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November 16, 2010 > Dhoom Dhoom all the way

Dhoom Dhoom all the way

By Mona Shah and Anshul Krishna

DDHHOOOOMM!! Does the beat sound familiar? "Dhoom Pichak Dhoom" is the chart-busting song from Euphoria, India's leading rock band, slated to perform in the Bay Area on November 20. Lovers of Indian rock music are in for a delectable treat. Dr. Palash Sen and his band will enthrall the audience with their unique blend of music compositions ranging from the foot-tapping hits of "Dhoom Pichak Dhoom" to the soulful melodies of "Maaeri." The timeless music evokes vivid imagery of a natural landscape, a moving train, a woman applying vermilion to her forehead, of village dwellers in a celebratory atmosphere, of life itself. Audience members risk being led down nostalgia lane to the wistful era of giddy college romance and carefree youthful living.

One of the most famous and successful bands in India, their different style has created an audience as an alternative to the dominant Indian film or classical music. Euphoria effortlessly mixes the notes from the sitar and the tabla with those from an electric guitar and drums. Lush vocal harmonies complete the landscape, transporting the listener to another world. Euphoria most recently composed the official anthem of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The band lineup has changed often through the early nineties but attained stability after 1998. However, nothing has diminished its charm for their fans, also known as Dhoomers. Recently, they have even inducted female members into the band mainly as backup vocalists.

The band is led by the multi-faceted Dr. Palash Sen. A pediatrician by education, a musician in practice, he performs the vocals and is the raison d'Étre for the band. He is a visionary in the annals of Indian rock music and has collaborated with leading titans of the Indian music industry. Sen lends his celebrity status to raise awareness to societal woes such as the tragedy of teen suicides.

Euphoria, having played to sold out audiences at concerts the world over, is scheduled to dazzle in its first ever Bay Area concert. The evening will feature best-sellers from six highly successful music albums and offer a sneak preview to their forthcoming album. All proceeds benefit projects supported by Association for India's Development (AID).

For tickets, visit

Dhoom Dhoom all the way
Saturday, November 20
5 p.m.
Chabot College Theatre
Performing Arts Center
Building 1300
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

Tickets: $25, $35, $50, $75, $100
$100 (dinner with band)
(415) 320-8243 or (510) 371-5010

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