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God's Own Convention - Days 3 and 4

First things first...FINAL YEAR!!! :D

This post shall have my experiences of both Day 3 and Day 4 of the convention, whose first two days have been extensively documented (In other words, please read the 2 posts that precede this one :P). My insuperable indolence has prevented me from documenting the two days separately...due apologies for that. So let's track back to the 26th and 27th of May...

The Yoga session in the wee hours of the morning went well with 12 rounds of Suryanamaskaara among other postures and asanas. Bodily ablutions (in the girls' bathroom) on both days were duly followed by queer dishes for breakfast and copious amounts of warm 'traditional Kerala herbs' water.

Talk by Aruna Roy - Social Worker

Yeah...this one was a first too. Never before had I heard a woman her age so shrill and full of zest. Although she has done commendable work for the cause of RTI and NREGS, she had me go a little ballistic over her pro-Congress and anti-BJP remarks. And she didn't even answer BadSense's or my questions!! Darn it!

Talk/Demonstration by Anjolie Ela Menon - painter

Paintings yella okay...what's with her fascination for crows, right breasts and chairs!!!???

Film Screening - The Rat Trap by Adoor Gopalakrishnan

This celebrated filmmaker was present at the centre for the screening of his 'The Rat Trap', which, maybe because of the heavy lunch, I must admit, was very soporific. I stayed awake but was quite disappointed as I thought the movie wasn't worth all the adulation it has got even though I did get his symoblism for the most part of it.

Carnatic Flute by N Ramani

One of the most melodic instruments, the flute is like a panacea for all bad moods. And Vidwan N Ramani is one of the most accomplished flautists of our times. The concert, needless to say, was thoroughly enjoyable esp. ragas like Kadana Kutuhala, Sindhubhairavi and the likes...

Akiro Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood was screened on the afternoon of the 27th. We'd rather see such movies on while Suhas, Aane and Mahi-maa represented our college at the conceptual session, the rest of us headed out to see God's Own Capital in all its evening glory. The museum which was housed in an old palace was quite a charm and the exquisite paintings at the Raja Ravi Varma museum left me speechless. We also sauntered along to the planetarium(I still don't know why). Anyway I could get a few decent pics to shoot so I wasn't complaining.

Sitar by Ustad Shahid Parvez

This was one concert I never thought I'd enjoy so much. Ustadji enjoyed while perfroming too and the mood was light and convivial in what was one of the best concerts of the convention.

Hindustani Vocal by Shri Rajshekhar Mansur

The only performer from Karnataka(yeah), Rajshekhar Mansur kept the audience in rapt attention and enthralled us all with his vocal ability and his consummate ease with which he could sing even the highest notes.

Dhrupad Vocal by Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar

Dhrupad is essentially a poetic form incorporated into an extended presentation style marked by precise and orderly elaboration of a raga. The Dagar family has been one of the most illustrious flagbearers of this wonderful singing style for generations. And Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar kept the high tradition alive by a thoroughly professional performance.

Intensives - Kalamkari

Myriad-shaped blots, pungently-smelling bags, breaking a bench, and a LOT of fun later, my cloth transformed into something I'm still kinda proud of. While I chose God's Own Tree i.e., the Coconut as my subject, other objects that made appearances others' clothes included XKCD sticks living in an XKCD house, a vase(which I still maintain is a hookah!), a bird, a houseboat and the embroidery work of a woman's salwar-kameez(nice one Tiger Baby!). While Shaz's meticulously drawn Yin-Yang was very impressive, more so was his abitlity to pick up incentives from the intensives and dine with the aforementioned 'incentives' in thier respective hometowns. Darn him!

Pictures will be plugged in later. Till then...kindly adjust! :P


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