Susmit Sen of Indian Ocean pleased the crowd with his new venture.
There is something of everything in Indian Ocean’s music, which would mean something for everyone; a little western, a little from the east, a little Indian classical, a touch of bhajans, blues, jazz and tribal. When Susmit Sen, founder and lead guitarist of Indian Ocean, performed with his ensemble, Susmit Sen Chronicles, at Hard Rock Café, none who had come for the show was left out.
The space near the stage was not teeming with people, but almost every table was taken. Perhaps people preferred to sit and enjoy the numbers — with a sip and a bite in between.
However, the few who occupied the well of the house more than made up for the numbers. At the end of each piece, they enthusiastically cheered and applauded the band.
Susmit, who was accompanied by Anirban Ghosh on bass, Nikhil Vasudevan on drums, Gyan Singh on the tabla, Rajeev Raja on the flute, and Amit Sharma and Anupama Bose (vocals) started the show with what he called Rejuvenation. Then followed Intimacy, a number the team dedicated to Clarence Gonsalvez, their bassist who died on April 13 this year.
City Lights perhaps was the most soulful — in range, moods, and riffs. Susmit said he composed this at his friend’s apartment in a New York building called City Lights. All the numbers performed except one were from his solo album, Depths of the Ocean — which marks the beginning of a new journey for the seasoned Susmit.