A Finger on the Pulse: Heartbeats

Heartbeats, established with the goal of fusion of modern western and the traditional eastern music has always been an exceptional group of music aficionados. With their recent event Maktub during ISM 2k15, they won the heart of everyone present with the soul music that they played. But their capacity to surprise us seems to have no bounds.

Unable to participate in the spring fest of IIT KGP this year due to unforeseeable circumstances, the band decided that they needed to target some new competition, to keep up the competitive spirit and experience things anew. BITOTSAV at BIT Mesra seemed like an ideal platform for the fusion band from NITR to showcase their skills and passion for music. Participating in Alankrita, a competition for eastern bands Heartbeats proved their mettle once again, winning the finals and with it a bountiful cash reward. 

“The fest was a great experience, with so many celebrities and pro-night performances, a huge number of sponsors and overall better organised and of a higher quality as compared to the fests at NITR”, was what the Heartbeats president Vishal Arvind had to say about BITOTSAV. About the competition, he said, “The competition was not as intense as the one at Spring Fest, but there were a few good bands who were performing at par and sometimes even better than us.”

The first round was on the 21st of March, were the band performed the popular coke studio song, Madari. The performance saw them to the best three teams and they were selected to open for Salim Sulaiman in the final round. Describing the crowd and the stage as “unbelievable” and “best ever”, the chance to open for Salim Sulaiman duo was a once in a lifetime opportunity of which they made the most. In the finals, the band dished out an original composition, Rudra, mesmerising the audience and winning the hearts of the judges’ panel as well.

The 8 membered band that participated in the competition had Ashish Pradhan and Mandira Karmakar as the lead vocalists. Ankesh Anand, Sagar Bhatnagar and Vishal Arvind were on the keyboards, with Sanjeeban Nanda playing the tabla, Pradip Kunwar taking on the role of the lead guitarist and it was Prem Depan Nayak handling the drums. If participating at BITOTSAV for the first time, winning the competition and opening for Salim-Sulaiman was like a dream come true, receiving a cash prize of a whopping Rs 25k, must have been like the icing on the cake. 

Heartbeats has proven its brand of music time and again, and has successfully added another feather to its much embellished cap. Team MM congratulates Heartbeats on their grand success and for bringing laurels to the institute.