a tour of the UK.
There have been a number of competitions run by the sponsors to promote the Bangalore concert - Pepsi were running a "Win 2 tickets for the show" contest, when you correctly answered that PINK FLOYD was the band that Roger co-founded in 1966 (as I'm sure it wasn't the Rolling Stones, and definate that it wasn't the Backstreet Boys - the two other alternatives!).
MTV India were running a more interesting competition -
Roger Waters, the creator of popular rock band Pink Floyd, will be performing in Bangalore, on April 13, at a three-hour concert. Waters is performing for the first time in this part of the world.
According to T. Venkat Vardhan, MD, DNA Networks, "Music lovers in India will witness for the first time the ultimate audio experience of a 360 degree quadraphonic sound system, including gigantic surround sound. The three-hour music extravaganza will be combined with luminous psychedelic graphics and all the signature technology effects of a Floyd show."
The concert will feature hit songs of Pink Floyd rendered by Waters. The singer will be in Bangalore alongwith 32 tonnes of equipment to perform and re-create the magic of Pink Floyd.
Titled Roger Waters - In The Flesh - Creative Genius of Pink Floyd, will have classics such as Another brick in the wall, Mother, Money, Time, Breathe, Comfortably numb and Animals. The venue will have three enclosures to comfortably accommodate the expected audience of 30,000 people.
Another brick in the wall, Wish you were here, Mother, Shine on your crazy diamond, Welcome to the machine, Money, time and animals, do these songs sound familiar?
No one can make a mistake in guessing who the impeccably talented singer is, Roger Waters, a creative genius of Pink Floyd is all set to render another spell binding music to an enthused audience from across the country on April 13 at Palace grounds, Bangalore.
The concert titled Roger Waters-in the flesh is brought to the city BPL matrix Flat screen TV in association with Pepsi, MTV, and Sony music event managed by DNA networks. This concert is no small show, with the troupe performing with 360 degree quadraphonic sound system including a gigantic surround sound and power that can light up three cities. Pink Floyd audiophiles will be treated to the signature effects of thundering helicopters, wailing sirens, cash registers, alarm clocks, dog barking and singing choirs rendered by a eleven piece band.
Check out the above link for the official site of the promoters/concert. Strangely enough, hear Gilmour's looped guitar at the start of Shine On in preference to any Roger bits!
FANS of psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd may rejoice. Former Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters, who later embarked on a solo career, has included Mumbai and Bangalore in his In The Flesh 2002 schedule.
If things work as planned, the legendary rocker will perform in India in April. However, what’s surprising is that though Waters’ schedule has appeared on various websites, Indian event managers are still tightlipped about who’s bringing him down.
A spokesperson for Waters’s tour management confirmed that shows have been scheduled at the NSE Grounds, Mumbai, on April 12, 2002 and at Palace Grounds, Bangalore, on April 14, 2002. The India tour will be part of a leg that includes Japan, South Korea and Australia, he added.
The exact In The Flesh 2002 tour schedule was released recently by Columbia Records. In a statement, the record company said that as in the earlier In The Flesh 1999 concerts, Waters will play both Pink Floyd hits and solo songs. In fact, the In The Flesh album that’s currently available in stores includes classics like Another Brick In The Wall, Time, Money, Dogs, Wish You Were Here and Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
Though the Indian music industry is abuzz with talk of Waters’ programme, event managers are giving minimum details. T Venkat Vardhan of DNA Networks, who brought down acts like Scorpions, Bryan Adams and Vengaboys, says he isn’t involved this time, though he confirms that there have been efforts by another agency to bring him down.
Similarly, a Wizcraft spokesperson diplomatically offers that a few people have made bids for the Waters concert.
According to industry sources, it is likely that a smaller and lesser-known agency has bagged the contract. They add, "Nobody will say anything till all the details and sponsors have been finalised, since things can go wrong at the last moment."
So at the moment, let’s just hope that Waters sticks to his current schedule, and that sponsors realise that this will be a memorable event in every sense.
When the management of former Pink Floyd vocalist-bassist Roger Waters announced the schedule of the In The Flesh 2002 tour late last year, both Mumbai and Bangalore were on the list. The rock star was to originally perform in Mumbai on April 12 and Bangalore on April 14.
