Spoonful of Blues—Impressions by Chords & Co
The MIT Quadrangle has witnessed a multitude of band performances over the years, always radiating an aura of merriment and gaiety. Adding to this growing list, Shorthand, a Delhi-based free genre band, rocked the stage on 11 September 2018 as part of ‘Impressions’, a music fest organised by Chords and Co. An enthusiastic, albeit small, crowd cheered on as the band performed through the night.
The half-hour delay gave rise to some irksome response. However, it all subdued once the bands went on stage. The event kicked off with a performance by an in-house band, Half Light. Last Minute, another band from MIT, went on next. Both these bands succeeded in getting the audience grooving to their tunes and set the standard high for the night.
Next came the pièce de résistance: Shorthand. Starting off with a few of their originals, Shorthand displayed impeccable stage control, managing to capture and retain everyone’s attention all through the night. Covers of popular songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Snarky Puppy, and Masakalli (from the movie Delhi 6) among others, received loud cheers and had the audience busting moves. Sreya Muthukumar, the lead singer, constantly interacted with the crowd with her velvety voice and wooed everyone present. Their two-hour long set encapsulated various genres from blues and jazz to progressive rock, thus catering to a wide array of tastes.
Impressions housed various other fun activities such as a photo booth and a creative way to find your ‘song partner’. Students gravitated towards the photo booth, set in collaboration with The Photography Club, Manipal, making it a popular attraction. Blessed with a clear sky, the event provided students with a well-deserved break after gruelling weeks of sessionals and assignments.