Music is something that touches our souls in one of the most beautiful ways. It cannot be seen but just be felt from the heart and even though it may not be a part of our lives, it isn’t apart from us either. And there could be no better way than to start off the new academic year with some beautiful music.
The VESIT Music council began their musical journey with BLISS’18. It was held in the college auditorium on the 27th of August, 2018. In Bliss every year, only the council members and a few other students are allowed to perform. The event was hosted by Mr. Harish Muthalagan (D14A), Mr. Prithvi Halder(D14B )and Mr. Anirudh Venkatesh(D15). Our hosts not only made sure that no one was bored but also kept the audience in splits.
The event started with the melodious “Ganesh Vandana”. BLISS’ 18 had performances varying from various genres from Classical to Bollywood to Western and Rock, etc. The two special guests for BLISS’ 18 were our very own
Ex-Music Secretary for the year 2016-17, Mr. Viraj Bapat and Mr. Riteish Malaney, who delivered some of the most beautiful performances. Our Ex-Music Secretary, Mr. Chinmay Warang also performed with his band at the event. The final performance was given by our current Music Secretary, Mr. Arnab Choudhary, performing with his band and the program ended with a vote of thanks from the Music Secretary on behalf of the entire Music Council.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” -Plato
With final submissions, Unit Tests and Vivas on the swing now, October was truly in the heat. October wished for some leisure and fun. October’s wishes were granted!! October was given an amazingly fun musical gift- OCTAVES’ 18, two days full of just music– people talking about music, playing music and enjoying music.
Octaves’ 18 spanned over two days on 15th and 16th October, 2018. Various musical events were held in the college wherein the students savored each and every moment of this beautiful symphony in all of its forms. The stage was set up for the musicians of the VESIT to showcase their talent and bring out the best of their musical skills in front of a large and enthusiastic audience.
But wait, What are we, the other students who don’t sing or play instruments, going to do?????? Aren’t we also supposed to have some fun too???? Well, October wanted fun for everyone and hence the gift was for everyone. Octaves’ 18 was a fun event for everyone– All the bathroom singers, the music listening fraternity, the singers, lyricists, the composers, the instrumentalists, the ardent music enthusiasts and the musical genre loyals- Everyone. No one was left out. For all the people, Octaves’ 18 brought two events- QUIZZER- a stage to test their musical knowledge. Eight teams qualified for the finals out of which the top three teams were declared as the winners. The second event was “Antakshari”-
the most loved games of all gatherings. Out of the thirty teams that participated, eight teams qualified for the finals. These games were enjoyed by all irrespective of their relation to music.
Octaves’ 18 began with a blast with the most fabulous performances by the Students of VESIT in Solo Singing and Duet Singing. Each and every participant gave their best performance with the whole crowd mesmerized by their skills and energy. One can never have a stage and performance without an audience and good hosts.
Solo Singing had three categories- Hindi, Regional and Western. Around 18 participants walked onto the stage to perform sing their songs, giving everyone else a tough fight.
While the vocalists were busy setting the amphitheatre stage on fire, the other half of musicians were preparing to awe the auditorium with the their voice of music- their “Instruments”. Around 10 instrumentalists decked up with their guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, tabla and flutes presented the audience with the beauty of their musical instruments in solo Instrumental and Duet Instrumental. The judges for the Instrumental events was our very own professor, Mr. Prashant Kanade, Music Incharge and himself a Tabla Player and Mr. Nishant More, a B.E. Student of our college and a Tabla Player. They indeed had a difficult time deciding the winners as each and every performer was very well trained in their instruments and played some beautiful tunes and beats on their instruments. The event ended with mesmerizing performance not just by he participants but our judges also became a part of it.
Mr. Nishant More played a short piece for the audience followed by Our Professor, Mr. Prashant Kanade playing the Tabla.
On the second Day band to rock the stage was “DOPAMINE”- A band formed by the students of VESIT- Miss Swastika, Mr. Chinmay Warang, Mr. Abhinav Velidi, Mr. Vignesh Subramanian and Mr. Vaibhav Talwedkar performing some of their original compositions- “Alive” and a few songs like “Wake me up” by “Green Day” and “Zombie- The Cranberries” . A special performance was given by Miss Asawari Tayade and Mr. Ajay Prajapati. They sang the song “Khamoshiyaan”.
The last performance was the one without which Octaves’ 18 could not have been completed. A band full of talented musicians full of Energy performing the songs of the most admired Musician of all times- Mr. A.R. Rahman. They call themselves “DOTS- Dreams Of The Strange”. The band members are from FCRIT, Vashi and they perform a various events.