But things have changed. According to the latest information, Waters will do only one show in India. Here too, there is some confusion. While Mumbai-based Sony Music officials insist that Waters will perform at the Palace Grounds, Bangalore, on April 10, the official Waters website lists a show at the NSE Grounds, Mumbai, on April 13.
Sony Music officials are positive Waters won’t play in Mumbai. "It’s sad, but it’s true", says a spokesperson. Since the In The Flesh tour schedule is released by Sony’s international office, one could well believe this statement. However, since the website (roger-waters.com) is monitored by his management, one can’t dismiss its version altogether - unless the site hasn’t updated its schedule.
Whether he plays in Mumbai or Bangalore, Waters is expected to present a mix of Pink Floyd hits and solo songs. His shows are known for their sheer scale, and music fans are hoping his India show will be as grand as it is abroad.
Last year, Mumbai’s rock fans missed Deep Purple and Scorpions, who both played in Bangalore. We’re sure they don’t want to be disappointed this time.
As Pink Floyd fans would know by now, the group’s vocalist-bassist Roger Waters will rock Bangalore on April 13, and not Mumbai as earlier planned. However, as some consolation for this city’s rock fans, hard rock outfit Deep Purple will perform in Mumbai on April 26, before having a show in Goa two days later.
Waters will perform at the Palace Grounds, Bangalore. Event agency DNA Networks has tied up with his management for this show to be called Roger Waters - The Voice Of Pink Floyd. According to T Venkat Vardhan of DNA, most of the songs to be presented will be Pink Floyd hits. Vardhan says this will be the first event in India to have quadraphonic sound and surround-sound throughout the show. Some 32 tonnes of equipment will be flown in on a special charter.
Waters will be accompanied by an 11-piece band. The show will include large-scale video projections to create Pink Floyd icons like flying pigs, brick walls, crossed hammers, the prism and the rainbow. The sound effects will replicate thundering helicopters, barking dogs, wailing sirens, cash registers and alarm clocks.
Though the Waters management had initially decided to have shows in both Mumbai and Bangalore, Vardhan says that going by the size of the show, one could not have two shows. "The logistics of having a show in Bangalore were far better", he said.
Interestingly, Mumbai had also lost the Deep Purple and Scorpions shows to Bangalore last year. Industry sources say that the higher entertainment tax rate in Mumbai (49 per cent as against 10 per cent in Bangalore) was why many groups weren’t brought here.
Deep Purple will be playing in Mumbai for the second time, after 1995. Whether classic rock fans attend both shows or make do with only one, they are in for a great time this year.
When local rock musicians heard that Pink Floyd’s former vocalist-bassist Roger Waters would perform in Bangalore on April 13, they were delighted. After all, Floyd has been a huge influence on scores of musicians, and this was a chance to hear their hero live.
Unfortunately, many Mumbai-based rockers will miss the Bangalore gig. Apart from a few lucky ones - like Indus Creed’s keyboardist Zubin Balaporia and Zero’s guitarist Warren Mendonsa - many of them have been forced to stay away because of professional commitments.
Pentagram vocalist Vishal Dadlani says studio assignments are coming in the way. "There are certain things about Floyd which I love. I admire the way they keep experimenting with their sound, and the way they have live concerts. I’d be a happy man if I can go, but at the moment, things are very difficult", he says.
Similarly, guitar player Dhruv Ghanekar isn’t going because he has other commitments. "I’m not a very big Floyd fan, but I know I’ll miss the opportunity of a lifetime", he says.
Nandu Bhende, who sang for Velvette Fogg and Atomic Forest in the ’70s, can’t go to Bangalore because he is performing at Not Just Jazz By The Bay on April 12 and 13. But he isn’t as unlucky as the others, because he plans to catch Roger Waters live in Dubai next week. "I changed the dates of my Dubai visit so that I can’t miss Waters", he says.
Singer Gary Lawyer isn’t going to Bangalore for a different reason. He says: "I’ve seen the entire Pink Floyd line-up in New York. Though I like the band a lot, I won’t get to see anything new in this show".
