Synchronicty' 12 Kolkata Prelims
After spending a hell of a night in Mumbai, 'Synchronicity Road Trip' headed far east, to the land of Mishti Dohi, Kolkata, for the next stage of 'Synchronicity' prelims. Last year, we had The Paradigm Shift, an alternative post hard-core band that rocked 'n' rolled into the finale, and even though they failed to win the big one, they surely won a lot of hearts. So this year, we came back to our beloved Kolkata, in search of some new electrifying symphonies and to satisfy our appetite for some dazzling music.
The prelims kicked off at 'The Basement', which is a jam pad located in The Samilton Hotel, a venue, famous for hosting some of the best metal gigs in the city. The event was judged by members of 'The Underground Authority', a band that shot to fame after breath taking performances at 'India's Got Talent' Season 2 and then finishing as runners up at Yamaha Asian Beat 2010.
The event kicked off with 'Delete' setting the stage ablaze followed by 'Ashes in Flames', a fusion rock band that set loose a number of metal crazy fans head banging on the stage. The atmosphere was rhapsodic and the performances left the audience in a frenzy. And then came the big one. 'The Buddha Therapy', an alternative rock band came completely out of the blue and surprised some of the big ones. Their music had some elements of funk, reggae, psychedelia, and perhaps some metal as well. Their performance concluded as they received a standing ovation from the audience and from the judges. After a few more energetic gigs, the event concluded with a breath taking performance by Hourglass Prisoners, a progressive rock band, which was also one of the finalists of Synchronicity '11.
In the end, 'The Buddha Therapy', along with 'Hourglass Prisoners' made it to Q2: The National Prelims. The judges gave special mention to 'The Buddha Therapy', who were labelled as the one to look out for. This was the second time we conducted prelims in Kolkata, and the coordinator for the event, Dhairya Thakkar, who is surely looking forward to return to Kolkata, seemed extremely pleased with the amazing reception and a staggering turn out, that increased a manifold.