दस्तक

-शाश्वत किशोर, Alumni Advisor, DTU Times

आज अचानक मेरा उस गली से जाना हुआ
जहाँ मेरे बचपन और जवानी का गुज़ारा हुआ

दिख गई वो पान की दुकान जहाँ से कभी पान खाया करता था,
वो चाय की दुकान जहाँ एक्स्ट्रा बिस्कुट के लिए गिड़गिड़ाया करता था

वो आम का पेड़ जिसके फल का स्वाद शहर में कहाँ नसीब था
वो कोना जहाँ कंचे खेला करते थे, आई-पैड और प्ले-स्टेशन के बिना भी मैं कहाँ ग़रीब था

वो छज्जा जहाँ से वो हसीन मोहतरमा कपड़े सुखाती थी,
जिसे पाने की चाहत हम सबको लुभाती थी

वो पार्क वाली काकी का घर जहाँ प्यास मिटती थी, जल से
वो पाठशाला जहाँ हर होमवर्क का एक ही बहाना था, कल से!

गली से गुज़रते गुज़रते कुछ मायूस हुआ ही था मैं,
अतीत के झरोखों में डूबना शुरू हुआ ही था मैं
जब आँखें पड़ी एक बंद दरवाज़े पे
जो दस्तक थी भूत-काल के बंद दरवाज़े पे
जिसे कभी में घर बुलाया करता था,
वो अब महज़ एक दस्तक थी, आगमन करती थी पुराने दर्द और तन्हाई का

बंद दरवाज़े की आहट बुला रही थी
भूली यादों कि चाहत बुला रही थी

दरवाज़े को नर्मी से, नज़ाकत से जब मैंने खोला
तब आँखों के बाँध को आँसुओं ने एकदम से, अचानक से तोड़ा

यादों का वो घर जो कभी ख़ाली ना लगता था
वो अब बंजर ज़मीन जैसा बेकार सा लगता था

दीवारों से उतरा प्लास्तर और टूटा हुआ फ़र्श
कर देते थे आज की ज़िंन्दगी को अर्ज़

इतने जस्बातों में लिप्त एक ही एहसास जागा
इतनी यादों में लिप्त एक ही एहसास जागा
कि दौलत की चाह ने गली, मोहल्ला और घर भुला दिया,
और इसी चाह में मैंने ख़ुद को ही भुला दिया।

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Cadence ’17: Siddhant Gupta, Instrumental Category Winner

DTU Times interviewed Siddhant Gupta, Instrumental Category Winner of Cadence ’17. He is a first year MCE student who enthralled the audience with his performance on the song ‘Technical Difficulties’ by Paul Gilbert. 

How was your performance at Cadence different from your performances in school?

In school, most of the audience knew me whereas here, everyone from the judges to the other performers were strangers. It feels great when a friend compliments on your performance but when a stranger approaches and appreciates you, it feels too good to be true. And that’s exactly what happened. Both Mayank (President, Madhurima) and Kanika (Secretary, Madhurima) came and patted on my back and that’s when I realised that my performance had gone very well.

Why did you choose to play the guitar and not any other instrument?

I find the guitar as a great songwriting instrument. I can really express myself with those six strings. I am also a diploma level keyboard player but still chose the guitar for my performance because of the aforementioned reason. Moreover, I’m a metal head and metal songs have a huge inclination towards guitar riffs and solos. So that’s where the love comes from!

How did you master all the advanced techniques like sweep picking and shredding? What were the challenges you faced?

One word. PRACTICE! I remember when I was in the 8th grade, I heard ‘Nothing else Matters’ by Metallica for the first time. I couldn’t even shift chords properly back then. So I sat down from 2 in the noon till midnight and all I could manage was shift 3 chords. And look where I’ve reached now! Challenges did come my way, for instance, my high E string hasn’t enjoyed a life of more than a week before breaking *chuckles* but all you need is a little motivation and patience. And yes, always practice with a Metronome. It took me a year to master sweep picking, practising everyday with a Metronome, gradually increasing the BPM. So try it once. I’m sure it’ll help.

Name some of the bands and songs that are on the top of your playlist.

The bands and songs that I relate to the most, are the old ones. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and The Beatles are my all time favourites. Master of Puppets is one of my favourite songs. Apart from that, I’m a huge fan of Micheal Jackson. I can dance on Billie Jean and Thriller anywhere anytime *laughs*.

How do you plan on expanding and improving your skills? Are there any future projects on your mind?

Me and Yatish (Indian Music Head) have decided to collaborate on a Sufi Rock fusion project. Our preparations will commence soon. I also have a few original tracks but I haven’t released any of them. I want to re-record and launch them soon. Also, my long term goal is to set up a studio and start working with different artists in different genres. I also plan to be an active member of Madhurima and participate in the upcoming events and fests.

