Tuesday July 23, 2019

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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A.R Rahman sketch. Image source: muktojibon.com
  • 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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    A R Rahman deserved this! He is indeed one of the best musicians the world has got.

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Organisation in Rajasthan Constructing Beautiful Houses for Birds

These bird houses come in different colours and designs

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Till date, over 30,000 bird houses have been built by the organisation in just over a year. Pixabay

At a time when the builders across the world are busy building world class houses for humans, an organisation in Rajasthan is constructing beautiful and colourful houses for birds which promise accommodation ranging between one bedroom- hall-kitchen (BHK)-5 BHK for the avians.

The NGO Apna Sansthan, since May 2018, has been caring for birds in search of a roof under the scorching sun and heavy rains. Till date, over 30,000 bird houses have been built by the organisation in just over a year, says Apna Sansthan founder (Jaipur region) Ashok Sharma.

These bird houses come in different colours and designs.

“They are available in four variants — Wooden House, Mud House, Hard Board House and Stable House. The Wooden houses are decorated houses which are also water proof. They are little expensive as its costing and carving takes time and resources,” he said.

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An organisation in Rajasthan is constructing beautiful and colourful houses for birds which promise accommodation ranging between one bedroom- hall-kitchen (BHK)-5 BHK. Pixabay

“The mud houses are mostly in demand in Rajasthan. We order potters to make these coloured houses. Around 10,000 such pots are being supplied across Rajasthan, of which Jaipur’s share remains around 3,000.

“One piece costs around Rs 60 with transport charges, which is quite economic and hence people go with it,” he added.

He next “dreamed” of making bird houses of hardboard.

“However, here I required the help of manufacturers who preferred donating Rs 2 per piece after hearing the noble cause. One piece cost around Rs 6. With their donations, I ordered 20,000 such bird houses where 3,000 were kept for my school, and the rest were distributed elsewhere.”

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Sharma also runs a school here with classes up to the 8th standard.

The next in line were stable houses. One of such rare houses for birds was constructed in Jhunjhunu. There was a 10-floored apartment block created for birds which accommodates 1,100 houses.

“The total expense for building this stable house was Rs 3 lakh. However, people wanted to contribute for a cause for these birds who in summers and during rains search for shelter,” Sharma said.

“Basically, it’s a huge wall which has around 1,100 pockets for birds to rest.”

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The NGO Apna Sansthan, since May 2018, has been caring for birds in search of a roof under the scorching sun and heavy rains. Pixabay

Sharma runs Apna Sansthan with Vinod Melana from Bhilwara who is the secretary of the organisation started in 2016.

The NGO is also engaged in water harvesting, sapling plantation, flora and fauna conservation, among many other activities.

According to the office bearers, it was started taking inspiration from Amritadevi Vishnoi who sacrificed her life along with ther lives of her daughters and 363 other people to save trees in 1730.

Narrating her story, Sharma said: “A party of the then Jodhpur ruler Maharaja Abhay Singh reached her village to fell ‘Khejri’ trees to construct his new palace when Amrita Devi protested against the royal attempt to cut trees as it is prohibited in the Bishnoi religion.

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“She told them that cutting trees was an insult to her faith and she would rather give away her life to save these trees, saying that even if a tree is saved at the cost of one’s head, it’s worth it.

“Thereafter, the axes brought to cut the trees severed her head and of her daughters Asu, Ratni and Bhagu, who had offered their heads too,” he said.

Soon Bishnois fro 83 villages gathered and it was decided that one volunteer would sacrifice his or her life for every green tree to be cut. In this process, many lost their lives and 363 of them become martyrs,” he added.

Apna Sansthan has planted 5 lakh saplings in 7,200 villages in the state and are also celebrating the anniversaries of the plantings.

The bird houses are being distributed in birthday and anniversary parties as return gifts. Besides, new townships are being donated these bird houses.

“We conceived a better implementation of this idea when we attended the Paryawaran Kumbh organised in Varanasi in November 2018. Delegates from 146 nations attended this gathering, while interacting with them gave us the idea of how we can take up the bird houses project,” Sharma said.

At the Sharma-run school here, students and birds play and even eat together during lunchtime, which is somewhat of a rare scene to see.

“This is how we can build a relationship between kids and nature,” he says. (IANS)