The stage is all set, final sound checks are happening. An excited lady in her pair of shorts and tee hovered with black aviators, lifts her hands up in the air ‘One…Two….Three…..’ and the band takes it over. Making the listeners tap their feet to the beautiful beats of Edakka, when Vinod Sreedevan builds the canon on the lead guitar, Balachandran on the bass guitar and Arun Kumar picks the rhythm on the drums, Resmi’s voice gives it a blow altogether.
“ReSa is a journey. A journey where lot of people will catch the burst and a lot of people will fall out. The band was born out of curiosity to experiment with different musical forms and sounds. I have tried to incorporate the purest sounds into different genres and produce something very unique. There will be a lot of critics who say I have destroyed the real essence of music but for me, I love experimenting,” talks Resmi, the curator of ReSa.
Having completed sound engineering from Satyajit Ray Film Institute, she started her career in the industry as location sound recordist and later, did her first song in Ururmi. “I was always inspired by music. Starting from my childhood till now, it has been a significant part of my life. It was later when I did my post-graduation in Wayanad I came across something I had never heard before. The music was unique and it had something for me. I recorded them, did a lot of research and what you see now on stage is the result,” she reminisces.
‘ReSa’ was launched at Pagan Festival on Tuesday evening.
“It is the first band to be internationally launched in Malayalam language. Listeners have different perceptions and through ‘ReSa’, I am trying to provide them a wide variety of genres for them to pick from. The songs are original compositions. It consists of different themes and concepts that are part of the journey. Onnanam Kunninmel talks about a trip over the mountains while traditional Nagapattu gives the kick of hard rock. And of course, it’s a big challenge to reach out to the audience with original compositions, but I am ready for it”.
Asked about her future plans she laughs, “I have a plan of starting my own company. It will have a band, a music archive, record labels, various audio video productions and it will reflect my association with other kind of musicians that you can’t find on Google. It’s a big dream and I have just started the journey”. Surrounded by well-wishers, her eyes lit up with confidence as she leaves to the green room to get ready to witness her dream come true....