Press Trust of India
July 30, 2012 16:43 IST
Pakistan's Sufi rock band
'Raeth', which shot to fame with its music launch in India in
2006 and has performed across the country since then thrives
on the concept of bringing people together through music.
"Music is life. Music has the power to bind people
together. Our songs are appreciated equally both in Pakistan
and India," says Sunny Gansham the band's guitarist.
The three-member band from Karachi was here recently for a
performance that mixed western rock and eastern Sufiyana.
"Our job is to thrive on the universal denominators which
are common to people belonging to all regions of the world.
The things like laughter, joy, sadness, marriage, love and
mirth are common to us all. Don't they?" says Wajhi Farouqui,
another member of the trio.
At a chic urban village here, the musicians began their
performance with hit song Bhulaa Do following it with one
song after another that "seemed to transform the listeners
into a time capsule in which some mystic masseur played Sufi
music," according to a member of the audience.
As the songs got groovier, the foot-tapping audience was
not in a mood to allow the band even a 10 minute break.
"Once more, no break," yelled the crowd oblivious to the
theatrics of the band players who unsuccessfully tried their
best to convince crowd of their fatigue.
"I was a kid when I heard Bon Jovi songs. The song "It's
my life" inspired me greatly. Then I heard of the tussle
between Bon Jovi and the music companies. It was one of the
inspirations behind forming the band," says Gansham who claims
to be of Indian lineage.
One of the members of the Pakistani band says, " We were
just College pass-outs when we sang Bhulaa Do. It was an
instant hit. When we arrived at Delhi Airport many girls
recognised us and sought autographs," says a band member.
Hassan Farabi, the third member of the trio says he was
touched to see his picture painted among musical greats on a
wall in Mumbai, where the band had launched their first album
The video was well received on the Pakistani TV music
channels and on FM radio. But few could imagine the band's
stellar rise over the next six months.
In September, 2006, 'Raeth' was launched across India and
they were touted as "the next big thing from Pakistan" after
following in the footsteps of other bands like Junoon,
Strings and Jal.
"India is a dream country for any musician. We never
expected this stellar rise. In India peole respect music. We
were launched on the global front by an Indian music company"
Next up on the agenda of the music group is a playback
association with upcoming Bollywood flick Marksheet, which
is based on campus life in Delhi.
"We are excited about the prospect of singing a couple of
songs for the movie. It would be a great thing for the band.
Nothing like it," says Wajhi.