Sky Rabbit Take Home Top Honors At The 9th Jack Danielâ€™s Annual Rock Awards
The Mumbai electro rock band won Best Band and Best Album while alt rock artist Sanjeev Thomas and Delhi jazz fusion band Adil & Vasundhara each took home two awards
It was a big night for Indian alternative music. The 9th Jack Danielâ€™s Annual Rock Awards witnessed some fantastic performances by bands and the list of winners proved itâ€™s been a great year for upcoming artists and debut albums.
Delhi jazz fusion band Adil & Vasundhara took home awards for Best Female Vocalist and Best Bassist for their debut album Ampersand], Â Mumbai electro rock band Sky Rabbit took home two of the nightâ€™s big awards â€“ Best Band and Best Album â€“ while Kolkata pop artist Nischay Parekh won Best Song for â€œOceanâ€ from his debut album by the same name. Four-time nominee and two-time winner Baiju Dharmajan won his third Best Guitarist JD Rock Award, for his work on Sanjeev Thomasâ€™s second solo album, Epic Shit.
Mumbai alt rock band [and the nightâ€™s top nominees] Tough On Tobaccoâ€™s standout closing set will be remembered for the impromptu jam on stage that included vocalist Ankur Tewari, Shillong blues band Soulmateâ€™s vocalist Tipriti Kharbangar, vocalist Siddharth Basrur and the showâ€™s co-host and electro pop band bassist Rohit Pereira.
Kharbangar, who presented Best Album award with Sufi rock singer Rabbi Shergill and singer Suneeta Rao, met Tewari a few minutes ahead of Tough On Tobaccoâ€™s set and the Ghalat Family frontman suggested they jam on â€œMohabbat Zindabaad.â€ Kharbangar who promptly agreed joined the Mumbai-based artists for a final jam on ToTâ€™s best-known song â€œSmoke Some Ganja,â€ Â hitting one of the biggest highs that evening.
The ninth Jack Danielâ€™s Annual Rock Awards Winners:
Best Band â€“ Sky Rabbit
Best Album â€“ Sky Rabbit â€“ Where EP
Best Song â€“ Nischay Parekh â€“ â€œOceanâ€
Best Male Vocalist â€“ Sanjeev Thomas
Best Female Vocalist â€“ Vasundhara Vidalur of Adil & Vasundhara
Best Guitarist â€“ Baiju Dharmajan for Sanjeev Thomas
Best Bassist â€“ Saurabh Suman of Adil & Vasundhara
Best Drummer â€“ Hamza Kazi of Coshish
Best Keyboardist â€“ Jason Zachariah of Jason Zac Band
Best Metal Band â€“ Reptilian Death and Devoid
Best Emerging Artist â€“ The F16s
Producer Of The Year â€“ Keshav Dhar
Album Art of the Year â€“ Suraj Mani (The Tattva Trip)
Photos: Prashin Jagger, Deepa Kamath, Jai Sangoi, Hrishikesh Singh