NE musicians rues Amit Saigal’s death
A pall of gloom has descended on the rock community of the Northeast at the sudden demise of founder editor of Rock Street Journal Amit Saigal in Goa. Papa Rock, or the Father of Indian Rock as he was popularly called, drowned while swimming off Bogmalo beach in Goa. He and some of his friends were on the way to an island when he decided to go for a swim. A case of unnatural death has been registered by the police.
As soon as news of his death leaked out, rockers and music lovers all over the country expressed their shock at the news. Saigal is credited for single-handedly shaping the rock music scene of the country as the founder of the pioneering Rock Street Journal. Saigal had been instrumental in organising rock events such as the Great Indian Rock Festival, Pubrockfest, Jazz Utsav and Rocktoberfest.
Terming the death as a very sad day for the Indian music scene, music journalist and promoter Colin Savio Coelho said, “It happened in Goa and very sad. May his rich legacy continue in abundance.” Another popular Goan guitarist Edwin Fernandes said, “The Man who got the rock music scene to where it is today – promoted hundreds of bands and encouraged all to write their own songs. I too salute him for two of my instrumental songs on the Great Indian Rock Albums. You’ll be dearly missed Amit Saigal. Hope u Rock the Angels in heaven.”
In the Northeast, his friends and fans too expressed their grief. Popular Blues guitarist and front man of Soulmate Rudy Wallang said, “I cannot imagine Delhi without Amit! I cannot imagine the Indian music scene without his presence.” D’Com Bhuyan said, “I cannot forget the good old RSJ days and Amit’s pad in Delhi. It is a great loss.”