Singer Palash Sen – The New Indian Express

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Singer Palash Sen’s love and affection for his hometown, Delhi, can be easily inferred from the opening lines of his 2010 creation, Delhi Meri Jaan, the theme song for the 2010 Commonwealth Games which took place in the capital city. “Yeh sheher meri jaan, iska naam meri pehchaan…” sings Sen.

Recalling the decade-old concert – he calls it a defining moment in his life – the frontman of Indian pop/rock band Euphoria shares: “When I composed the song, I realized I was only connected like nowhere else as I am connected with this city, and all I have is thanks to the people of this city.In this week’s “City on my Mind”, Sen speaks candidly about his affection for Delhi and of the evolution of its relationship with the city over the years.

Tales from the house’s past
Born in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Sen remembers moving to Delhi when he was only about six years old, to experience culture shock. “As a boy who was brought up in Jammu and Kashmir… [since] they are really small towns, coming to Delhi was a culture shock for me. I was amazed that there was a city with cars and buses, bustling and hustling so much. Modernization was much more here than there [J&K],” he shares. This “quantum leap” waned over time, and Sen quickly acclimated to the ways of the city.

His school—St. Columba’s school, Ashok Place, was a space for learning and experimentation. Sen danced, sang, acted and participated in debates. Even her family supported her fondness for the performing arts. However, he eventually took up medicine – Sen is a 17th generation doctor in his family. “There was never any confusion in my head about what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a doctor, but music continued to be part of my life,” he says.

The rise to success
Euphoria has gained worldwide fame for its albums and singles – Maeri, Khwamkhaa, Mehfuz, and more. Sen believes the Delhiites have been the biggest cheerleaders of the bunch throughout those years. “Euphoria wouldn’t be Euphoria, I wouldn’t be who I am, without Delhi. The people of Delhi have always supported Euphoria. It’s been 20 years and our biggest gigs are still in this city,” he says.

Even after a thriving music career, Sen never moved permanently to Mumbai or anywhere else. “Delhi is my home, why would I give up on this city? I always call Mumbai my ‘jumped sheher‘” says Sen, who works in Mumbai but prefers to live in Delhi.

Calling Delhi an abode of ‘dil wallahs‘, Sen concludes, “Delhi’s passion is unparalleled and this is reflected in the city’s culinary culture. Wherever there is love, wherever people are passionate about who they are, food thrives.

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Favorite street food: There was a samosa-wallah just outside Lady Hardinge Medical College, Panchkuian Road. It was the best samosa in the world.

Favorite place to hang out: My house

Favorite landmark: Old Fort

A lesson the city has taught you: Be passionate about everything you do

Singer Palash Sen’s love and affection for his hometown, Delhi, can be easily inferred from the opening lines of his 2010 creation, Delhi Meri Jaan, the theme song for the 2010 Commonwealth Games which took place in the capital city. “Yeh sheher meri jaan, iska naam meri pehchaan…” sings Sen. Recalling the decade-old gig – he calls it a defining moment in his life – the frontman of Indian pop/rock band Euphoria shares: “When I was composing the song, I realized I was not connected to anywhere. elsewhere in the same way that I am connected to this city, and all that I have is due to the people of this city.In this week’s “City on my Mind”, Sen speaks candidly about his affection for Delhi and the his relationship with the city has evolved over the years. Tales from the past of the house Born in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Sen recalls moving to Delhi when he was only around six years old , to experience culture shock. “As a boy who was brought up in Jammu and Kashmir… [since] they are really small towns, coming to Delhi was a culture shock for me. I was amazed that there was a city with cars and buses, bustling and hustling so much. Modernization was much more here than there [J&K],” he shares. This “quantum leap” waned over time, and Sen quickly acclimated to the ways of the city. His school—St. Columba’s school, Ashok Place, was a space to learn and experimenting. Sen danced, sang, acted and participated in debates. Even his family supported his fondness for the performing arts. However, he eventually took up medicine – Sen is a 17th generation doctor in his family.” There was never any confusion in my head about what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a doctor, but music continued to be part of my life,” he says. Rise to Success Euphoria has gained worldwide acclaim for its albums and singles – Maeri, Khwamkhaa, Mehfuz, and more. Sen believes the Delhiites have been the biggest cheerleaders of the bunch throughout those years. “Euphoria wouldn’t be Euphoria, I wouldn’t be who I am, without Delhi. The people of Delhi have always supported Euphoria. It’s been 20 years and our biggest gigs are still in this city,” he says. Even after a thriving music career, Sen never moved permanently to Mumbai or anywhere else. “Delhi is my home, why would I leave this city? I always call Mumbai my ‘sautela sheher’,” says Sen, who works in Mumbai but prefers to live in Delhi. Calling Delhi an abode of ‘dil-wallahs’, Sen concludes: “Delhi’s passion is unmatched and this is reflected in the city’s food culture. Wherever there is love, wherever people are passionate about who they are, food thrives. Quick Four Cuisine by favorite street: There used to be a samosa-wallah just outside Lady Hardinge Medical College, Panchkuian Road It was the best samosa in the world Favorite place: My house Favorite landmark: Old Fort A lesson the city taught you : Be passionate about everything you do

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