World of India!: BVP,AFMC,VIT, Trees on Fire - Rock on ! e

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BVP,AFMC,VIT, Trees on Fire - Rock on !

Yesterday a friend of mine invited me to join him to watch a Rock Music competition at ABC farms, Pune. The contest was organized by a newly launched print Youth Magazine called 'Poora Poona'. Me and my friend chatted with Sameer Agarwal, the live wire behind the effort, who lamented that Rock Music in general is very purely supported by corporates and finding sponsors had been a very tough job indeed.

Be as it may, Sameer and his team put up a fantastic show to conduct 'Dhwani'07' they way they did. This is going to be a bi-annual event. So watch out guys.

To the contest itself- there were 4 bands who played. Teams from VIT college of Engineering, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) and one of Pune's most famous rock bands- Trees on Fire participated in the contest. I was surprised by the depth of talent in almost all the bands. While the teams from VIT and AFMC did well, the BVP band stood apart by the way they were able to play as a single unit. 'Trees on Fire' of course was of course leagues ahead of them all...Randheer Dange on drums, Robin and Sundar on the Guitar, Sharad on the vocals were all outstanding. When it comes to Rock bands the other bands should learn that its not just about how you sing and play- but also about how you perform these creative acts as a 'group'. Most importantly, a band needs to have that very undefinable of qualities which ' Tees on Fire' had in loads and that was the single most important thing all the other bands lacked, by an equal measure. For Chris sakes, AFMC and BVP appeared on stage wearing loosened up ties...! This is the 21st century folks, pl throw the ties out : )

After 7 good years I was in a place with so many youngsters and watching them all deliriously happy- flirting, dancing, drinking, smoking and abusing each other playfully- it was easy to go back in time, when we roughly did the same old things, in the same old way. There was something truly beautiful about the way these people were enjoying themselves so naturally and just watching it, made me feel good about many things.

After the concert me and my friend decided to check out Pune's most authentic Iranian restaurant -Nunoz- but that's a tale for some other time.
Poona '.

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