Advaita is an eclectic fusion band based in New Delhi, India. As their name suggests (an ancient Indian philosophy meaning Non (A) Dual (Dvai), the band has a spiritual dimension, which runs through their work. The members of this outfit come from all kinds of musical backgrounds from rock to Indian classical. Their brand of contemporary ‘organic’ fusion has however, been hailed as one of the most original and creative sounds to ever come out of the Indian underground music scene. No where else can one hear a sarangi, tabla and Hindustani Classical vocalist blend so effortlessly, yet so exotically with guitars, drums and keyboards. Added to this brew are electronic soundscapes, which give their music a new age global context.
Since their inception in 2004, Advaita has been steadily establishing themselves as one of the most exciting and original acts on the Indian music scene, with the unique reputation of being at home in any kind of setting – from pub gigs and college shows to corporate evenings and Classical festivals, the band has done it all! Hailed by music lovers and media alike, the band is now a well established entity on the cultural map of Delhi In January 2006, some members of the band played on stage with international superstar Talvin Singh. Later in the year, Advaita received a lot of attention as the in house band featured weekly on NDTV’s talk show Face the Music hosted by Vir Sanghvi. November 2007 was another big month for the band as they were asked to inaugurate the ‘Saarc bands festival’, featuring the best bands from all the Saarc countries. The diverse repertoire of the band has also seen them perform at high profile corporate evenings for clients like The Taj group, Vodafone, the Times of India and HCL amongst others. Appreciation from the classical community resulted in their presence at the Gwalior Heritage Festival (where they performed just before Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan on the same stage) and the Prachisudha Festival organised by famous dancers Raja Radha Reddy. Advaita was one of only four bands from India selected by famous producer John Leckie (who has worked with the likes of Pink Floyd, George Harrison and Radiohead) to record two songs with him for a compilation released by the British council. As part of this project, called the India Soundpad Project, the band recently toured the UK playing 6 shows in 5 cities, including the famous Great Escape Festival in Brighton.
In March 2009 Advaita launched its first album on EMI records titled Grounded In Space and this has further catapulted the status of the band. Recorded at the famed Yash Raj studios, Mumbai, the album spent 4 weeks at number one on the International charts at the Music World stores for all of Delhi, ahead of releases by international superstars like U2. The coming season will see the band do a nation wide tour to promote the album and the video for the opening track Rasiya will be seen on music channels very soon.
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