The desire to attend Waters’s show hasn’t been restricted to rock musicians. Classical instrumentalist Rahul Sharma, a huge Pink Floyd fan, will miss the show because he has a concert in London this weekend. "I know what I’m missing, but what to do? Hopefully, I’ll see him in some other part of the world", he says.
Those who are going are, of course, excited. Beams Balaporia: "I grew up listening to Deep Purple, Santana, Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd. Naturally, I am longing for this concert". Adds Zero’s Mendonsa: "I’m keen on hearing the guitar parts, besides experiencing the special effects".
Besides Balaporia and Mendonsa, the other rock musicians who will be in Bangalore this weekend will include Subir Chatterjee (of White Light Moving Picture Company) and Babu Chaudhury. As for the others, one could only say: "Wish you were here".
The stage is set for the biggest ever rock show in the City, Roger Waters - In the flesh, scheduled to take place at Bangalore Palace Grounds at 7.30 pm on Ugadi day. Waters arrived at the airport today afternoon amidst tight security.
Roger Waters, the core strength of Pink Floyd, one of the most successful rock bands in history, will sing all-time hits like Another brick in the wall, Wish you were here, Comfortably numb, One of these days, On the run, Time and Money. Pink Floyd’s trademark sampled sounds of clinking coins, helicopters and other psychedelic sounds will be a part of the show.
Waters will be accompanied by tons of equipment, a 11-member band, including singers, who will give a fresh lick to the old music, besides technicians.
Bangalore is the only place in the country where Roger Waters is scheduled to perform. People have already descended on the City from various parts of the country including, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi and even Mizoram.
Hard-core Pink Floyd fans attending the show will have more than memorable moments to take back with them. Official collectibles and memorabilia from Roger Waters Management such as World Tour T-shirts, the Indian edition T-shirt and other attractive memorablia will be available at the concert venue on April 13.
Tickets to the concert are available at ticket counters set up at the venue. Entry for the Rs 2,500 area is only through the Vasanthnagar entrance. Other category ticket holders will not be able to enter from here. Entry to Rs 1,500 and Rs 900 areas are only from the Fun World entrance on Jayamahal Road.
Theme events were held in the city on the eve of the show. MTV organised a pre-concert celebration with VJ Nikhil and VJ Nafisa adding spice to the proceedings. The invitation to this event, the size of a visiting card, came tied with a string around a real red brick as if to echo the Pink Floyd song Another brick in the wall.
At 180 Proof, Virgin Records presented Echoes, a Pink Floyd experience to highlight the release of the much anticipated retrospective album 'Echoes - the best of.'
The night featured exclusive audio-visual footage, band comments, interactive sessions and exclusive memorabilia.
After a generation and a half of listening to various cover versions - ranging from the very competent to the ridiculous - of Pink Floyd songs, Indian rock aficionadios were treated to the real thing: Roger Waters Live at Bangalore's Palace Grounds. So was there a difference?
Yes, there was. For the 30,000-odd crowd waving lighters - and if not lighters, then matchsticks - and swaying to the buzz of iconic rock, it was a night worth remembering. Waters on the stage, appearing like a bass guitar-strapping Richard Gere in black belted out old chestnuts like Animals, Welcome to the Machine and Wish You Were Here.
As far as the audience went, it was pretty much the whole range: from baby-boomers who had collected what were then contemporary vinyls to grungers and post-grungers who seem to be as versatile headbanging with Kid Rock as they are looking comfortably numb with Pink Floyd.
The open air concert burst into a roar as soon as Waters dipped into the opening chords of Another Brick In The Wall - a perennial favourite since the time college rock was invented in this country.
As in Pink Floyd concerts, the "In The Flesh" gig was a gigantic theatrical event with the lights and effects playing nearly as big a role as the music. Short of the legendary "Floyd laser works", it was all there: strobes, beams, animated backdrops and the psychedelic liquid slides.
As for the music itself - whether one cares for the Floyd sound or not - the sheer scale of the event was awe inspiring. The high point in the evening was Waters singing his first significant composition, Set the controls for the heart of the sun.
