On 20th January 2014, the middle and senior school held the first events in the BA calendar for this academic year. The events that were slated were Mad Ads (grade 6-8) and Audio Mixing (grade 9-12). They were held simultaneously in the primary amphitheatre and multipurpose hall respectively and due to its unique nature –the events are quite left of centre- it was a BA period to look forward to.
School captain Tejas Rao emceed the audio mixing events and when asked to describe it, he simply states: “it’s the only place where you can listen to Led Zeppelin, Avicii and One Republic and leave home feeling happy” The event was definitely intriguing and the audience comprised of the senior school students. Participants included the likes of Armand Chandy from Nurturers and Moniet Sawhney from Inventors, common names amongst the seniors when it comes to Dj-ing, which was why the event was dubbed “war of the DJ’s”.
On the other end of school, BA Captain Rhea Nath emceed the Mad Ads event. She admits, “After watching their 3 minute advertisements, it is apparent that the middle school students aren’t experienced in it. But, I think it’s quite a learning experience. This can be our way of coaching them for inter school fests, because Mad Ads is quite a competitive event!” The products that the students needed to sell ranged from a rubber band that changed colour to a toothbrush that played music and even included selling an auto rickshaw to Bill Gates. It’s easy to say that the audience was kept amused throughout.
Also, the senior school enjoyed its first literary event for the year: poetry writing. Unlike regular poetry writing competitions, this stayed away from simply providing a theme to write on. Instead, each participant was assigned a classic poem (for example, Atreya Mathur from Adventurers was assigned ‘Where the Mind Is without Fear’ by Rabindranath Tagore) and the goal of this inter-house competition was to reinvent the classic. Maya Sanaba represented the Inventors in this and she exclaims, “It’s the most fun I’ve had in a while!”
Certainly, the middle and senior school tournament of minds is well underway! The results were announced in the assembly on 23rd January (Thursday) and it will be interesting to see how this year’s beyond academics turns out, so stayed tuned.