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What’s it like to attend a physical gig during a raging pandemic?

When AHH last spoke to aswekeepsearching’s frontman Uddipan Sarmah in April about how Covid-19 had affected the Indian independent music industry, he remained doubtful of performing again this year.

“I’m not sure if we’ll even have any gigs for the rest of 2020. Our outlook has shifted to 2021,” he said then. Sarmah had enough reasons to be sceptical. With cases rising, hospital beds seemed to be at a premium. Citizens were not following norms, and restaurants and performance venues were the first to be shut, and seemingly last to be allowed to open.

So it was a welcome surprise for the post-rock unit to take the stage just seven months after raising their concerns, playing at Mumbai’s antiSocial in Lower Parel. Sarmah acknowledged the situation as much.

 

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