When Waters broke into Shine On You Crazy Diamond - with the screen behind showing the face of former Floyd member Syd Barrett - even the most cynical could not help but reach for his lighter.
Perhaps that's what happens when there are so few rock bands coming over to these shores. We start swaying even if there's a member of a supergroup visiting thirty years too late.
BANGALORE: AT 3 pm yesterday, Bangalore was blazing. But nobody cared about the heat when the door of a dark blue Mercedes opened. Suddenly, Roger Waters was at an arm’s length, looking a bit confused after seeing so many autograph seekers. In blue jeans and blue-grey T-shirt, and after half a minute under the sun, Waters shrugged and said, "It’s hotter than I expected".
What a moment! For someone who’s grown up on Pink Floyd’s psychedelic rock music, it was a memorable occasion. Though fans of the group’s former bassist-vocalist are keenly awaiting his concert at the Palace Grounds this evening, there was obviously a great desire to see him as early as possible. In a flash, albums like The Dark Side Of The Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here swam across one’s mind.
"I love touring. It’s a great way to reach out to my audience. After I left Pink Floyd in the ‘80s, I concentrated on my solo albums. But since I didn’t do too many shows, I sort of felt aloof. Luckily, I’ve been busy touring for the past three or four years", he said.
Considering that he’s done so many songs, both with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, how does Waters choose his concert repertoire? Without batting an eyelid, he replied. "It’s tough but I manage. Wherever possible, I try to add fresh effects to a song, do a mix of old and new."
Asked how many new songs he’d do tonight, Waters replied: "I’ll do a few from my solo albums, and maybe Each Small Candle, which I wrote a few years ago. But most of them will be Floyd numbers".
Waters said he was happy that he received the same kind of attention wherever he went. "I notice that people have a lot of respect for me, and it feels good. I’ve noticed this from early in my career, and it’s a nice feeling, especially if I can continue to reciprocate it through my music. Even in the other parts of Asia, which I visited during the past few days, people seemed to know my music", he said.
Waters and his group arrived in a private jet from Bangkok and headed for the Windsor Manor Hotel. The other band members - guitarists-vocalists Andy Fairweather Low and Chester Kamen, guitarist Snowy White, keyboardists Harry Waters and Andy Wallace, drummer Graham Broad, saxophonist Norbert Stachel, and singers Katie Kissoon, PP Arnold and Linda Lewis - travelled by a special coach. Tonight’s show, organised by DNA Networks, has been titled Roger Waters: In The Flesh, The Creative Genius Of Pink Floyd. Part of the Asia leg of his In The Flesh 2002 tour, it is sure to be a sonic and visual treat, if one considers the sheer scale. Some 32 tonnes of equipment have been flown in on a special charter. The concert will have quadraphonic sound, psychedelic graphics and Floyd’s signature effects like thundering helicopters, wailing sirens, cash registers, alarm clocks and barking dogs. For the first time in India, a super structure roof has been fabricated specially for the stage, sound areas and artist performance areas.
Not surprisingly, Bangalore was in a Floyd mood yesterday. Many youngsters came in by train from Mumbai, despite the high concert ticket rates of Rs 900, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500. A special event called Echoes: The Pink Floyd Experience was held at Bangalore club 180 Proof last night. A few hours from now, as the Waters magic begins, Bangalore will travel to the dark side of the moon.
BANGALORE: World renowned legendary star Roger Waters -- the creator of Pink Floyd -- held his die-hard fans spell bound with his numbers at a three-hour musical show here on Saturday night in his first performance in India.
It was a rollicking time for his loyal fans, who danced to his Pink Floyd numbers in the extravagant show called In The Flesh, performed amidst tight security at the sprawling Palace Grounds.
The show featured, among other numbers, classic songs such as Another Brick In The Wall, Mother, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Animals.
Most of the content comprised the hit songs of Pink Floyd rendered by Waters, who had brought 32 tonnes of equipment in his private jet to perform and re-create the magic of Pink Floyd.
The mega concert, with 400,000 watts of sound, virtually brought the 50-feet high elevated roof down.
Pink Floyd audiophiles were treated to signature effects of thundering helicopters, wailing sirens, cash registers, alarm clocks, dogs barking and singing choirs by a 11 piece band of top flight musicians accompanying the legendary musician.
