Posted By Shalini Lahiri,
Monday, November 30, 2009
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It was like a movement. It was like we lost ourselves and became part of something bigger.”
-Anonymous Brazilian fan about the Rock in Rio festival
Every festival is like a movement, where the unity of hundreds of BITSians only can create something beautiful. They say, being a part of the herd makes you ordinary, but in this case, every bit of ordinary strings together to make the extraordinary.
WAVES Winter 2009, was held from the 6th-8th of November, and would not have been possible without the dedication of hundreds of BITSians. With the tagline "Winter was never this hot!" (quite literally so, as well), WAVES had all the elements of the BITSian fest, the varied events, the workshops, the exciting specials, the stars, and the beautiful craziness that envelops the campus for three days, transforming it into a live, pulsating city.
This post is meant to be a lookback of WAVES Winter 2009, a sneak peek into the fest. WAVES was inaugrated on the 5th of November 2009. "BITSians create waves wherever they go.” Never has louder applause been heard in enormous auditorium of BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus. Anu Hasan, the Chief Guest, a talk show host, famed Television personality and ex-BITSian actually made the audience sit up and listen to her short, yet rousing speech. The Inaugral Ceremony of WAVES Winter 2009 started on an auspicious note as the world-renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik, unveiled his latest sand masterpiece, a sculpture on the horrors of Global Warming at WAVES.
This was followed by an exciting bevy of performances in the Auditorium. The Dance Club of the campus, which never stops experimenting with interesting themes, gave us a lovely classical performance, some bold hip-hop moves, and a paean to unrequited love in the form of a dance-drama. The iconic Mime Club showcased it’s version of the "Idiot Box” which left all in peals of laughter. Sometimes, you do not need words to make the world understand double entendres. Kala, the Fine Arts Club created Jimi Hendrix live on stage in a span of 5 minutes, as "Voodoo Child” played. But then, a quiet fell in the Audi, as darkness reigned and suddenly we saw a flicker of light. What followed was something that cannot be described. The laser show held us all spellbound, and depicted all that was to happen at WAVES. They say your life, flashes by your eyes, well, this time WAVES flashed by our eyes.
The first day saw the presence of celebrities like Kishore Namit Kapoor, reknowned acting guru, who came to deliver a talk about the nuances of theatre and acting, Ms. Vidya Balan, beloved Bollywood actress, and internationally reknowned fashion choreographer, Kaushik Ghosh who had come to judge to Fashion Parade. Ms. Balan was here as a part of Nanhi Kali, a charitable organization, that promotes the education of the girl child. Ms.Balan exhorted all BITSians to give up that extra glass of coke, and save money, because saving even Rs.6 every day, for a year, can fund the education of a child. Later, DJ Suketu livened up the night with his awesome Bollywood remixes.
The second day had members of Thespo, the National Youth Theatre festival come down to judge the Stage Play event in the Drama Category. The Best Actor and Actress of the Drama Category also won a chance to train at the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Academy in the summer. There were many amazing special performances as well, including Slain, who have opened for Iron Maiden, The Fictitious Group, winners of Boogie Woogie and the famous Bollywood singer, KK who enthralled everyone with his mellifluous voice, performing 25 songs! This was undoubtedly one of the best performances we have ever had!
The last day, the 8th of November, also saw a bunch of exciting competitions, such as Mr. And Miss WAVES. WAVES also went international, with the participation of our foreign student (from Queen’s University, Canada) in the event. Following that was the Rock Night, with a performance by the evergreen poster boys of Indian Rock, Parikrama, who performed their original hits, along with covers of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.
WAVES is over and gone, but to tell the truth, it's always wonderful to be involved in the start of something beautiful. We've raised the bar now, and we hope the future batches live up to it. And we hope that when you read this, you'll reminisce about WAVES' and OASIS' past, and will bring back memories of those lovely times.