Lucid Recess wins TFA award
There seems to be no stopping this band from the Northeast. Still riding on the success of their second album, Guwahati-based alternative metal band Lucid Recess won the prestigious Toto Awards for Music (TFA) in the beginning of this month. Having been among the final shortlisted bands last year, the boys from Guwahati made the final cut this year and walked home with the prize money of Rs. 50,000.
The jury for the awards comprised of Amit Saigal, founder of Rock Street Journal (RSJ), Siddhartha Menon (Events and Promotion Head, RSJ) and Amyt Datta (veteran guitarist of bands like Skinny Alley and Pink Noise). Unanimous in selecting the winner, the jury said, “This is a progressive band that achieves an unfailingly high professional standard. They get full marks for the passion that comes through in their music.”
Formed in 2004, Lucid Recess comprises of brothers Amitabh Barooa (Vocals and Bass), Siddharth Barooa (Guitars and Backing Vocals) and Partha Boro (Drums). They have released two albums – Carved in 2007 and Engraved Invitation in 2010 and have played shows in some of the major cities in India – Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Gurgaon etc. One of the most original and creative bands of the country, they have also played in The Great Indian Rock festival in 2008 and 2010. The TFA award is a major achievement for the band as they have become the first group from the region to be bestowed with the honour.
The Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) is a non-profit trust set up in 2004 in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and film. The TFA awards are given each year in three different categories – Music, Creative Writings (English and Kannada) and Photography. The TFA award for music recognized exceptionally talented bands and musicians, spanning all genres and languages, with the only condition being they are below 30 years of age.