"It is fantastic to perform here", the casually dressed Waters said, as he acknowledged the response from the audience to his India leg of the In The Flesh concert, which had brought his loyal fans here from different parts of the country, including Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.
Incidentally, he has named his daughter as India.
The show was brought to India by BPL Matrix flat screen TV in association with Pepsi, MTV and Sony Music.
British rock'n'roll star Roger Waters signs autographs after his arrival in Bangalore, 12 April 2002. Waters, former member of the British rock'n'roll band "Pink Floyd", is to perform in this southern Indian city on April 13, as part of his world tour "In The Flesh". AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE AFP/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/im/pl/fl
BANGALORE (Reuters) - A crowd of 30,000 turned out to listen to Roger Waters of the legendary group Pink Floyd belt out hit songs in Bangalore on Saturday, cementing the technology city's reputation as a rock music hub.
"This is the first gig we've done in India. You are a fantastic audience," the veteran British rocker told an open-air crowd of roaring teenagers, sari-clad women and fortysomething men full of nostalgia.
India has not really been on Asia's rock music circuit but a fast growing economy and a software boom have made a big difference, especially for Bangalore, where a rock-starved audience is ready to cheer performers who are past their prime.
Deep Purple, Bryan Adams and the Scorpions have performed in Bangalore in the past year, and the city has won pride of place as a rock centre, bypassing the bigger centres of Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras.
Tickets priced from 900 rupees a head -- or about half the average national monthly income -- were no deterrent, and fans were ready for Waters at the airport.
Waters, who is over 50, arrived with 30 tonnes of equipment as part of a world tour to promote his "In The Flesh" album, but much of his three-hour show comprised Pink Floyd hits, including classics like "Time" and "Another Brick In The Wall."
"You can take Roger Waters out of Pink Floyd, but you can't take Pink Floyd out of Waters," the weekly "City Reporter" quoted a fan as saying.
BANGALORE: It's 3.00 pm in the afternoon and we’re just a little over 24 hours away from listening to that anthem of youth, live and loud, from the mouth of the genius who penned Brick In The Wall and other memory-mainstays.
Feel your stomach caving in? Feel the hairs standing on the edge? A little short of breath? How about all of the above? Even in the wide expanse of the Bangalore airport, the feeling of being on the brink of something big is palpable. And just for a moment you forget the reason for your presence there (a story to file) and begin to feel like a groupie. It’s not everyday that you’re granted an audience, even if it is with 100 other people, to stand within touching distance of Roger Waters, the creative genius behind Pink Floyd. And that’s what kept the few loyal fans going until Waters’ jet touched down.
For some who had arrived as early as 1.45 p.m and waited at the airport for a glimpse of Roger Waters in the fiery heat and the deceptively cool blue sky, the waiting was worth it. In the few minutes that Waters spared for the media and fans, he had his audience hanging on to his every word to take home with them a storehouse of memories and quotes on everything from his children to his soon-to-be-completed opera.
After warnings that if Waters spoke for 60 seconds to the Press we could consider ourselves lucky, the media-shy performer answered a slew of questions, in his inimitably succinct manner. Extremely economical with words, Waters fielded questions like an ace batsman.
And like any Englishman steeped in his country’s love for cricket and football, Waters had this to say about the Indian audience: "I’ve watched a lot of cricket on TV. So, I know what Indian audience can do." And the demanding crowd at the airport perhaps gave him a glimpse of what to expect when the best laid plans of Event Manager DNA to keep the Press behind a barricade went out the window. With TV crews compliment Roger Waters’ vocal performance.
This, of course, is an aspect of the Waters’ concert that no Pink Floyd fan will be a stranger to. Apart from the sound and lighting by DNA Networks, additional special effects inputs and processing gear will be arranged by Roger Waters’ troupe, who are expected in Bangalore on Friday, says Samuel. The troupe will comprise 12 on-stage artistes and 20 members of the technical crew, he adds.
