Delhi 2 Dublin drums up a party

Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

Delhi 2 Dublin. - Photo by Travis Persaud

Delhi 2 Dublin. – Photo by Travis Persaud

Delhi 2 Dublin proved to be an auditory force Wednesday, Feb. 6, in TRU’s Culinary Arts Training Centre.

Five people can make a lot of noise when armed with the right instruments hooked up to the right electronics. The Vancouver group chose an eclectic mix of musical means. An electric sitar, a dhol (a double-sided Indian drum commonly used in Bhangra music) and a fiddle were just a few of the choices, while a DJ mixed a variety of rhythms together to weave a world music electronica mash-up.

“I know it’s Wednesday, but this is Kamloops, baby,” shouted lead vocalist Sanjay Seran about halfway through the set. The crowd didn’t need much convincing though, as the rhythmic music made it nearly impossible for the audience to stand still.

The energy wasn’t just from the music on stage. As a group, Delhi 2 Dublin was incredibly active. DJ and drummer Tarun Nayar made it into the crowd at least twice, encouraging the crowd to make party buddies and calling for the crowd to keep up. Fiddle player Sara Fitzpatrick made a foray out as well.

The music also often held a message, with most of the group’s lyrics calling for peace and understanding between peoples. For a group mixing two very different cultural styles with electronica, the message seemed fitting and the crowd was receptive.

DJ Tarun Nayar (left) and singer Sanjay Seran (right) pump up the crowd. - Photo by Travis Persaud

DJ Tarun Nayar (left) and singer Sanjay Seran (right) pump up the crowd. – Photo by Travis Persaud

TRU student Matthew Pflugfelder, aka Era Core, opened up the evening with a mix of electronic dance music including some original work.

The event, sponsored by the TRU Tourism Student Association and TRU faculty of adventure, culinary arts and tourism, drew around 200 people to the temporarily converted cafeteria.