Reviewed by: Bhaskar J. Das
Photos by: Ankur J Das
Swadhyay Spreading Social Awareness through Music
Swadhyay, a multi-lingual contemporary rock band from Guwahati, performed as the guest band in The 9th Anniversary Cultural Extravaganza of Morph, the pioneer of professional institute in Assam.
Formed in the summer of 2012, Swadhyay comprises of five members namely Gourav Saikia(Vocals and Acoustic guitar), Rishav Bhuyan(Bass guitar), Allan Saikia(Lead guitar), Raktim Bharali(Keyboard) and Abhijit Baruah(Drums).
Nowadays where metal is the prime genre for many youngsters, listening to Swadhyay gives a different feeling as they perform in Assamese, English and Hindi and their genre is acceptable by all ages. Coming to the gig, it was a short one due to limited time. They played four songs out of which three were their own composition and they covered the evergreen song ‘Dum Maro Dum’. Their version had traits of alternate rock.
The originals include two Assamese songs namely ‘Maa’ and ‘Nisthur Maanovota’ and an English number ‘Baby Are You All Right’.
‘Maa’ is a song in praise of our motherland Assam. The lyrics express one’s love for his/her motherland. ‘Nisthur Maanovota’ is all about social evils adulterating the society. The song ignites the spirit of humanity and peace. ‘Baby Are You All Right’ is a sweet melodious romantic number. The song was specially dedicated by Gourav to all the couples in the crowd.
It was a flawless performance but there were drawbacks in the sound management.
Download free Swadhyay’s debut single Maa here