‘Mu­sic builds your team spirit and con­fi­dence’

Be­sides be­ing an ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity, mu­sic is all about ex­press­ing your­self cre­atively, say stu­dents of DU col­leges

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

Mu­sic is all about cre­ativ­ity, ex­pres­sion and re­ju­ve­na­tion. For stu­dents at some of the Delhi Univer­sity col­leges, it’s more than just an ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity. It’s about en­joy­ing them­selves while learn­ing an art.

“Cre­ativ­ity is highly val­ued in any so­ci­ety. We also col­lab­o­rate with other so­ci­eties to bring out a par­tic­u­lar theme in their line of work. That would in­clude a live clas­si­cal dance per­for­mance along with live mu­sic with our chore­og­ra­phy so­ci­ety. Peo­ple like to see In­dian clas­si­cal trained singers jam­ming with West­ern pieces and the funki­est of per­cus­sion­ists,” says Ar­jun Chakravorty, pres­i­dent of the St Stephen’s Col­lege mu­sic so­ci­ety.

Be­sides of­fer­ing them a chance to show­case their cre­ative ex­pres­sion, mu­sic also helps stu­dents dur­ing their ex­am­i­na­tions. “You will see dif­fer­ent groups at var­i­ous cor­ners of the col­lege hud­dled around peo­ple who find singing and play­ing in­stru­ments the best way of re­leas­ing their stress. It really helps you bust stress,” he adds.

The mu­sic so­ci­ety at St Stephen’s com­prises around 35 peo­ple. Stu­dents have also par­tic­i­pated in many col­lege fests for in­sti­tu­tions such as IIT Delhi, Lady Shri Ram Col­lege, Mi­randa House and IIT Kan­pur.

Alaap - the In­dian mu­sic so­ci­ety of Sri Venkateswara Col­lege was cre­ated by few young mu­sic en­thu­si­asts. Formed in 2004, it has pro­duced some of the finest mu­si­cians over the years.

Ex­tremely ded­i­cated and thor­oughly de­voted to the so­ci­ety, the mem­bers put in hours of stren­u­ous prac­tice ev­ery day. They per­form in so­los, duets; group and in­stru­men­tal con­tests.

Some of the com­pe­ti­tions where Alaap par­tic­i­pated in­clude the fests of IIT Delhi, IIT Kan­pur, AIIMS, Lady Shri Ram Col­lege for Women and St Stephen’s Col­lege. There are 10 singers and three in­stru­men­tal­ists who ac­com­pany the singers on the tabla, gui­tar and key­board.

“Mu­sic helps you a lot — builds your con­fi­dence, team spirit, com­pet­i­tive at­ti­tude and helps you deal with success and fail­ure,” says Ankita Nair, vice pres­i­dent of the so­ci­ety. Echo, the West­ern mu­sic so­ci­ety of Je­sus and Mary Col­lege, was formed in 2006.

An acapella group, Echo has cov­ered a va­ri­ety of gen­res from gospel and pop to jazz and alternative rock. Apart from an­nual col­lege fes­ti­vals, Echo has per­formed at a va­ri­ety of venues, in­clud­ing the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van, Church of Re­demp­tion and the Com­mon­wealth Games Youth Fes­ti­val. Most of th­ese col­leges hold au­di­tions to in­clude new mem­bers in their groups ev­ery year.

“Echo has given us a plat­form to pur­sue our pas­sion. It has taught us to ap­pre­ci­ate ac­capella,” says St­effi James of Je­sus and Mary Col­lege.

Rock on: An acapella group, Echo, the mu­sic so­ci­ety of Je­sus and Mary Col­lege, has cov­ered a va­ri­ety of gen­res from gospel and pop to jazz and alternative rock

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