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Sneak Peek into BITSAA Bangalore Event - “Music and Lachaa Session” June 19, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010   (0 Comments)
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The best insights are caught easily when they are narrated by people who were a part of that particular event. VV Ramanan, ID No: 1966E04032 responded to our request and took time to give the details. Read on!

A group of Bitsian alums drawn from across four decades has been working away over the past three months to revive a comatose BITSAA Bangalore chapter. The impetus for this revival is the impending global meet in Delhi. It was felt that for the chapter to send a delegation that is commensurate with its membership rolls, efforts must be made to bring Bitsians out of the woodwork where they have unfortunately crawled into in the recent past.

The first of several planned BITSAA get togethers was, not uncharacteristically, a “music and lachaa” session held on June 19. The music itself had a “kal aaj aur kal” motif with musicians representing the “past”, the “present” and the “future” generations of Bitsians. The Bitsian community in Bangalore is gifted with some outstanding musicians and a wide cross section was on display at the event. Goes without saying that there was no dearth of “lachaas” and the delayed start due to the vagaries of the power gods contributed significantly to the quality and quantity of this Bitsian staple!

The music offered on stage was nothing short of astounding. There was “Agam the band” (with Bitsians Harish “Vodka” Sivaramakrishnan, Ganesh “GNR” Nagarajan and Praveen “TPK” Kumar – class of ‘02) with their unique carnatic/rock fusion. They appropriately kicked off the event with their own composition “Brahma’s Dance” (please google them and listen to their music – you will be amazed). They were followed by a BITS Pilani music club band led by Ashish Jain and Anirudh Wadhwa of the class of ‘10. They did a good mix of Bollywood and western rock, old and new.

The program was rounded out by the NYOTH (“Not Yet Over the Hill”) quartet of Sunil Nanda, Vijay Athreye, Pradeep Viswanathan and Philip Thomas, all Bitsians of the ‘70s vintage and “guest” singer VV Ramanan (of the class of ’71) rendering evergreen hits from the 60s and 70s like “Proud Mary”,” Hidden Treasure” etc.. These are just 4 out of the many members of NYOTH who brought the house down at Oasis 2008. By the way, do check out their Youtube recordings as well. The acoustic session also featured Ram Gulwady (class of ’78) who came all the way from Mumbai to take part in this bash!

The music was outstanding, the atmosphere electric, the food wholesome and delicious, and the Bitsian bonhomie very much in evidence. But for this Bitsian, what was remarkable was how Bitsians of rather disparate vintages jelled together as if they were all batch mates. We had in the audience Prof VL Swaminathan (ME ’67), Prof TLS Rao (Prof. of Mech Engg who left BITS in ‘73) representing the old timers (at least one ’57 grad was expected but unfortunately could not make it) and hordes of ’10 graduates who put off their trips home after PS so they could attend.

A great many people worked behind the scene to make this happen. The “young brigade” made up of Arjun Kamath and CK Shwetha (’09) Rachit Chandra, Kaushik Kashyap, and Ashish Jain (’10) and the “steady hands” of Dr. KRV “Raja” Subramaniam and Krish (President and Secretary of the Bangalore chapter). As always, there were “angels” like Dean Nattu spreading the word about this event on FB, Twitter etc.

The event was held at Unnati Center off Old Madras Road. Unnati ( is a vocational training and social transformation program for underprivileged youth. The money BITSAA spent on renting the venue goes for a good cause.

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