MICA’s annual cultural fest,‘Oorja’, organized by CulComm, the cultural committee of MICA, was held on the 11th and 12th of October.
An intra-college cultural night took place on the first day where students performed and showcased their talents whilst competing for prizes.
The performances ranged from soulful renditions of yesteryear songs to lively dances to a stunning fashion show. Another interesting performance was the belly dancing sequence that added a unique twist to the program and further upped the fun quotient.
The second day of the fest was the Dandiya Night which saw participation from the students, the faculty and the support staff of MICA as well as from various other colleges. The entire campus was filled with enthusiastic people who were all dressed up in beautiful, flowing and colourful ethnic outfits, swaying to the energetic songs with their friends.
"It was my first garba night ever. I have never experienced so much enthusiasm and energy among people as I did this time at Oorja. There was an amazing turnout for the Garba and Dandiya night with everyone all dressed up in beautiful and colourful outfits. A memorable night indeed that I will take back with me from MICA and will definitely remember for years to come" - Kanika Tandon (PGP-2)
Not only did the people add vibrance to the college campus but the décor that one could see all around the place also added a splash of colour to everyone’s lives during the fest.
"In totality, I loved Oorja this year! From the Culnite to the Garba and Dandiya night, the decorations, the performances and the sponsors, everything was superb. I had a great time and personally enjoyed it more than last year" - Apurv Verma (PGP-2)
The music that consisted of traditional garba songs to well-known dance numbers from the Indian film industry automatically pulled everyone to the ground and made sure everyone had a lot of fun. Also, various food stalls were set up on the ground to help the dancers replenish their energy!
"Oorja was fantastic! I had been looking forward to experiencing something traditionally Gujarati since quite sometime and it totally lived upto my expectations" - Ritwika Deb (PGP-1)
"Oorja was a pretty amazing learning experience. A lot of hard work went into its preparation and we’d been working for it since September. But in the end, when it all came together and the people around us had a lot of fun, that gave us immense satisfaction and we felt that all the sleepless nights spent working on the fest had been totally worth it!" - Astha Khanna (PGP-1), Team CulComm
True to its name, ‘Oorja’ was indeed an energetic fest, complete with breathtaking performances, peppy garba beats and fun nights.
Studio 7 is the latest, first of its kind campus initiative to bring together, nurture and celebrate inspiring music at MICA. They kick-started this season with the inauguration of the Jam Pad along with the release of two original compositions.
Tessitura, their production wing, released 2 OCs: a song release by Akhil Sharma of PGP-20 and the second by the ‘Sivlink Project’, a Pune based band, with which Dhananjai Sinha of PGP-20 is associated.
"It’s been a while since we started working towards creating a space to allow MICANs who are musically inclined to express themselves. Our Jam Pad, equipped with a drum kit, guitars, a bass, acoustic and electric guitar, a few amplifiers and monitors, has seen the light with humble beginnings. Of course, there is no such thing as too many instruments so we promise to bring in more based on the requirements of the students as time flies. Kudos to the junior team for executing the event with great gusto!" - Studio7
The Town of Lanka
" ‘The Town Of Lanka’ was recorded as part of an impromptu five song acoustic jam session on top of a hill in Baner, Pune with three colleagues. The song tries to signify Lanka as a symbol of nature in its peace and order and how it is reacts to outside influences trying to corrupt its sanctity and harmony.
A long conversation preceded this instrumental piece about random, diverse topics which ranged from the evolution of the ‘hero’ to the role of the historian’s fallacy in what to call the present reality, to colonization and the mythification of stories.
Recorded on a breezy July early morning with two acoustic guitars, a vocalist and an audience comprising a random morning walker we never met again and a stray dog that got interested and seemed to approve what was being played to him towards the end. “
- Dhananjai Sinha, PGP-20.
Listen to The Town Of Lanka
Luk Yuth Chanyan
" The first time I heard this song was when my father sang it. No instruments, no music - only his voice. The tune had a conciliatory pathos that I could connect to as a child without understanding the lyrics. I later realised that the poetry was written by a Kashmiri Sufi poet. My father had heard Kashmiri singer Vijay Malla’s rendition of the song. When I joined college, I immersed myself in playing the guitar and singing. This is when I tried my own rendition of the song mostly by humming the tune. When I asked my father for the lyrics and what they meant, I was blown away.
The poetry in the song was enigmatic and even my father could give me only his interpretation of it. To this day, we don’t know the exact meaning of the lyrics as intended by the writer. The song touches upon nature, life, suffering and death. It takes me through the extremes of hope and utter despair leaving me in the space between. This song seems to have emanated from the emotions evoked due to the vagaries of fate Kashmir has suffered over the centuries. However the poetry in the lyrics is universal and is expressive of all human suffering. “
- Rishank Kaul, PGP-20.
Listen to Luk Yuth Chanyan
" Our first term was a hectic one. I hadn’t gone home for a long time, hadn’t had ghar ka khaana for a long time and hadn’t met my girlfriend for a really long time. I was missing her and the time I spent with her, so I thought of writing a song about it. The song has a romantic beginning and you might think it’s a run-of-the-mill romantic ballad, but that’s what it’s not. River Nile is naughty, funny, expressive and not a romantic ballad. The music consists of a lot of melodic solo guitars using arpeggios (inspired by John Petrucci), tapping licks (based on Steve Vai’s playing), the use of the Floyd Rose (in the style of Guthrie Govan) and a blues solo with licks inspired from the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B King and jazz musician Aditya Balani with a constant 4X4 chord being played in the background. So yes, a little more than a ballad! “
- Akhil Sharma, PGP-20.
Listen to River Nile
The shape of things to come certainly looks good…