The crowd started trickling in slowly giving leeway for assumed sound checks. But this time around, there was no room for delays. B315 was considerably full for the semester’s much awaited event by Snuphoria. The first of its kind on campus, it was two and half hours of a well-deserved spotlight on instruments alone. The event was opened by House of Chords’ adaptation of Believer by Imagine Dragons. What followed was thirteen numbers that were scintillating and peculiarly so. Here is the line-up:
- Call It Anything
- Pipe Dream
- Lehra Mandali
- Nishant and Samarth
- Abhiroop and Nishant
- Ashwin, Aniruddha and Raghav Puri
- Joe Sam, Praneet and Abhiroop
- Arnav, Atish, Gurjot and Samarth
Each one had elements that stood out. However, there were a few unmissable highlights of the night. What was the biggest takeaway was the number of original compositions and improvisations that were there. Every single one of them was meticulously composed and the performances were reflective of that. There was one thing common that resonated across all performances, every instrument in all the ensemble performances had their individual glory and they built up to something big and ended that way.
The range of genres was wider than ever. Ranging from mellow Carnatic tunes to grunge, from progressive rock to jazz, Snuphoria’s attempt to encapsulate this plethora of genres did not go unnoticed. What came as a total surprise was Aniruddha Iyer’s take on the popular Whiplash track – BLINDFOLDED! It was simply extraordinary. While the pros stole the show without a doubt, there was no freshmen talent to be found despite being given the choice. The event closed with a power packed number by the senior most of the society, leaving us with a reminder of what the society stands for. For Snuphoria, an instrumental night was a gamble considering the popular musical inclination on campus but it turned out to be one fully worthy of a Saturday night.