Amit Saigal has done so much for the music scene in general and probably the most beautiful part about it was the fact that he was never pompous about it. You would never see him have that slight arrogance creeping on his face, he would have that trademark smile and that calm voice that would speak to you every single time.
He passed way before his time and he left with him a legacy which needs to be carried on. Amit stood up for independent music. He was one of the first people to do so. He prioritized ‘what band the people want to hear’ over ‘what band will make me more money’. He didn’t really care about anything else. From RSJ to the Pub Rock Fests, to the India Music Weeks to the legendary Great India Rock (GIR) which has made a lot of bands what they are today. Scribe and Bhayanak Maut often describe performing in Delhi like a sort of homecoming and the only reason behind that is performing at the unforgettable GIR Festival in the late 2000s. Scribe took Delhi by storm when they performed there in 2007 if I am not mistaken and Bhayanak Maut is a completely different kinda beast in Delhi. People literally lose their shit when it comes to this band playing the capital.
Apart from letting me witness these unforgettable experiences, Amit also did something that I probably hold as one of the best times of my life. He let me tour with Meshuggah when they came to India for the very first time. I can’t really explain how much this band means to me but the 4 or 5 days that I spent with them were times that I will never forget in my life. Meshuggah released a documentary about their first Indian tour and the credits almost brought tears in my eyes. I did not expect them to thank me for the work I did but they were kind enough to do so. Check the whole film here.
When I wanted to start the video department of blueFROG, I was asked to make a couple of films to show them what we can really do. They were doing a tribute gig to Amit Saigal and Sankhe, Bhate and I (We were FROGtv) decided to make a short film about the man who changed the lives of many. It was the first time we were making something completely on our own, from planning to shooting to editing etc. We did make a few mistakes but the end result that came out is something that we are very happy with because its honest and that’s exactly how we wanted it to be. Least we could do for a person who changed the lives of many in this country.