Parikrama is a rock and roll band from Delhi, India. They have several live performances and original numbers to their name. The band was officially formed on 17 June 1991 in Delhi. The word parikrama means ‘orbital revolutions’ in Sanskrit. In February 2020, the band’s lead guitarist Sonam Sherpa died of cardiac arrest.
In its 2014 listing of “25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the last 25 Years”, Rolling Stone India featured “But It Rained” (1996) by the band.
On October 8, 2020, Parikrama relaunched their 2001 single ‘But It Rained’ with the entire solo, as was played by Sonam Sherpa
The band consists of:
- Nitin Malik – Lead vocalist
- Sonam Sherpa – Lead guitarist (died 2020)
- Saurabh Choudhary – Guitarist
- Subir Malik – Organist, synthesizer
- Gaurav Balani – Bass guitarist
- Srijan Mahajan – Drummer
- Mukul Jain – Lead vocalist (Temporary Concerts)
- Imran Khan – violinist
- Shambu Nath – tabla, percussionist
Subir and Nitin Malik are brothers, with Subir being two years elder than Nitin. Both of them studied at St. Xavier’s, Delhi. All the members of the band except Nitin, who went to Hindu College, went to Kirorimal College, and were part of MUSOC (music society). Saurabh Chaudhry has a degree in business administration.
They are yet to release a full-length album because they prefer giving out their music for free. They have had millions of downloads from their site and other related pages. They did release a free multimedia CD of their singles and videos in 2001. The band does not have any policies against their music being copied and distributed. They have made their music available for download on their official website.
The band often fuses Indian classical music instruments such as mridangam, tabla and flute with conventional rock instruments including guitar, drums and keyboards. They have been inspired and influenced by Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. Sonam Sherpa and Saurabh Chaudhary are endorsees of Carl Martin effect pedals.
Parikrama rarely records music in the studio, and most recordings are made in live performances. On being asked in a 2012 interview if they plan a compilation album of live recordings, the band encouraged listeners to download their recordings from Facebook or Reverbnation and “make your own album, the way u want it”.
The first song “Xerox” was named ‘the face of Indian rock’. Their first hit single “Till I’m No One Again” was released in 1995 along with “Open Skies”. It was among thirteen other songs chosen from the demos sent by a hundred and fifty other bands in the country. This release, The Great Indian Rock, volume 1, was produced by Amit Sehgal, owner, and publisher of India’s first rock zines: Rock Street Journal.
“But it rained” was released in 1996. This song was dedicated to the kidnappings in the Kashmir Valley, during that period. This song is probably their biggest hit. They were surprised when a crowd of 40,000 sang along with them in their performance for the Iron Maiden concert in Bangalore. Another song, “Gonna Get It”, was released in the same year.
Their sixth number in succession was released in 1997: “Load Up”.
A Parikrama original “Rhythm and Blues” was created in course of their jam session with Usha Uthup.
Parikrama released a lockdown version of ‘Vapourize’ in which Nitin sang the song in a new style.