While most rock music enthusiasts would relate this title with Pink Floyd, they just may believe that the following blog is something unrelated. Well, this is related to Pink Floyd and the new ‘Underground Music’ scene in the middle of Mannamai Village. Unknown to the professors, the administration, and many students…well….unknown until now…. A handful of students have been meeting in the dead of night for one purpose – To cleanse our souls with the elixir of life that is music.
One might wonder as to why the whole ‘cloak and dagger’ affair. The response is simple – Exclusivity. The purpose of this underground movement is to bring together true connoisseurs of western rock and heavy metal. The first meeting took place just after midnight on Monday. Students gathered at the great hall on campus for the debut screening of the first of many rock concerts to come. We inaugurated the club with a screening of what is till today, in my mind – the best concert ever – Pink Floyd’s P.U.L.S.E.
Needless to say, we managed to get the support of the few night owls who were pondering over pre-reads for the next day’s management accounting class by Uncle Bala, and managed to turn off the lights. Imagine this – an auditorium with a seating capacity of 280 people, surround sound speakers of the best quality, a huge white screen and in our hands, a copy of what can only be described as the most spaced out psychedelic experience ever. And only 10 of us to witness the awesomeness, that is Pink Floyd. Quite understandably, entry into the club is exclusive – by invitation only. It is open to all who wish to be part of the spiritual experience of Rock and Metal.
And in true Russell Peter’s style – when the first chord of ‘ Shine on you Crazy Diamond’ echoed through the hall, it was totally MIND-BLASTING !!!! This is probably an experience one can’t get even at a movie theater or a superb home theater system. The next 3 hours were spent with everyone rocking along to the tunes of High Hopes, Coming Back to Life, Comfortably Numb and ‘Wish you were here’. The ironic point of the evening which had everyone in splits was when Gilmour began singing ‘We don’t need no education’. Probably a very inappropriate song being played in the hall which is used to impart knowledge to budding managers of the country. We hope that the Karma does not rub off on everyone else. For the newbies, the simply divine combination of lights and sound was unbelievable. We believe we have converted some of them to our way of life, for life.
Concerts to follow would be The Doors, Metallica, Jimi Hendix, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Children of Bodom, some more Metallica, Megadeth , Dream Theater, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam and much much more. As sung by Neil Young, we’re “ Rocking in the free world”.
– Nikhilesh ‘ Will Rock till the end of time ‘ Murthy