Mid-day caught up with the two Northeastern musicians, who call Mumbai home, after they sang their hearts out onstage in Pune recently. They talk about the pandemic’s influence on their music, singing in their mother tongue, and moving to Mumbai
Taba Chake and Anoushka Maskey recently performed at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Pune. Photo: Raj Patil/Mid-day file pic
When Taba Chake finally took to the microphone after two years of the virus-driven closures, the Mumbai-based guitarist and multilingual singer from Arunachal Pradesh said it felt like he was “starting from ‘A’”. But, he says, the feeling was still awesome. Echoing his sentiment was singer-songwriter Anoushka Maskey, a Sikkim native, who moved to Mumbai from Bengaluru this January. She hadn’t really performed live in over three years until the Prateek Kuhad tour in December 2021, which gave her the confidence to get onstage again and perform for a large crowd.