My id no is 2003B3A6649
I play the Veena in the Club
I've been learning from blah blah ... :D
Friday, April 27, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Raag's been the place where we've grown into what we are today, and many of the lessons that we've learnt from the people we met and interacted with at raag, n raag itself thru its activities and discussions have been lessons that we will cheerish the most and will carry with us as distinct memories for many years to come.
As a batch, we feel proud, at this moment for 2 things.
One to have seen the transition from what it was in our first year to what it is now. Needless to say that the 2000 batch , 2001 batches got special mention like every other farewell this time too. Likewise, we know deep down inside that in many farewells to come there will be the open secret of 'soumi-manojh sec jt sec ship' in all representing 2003 batch that initiated a change.
Second, to leave behind raag with the best members the club has ever had. deserving n dedicated. Yo 2004! :)
It was an absolutely wonderful farewell. The write ups had a personal connection. All of em. We were smiling, rejoicing, and enjoying every happy moment. The fact that there was Hardly any psenti today was perhaps cos the farewell was to early in the season. But we bet, this has been the best we've seen in our four years here. The cutest of gifts. The happiest of memories. The latter in itself makes farewell a happy occasion :)
Thank you all so much.
We love you.
3 cheers to another great year of sec jt sec ship!
3 cheers to 2000, 2001 batches
3 cheers to "yo 2004"
3 cheers to the invite makers
3 cheers to my dear batchmates
3 cheers to AP n Swarna, n loads of luck too.
3 cheers to ORG COMM 08. we ll make sure we are off campus co ordinators ourselves!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
“Here’s to you guys”
“There are certain things that can be defined, but certain things needn’t be”. Well, don’t even try to extrapolate to find out as to what could be the possible ‘relevance’ to the post that follows. It’s just a flash of thought. :)
I’ve always believed in the power of the pen coz it kinda brings out what exactly is running on my head. Well, I’ve had a quite a long, inevitably ‘sunny’ Sunday. A concert in the morning ( ‘Swaralaya’ – Raag’s ode to ‘varnams’), some ‘blah’ presentation that kept getting rescheduled and goddd finally its DONE.!!! Here I am sitting on my bed, penning down my thoughts…pretty obviously the ‘best’ part of the day. :)
I’m not quite going to delve into vivid technical details about the concert. A very typical ‘Raag’ show – studded with not many audiences (lets jus call them the ‘lucky few’! – includes the diro – Dr.LKM tho’), our ‘usual’ hiccups with ppl forgetting to get the Sruthi box, our ‘usual’ high points in the show with the choice of Raagams, the ‘usual’ bloopers too, the ‘usual’ SEC-talk, the ‘usual’ snap sessions and the ‘usual’ lunching a Cnot after that. Indeed, I might as well describe the concert quickly. We had a rich blend of all kinds of varnams – Adi thaalam, Ada thaaalam, Pada Varnams n all that – favorite would be ‘ Reethigowlai’ though (yeah yeah yeah…am ‘group-obsessed’ – pretty obviously my ‘group’ sang that song!). Yeah, let me add more to the list – Charukesi, Valachi and Sahana too. :) The concluding piece of the concert was a Hindustani Song sung by a ‘first-yearite’ (Prateek) in the club. To sum it up, ‘twas the only ‘good’ part of my day. :)
All said and done then there is this sudden realization that dawned on me and trust me it almost shook me. Ah! All those ‘usual’ things that I just wrote about aint going to be all the ‘usual’ and ‘same’ anymore. These are probably certain times when you desperately ‘wish’ for ‘change to NOT be the constant thing in life’!It suddenly occurred to me that ‘twas indeed the ‘last’ concert of this eventful semester. Such ‘final’ /’last’ things make me retrospect, analyze and think about the past and carries a lot of meaning to me. It brings with it memories of the past and promises of the years to come.
First things first, I’d like to raise a ‘toast’ (virtually-ob!) to the ‘SEC’ and ‘JOINT SEC’. This is not some ‘feel-good’ gesture, but I really mean it. Well, we’ve had our own share of ‘lean phases’ this year, but then the very fact that we’ve come out of it flourishing only goes to show their potential, dedication, sincerity and passion.
