July 23 , 2016 was history in the making for Guwahati and its music lovers as the music lovers of the city got to witness the first ever international Guitar clinic in its premises. And it was none other than Guitar God Michael Angelo Batio taking centrestage at the clinic. The Clinic was initiated solely by Dean Guitars and The Guitar House , Guwahati ,the latter of which had entered 20 glorious years of existence as the foremost music and production store in the entire Northeast. The venue was Cheers Crossroads , which was chosen over all the other pubs in the city for this prestigious clinic.
The day started with MAB arriving at The Guitar House at 12 pm for a special appearance at the store and a little meet and greet there with the enthusiastic fans. He was adorned with the traditional “Gamusa” and a beautiful showpiece by the owner of The Guitar House , Mr Sanjay Jasrasaria. MAB then greeted his fans and signed a few autographs for them whilst doing a short interview with Anylouder.
After that he left for the venue of the clinic i.e Cheers Crossroads for the soundcheck. The crowd had already started to built up by then and when the clock struck 2.00 the doors were opened and the people rushed in albeit in an orderly fashion under the able management of the Lampgenie crew. Everyone was seated and one of Guwahati’s finest presenter Mr. Dcom Bhuyan started the presentation and introduced the guitar legend. When MAB took the stage the crowd of 130 approx went into a frenzy not believing that the Guitar God was standing a few feet away from them in person. The owners of the teams behind the whole clinic collectively i.e The Guitar House , Cheers Crossroads and Anylouder/Lampgenie were called on the stage to felicitate the Legend. After that MAB took over in his usual charismatic style and for the next hour owned the stage. He started off by expressing his gratitute of having being invited there and that he was thrilled to do the clinic. He started off with one of his signature track i.e ” No Boundaries ” and displayed his over under technique . He went up to the crowd to give them a first hand experience to see his magic. He played a couple of tracks more and also answered all the questions asked to him in his own way with humor and wisdom. The crowd were in a state of enigma at the end of it all not knowing what had hit them. Even the best from the city were starstruck with what they saw. MAB showed them why he is what he is . A legend , A Guitar God !!!!!
There were all the media houses present and Anylouder were the only ones with the official interviews , filming rights of the entire clinic . As we have been well in touch for a long time with Michael and have other Dean endorsees like Andrea Martongelli in our contacts we were prefered over other media houses !!!!!
The follow up to the Guitar clinic saw Guwahati lads ” ABSTRACT ” rock the audience with a great performance . They kept their promise of delivering the goods . It was great to watch them play live again !!!!!!!!!
When asked this what some of the people had to say :
” It was a thrill , absolute pleasure to have him grace the occasion of The Guitar House’s 20th year celebration. What more could i have asked for ? The Guitar House is blessed by The Guitar God’s presence ” said an excited Sanjay Jasrasaria, owner of The Guitar House.
” Its a historic moment for Cheers Crossroads to host someone of the magnitude of MAB .I am honored and deeply satisfied with what we have achieved tonight ” Uttam Bordoloi , owner of Cheers Crossroads was heard saying.
Ashiqur Rohman , owner of Anylouder/Lampgenie quoted ” It was an absolute privilege to be the official promoting and managing partners of the event and be involved in creating history of organizing the first ever international Guitar clinic in the city with a Legend like MAB ”
PHOTO CREDITS : BIKASH CHETIA
Reviewed by : Ashiqur Rohman ( Editor -in-Chief /Anylouder )