Wednesday, September 22, 2010


PRALAY has a band was formed in early nineties and was formerly know as GREEK, I
was then in St. Xaviers college, after watching a Rock Machine concert at rangbhavan
which blew my mind, I was inspired to have my own band. It was a start of a dream, the
seeds were planted in thoughts, words and a few chords. My brother eddie and luke took
this dream boat ahead by recording 6 original compositions and creating a buzz in the
scene where originality was condemned. I believe we were the first once to start doing
the original material stuff in a very aggressive way, because we couldn’t do covers and
believed in ourselves rather playing to the galleries….ofcource their were other bands
then doing some originals…..but with a mix of covers for the live gigs.

Bands played covers of top international acts and the crowd was happy to hear their cover
version rendition. Our USP, right from the beginning was composing our own tunes
without much knowledge in music, the songs were well appreciated after going for a
full fetched tour in the North East. Initially, Eddie and me did a 3months tour for a band
based in Imphal named POSTMARK, doing metallica covers and a few originals.
It was a great learning experience, first glimpses of rock n roll, fans chasing right into
your hotel rooms. We were very young and missed home and all we wanted to do was
get back home, we cancelled the remaining tour and got back home and found Ulysses
veyra on Drums, Brian soans - Guitars, Joy data gupta- Keyboards, Victor dsouza(
Isa)- Vocals, Luke Kenny – Vocals, this was the core of the band for years to come
wherein we lived in music. We were also the most played band in a pub in juhu know
as Razzberry Rhinoceros in 95’ I guess… Sometimes playing to 2 people in the
We were a group of friends, stood for each other, fought for each other and fought with
each other. Our then Manager Hermito was a close friend and a rock solid of a guy to
keep us going with big shows across the North East. We started having a fan following,
fans would follow from 1 city to another in NE front rows singing to our original songs.
It was a rock n roll ride of adulation. Slowly difference started creeping among band
members, fights, booze, black magic all of it was in our script, besides professionalism.
Gogi Duggal a great friend who runs a studio near wadala station let us record in his
studio for days and nights for free, In this period eddie and me kept on recording new
song after songs. Compiled it to some 60 odd original numbers….frequent fights with
eddie in the studio…..but for the songs. Suraj Jagan contributing on Vocals.
What kept us apart from other bands was, we were never part of the circuit, we were not
into who was doing what and when and where…no gossips! Just very focused on getting
on to the real thing, the International Arena. The best part of PRALAY besides the
songs is eddie and me kept our focus right on target and very aggressively marketed the
band in US, UK, Canada, Germany and other places.
We started to get good responses , companies wanted to sign us, get us a contract, tour,
festivals, radio interviews for US station, couple of our songs like YOU on number
NO 1 positions as well., But due to lack of funds it was still a dream to be real.

In this process we got signed on to a label from Chicago Sonic Wave International, our
debut album “Urban Reality” was short listed for the Grammies 2003 in the World
Music Category followed by the film PAANCH by Anurag Kashyap is Inspired by
the bands struggle. Anurag an old friend of Hermito then shared the same room at the St.
Xaviers Hostel.

A Tour in Almaty got us on Russian television TAN TV for a year. The rock n roll
dream was alive and exploding in excess in all directions in Russia….it was short and
sweet affair with the Russians. A couple of Flop shows at rang bhavan and around the
country due to over aggressive performance. drinks and lack of professionalism then
gave us a reputation of Bad boys of Rock n Roll.

The Indian releases was through C.P.Joseph’s Raga to Rock/ Crescendo Music,
followed by bad contracts and no action from promoters kept us inactive as performers.
Slowly everyone started getting into other things in life Luke Kenny in channel V, Eddie
in Studio, Ulysses in Russia, Brian in Jeddah, Joy in Mira Rd. Victor in mira rd.
In this process with eddie and brian we shot 6 music videos a collaboration with a rap
band from Austria etc.
Due to lack of Promoters, organizers, sponsors, venues, record labels this exciting
genre of music has not grown over the years, on top of it there are political parties
who deliberately stop live events with no logic or reason, as the country is divided
through extremely hypocritical society.

It’s the beginning of a new Start! The 26/11 /2009Show at Leopold cafĂ© is definitely a
turning point as last year the area was in shock and grief. During the show there was a
moment of Silence for the Victims, But the joy, love and adrenaline was the hallmark of
the day!
This night will always be remembered with the magic of Music. Music does bring people

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Lejaa from the film JANGO