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From the Heart: BITS Pilani Students pay Tribute to the Music Maestro A. R. Rahman on World Music Day

The students have made an app DEXTRA so that they can reach out more people who want to meet their goals

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  • BITS Pilani is a prestigious Institute of technology located in Pilani, Rajasthan 
  • Recently, some students composed music using an app Dextra to pay tribute to AR Rahman 
  • The students used an aap ‘DEXTRA’ to compose their music video

On the occasion of ‘World Music Day’ the students of BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science) Pilani in Rajasthan, came up with the idea of paying tribute to the music maestro A. R. Rahman through a video composition.

Two-time Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman is India’s one of the most loved musician. Pointless to say, he has always delivered and continues to deliver magic with his musical notes, that leaves his listeners with goosebumps.

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What makes the video interesting is that the students have picked Rahman’s one of the popular compositions and have improvised it to pay tribute to the music maestro.

Dextra app logo. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Behind this exercise lies a story. Kushal and Divyaansh are engineering students at BITS, Pilani. They were interested in the musical world but pursuing a career in engineering clearly changed the track for them. This, however, did not kill their love for the art. Using an innovative concept for budding artists- DEXTRA, a platform for all the upcoming talents in the field of creativity, they decided to give rendition to their Music.

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‘The students from BITS Pilani who feature in the video are Arya Arun (lead vocals), Kushal Jasoria (lead vocals, video and audio editing), Saksham Nagar, Abhinav Gandotra, Devam Jhanwar, Kriti Jain, Swathi Muddha and Shubham Rathi (backing vocals), Nikhil Jhingade (keys), Sanjay Ghosh (guitar), Ravneet Bansal (bass guitar), Sudevan Chandrasekharan (violin), Dishant Sangani (keys) and Samakshi Tiwari (cinematography).’

The video ends with famous artists like Parry G, Mala Mary Martina, Agam and Gurucharan, Akash Gautam, who have endorsed the platform in their words. These ‘tech savvy’ students have definitely given the world of music a new dimension.

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The students used an aap ‘DEXTRA’ to compose their music video. The makers of Dextra app claim: We provide a platform to various artists to come together and interact with each other.” It aims to teach all the participants on how one should network with people, who appreciate and consider something new and creative.

-Report compiled by Megha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: @meghash06510344

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    A R Rahman deserved this! He is indeed one of the best musicians the world has got.

  • Aparna Gupta

    AR Rahman is a world class musician and paying tribute to AR Rahman is a wise decision.

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VIPs Of U.S To Pay Tribute To Barbara Bush

The VIPs of U.S. gathered to pay tribute to Former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush

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FILE: Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks at an event on social security reform in Orlando, Florida, March 18, 2005. VOA

Top U.S. political figures are paying tribute to former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush as a woman who was devoted to her family, her country and the public good.

President Donald Trump praised Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, as “an advocate of the American family.”

He said that “amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.”

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First lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. VOA

Former President Barack Obama said he and former first lady Michelle Obama will “always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we’re even more grateful for the way she lived her life — as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit.”

Former President Bill Clinton, who defeated Bush’s husband, former President George H.W. Bush, when he ran for re-election in 1992, said, “Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit and grace, brains and beauty.

“She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.”

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Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter recalled Barbara Bush as the “matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation’s progress.”

Barbara Bush was only the second woman in U.S. history who was both married to a U.S. president and the mother of a second, former President George W. Bush. The other was Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the country’s second president in the 18th century, and his son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

Family members and former President George H.W. Bush, the country’s 41st president from 1989 to 1993, were at her side at her death. George and Barbara Bush were married for 73 years, the longest-married couple in U.S. presidential history.

The former president’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, said that “of course he is heartbroken to lose his beloved Barbara. He held her hand all day today and was at her side when [she] left this good Earth.”

Her son, former President George W. Bush, said he, his wife, Laura Bush, and their daughters Barbara and Jenna were saddened by her death, “but our souls are settled because we know hers was.”

Barbara Bush along with her son and husband.
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) waves alongside his parents, former President George Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush upon their arrival Fort Hood, Texas, April 8, 2007. VOA

“Barbara Bush was a fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions,” he said. “To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”

The former first lady suffered in recent years from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She declined to seek further medical treatment as her condition worsened in recent days.

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Her funeral is set for Saturday in Houston, Texas. She will lie in repose for public viewing on Friday at the Episcopal church she and her husband attended.  VOA