Remember the buzz of standing in the queue before entering the venue? Enduring long hours of waiting, sometimes in the rain, then you cross the gates, enter the stadium or the palace grounds, and with you the crowds are trickling in…
Spotlights illuminate the sky, and with a low rumble the band hits the stage. Minutes later you find yourself in the crowd, a cauldron of heat and sweat filled to the brim, singing along with strangers, songs that touch your soul. Their faces come and go in the flickering lights, eyes closed, while the throb of guitars takes over drawing everyone together as they lose themselves in the moment.
Rock City recalls an era of rock and pop concerts in the early 2000s, of crowds waiting for their favourite bands to perform in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. These concerts were organised by the Bangalore-based event management company DNA Entertainment Networks. The heart of this exhibition is the personal guitar collection of DNA’s founder Venkat Vardhan, accompanied by video clips of concerts and anecdotes from the audience. The exhibition captures the love for rock concerts with stories of people who swayed and head banged to the emotions of music.
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