Feb 18, 2017 : Music lovers in Manipal gathered at the Quadrangle to witness The Local Train’s live concert. It was ideated and organized by the Rotaract Club of Manipal, as a part of the Diamond Jubilee Program of Manipal Institute of Technology. The concert was under the banner ‘Nawaazish’, and the ticket sales (of around 2500) contributed to charity.
Formed in the year 2008, The Local Train is well-known for their ubiquity in college festivals around India. Sennheiser ranked them as the best rock band of India in 2015. After their scintillating performance at Revels 2016, The Local Train has become a household name in Manipal.
Prior to the concert, two members of the MIT Post interviewed the band members Raman Negi, Ramit Mehra, and Sahil Sarin. During the course of their conversation, they spoke at length of their journey as a band - from the various stages of difficulty releasing their first album "Aalas Ka Pedh", to their desire to recording the crowd live for an upcoming music video.
As the members graced the stage, they proclaimed their love for our city and university. Raman Negi went on to compliment the culture of music in Manipal. They then performed a myriad of songs, ranging from their popular tracks to some of their new, unreleased songs - also fulfilling their desire to capture the crowd singing their songs on video. After their stipulated performance was over, the members were requested to return and perform for the excited audience on last time. Much to the crowds’ appreciation, artists performing for the Pro Shows during Revels 2017 were announced after the concert. The list included Karan Singh (Magician), Karunesh Talwar (Stand-Up comedian), Sahil Shah (Stand-Up Comedian of East India Comedy fame), Lagori (Bangalore based band), Benny Dayal (Bollywood artist), and Anish Sood (Electronic Dance Music producer).
The band was quite impressed by the concept of Nawaazish, where tickets were sold and funds were collected to support the cause of women empowerment. The organizing club, Rotaract, is associated with multiple charities - many of them being Manipal Academy of Higher Education projects. These initiatives set Manipal Academy of Higher Education apart – which is something the students wholeheartedly appreciated on a stellar evening of music.