Cadence ’17: Paridhi Saxena, Indian Vocals Category Winner

DTU Times interviewed Paridhi Saxena, Indian Vocals Category Winner of Cadence’17. She is a first year SE student who mesmerized everyone in the B. R. Ambedkar Auditorium with her singing performance.

How was your experience, participating in Cadence? How was the overall competition?

All the participants were truly amazing and the competition was really challenging. When the judges announced the winners, they caught me by a surprise. My experience was spectacular, thanks to all the mentors, who guided me at each step and helped me find solutions whenever we got stuck.

Briefly, describe your musical journey along with the challenges you faced that have helped you become better.

I started singing when I was in my second grade. My father taught me basics of Indian classical music. I also learned the keyboard and the harmonium. I started my professional coaching from Allahabad Prayag Sangeet Samiti at the age of 12. The biggest hurdle in my journey was the preparation for engineering entrance exams, because of which I had to give up music for two years. I feel the lack of practice has affected my performances but I’m working hard towards doing better.

What is your strategy when you go on stage? How do you keep yourself motivated?

The idea is to own the audience whenever I am up on the stage. The nervousness crawls up my spine every time I perform but it only lasts a few seconds. After that, I completely get into the groove and try to sing my heart out.  When I choose a song, I always relate it to a person and that’s what keeps me motivated. It’s as if I’m performing for both of us and therefore can’t mess it up.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to complete the 6-year course in Classical Singing. I am looking forward to being an active member in Madhurima, participating in competitions, meeting new people and making my college proud. I am also planning to learn a new instrument in the near future.

One song that describes you?

“Baadal pe paaon hai” from the movie “Chak De India”!

Cadence ’17: Reva Singh, Western Solo Category Winner

DTU Times interviewed Reva Singh, Western Solo Category Winner of Cadence’17. She is a first year ECE student who mesmerized everyone in the B. R. Ambedkar Auditorium with her singing performance – ‘Back to Black’ by Amy Winehouse.

First of all, Congratulations for winning the Western Solo Category at Cadence this year. How was the competition?

The competition was amazing. I got to witness a variety of skills, ranging from Indian vocals to beatboxing. It was a really fun experience to watch everyone perform and to interact with fellow music enthusiasts. The only disappointment was the fact that I was called to the stage as soon as I brought a Maggi from Nescafe. I gave it to my friend and obviously, there was none left when I got back.

When did you start singing and who was the motivation behind it?

I started singing at the age of 6. My parents encouraged me from the very beginning.

What kind of music do you like and why?

I love jazz, alternative rock, R&B, soul and pop music as I feel that these styles are very expressive and are really fun to sing.

Have you always been inclined to Western Music?

I have performed Indian Classical, Bollywood, Sufi, Bengali, French and even Japanese songs. Ironically, I’ve never performed a western song over the entire course of my school life. My first performance was here, at Cadence!

One thing in Western Music you find to be unique.

I prefer Western music because it has an equal footing between vocals and instruments rather than Bollywood music which is usually vocal-driven.

What did you like the best about DTU?

The best part about DTU is the fact that the students here explore their interests, rather than devoting themselves completely to academics. Also, I’m in love with the dosa at MechC.

One song to describe your college life.

Here by Alessia Cara

Of Saints and Sinners

-Pratyush Jain, 2nd year, IT

 

CRASH!

The twelve year old boy was awoken from his afternoon nap by what seemed to be the sound of glass shattering. His mother’s motive to put him to sleep before the verdict’s wrath reached them was ultimately not achieved. Looking down the window, the boy could see scores of men and women running through the streets, screaming in protest. He hurried downstairs to where his cowering mother peeked through the slit between the curtains. A large stone lay in the middle of the room, having been projected through a now broken window.

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Exit Interview: DTU Cultural Council 2016-17

Every year, the Cultural Council is formed with the aim of enriching the DTU atmosphere, and at the end of each, the 5 core member pass the baton with heavy hearts before diving into the routines of professional life. For the academic year 2016-17, Gunik Goel was appointed as the Cultural Secretary, Akriti Tewari and Arpit Nagpal held the posts of Joint Cultural Secretary, Dhruv Dua was the Treasurer of the Cultural Council along with Shikhar Sachdeva, Joint Treasurer.

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Interview- Punya Salila Srivastava, IAS, Education Secretary, Govt. of Delhi

DTU Times had a short têtê-á-têtê with Ms. Punya Salila Srivastava, IAS, Education Secretary, Govt. of Delhi, at the Inaugural Ceremony of DTU’s East Campus in Vivek Vihar. Here are some excerpts.

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