They sang for India’s war heroes

Courage without compare. Bravery beyond belief. In 1962, a thin line of India’s finest stood their ground in the face of aggression. A grateful nation can never forget their sacrifice or their fortitude. 50 years later, on 17th November, Indigo Live and Flags of Honour Foundation commemorated these martyrs of the Himalayan heights with the Cry Freedom concert at Counter Culture in Bengaluru’s Whitefield. Featuring Chennai bands Scrat and Frank’s Got the Funk, the concert which kicked off at 6:30 pm was organised by the Flags of Honour Foundation.

A non-profit entity based in Bangalore, the Flags of Honour Foundation endeavours to be a bridge between citizens keen to help families of military martyrs and the kin of those who have sacrificed their all. It identifies the requirements of these families and effectively routes financial, social, and material support to them. Born of entrepreneur, Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the National Military Memorial Committee Rajeev Chandrasekar’s earnest wish to uphold the pride and honour of India’s military heroes, the foundation strives to keep the memory of these gallant martyrs alive to inspire future generations.

The Musicians
Hailing from Chennai, the two youthful bands are gaining popularity. Started in 2009, Frank’s Got The Funk treads in various genres, primarily influenced by Electronic and Progressive rock. The band was formed by Bjorn, the front man and vocalist, followed by Vikram (keyboardist), Sajith (bassist), Shashank (drummer) and Mervin (lead guitarist). The band has yet another member – Frank. An alter-ego of the band, he writes all the songs. The band has a simple principle which they stick to when making their music: it’s all about fun and love for music based on situations and incidents which they have been through.

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On July 15th 2006, the lives of five high school graduates converged in the name of music as Skrat. By 2012, everything had changed – their sound, image and attitude. The first attempt at exposing this to the world was ‘Skrat In The Shed’, a live music video that swiftly rose to fame. By the end of the year Skrat expects to tour extensively and release its sophomore album.

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