Shadja 2013 faces technical glitches2 min read
Manipal: Shadja, a Battle of the Bands competition, was organised by Kasturba Medical College (KMC) at KMC Greens on April 24 as part of their ongoing inter-medical collegiate fest, Mist, 2013. The event that was judged by The Bicycle Days was marred by technical glitches.
In order to commemorate its diamond jubilee, KMC introduced Shadja in its six- day annual fest. Eight different bands from Manipal and Mangalore came down to battle each other but were bogged down by the technical errors during their performances.
The event itself started off two and a half hours late from its scheduled time because of some technical problems faced by the bands while practicing prior to the show. Yapzeng Yie, a student of Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC) said, “I arrived an hour late and I was still waiting for the competition to start. It was really annoying but then since I waited for so long, I stayed and enjoyed till the end.”
The event registered a dull beginning, largely because it witnessed a low turn-out. Apoorv Srivastava, a member of Under Construction said, “The feeling while performing was too good. It was the stage where I always wanted to get to. I don’t know why the crowd’s response was so dull, but the whole experience was fun.”
Each band was given a maximum of 15 minutes on stage which included the performance and setup time. They were judged based on synchronization, originality, and entertainment value.
Talking about their experience judging the event, one of the members of Bicycle Days said, “It is our third visit here and this time too, like always, it has been a pretty interesting experience. Humility of the people is what comes to mind first when someone talks of Manipal.” As the headliners for Shadja, they performed to an enthralled audience to mark the end of the event.
The proceeds from the show will go to charity events involved in funding education for under privileged children. Chinmayee P., Secretary of the Social Welfare Committee of KMC also spoke of the difficulties faced in organising such an event for the very first time. He said, “The major problem was getting people to participate both as audiences and as contestants since Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) students have their exams round the corner. Plus, time constraint was another challenge. It all started off very late because the sound-check itself started at 5 p.m. after all the classes of the day finished. The cops wanted us to finish the musical event by 10 p.m. So, we had to conduct everything in that span of 3-4 hours.”
Shifting Scales won the event, bagging a cash price of Rs. 12,000. Diversion Effect secured the second place, winning a cash prize of Rs. 10,000; while the third place was awarded to Under Construction which won Rs. 8,000.
Sub-edited by: Urvashi Ajmera