nam to Tambaram recently.
Three pals – Jayanth Sriniva-san, Kowshik Ganesh and Chaita-nya – joined hands in January 2008 to form the band. Thoughachieving heights in the ﬁeld of music was their dream, they werealso keen on helping the under-privileged. With plans starting right away in July last year, they released their ﬁrst album
f you thought all there was toa rock band were guitar solos,head-banging performanceand hoping to a hop into themosh pit, think again.Namma Chennai-based Radi-ance Band are here to prove thatrock music can contribute to thesociety in non-psychadelic waysas well. Their second album
will contribute not justas an addition to the growing Ta-mil rock scene but will also setaside a monetary commitment,by way of a proceed of the sales of the record, to an NGO calledMaatrutva, run by an enterprising young social entrepreneur, La-litha Ramesh.The proﬁts gained through thealbum will be donated for theupliftment of the slums dwellers, who were shifted from Nanda-
on October 26. SairamEngineering College was theirsponsor as two of the band mem-bers belonged to the institution. All through they were supportedby friends in the making of thealbum.The ﬁrst album sold 600 copies.Impressed by the band perfor-mance, cinematographer Rajiv Menon’s assistant Anand, along with director Karthik, offered toproduce a video for the albumfree of cost. Chinmaya and M.K.Balaji were the main vocalists of the album. The band won theBest Music Video Award (award-ed by Gangai Amaran and S.P.B.Charan) and also the Best SocialService Award in 2008 (awardedby Lions Club).The band came forward to work on their second dream whe-rein Bhargavi, Priya, Divya Vivek,Lakshman Chandrasekaran andSriraam K.C. joined the band. Thealbum’s art work was designed by Priya, composed by Jayanth andthe technical sound mixing wasdone by Lakshman, an audio en-gineer at A.M. Studios.They sponsored the second al-bum by themselves. It took twomonths for the recording and amonth for the sound mixing.“We are planning to put upstalls in IT companies to marketour album. During our previousalbum we didn’t know muchabout marketing, but with our ex-perience we have better plansthis time and we are expecting more response and more sells,”says Jayanth. Apart from their album compo-sitions, Jayanth and Lakshmanhave won the second place in thetitle music competition for Vivelsoap’s Miss Chennai and Chen-nai Man’s show on Vijay TV inJune this year.
Band Radiance comes out with ‘Pudhu Yugam’, arock album that will not only motivate youngstersto face the world but alsocontribute monetary support to an NGO run by a 21-year-old
(From Left) Lakshman,Sriraam, Priya andJayanth.
PHOTO: S.S. KUMAR
A rocking cause
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All dressed up and ready to go
Monkeysdressed alikegroom fortheir eveningshow.A scenespotted atopa tree onMarina.
PHOTO:S. S. KUMAR