Another feature to watch out for at the concert will be the delay stack arrangement that ensures continuity in sound effect. It is, as Samuel puts it, "a larger version of the surround sound system at Rex Theatre". The delay stack comprises nine towers -- installed around the venue -- padded with about 13 speakers each. While that takes care of the sound, audiences’ access to visuals will be widened, thanks to four other 16 X 12 screens around the venue.
Quite really then, with the sound and lighting facilities for the Roger Waters concert, it is hard to visualise the old Pink Floyd expression: The dark side of the moon.
BANGALORE: He's probably the third in the triumvirate of the famous Harrys. After the Prince and Potter, Harry Waters has his own claim to fame, even if his second name hovers over him and announces itself before he enters a room.
The first-born of the legendary Roger Waters and god son of Nick Mason, Harry's presence on the 'In The Flesh' tour has not been publicised, leading a journalist to ask him this embarrassing question: "You and Roger share the same second name. Any relation?" Harry's matter-of-fact response is without derision: "Father and son".
Harry might have inherited his father's musical talents, but not the scathing now-famous Roger Waters' attitude. For the 25-year-old keyboardist who started playing on the 2002 leg of the tour, it has been an amazing two-month experience.
Did having the Waters' genes help? "It wasn't easy for me to get a foot in the door, it's doubly difficult", says the lanky lad with dreadlocks tied up on his head like an ascetic. But like his father, he's not into the "Maharishi thing. I'm an atheist, I don't believe in God or an after life or re-incarnation". That leaves out seeking saffron-robed sants for salvation on this tour. Harry gets his nirvana from music -- rhythmical, electronic and jazz. Very different, he says, from the kind of music he plays as part of the 'In The Flesh' tour band.
"We get fined if we play jazz on this tour", he jokes. Harry knows the demands of being in a band, having been in one for the last five years. "I love playing in bands. It's hard work, with everyone trying to put in their two cents worth", he says. But on this tour, Harry has had little freedom to improvise, having had to stick to the original music notation. If he had, you would have heard influences of Randy Newman and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
You can tell he's had a well-rounded and rather eclectic music education when he names The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Neil Young and The Beach Boys as early influences. He still names 'Dogs' and 'Goodbye Cruel World' as his two favourites.
From a rather nervous start to the 'In The Flesh' tour in Cape Town, South Africa, Harry has earned his welcome to the Roger Waters' machine. Will we see his 24-year-old sister, India Waters, sharing the stage next? "She's just started learning the guitar and writing songs", says Harry. Perhaps her presence on this tour is a precursor to that, a journey of initiation.
Roger Waters, co-founder of rock group Pink Floyd, dazzled 25,000 fans in India's software capital of Bangalore.
Waters, who formed Pink Floyd in 1966 along with guitarist Syd Barrett and is now a solo artist, kept spectators on their feet with classics such as the anti-conformist "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Wish You Were Here."
Organizers said fans in the audience included hundreds who had travelled from far-away cities, such as Bombay, Hyderabad and Madras and the Indian capital, New Delhi.
Rittick Chakravarty, 28, took a two-day train ride from New Delhi to the southern city of Bangalore to attend the concert and said it was his life's main ambition to see Waters in concert.
"Pink Floyd was the first album that I listened to in the rock music category. At that time I was 16 years old. At this age I consider myself lucky to be a part of the crowd and see his live performance," Chakravarty said.
Most of the fans were dressed in Pink Floyd memorabilia being sold in this booming computer software city and some wore T-shirts with the group's title songs printed on them.
Don Kabot, an Israeli tourist in India, came to the concert from the neighbouring beach resort of Goa.
"To listen to a genius like Waters -- I thought this is my only chance," said Kabot.
Organisers of the show said most of the well-heeled technology companies in Bangalore had gobbled up the tickets to offer their workers as incentives.
"Premier companies such as Infosys Technologies and General Electric had brought a chunk of tickets which they said were being offered to their staff as an incentive," said Venkat Vardhan chief of DNA Networks, the organizers of the rock concert.
April 13 in the IT city of Bangalore: a sea of people in all shapes, sizes and colors, were walking towards the huge gate in the horizon, behind which someone was setting the controls of a setting sun. And every pair of eyes had the same conviction: God was on the other side. He had told us what to dream. And he would show us the dark side of the moon.
