City Moment – The Soundless Bugle from a Band of Musicians, Lodhi Road
The memorable instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
It is evening, not cold, not warm. The Delhi Walla is walking on Lodhi Road. Not long after crossing Dyal Singh College I come across half a dozen men—each in a red dress. All of these men—a few look as young as teenagers—are sitting on the dusty pavement. One is sprawled on the ground, his eyes closed. May be he is sleeping.
The men turn out to be members of Mahalakshmi music band that performs in weddings. Since the night’s assignment is still some hours away, the band members are stealing moments of rest. A few men are not completely dressed in their formal attire yet. Their everyday shirts are tucked into the red trousers of their velvety uniform—they are looking half a maharaja.
The evening is quiet except for the sounds of the passing cars. A minute or so later, one of the musicians gets up and appears to play his bugle. But no sound is coming out. The rest of the men seem bored. It is an intensely memorable moment.
Before the music