GANGTOK, MAY 26.
Sikkim has many rock bands. If we talk about rock bands in the state then the people would definitely take the name of “Still Waters” which has not only won the heart of the rock manias in the state but has also performed in the country’s biggest rock music festival the Great Indian Rock (GIR).
The band has Mr. Anant Pradhan as vocalist, Mr. Sonam Lachungpa as lead guitarist, Mr. Sameer Gurung as rhythm guitarist, Mr. Lokesh Mangar as bass guitarist and Mr. Roland Pradhan as drummer.
The rock band “Still Waters” was started in the year 2001 in the capital with their debut performance in a tourist festival in the Old Guards Ground and then the band performed in the GIR Festival in New Delhi in 2002 and again performed in GIR festival held at Kolkata in December 2010.
The vocalist of the band, Mr. Anant Pradhan shared the 10 years long journey of the band with Sikkim Mail. The band got the golden opportunities to perform in the GIR festival which not only received an encouraging response from the people around the country but also inspired the band members for their future journey as informed by Mr. Pradhan.
During the early days when Still Waters started performing many were amazed to see a rock band from Sikkim. In GIR New Delhi, the band performed its English songs but during the performance at GIR Kolkata the band also performed Nepali rock songs, giving a different flavor of the genre, adds Mr. Pradhan.
“the first performance in the GIR festival in 2002 is the most unforgettable moment for us” shared Mr. Anant. The band has also performed in the different places of the state added Mr. Pradhan.
For their better and consistent performance, the Still Waters was also felicitated by the Academy of Fine Arts, Sikkim and UDISHA in 2003.
The 10 years long journey of the band received huge and encouraging responses despite many hindrances and odd circumstances and even many band members were changed time to time leaving just Mr. Pradhan and Mr. Sonam Lachungpa since beginning added Mr. Pradhan.
For the band financial problem is not a real hindrance but the most important is the family support added Mr. Pradhan.
When the reporter of Sikkim Mail inquired about the demand for their band today, the member of Still Waters said that ups and down is the part of life but the most important thing is the team work among the band members for the sustainability of the band.
“To entertain their fans and manias in their own mode is the main intent of this band” added Mr. Pradhan.
The band so far has released two albums- “Such a Long Time” which was released in 2002 which consist of eight English rock tracks and another “Starting from Scratch’ in 2011, and the album has altogether 6 Nepali rock songs and 2 English rock songs.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)