It is a well-known fact that MSRIT produces skilled engineers. But little did I know about many of them being such talented singers as well, who can give any established singer a run for their money!
A very enthusiastic crowd had gathered at the amphitheatre at 3:00 PM on the 4th of November 2015.The reason? One of the most popular events of Kannada Rajyotsava, ‘Voice of MSRIT’ was all set to take the centre stage. Some of the students were there to showcase their mellifluous vocals, while few others were present to soak in the music.
The esteemed judges for the event were Mr. Prujeeth Joshua, a man with many achievements in the field of music, and Mr. Anand Rajavikram, an aspiring music director, whose first album “Paravashanadenu” is set to release next year. The latter is an alumnus of MSRIT, an inspiration for all the musically-inclined to-be-engineers!
The participants sang a wide variety of songs from Kannada movies, each one of them well appreciated by the audience, who kept cheering for them. The songs ranged from evergreen ones like “Naavaduva nudiye Kannada nudi” and “Dooradinda Bandantha”, to more recent ones like “Ninna poojege bande mahadeshwara” and “Mungaru maleye”. Given the huge number of audience, each singer must have felt like a rockstar!
Given a time limit of six minutes, all participants made the most of it. The most wonderful part of Voice of MSRIT was that not all participants were necessarily native Kannada speakers, but nevertheless, sang fluently in the language. Hence, the event was true to the spirit of Kannada Rajyotsava and was a befitting tribute to the state of Karnataka. Each participant gave his/her best .Amongst them, the most noteworthy renditions were by the winners who truly deserved the tag.
Prior to the announcement of the results, the judges appreciated the participants and had a few words of advice for them. Finally, the winners for the day were announced:
The third place was shared by Sahana.S.Hegde, who sang “Oora Kannu” from the movie “Ranga SSLC” and Vinayak, who rendered “Naavaduva nudiye” from “Gandhada Gudi”. Priya, who sang “Nadhim dhim tana” from “Gaalipata” bagged the second place and Ankit, who lent his voice to “Ninna poojege bande mahadeshwara” from the film “Psycho”, won the first place. The winners not only won the competition, but also the admiration of the judges and audience alike. At the end of the day, all those who attended the event, went home with a spring in their steps, carrying the melodies of Kannada in their hearts.
Shivansh A S (Biotechnology)
Illustration by Mandara Girish (Electronics and Communications)