Pune: The beautiful blend of guitar, mandolin, violin and drum along with Indian music, transcending boundaries of Indian and European cultures and finding peace in the inner self through meditation, is what the European Band ‘Vilamb’ (space between thoughts) meant when it performed in the city on Monday at Fergusson College.
The programme was conducted by Sahaj Yog Meditation centre (SYM).
The band, which performed in the city for the first time, took the youngsters by storm who danced, waved and got along with the music. The programme started with Ganesh aarti in Marathi and played the song, ‘Land of purity’, followed by ‘Coming down from the mountain’, giving the message to keep ego away and the song, ‘East or West’, which sent the message that happiness is the same everywhere in the world, whether it is the East or West.
The band has performed in 13 Indian cities starting from Mumbai and ended their tour in Pune. The six-member band was founded in 2010 and is a folk/traditional Irish band. “The music is a blend of melodic rock and Irish folk with a haunting violin reinforcing the Gaelic feel,” said founder Anber Anslow.
He added, “In India, we performed at different places and presented songs in Maharashtra in Marathi, Hindi and English. The theme of all the songs was about deeper seeking within oneself. We recorded our first album, ‘Dangerous Game’ in March 2011.
Anslow said, “The word Vilamb is a Sanskrit word which means a stage where we have no thoughts in the mind. We want to take today’s troubled youth to this stage through music.”
“The band has conducted over 20 concerts and performed in nine countries including India, London, Germany, France and Afghanistan,” said the city-based organiser Chandrakant SYM.