Music club, under the reformed BRCA structure, enthralled the audiences at Dogra Hall in its first inter-hostel event of the year, Dhwani, on the 4th of August. Aravali bagged the top honours, winning the event, and taking away 4 out of 5 individual honours.
Meant to start at 2:00 PM, the event was overtly delayed as the crowds jeered to be relieved of their ‘Attyachar’. However, at 3:45, when the performances finally began, the teams looked to strike the right chords (quite literally), and brought the house down on a number of Bollywood, Fusion, Classical and Folk performances.
Shivalik were the first to perform, and with their soulful classical expedition on the Darbari Jam, proved the long wait worthwhile. Electric guitars and the drums added a distinct flavour, and blended well with the vocals. Zanskar took the stage next with a fusion of Malhaar and Kedar Ragas, and captivated the audience with a special flute solo in the middle.
Satpura chose to combine the unconventional with the popular, as they performed on Agni’s Aahatein. Himadri followed next, and managed to further escalate the decibels on their Bollywood numbers. Choosing to go with the popular tracks of the day, the girls started off with the Aashiqui 2 hit ‘Chahun Main Ya Na’, before moving over to Jiya Lage Na from Talash. The medley, however, stole the show for them as flashes of Gulabi Aankhein, Tum Hi Ho, Dil De Diya Hai, Saadi Gali, Jude Jo tere Khwab Se and Party’s On My Mind left the audience cheering for an encore.
Aashiqui 2 flavour continued on with Aravali winning over the audience with Milne Hai Mujhse Aayi, before taking the classical route with Advaita’s Ghir Ghir Aayi. Vindhyachal’s Yaarian and Garaj Baras Sawan, and Jwala’s 40 minute delay followed next. Even Kishore Kumar’s evergreen melodies like ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ failed to remove the bad taste the delay managed to put into effect.
Bollywood theme dominated the next few performances, as Girnar played Tum hi Ho and Haal-e-Dil, Kara grooved on Maula, Jaane Kya Hoga Rama Re and Sheila Ki Jawani, and Kailash mesmerised the audience on ‘Pareshaan’. Nilgiri looked to score the maximum on Crowd Cheering as ‘Nil Bulls’ chants ruptured throughout their Laila performance. The hostel performances concluded with a soulful Haye Mera Dil by Udaigiri, leaving only the results, and the much awaited Rishi Inc, desired in the event.
Rishi Inc , of ‘Kesariya Balam’ and ‘Bas Karin O yaar’ fame held the stage for the next 90 mins, treating all to an completely new and unheard song. The results came out to be quite expected, as Aravali finished on top, followed by Vindhayachal and Shivalik. Best Vocals, Best Guitar Player, Best Bass Player and Best Drummer all went to Aravali, as Vindhyachal captured the Best Keyboard Player.
The success of the event has left us all expecting the Music Club to reach greater heights over the year.