Archive for January 27th, 2010

Had gone to Bangalore last week to attend an inter college fest, a fest which now I would not hesitate to call as one of my best till date in Bangalore. Yeah this was the one – Alo Ha Scintillations 2010, the inter college cultural fest organised by the Jyothi Nivas College, Bangalore.

This was the 3rd time I had gone to perform in JNC. Every time it gets better and better and this time it was the best. Not may be in the number of prizes that we Johnites won,but definitely had a better impact than any other college team in JNC. The total crew members from Johns were just 11. But they managed to rock the fest. (I am pretty sure no JNCite would differ.)

We (Jobin, RV and Davis) from the Mad Med Men reached Bangalore on Thursday (one day in advance) for the fest from vacation at home. With our guitarist Tilak Pinto and other team mate, the one and only Ja Ja Ja (Nitin) we started our Ice breaker Practice. Earlier some other batch mates who were expected to perform backed out suddenly and left a rough tone across. God, had seen the effort we were putting in and there came Jasbon as the ever faithful back up member. Together we practiced till late night. We had to do a few new scenes at JNC since we had preformed this mime before there… A few minutes break, a little bit of Mess food…. our neurons started working… we got our new scenes ready ! Then came the bigger problem of the night. We realised it would be difficult for our guitarist T.P to finish his end off posting exams and attend the event at 10:00 AM. No doubt, the task was left to the Cul-Sec in making Ja Ja Ja, who has already displayed his expertise in tackling such ‘complex’ issues before.

A bit of practice after breakfast and TP left for his exams. We the rest went to JNC and started waiting for him to join us. Ja Ja Ja with his contacts in JNC managed to put us as the last team for Ice breaker. And finally our turn came, but our man showed no signs. JNC girls were kind enough to wait for us, they filled in the gap with some game shows and gave us extra ten minutes. Mean while RV and Ja Ja reached college and got our man – TP to JNC.

So finally we were on stage… We knew JNC had waited and adjusted a lot for us… so we did not want to depress them by any chance. So the Mad Med Men Juniors gave a full blown performance. And the cheers gave us more energy. Outside your college, when you perform in front of a huge audience, they recognize and cheer you by calling your own name !! Want more reasons why we Johnites are enthusiatic about performing in JNC???

As we came to an end of Ice breaker, we realized as usual we exceeded the time limit. But the Judges and so the girls did not really seem to bother about that much. And finally the results – again FIRST !! (We had a 100% victory record with ice breakers) Thank God ! They say “Well begun, is half done” and my team belives in that a little too much !

The only regret on Day 1 was that I could not keep up the promise to Nitin and take part in Debate with him. I was seriously too bored to go and debate about Moral policing again !! Thankfully he understood my point.
Evening with Roshan and Jeff stayed back for JNC fashion show, but only 3 teams took part and was quite disappointing ! Any way since we stayed back could meet the Kannada ‘super star’ Chetan, who came to say cheers to JNCites. Hmmm… the girls went really mad about him !! Among those girls who ran to talk to him on stage we Johnites had a representation too… Our own Kanndiga – JA JA JA ! He went on stage and as expected asked some stupid question to Chetan and confused him ! But anyway thanks for mentioning our team name – MAD MED MEN on the stage, which was telecasted live by UDAYA TV.

The night was dedicated for full time practice. Guitarist T.P was inducted into the acting squad of mad med men for mad ads. Jasbon also stayed. Thus the squad was ready. By 11:00 PM, I managed to complete the new script adding 3 scenes and deleting a few old ones. Jasbon stayed back till 1:00 AM, we finished one round of practice. Thanks to Davi who went out and bought some food late in night and rescued our team from falling hypoglycemic.

By morning 8:30, Ja Ja also joined the team and we did 2-3 complete practices. Reached JNC just in time, we expected a maximum of 4-5 teams. But I was shocked when I heard we had 15 teams to compete. Then the only thing that I told my team before going on stage was also the same “Guys we have 15 teams to defeat, if we pull out a victory this time, It’s gonna be our best”…. May not be the best of my actors, may not be so coordinated, may not be sure about the script, but everyone just performed and enjoyed every bit of it !!
The crowd in the open air PU stage of JNC as allways kept our spirits high ! We gave a nice shot I thought. I hanged around and saw the other teams who performed latter too. But no one got such good feedback from crowd as much as we got… So counted our chance to get placed in top 3. But as the Judges declared the results we were on cloud nine. They first declared the special mentions – “BEST NARRATOR _ JOBIN JOSE from the Mad Med Men, BEST ACTOR – JINO JOY………..” and then the big one “BEST TEAM – 1st – MAD MED MEN from St. Johns Medical College”. What added to our joy was the judges who were part of teams that performed in the era of our senior mad med men, compared ourselves to our great seniors – the 03 team. That was the best we could hear !!!

Then came a small competition on the main stage, which earlier I had decided not to take part, but then finally decided to give a try after the clean sweep in Mad Ads. The Monoact competition. I did my ‘Othello’ play in Malayalam – only 3 scenes. But surprisingly the crowd supported a lot. Then while on stage I thought I should perform something for this ever lovely JNC crowd. So did a Navarasa show ! Would you believe, what I did there was impromptu !!! But that also seemed to be a hit with the crowd ! Thank God ! The Results of Monact was the best part for me in JNC…. As the judge asked the crowd to take a guess who is the winner, the girls had only one name. And I’m thankful that it was mine !

All together we all had a nice time at Scintillations !!! Coming back all the way to attend this fest was worth it !!! And as I did in my navarasa show for the rasa – VEERAM …. we johnites felt we were really the champs… and once again we walked out with our heads held high ! As our MAD MED MOB – The BLACK Ford Ikon, car came out of JNC – we had just one question to ask the JNC GIRLS – ‘When are you planning to keep your science fest this year???’

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