Sriram- he’s just been there be it what!! That would just about sum up everything. His wise-cracks, musical brilliance, impatience, temper, joy, anguish- we’ve just seen it all in ‘Rag’. The man has jus put in his ‘200%’ for the club. Rock on ‘SEC’!!!
ViSPP – Godd, she’s been quite a ‘pendulum’ with ‘n-degrees of freedom’, swindling between a million things to do. This ‘adorable’ being has been what she’s always been in the club – an embodiment of sincerity, amazingly level-headed and perfectly keeping up with the SEC. Nothing quite happens without an approving nod from her. :)
We love you guys (yeah, we MEAN IT!)!!
Here’s to you guys.
Secondly, the fact that the ’03 batch’ falls into the genre of ‘senti-semites’ aint any encouraging. Common, we’ve been pampered, nurtured and motivated by them. Atleast, the previous sem, we always had this sem to look up to a lot more of known faces who were getting back to campus. Damn!! All this makes me feel so bloody OLD!! We’ve always adored you guys, we still learn a lot of things from your batch. ROCK ON!!!
Here’s to your batch!!!
All said and done, it also strikes me that, almost half my batch isn’t going to be ON next sem and that’s what I’d call ‘unfair’!! We’re so used to being and doing things in the club having each other around that it is just about ‘hard’ to imagine things the next sem. I can’t claim to ‘know’ every one of them, but then, most certainly we’ve only had great times making music together.
Here’s to everyone in my batch!
Well, I do realize, I’ve been emotional, sentimental and retrospective, things that I’m usually not at least in an open forum, in this post, but then what the heck! But then again, we’ve got to pull our feet and keep moving and wait for the road to see people walking together, making music and rejoicing it. Yet, things wouldn’t be the same and that would have to be the hard truth!
Here’s to all you guys!
Here’s to music!
Friday, April 13, 2007
14 of us, highly enthued about the trip to Shimla and Kulu-manali; out of which 8 of them formed the orgcom07! That was indeed nice to have manojh too :) We had too sumos - 7+7!
23rd night: Phew! It flew over with people cracking jokes throughout the entire journey and of course few "enthued" people shuttling between the 2 cars to keep everyone alive.
The 24th: We reached shimla around 10 in the morning and after refreshing ourselves, we went down the hill to reach the northern railways canteen and had a sumptuous breakfast. Once done, we got back to our cars and drove to this place called Kufri - Famous for mule rides to reach the snow. But yeah, as majority of us were slihgtly psyched by the maintanance, we had climb up the hill. Went into the Shimla National Park and had awsome fun. Few of us went to down a narrow streaky pathway and compassed the snowy places - where in this video called "pudhu vellai mazhai" from roja was shot, with screening artists Soumi and Sankar (Pattikadu and Rishi). And we found out this new technique of singing specific ragas to specific animals and hence bring them out of their cages, courtesy Sankar. The park fun got over with a small chat lunch in the nearby redi. We got back to our rooms and quickly left to "THE MALL ROAD". As the name says it is famous for shopping. It is on the top of a hill and we had to reach it with the help of elevators. Had funky "saravana bavan" oriented southindian food in "Nalini" restaurant ;) Did few shopping here and there and started walking (again) to the hotel as the elevators were closed half past 10. After taking a while's rest we ran million miles (an exaggeration thouhg) to reach manali the next morning.
The 25th: Booked rooms in the hotel and yay! yay! the snowy day! On our way to Solang valley we haulted to wear on our jackets, gloves and shoes. And now - THE snow! Traced the path to find that sexy place. We spent almost the entire day there. Almost enervated, we reached our cars by mules! Then yeah, the dinner time - Madras cafe :D after which ppl did shopping and everyone well settled in one room to play "customs"!!!
The 26th: After breakfast we left to this temple called "Hadimba". A cute temple; looked like it was submerged in snow. After some gaala time here and there, we went to a Budhist Monastry. Meanwhile, few of us went boating too.By then, the time was well set for lunch. Of course! Madras cafe again :D All packed up our bags and bid a big adieu to manali. One car had to leave Manojh and hence went to delhi. The other one, with atmost difficulty, numerous punctures, somehow reached pilani safe the next day. There ends this short sweet trip.
Memories will stay green forever.