A Snuphoria night was the chill pill we all needed after the exhausting and sleep depriving week of mid semester examinations. A potpourri of regional music that teleported us across time and space ranging from Tamil, Bengali, Bhojpuri and Punjabi, Marathi, to English, and from classic folk to contemporary. It was impossible to predict the next song, and the intriguing assortment of tunes keep us on our toes. The night of music eased its way into existence with soft mellifluous melodies, starting off with ‘Ekla Chalo re’ and ‘Ore Bhai Phagun legeche Bone Bone’, both historical Bengali songs performed by Aditya and Abhishek. Next, we took a short trip down south into some timeless Tamil AR Rahman classics like ‘Enna Solla Pogirai’ and ‘Kaadhal Rojave’ which pulled the strings of nostalgia in the hearts of many. The energy in the room was kicked up a notch with some Qawwali, engaging the audience in collective rhythmic clapping, gradually increasing in speed, ending while leaving the audience on an adrenaline high. For our next stop, we dived into Bhojpuri beats, with a song called “Railiya Bhairan Piya Ko Liye Jaay re”, where we slipped into the shoes of a wife whose husband had gone away to earn money.
On the way to the next destination, there was a bit of turbulence in the sound check, an unusual blend of the shrill vibrations of the violin, the sharp resonating strums of electric guitar, opposed to the soft strums of the acoustic guitar, underlined with the hardcore beats of the drums. Anirudh Kishore and group managed to beautifully tame the wild notes to conjure up “Mahaganapathim”, one of the greatest Carnatic classicals.
Afterwards we landed in Maharashtra with Atharva and group performing an award winning Marathi song, toning down the vibes in the room, mellowing the crowd. After a few contemporary Tamil songs, we came upon a quirky Bengali song glorifying the bottle gourd called “Shader Lau Banailo” performed by Abhiroop and group, which had a catchy beat that gave our feet minds of their own. After having completed a comprehensive tour of Indian folk and classical, there was a major jump to the western 70’s facilitated by “Tangled up in Blue”, “Sound of silence”, and “Scarborough fair” taking us on an emotional rollercoaster. Lastly, the spectacular voyage came to a blue-tiful end with “You’ve got what is takes”, “Folson Prison Blues”, and “Crossroads”, settling the air with some calm groovy beats for a smooth landing back to B315.
The remnants of the music lingered on however, because I felt a little blue having to return back to life as it is, but I’ve got my ticket ready for the next escape that Snuphoria brings my way.