“People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.” ― Taylor Swift
The quote says it all. Music has been used as therapy to cure people from various diseases as well as emotional trauma’s. All those who listen to music do not really feel lonely. They feel that the music and the voice in it express what they have dug deep in their hearts.
This thought is also believed by Delhi Drummers, a Delhi-based band. Delhi Drummers believes that music is a window to showcase their talent to the world. It’s fun as well as therapeutic to face the odds of life. “Recognition as musicians reinforces our passion for percussion. We feel rejuvenated whenever we are able to play for people with special needs.” says Joyjeet Mukherjee along with Tarun Roy and Biswajit Das, the trio together make the band.
Delhi Drummers is a group of percussionist who are known for their absolutely amazing creativity with music and for bringing new sounds and rarely seen (or heard!) percussion instruments to the stage. They love to experiment and add musical curiosity to performances. This band does not have a fixed place but they keep performing in different areas. Their favorite spots are Delhi Haat and Indian Habitat Centre and they love performing in college fest. This band is also open for budding artist as they believe it is essential to introduce fresh music and different genre. “Young artists keep the music scene current and it is always a joy to work with talented youngsters, who, fortunately, are many in Delhi’s music circuit,” so believes the band.
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It is very surprising but interesting that how they came together and formed a band, as each of them comes from a different background. Joyjeet Mukherjee is professionally an IT Consultant who works for an American IT Company. Other than drumming he enjoys traveling, photography and cooking. Tarun Roy is primarily a Freelance Consultant in the field of Public Health Planning and works for international bilateral and multilateral donors including UN agencies and international NGOs and Biswajit Das is a marketing professional with a Telecom MNC and who also moonlights as a session musician and freelance recording artist.
They met each other at various drumming events in the city, and though they were all percussionists, each of them had their own unique style and strength. “We started liking each other’s style of playing percussion. I took the lead and initiated a dialogue with rest of the members about the possibility of forming a band that is purely a ‘percussion ensemble’ and we have been making music together ever since.” says Joyjeet Mukherjee and other members Tarun Roy and Biswajit Das.
Their soul aim behind forming this band was pursuing their passion through an economically sustainable way and popularizing the beauty of percussion, performing for fun as well as reache out to corporates for team building and stress relieving exercises through drumming, engaging youth through interactive drumming, extend support to civil society organization events to bring in attention of masses through drumming on human rights issues, and performing for people with special needs recognizing the healing impact of music on them.
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Happy being as what they are and where they are, Delhi Drummers do not want to be in Bollywood. They say “All of us are commercially involved in one way or another with music and, right now, in a ‘happy place’ musically! And we like these decisions to be just like our music –Impromptu and Inspired by the moment!”
Unlike other Bands, Delhi Drummers haven’t compromised on their dreams. They have continued what they love, along with being professionally sound. “But we can say that several young musicians have formed several bands but many of them have to compromise with quality of music to economically sustain themselves. Though things are much better today than they were a decade back, it is still a struggle for a musician to be paid his /her due.” says Joyjeet Mukherjee and other members Tarun Roy and Biswajit Das.
“We are purely a ‘percussion ensemble’ that plays world percussion instruments as well as more traditional ones and experiment with various genre of music. Our performances are interactive in nature, a band that changes its size from a 3 member band to a 50 member band as per requirement.” Concludes Delhi Drummers.
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