Last Thursday evening I got a volunteering opportunity in Haldia Mela 2016 (annual fair). In reality it was a strategically grabbed date. Never before I felt so good being "On duty" in a carnival environment! How else could I have encroached so smoothly up to the stairs of the main dais and felt the booming psychedelic vibe of Fossils through Rupam's voice from a yard away? Being too busy in seeing through the viewfinder, a shutterbug often misses the soul of his surrounding. So, I had ensured to set my heart free to float with the music while my eyes did the clicking.
|(From left) Guitarist Deep, singer-songwriter Rupam, Bassist Chandra and guitarist Allan.|
Fossils is a Bengali rock band, formed in 1999 when only a hand few people could appreciate rock music beyond the realms of West. It'll be a lie to say that Bengalis didn't have affinity towards this genre. Till then we had kept our music appetite limited to what international rock bands like Aerosmith, Radiohead, Metallica, Oasis, U2, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins (to mention a few prominent band names) used to cater. Although Bengali rock was pioneered by the band 'Moheener Ghoraguli' right back in the 70's, their genre was not purely what we mean by rock. It's only in the 90's when Kolkata started conceiving bands dedicated solely to this genre. Fossils was born then to fill up the gap of hard rock in Bengali music.
Fossils, through their explicit lyrics and unconventionally critical tone which was unseen to Bengal's music scenario so far, succeeded in securing the top spot among then existing Bengali rock bands in a quick time. As of now, Fossils has six albums to its credit and I believe they are working on the seventh. They have a huge fan base even outside our West Bengal and this popularity slowly built up over a decade time, has gloriously trespassed many international borders. I know you might be taking my writeup as a fan's biased blabbering, but who can gather facts and figures better than a good fan?
|Rupam Islam, the founder-member and the lead vocalist of Fossils.|
Let me introduce you to band members of Fossils. Rupam Islam, the founder-member and the lead vocalist of Fossils is a playback singer, composer, lyricist and author. Being a Rupam's fan I can write few pages on him, but considering the title of this blog post that would be unfair from a photo blogger's perspective and obligation. Deep, Chandra and Allan play guitars and complement Rupam with their backing vocals. Tanmoy, the fifth pillar of Fossils is a awesome drummer and percussionist. You can read more about them in Fossils official website or Rupam's personal site.
|Allan plays guitar and complements Rupam with his backing vocal.|
It was tad difficult to catch (read: 'click') expressions of these four guys on stage in such bouncy lighting conditions. Added to fast-changing lights, came the second hindrance- Band members playing hard rock in a live show can't be expected to stand still in predefined positions on stage. My poor lens was seriously struggling to lock its focus on these guys. Rupam kept moving over the stage and expressing himself in his usual ways throughout those two hours of jamming. Come on, he has turned 42 right today! Happy Birthday to you brother. Wish you good health, peace and success throughout your journey. See, how easily I assumed he'll be reading this photo post!
|(From left) Drummer cum percussionist Tanmoy and Bassist Chandra.|
It was an awesome musical evening with Fossils. Only after the program was over I realized that I had been shuttling from one end of the stage to other in a loop with my camera for last two hours and by then I had shot over 1500 frames! If you haven't heard Fossils yet but willing to tease your eardrums with quality Bengali rock tracks then pamper yourself with five of my personal recommendations from Fossils- Ekla Ghor, Bishakto Manush, Hasnuhana, Bicycle chor and Acid. By the way, next blog post shall bring back the blue Chilika Lake once again.
|Long live Fossils!|