The Yellow Diary: Poetry meets Rock

Members of the band The Yellow Diary
(l to r) Stuart DaCosta (bass), Rajan Batra (vocals), Himonshu Parikh (keyboard) and Sahil Shah (drums)
Photo: Sony Music India

A four-member music collective, The Yellow Diary, has a sound that is best described as poetry with rock. With a blend of electronic music and rock, they are touted to be a compositional powerhouse with widespread praise from the music and film industry in India.

The Yellow Diary consists of Rajan Batra (lead vocals, lyrics), Himonshu Parikh (keys, production), Stuart DaCosta (bass), and Sahil Shah (drums). They have released two EPs (three songs each) in the past two years to much critical acclaim and are building a loyal and engaged fan base across the country.

Building a loyal fan base across the country with hits like Rab Raakha and Marz, the alt-rock powerhouse band are back to win millions of hearts yet again with the power-packed track Sajni. It also features the band’s ex-member Vaibhav Pani on guitar.

VERUS FERREIRA met the band to know more about their music, their new song Sajni, and of course how the name The Yellow Diary came about.

So let’s go back in time to 2016 when The Yellow Diary first came together…
Himonshu: It was actually 2015 when Rajan and I met. We met in a professional capacity, but soon realised we had some magical musical chemistry and decided to form a collaborative project to make music together. The first song we worked on was Marz, and that’s when I called Vaibhav Pani, our then guitarist, who was working as an IT consultant. He loved the song, came in to the studio and totally nailed his guitar bits. After getting a lot of encouragement and validation for our music from some greats like Vishal Dadlani, Raghu Dixit, we decided to take our act live. Which is when I called up Sahil, a longtime friend and an absolutely insane drummer in 2016. He heard the music before and loved it, and he introduced us to our very own legend Stuart. Once Stu heard Marz, he was in. And that’s how TYD began.

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Verus Ferreira is a freelance music journalist for over three decades, contributing articles to various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book. Besides being a music aficionado, he is also a photo-journalist. He contributes to Musicunplugged.in. Reach him at E: verusf@gmail.com or verusferreira.com

Verus Ferreira

Verus Ferreira is a freelance music journalist for over three decades, contributing articles to various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book. Besides being a music aficionado, he is also a photo-journalist. He contributes to Musicunplugged.in. Reach him at E: verusf@gmail.com or verusferreira.com