The Great Indian Octoberfest, Bangalore's answer to the German beer carnival Oktoberfest, honors Indian Standard Time by taking place in November. Scheduling apart, it promises an extravaganza of entertainment. The festival has served as a platform for many artists and rock bands. In past years Indian Ocean, Thermal And A Quarter and Motherjane have performed. This year, the festival has an official anthem, "Come On Over", performed by Delhi band Eka.
Theme songs are in. After A R Rahman's CWG anthem last year, Bollywood's composer triumvirate Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy bowled over 2011 ICC World Cup fans in January. Daler Mehndi shook a leg (and both arms) for the Indian Grand Prix. An Art of Living volunteer penned a theme song for Anna Hazare's nation-stirring campaign.
So why shouldn't a festival in praise of beer groove to an anthem of its own?
No strangers to surging crowds, two of Eka's founding musicians formerly played with Delhi Indi-rockers Euphoria. Keyboardist Benjamine "Benny" Pinto and guitarist Hitesh "Rikki" Madan were part of the Palash Sen-fronted Hindi rock band before it achieved fame with the album Dhoom in 1998. Just out of high school, vocalist and bass player Lokesh Madan performed with Delhi rock band Canzona after which he took a decade-long hiatus spent fruitfully in climbing the corporate ladder.
Eka, which describes its music as "Swatantra Rock", blends original songs sung in Hindi, English and Urdu with elements from "selected classic rock, Sufi and popular Hindi/ Bollywood/ Punjabi music." The band has performed at the Indo-Pak peace concert at the UN General Assembly Hall, New York; the Great Wall of China; and the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, USA.
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo! India ahead of their performance in Bangalore, the members of Eka shared their excitement and previewed the newly composed theme song, "Come On Over".
Eka will perform at the Great Indian Octoberfest on November 12. To know more about the band, visit their website.