Photos: Dualist Inquiry, Madboy/Mink and Kohra at Budweiser MADE Stage, Mumbai
The three indie acts played their best chops and managed to pull in a thick crowd despite the rains
A techno set for a party opener might not seem like the best idea but trust Madhav Shorey aka Kohra to heat things up with a banger. There couldn’t have been a better fit than the Delhi-based DJ-producer who went on stage first at the Budweiser MADE Stage and got a post-midnight kind of shindig going the first few minutes into his set. It wasn’t even 10 pm. This second season of the concert [the last multi-city edition was held two years ago] featured artists who know their shit – not just as music creators but also as performers. You only had to witness the next performers Madboy/Mink to know that. Vocalist Saba Azad, who the host Bob Omulo introduced with an honest question that met with giggles from the millennial crowd [“How many of you in the audience have had a crush on Saba?”] was at her showperson best. Not even a stage the size of an office desk prevented Azad from getting up on it and working her magic on the crowd, dramatic eyes and all. The Mumbai-based electro funk/disco duo played stuff from both their EPs All Ball  and Union Farm and even tested new material. It all went outrageously well, of course. The next performer, Delhi-based electronic music producer Sahej Bakshi aka Dualist Inquiry, played a tight set that was quite the treat. His guitar chops were on point and he didn’t let one lousy moment creep in. Kudos to the visual artists at the gig who ensured that the party looked and felt larger-than-life with the beer barrel-themed graphics.