Goa: To Indian rock lovers, Amit Saigal is a name which personifies passion for music. And with this death earlier today, it is indeed the end of a brilliant era of the history of Indian Rock Music. He was the editor and founder of India’s most popular music magazine, Rock Street Journal. He is the epitome of encouragement for many budding Indian Rockstars who were aimlessly looking for giving their music careers a concrete shape.
The misfortune struck while Saigal was holidaying in Goa. He died while swimming on one of theGoan Beach areas named Bogmalo beach which is situated approximately 35 kilometers away from Panjim. Most of his friends who were there at the scene of the event are presuming this happened because Saigal was asthmatic and could have possibly had a major attack while swimming due to exertion and physical stress. A case has been filed with Panaji Police and an autopsy is due to be conducted at the earliest.
By the time, the news spread wide, condolences started raining on Saigal’s family and friends. He with his immense talent and more than two decades of experience in the Indian music business has carved a name for himself. It was in the year 1993, Amit Saigal started the phenomenal ‘Rock Street Journal’ with Shena Gamat Saigal in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh to promote non- Bollywood independent music in India. An ardent rock lover that he was, he played a pivotal role in popularizing rock music inIndia. Bands like Agni, Parikrama, Indian Ocean look up to him with great love and respect.
He founded a host of music festivals in India like GIR (Great Indian Rock Festival), Jazz Utsav, Pubrock fest and mostly the very famous Indian Music Week.
Facebook and Twitter is flooded with his fans posting condolence messages for him. Vishal Dadlani, the rock artist and a famous Bollywood music director tweeted, “Amit Saigal, RIP. Wherever you’ve gone, I hope they have beer, good maal, and an acoustic guitar. Rock on, brother.”
Raghu Dixit of Indian Ocean fame, lost a dear friend in him too. He tweets, “He did more for the Indian Rock scene than what he was credited for. Many Indian bands owe him one. Hard to believe he is gone.”
Parikrama on their Facebook Page put up a status for Saigal, “RIP Amit Saigal…. The Indian Rock scene has lost a pioneer in music journalism. Will be greatly missed! Our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
Had it not been for this one man, music culture in India would have been very different. College bands would have died in college and the latest Star World show, The Dewarists would have might as well looked for a fresh venue for them. Saigal was always very particular about pushing forward new, fresh talent which is both vivacious and enthusiastic at the same time. The entire Bollygraph team respectfully joins in with his family and friends in condoling the death of this great man!