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Sharat Chandra Srivastava

Violin, Vocals

 

Sharat is one of the founding members and the driving force behind the band and over the years, has been instrumental in leading the direction of the music of Mrigya. As the violin maestro, he is considered to be one of the best young violinists in the country. Owing allegiance to the Senia Gharana, he has been extremely active on the performing circuit for over 2 decades.

 

His nascent talent, nurtured since age 7 by the renowned violinist Late Pandit Joi Srivastava, his Guru and grandfather, has lent him rare understanding of the 'Dhrupad-Ang', a style unique to this Gharana under the Guru-Shishya parampara. This and such grooming has put him on stage with the likes of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Birju Maharaj. As an acclaimed soloist, he was selected for the Sahitya Kala Parishad's coveted 'Yuva Mahotsava'.

 

In case, we forgot to mention, he has also performed with a certain Mr. Gordon Sumner aka 'Sting' apart from playing with the acclaimed Indian rock band Parikrama for over a decade.

Gyan Singh

Tablas, Dholak, Mridangam

 

The quietest member of the band who lets his tabla do the talking most of the time. Gyan's tabla playing reflects years of hardwork and dedication to his instrument under the tutelage of Pandit Suresh Talwalker.

 

His contribution to the band goes beyond the technical abilities by taking his tabla playing to a different level of versatility. Be it flamenco or jazz, Gyan fits the tabla as if it was meant for that genre of music. By the way, he also played with Parikrama for a decade before he helped start Mrigya.

Indraneel Hariharan

Bass, Vocals

 

The man with the groove! A huge fan of funk, jazz and hip hop who has the tendency to jam with the tabalchi at the slightest excuse. Neel was exposed to indian classical and carnatic music at a very early age which helped him play odd time signatures with relative ease.

 

He has finally controlled his urge to slap funk every groove - he just shreds now!

Sacchin Kapoor

Keyboards, Vocals

 

The man with the magic fingers. One look at him and you could pass him off as a clean cut South Delhi boy taking care of family business. Give him some keys and you will be surprised.

Sacchin, very interestingly comes from a pop-rock background, who has over the years evolved as a serious piano player. He has this huge musical ability to add some magic into any form of music, be it jazz, indian classical, funk or rock. His lush chordal work and tripping solos are something you should look out for.

Karan Sharma

Guitars

 

The rockstar of the band!! An extremely versatile guitar player, Karan started learning western classical guitar at the age of 10 from Delhi School of Music. After winning numerous awards and accolades at the school and college level, he became a part of Mrigya in July 2006 and has performed in over 250 concerts with the band all over the globe.


He is also endorsing Gibson guitars and has used many different models while performing with the band.


Over the years his affinity towards Indian classical music has grown exponentially and currently he's learning to play the sarod as well... Although still a huge fan of rock music, he effortlessly merges his playing style to suit any genre.

 

Rajat Kakkar

Drums

 

Rajat can put any speed metal drummer to shame with his sheer power and speed. Incidentally, Rajat comes from a school of jazz rock fusion playing imbibed from his guru, Ranjit Barot.

 

He is one of the driving forces of the band and has worked his socks off to reach his current level of drumming and percussion. He is also a part time stock analyst, although no one seems to have benefitted from his predictions (just kidding, who knows!!!!) and is the life of the band. The joker in the pack - without whom there would be no humour in the band.

Guests:

 

Ghulam Qadir Niyazi

Sufi Vocals

 

Qadir Bhai, as he is affectionately known is the qawwal of the band has a qawwali group of his own but he enjoys sufi fusion equally. He is known to bring the house down with his extraordinarily passionate vocal delivery.

Sukriti Sen

Hindustani Vocals
 

Sukriti is an Indian classical vocalist who has over the years lent her voice to countless jingles and classical performances. Sukriti adds her own interpretations of vocal techniques which adds magic to any composition.

 

She has performed across the world and is now a seasoned vocalist to boot. She also toured with Pete Lockett (the renowned precussionist) in India along with Selvaganesh (Shakti & Mclaughlin).