Kovai on retro mode

So, why is Coimbatore suddenly welcoming English classics with arms wide open? KV Siddhartha, member of the city's art and theatre society, says, "We always wanted to create a stir in the otherwise sleepy town.

The 60's and 70's music have some meaningful lyrics and is a treat to listen to when compared to the contemporary music. Live art is also dying a silent death as youngsters are keyed into electronic gadgets for their dose of music. That's when we decided to come up with something unique and zeroed in on these retro nights, where people get a taste of the old classics, live."

Mark John Nataraj, lead guitarist of the band Avyaktha, who performed at these events, says, "The crowd was pretty decent and they were singing along with us with insane energy. Families, foreigners and teenagers, were all spotted enjoying the music with equal gusto. Coimbatore has immense potential for retro nights."

DJ Harsh Lulka, however, says that Kovai has always been a retro stronghold and that it's not a new phenomenon. "Music enthusiasts here have always loved classical Bollywood and Kollywood songs. With Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel nights too in vogue, the city is opening up to the old English classics. There are many takers for Abba, Queen, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan too."

While some turn up to soak in the music, others use these nights as a platform to meet people from different spheres of life. "People become friends at these dos, as they bond over good music, food and karaoke. And it's not only the city crowd that throngs these concerts, music buffs from neighbouring places like Palghat, Pollachi and Masinagudi also turn up. Tourists usually attend these concerts and then head to Ooty for a holiday," says Siddhartha.

But the biggest grouse among organizers is that these nights are not really pulling in the young crowd. Harsh explains, "Since a majority of the crowd that turns up for these events are in the median age of 35, youngsters in the city prefer to be with their peer group. That's precisely the reason they prefer EDM and club nights, which play contemporary music. Dappankuthu is an all time hit among youngsters."

 Source : TOI

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