Review: Raghu Dixit Project (@trdp) Live @TheGarageHQ

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Raghu Dixit Pro­ject @ The Gar­age — Wed­nes­day 26th July — Gig Review

It’s a grey day as I walk over to ‘The Gar­age’ in High­bury, a stones throw on the tube from Kings Cross. The ven­ue, which hosts an extremely eclectic mix of artists, is about to wel­come a five piece band from Ban­galore, India, whose fol­low­ing is impress­ively that — eclectic!

Dur­ing the early part of the even­ing, cha­ris­mat­ic front­man Raghu Dixit is remin­is­cing about parts of the UK he has vis­ited, when some­body shouts out ‘Watts Fest!’, bring­ing a grin to his face. They played the Devon based Fest­ival in 2010, some­thing that is indic­at­ive of the kind of loy­al fol­low­ing this group has garnered.

Kick­ing off the show with the title track of second EP ‘Jag Changa’, phones are away and feet are stomp­ing as energy & per­son­al­ity are radi­ated from the stage, and recip­roc­ated by the will­ing audi­ence — this isn’t a show, this is a party! Dixit effort­lessly goes from Hindi, to Kan­nada (the lan­guage of their home state Karnataka) which brings roars from the rowdy fans who hail from there. The homet­own pride is evid­ent too, worn as a badge of hon­our and bear­ing influ­ence on the music of both their albums.

We are treated to some of the hits from break­out EP ‘Ant­arag­ni’ too — ‘Gudugudiya Sedi Nodo’, a poet­ic song about smoking Hookah and full of soul is emphas­ised by beau­ti­ful Gui­tar & Viol­in solos from his won­der­ful band.

Dixit shows off his flair for oth­er lan­guages too with the song ‘Amma’ writ­ten by legendary Tamil Poet Vair­a­muthus’ son,  Madhan Karky, a trib­ute to his mother who helped sup­port his career (& moth­ers every­where).

By the time ‘No Man Will Ever Love You’ hits, the broad mix of back­grounds in the room have become a sin­gu­lar con­tinu­ous rous­ing chor­us, eat­ing out the palms of the hands of the band. Even the ven­ue secur­ity in the pit bar­ri­er couldn’t help but smile and move along to the infec­tious rhythms!

From then on, they rock the crowd with a mix of songs includ­ing a pre­vi­ously unheard one, all received grate­fully by every attendee. We reach the end to a thun­der­ous ova­tion before an encore — mon­ster hit ‘Ambar’ fills the room, caus­ing the entire audi­ence to devo­tion­ally sing along to every word in uni­son — a beau­ti­ful end to a mag­ni­fi­cent night.

The band should be renamed the ‘Raghu Dixit Exper­i­ence’ because that is what they deliv­er in spades — you walk away after an hour and a half, full of joy and bound­less energy after listen­ing to musi­cian­ship at the élite level. For one grey even­ing in Lon­don, Indi­as answer to ‘Mum­ford & Sons’ brought a rain­bow to a corner of Isling­ton.

Check to see when the band is com­ing to a city near you.

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Prash Suthersan

Prash Suthersan

Prash Suth­ersan is a Lon­don Based Pro­moter who spe­cial­ises in South Asi­an Live Events & Enter­tain­ment. His pas­sion and exper­i­ence in the live music arena has allowed him to pen down his thoughts on some of the biggest acts from all gen­res of music.

About Prash Suthersan

Prash Suthersan
Prash Suthersan is a London Based Promoter who specialises in South Asian Live Events & Entertainment. His passion and experience in the live music arena has allowed him to pen down his thoughts on some of the biggest acts from all genres of music.