This indie folk band is what Pondicherry’s warm summer nights were missing


‘Summer afternoons’ sound good only in books , hardly in Pondicherry.

But there is something about summer evenings , especially one that comes at the end of a sweltering week, when you’re ready to kick back with a drink by your side and relish the sea breeze blowing through the sultry night. Now, only if there was a live band playing just the right music to suit your mood!

This Saturday night, you don’t just have to wish about it for indie folk band ‘Cinema of Excess’  plays their first gig in Pondicherry at Santhi Inn’s breezy rooftop. Grab a cocktail and greet a familiar face or make new friends as the Bangalore band surprises you with their simple vocal melodies that carry a certain sadness with a tinge of hope.


Fresh tracks from their new EP

The acoustic trio -Anirudh Ravi, Bharath Kashyap, and Abheet Anand – influenced by the likes of John Mayer Damien Rice, Iron and Wine have been playing a mix of western, indie folk and country music at college festivals and venues in the Garden City. Their recently released first EP, Bring Back the Sound’ has five tracks awash with lyrical melody, unabashed longing and languorous guitar work.

Excited about performing in front of a new audience in Pondicherry, the band will also play tracks from their yet-to-be-released second EP and “keep things a little light and improvisational for a fresh crowd.”

CDs and stickers of ‘Bring back the Sound’ will also be available at the venue.


If you’re looking to make the most of a warm summer night, it hardly gets better than emotive indie folk on a rooftop.


WHERE: Santhi Inn, Nehru Street

WHEN: 7 p.m: (Happy Hours); 9 p.m: Live music starts

ENTRY: Rs 200 (singles) & Rs. 300 (couple) – inclusive of complimentary drink

ON THE MENU: Cocktails, home-made shooters and burgers etc


Disclosure: This content, produced by PondyLive, is sponsored by Santhi Inn