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My first memory of Trilok was at the Simla beat contest, which was the premier launching pad for Rock musicians like myself. We were brash young kids then, who were about to do only the second show of our lives, and my group, "Velvette Fogg" and I were all keyed up for the event. Our hottest competitor was a senior group called "Riot Squad" which boasted a lady guitarist. We had heard that they had had some personnel changes but nobody had heard the latest lineup. The "Velvette Fogg" performed to a great response and appeared to be in the running for the first prize. But we were not ready for what was to follow when the "Riot Squad" hit the stage. As the lights dimmed, the riff of one of Rock's greatest anthems of that time "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida " was heard and we heard the booming voice of their new vocalist Jangoo, the skillful organ playing of Burjis, their new keyboard player and, with the start of the drum solo, the dexterity of their new drummer, Trilok Gurtu. We knew then that we would have to settle for the runner's up prize.
So it was to be and Trilok went on from
strength to strength. Coming from the illustrious Indian Classical Music family
of the great Shobha Gurtu, his mother, he was new to the Rock scene. But it was
not long before he grew tired of the standard Rock/Pop fare. He joined the
"Waterfront" who were into progressive Rock and performed original
compositions. Derek Julian and Roger Dragonette, leading Pune rock musicians of
today, were his band mates at that time. But making a living as a rock musician
Trilok's mastery of his art is undisputed and he has gone on to receive numerous international awards and unparalleled praise from the music critics of the world. But above all, Trilok is truly the embodiment of a man who followed and realized his dream, in spite of incredible hardships. Today, thanks to globalization, we have easy access to his music and Indians have the opportunity to hear one of their most talented musicians take on the finest in the world. So what are you waiting for? Please go out there and do some serious music buying! Trilok is grooving with his "beat of love".