Inception

Antariksh, a New Delhi based Hindi Rock act is the first of its kind. Founded by band members with backgrounds ranging from IIT to DCE to NSIT, McKinsey to CEB to Sapient, who have previously played for bands such Prestorika, Decibel, and Under Siege, the band brings together the perspectives from both corporate as well as creative spheres of life into their music.

Music

Standing at the crossroad of some tasty melodies and spicy grooves, Antariksh creates a very fresh, and progressive sound borrowing nuances from Rock, Pop, Reggae, Carnatic, and Funk music presented in a cohesive and powerful manner. The band has dared to bring the progressive rock style to mainstream Hindi music while still retaining the essence and authenticity of the style.

Performances and laurels

Antariksh has been creating waves over the last year delivering some of most splendid and successful shows headlining at various college festivals, music festivals, and corporate events. The band performed alongside various eminent personalities including Farhan Akhtar, Gul Panag, Leander Paes, Arvind Kejriwal, Virat Kohli, at India Today's Youth Summit, 'Mindrocks' . Recently, the band was also invited to speak and play at a Tedx event.

Their very first single, 'Dheere Dheere' (link) released in 2013 was selected in the top 5 songs in VIMA India awards, and was nominated for VIMA Asia Awards.

For Bookings and queries – Please contact Varun Rajput at +91-9999705570 . You can also send across an E-mail at antariksh.music@gmail.com

Debut Album, 'Khoj'

Antariksh released their first album, 'Khoj' in September 2013, and since then there's been no looking back. 'Khoj' is about a search for identity, a quest to understand our own nature. It is in moments of disconnection from our own selves that the journey inward begins - Khoj, an intense and passionately crafted musical journey, captures these moments through hard, edgy Hindi rock music. The album has a strong theme across all songs both musically as well as lyrically, touching topics such as ethics, identity crises, hope, greed, chaos and realization - emotions that are a part of our everyday lives. The music is thought provoking, hard rock with elements of reggae, ambient, electronica. Through Khoj, the band elegantly integrates their diverse backgrounds and love for music into a coherent masterpiece that is set to re-define Hindi Rock. The album also features guest performances by guitar virtuoso Baiju Dharmajan (ex-Motherjane), Gaurav Chintamani (Advaita), Indian classical singer Rini Rajput, Sid Mathur, and Kartik Dhar (Nasya).


Band Members

Varun Rajput

Primarily a guitar player, he likes to try his hand at playing various instruments, recording and producing music. Varun is best known for his work with progressive rock bands, Feedback, Under Siege and folk-fusion band Nasya. He also directed the music for the Bollywood movie, 'The Bet'.

Other than being a versatile musician, he is also an engineer from DCE, a state level hockey player and an amateur writer..

Gurtej Singh

Guitarist, composer, lyricist and producer. With over 10 years of guitar playing under his belt, Gurtej aka gT was primarily linked with the Delhi based metal band, Prestorika. gT has spent last few years composing and recording track for his solo album titled 'Inertia'.

He derives his inspiration from bands like Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree and Riverside.

gT is also an expert level Flash / Flex developer and an experienced Graphic designer.

Vipul Malhotra

Though just 20 years of age and the youngest in the band, Vipul has been playing drums avidly for the last 10 years. Self taught, Vipul believes in versatility and focuses on being the groove master and backbone of the band.

His inspirations include Matt Halpern, Danney Carey, Mike Mangini and Carter Beauford.

Vipul is currently pursuing a B.Tech in Computer Science from NSIT, Delhi and is a semi pro graphic designer.

Sonic Shori

Bass duties are handled by Sonic Shori who is a student of Grammy-nominated Greek-American musician Panagiotis Andreou. He has comprehensive stage experience having collaborated with musicians coming from different genres including jazz, classical, fusion, funk and metal.

Sonic's playing combines complexity with cohesion, playing melodies with a breathtaking dexterity, musicality and tenacity, and he makes it look all so easy.

Former Members

Mridul Ganesh

The front man of the band is renowned for his brilliant singing, guitar playing and music production abilities. A singer with a great vocal range, Mridul can mesmerize you with his singing in English, Hindi and even Spanish.

An alumunus of IIT Delhi, with years of experience in management consulting, Mridul is also known for his strong work ethic, affinity for 'chai', and a sharp sense of humour.

Mridul founded Antariksh with Varun and gT in 2012 and took the band to great heights. The voice on the first album, Mridul is currently pursuing an MBA from Wharton Business School.

Varun Kapahi

Varun Kapahi is a seasoned bass player, holding the low end in various bands with styles ranging from fusion to rock, blues to eclectic jazz and beyond. A touring musician since 2007, he loves to explore the intricacies of all styles and techniques, and always searches for new and innovative ways of expressing himself through his playing.

An ardent student of music, he has studied under international musicians such as Bruno Raberg, Sharik Hassan, Allan Benzie, Andres Rotmistrovsky, and various others. With a pleasant and a vibrant personality, Varun infuses positivity and enthusiasm into the band, and for all you bass enthusiasts out there, he's also known for being a fantastic teacher of the instrument.