- Date 21st November, 2013
- Venue Hard Rock Café, Pune
- Bands Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate
- Photo Courtesy Gaurav Tophakhane
- Event By Hard Rock Café, Rock Street Journal, Strike a Chord
I have waited for 5 years to witness The God of Small Strings – Baiju Dharmajan live and finally I got to see him live with his new project Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate at Hard Rock Café, Pune. It was the 2nd gig in the 10 Years of Mindstreet Tour. The band consists of The God himself on Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals and 3 other immensely talented musicians viz. Vishnu Ravi (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Sujay Suaharsh (Bass), and Avirup Bose (Drums).
Despite the launch of Blue Frog in Pune and Above and Beyond playing the same day in Pune, the turnout for the gig was quite good. The crowd mostly had hardcore Motherjane fans waiting to watch the band play the signature Carnatic progressive music.
1. Demented – The Crossover
2. God’s Own Country – Wrenz United
3. Halo – The Crossover
4. By the Moonlight – Wrenz United
5. Philia – The Crossover
6. Broken – Maktub (motherjane)
7. Mile Sur Mera Tumhara
8. Rainbow – Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate
9. Mindstreet – Maktub (motherjane)
10. Cupid’s Dead – Extreme (Cover)
11. Karna – Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate
12. Bliss - Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate
13. Vande Mataram
14. Fields of Sound – Maktub (motherjane)
15. Chasing the Sun – Maktub (motherjane)
The overall band performance was extremely acute and didn’t fail to mesmerize the crowd, especially, when the band played Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, everyone from the venue cheered. Fans are still very emotional and nostalgic about Motherjane and it was demonstrated when the crowd consorted with the band when they played Motherjane classics like Broken, Mindstreet, Field of Sound, Chasing the Sun.
Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate OCs from the setlist received good response from the crowd though the songs were being played for the first time. Subjectively, Karna is the band’s best composition from the setlist having the perfect progressive rock songwriting.
Apart from the not okayish sound at the venue, the gig was superb. And I was very happy to finally meet Baiju Dharmajan and the band and have a talk. Everyone in the crowd went home happy. And I suppose, the wait is definitely worth for Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate’s album release.
Indrajeet Deshpande is currently pursuing M.B.A at Pune, Maharashtra. Well, he is more a self-taught guitarist. Passion for Rock, Metal, and Blues started for him when he started to learn Guitar. A hardcore fan of Metallica, Motherjane, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, AC/DC, he aims to start his own Thrash Metal band soon!