Roger Waters regaled the 35,000 strong crowd with songs that have been, and that remain, anthems for three decades to those faithful millions. They were all there: from Hyderabad, from Bangkok (!!), from Kolkata, from Mumbai, and from Aizawl, to sing along with tears in their eyes, looking into the sky, swaying their dusty heads. The authorities said they wouldn't allow cigarettes inside, and the crowd complied. They smuggled in the other herbal variety - of the higher kind - instead. The lighters were straining to light the sky, undeterred by the cool breeze...the breeze that wafted the music to the thousands of eager ears outside the Bangalore Palace grounds. The quadrophonic sound lived up to the expectations of the spectators, who were somewhat dissatisfied with the sound output when Bryan Adams and Deep Purple came to town - part of Bangalore's recent collective memory. The organizers, DNA Networks, did a nice job this time round, and when the clutter of the slot machine came from behind the audience, there was a whole-hearted scream: "MONEYYYYYY".
If you thought you knew all the lyrics and all the leads, you would have been in for a surprise, as guitarist Snowy White and keyboardist-son Harry Waters were brilliantly extemporaneous, making the audience break out in raptures. In a slight deviation from the original hit, Waters sang out: "Wish you were here, wish you were here, wish you were here . . ." and positioned the song between two renditions of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond". We only wish they had a picture of Syd Barrett in the background for that extended period of nostalgia. But then, that is part of history.
The lunatics were on the grass, while some were tripping on it. Some were on others' shoulders, and some others were fusing into a huge body of flesh and sweat. Limbs were in limbo, feet weren't firmly on the ground. But they were one. A single entity, swaying like leviathan.
And Waters finished the concert with his new song "Flickering Flame".
"There's a bond established between us, one which is very precious, and one from which I now derive tremendous pleasure" is what Roger Waters has to say about his audiences worldwide. Did the Bangalore Palace grounds remind him of "another band" performing in a "football stadium rock show"? We will never know, as there was no mention of relations gone sour.
Three hours of prayers being answered, three hours of heaven on earth, three hours of being in the state of comfortable numbness. Three hours that left everybody wishing he would be here again.
three sixty degree quadraphonic sound
blaring helicopter and lunchtime siren
clusters of black balloons
thirty thousand fans sporting attitude
inhaling dust of palace grounds
april thirteen zero two remember the date
wiping pigmy "mtv, enjoy!" out of significance
the lunatic is on the grass
lighter flames in a cultic show of brotherhood
strobes beams animated psychedelia
liquid phantasmagoric visions
a pig with wings and menacing frown
atom heart mother with udders
onshore oil rig being blown to smithereens
it all makes perfect sense
who says it was music?
a trip to the dark side of the moon
city pubs had set the tone
from nasa to 180 proof
it was comfortably numb
all the way who cares for food?
when the legend arrives in the flesh
like the piper at the gates of dawn
even though decades late
acolytes queue up bearing primitive conditions
and digitised entry
for the experience of being there
hey you would you give it up for anything
who says it was music?
it was waters almost sixty in iconic black
with jelled hair tall athletic gait
in an english way
"thank you, it's our first gig in India"
set the control for the heart of the sun
crying out for the fellow journeyman
who reached for the moon too soon
shine on you crazy diamond
barrett now a paunchy balding
gardener in cambridge in a world of his own
wish you were here
amidst baby boomers and thirty something
pinkheads who rocked with classic rock
and listened in silence and with reverence
to waters strumming his guitar pouring poetry
who says it was music?
it was education minus the stuffing
hey teacher leave the kids alone
your thoughts are chasms in the classroom
it was anti-war protest
bring the boys back home
it was voice against violence
jews and arabs why must you bleed
war games on television make a good picture
but make monkeys out of us
the species had amused itself to death
it was a cry against dehumanisation
welcome to the machine
it was a longing for lost childhood
mother should i run for president?
it was not another brick in the wall
it was a visit to the temple of rock
and when waters belted his unreleased number
flickering flame as a parting gift
hope got a new life
it's a miracle
and it could only happen in bangalore.
The author is General Manager (Internet), The Hindustan Times
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