Being the gutless person I am, I naturally respect anybody who has the courage to perform on stage, or display their vocal, or directorial talents to the behuda crowd of TIP; thus you will find barely any criticism of anybody who performed at the Freshman Gala in this article. As compared to the previous years, this time we were better off; performance as well as audience-wise. Of course, the comparison doesnâ€™t mean much, seeing that there WAS no gala in 2005, and the 2006 disaster is not worth mentioning.
This year there were fewer technical glitches, the mini-concerts were not as ear-torturing, and the 3rd and 4th year sciences were acting semi-civilized, which was a huge surprise as well as relief.But the first year audience more than made up for the slight decency showed by their seniors, by being just as loud, derogatory and vulgar. The boy sitting in front of me in fact, was so irritating I seriously contemplated hitting him on the head with a half filled water bottle. Heâ€™s lucky to be alive. Another girl managed to irritate practically everybody in the auditorium with her constant, high pitched screaming. I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if â€œUnwantedâ€ posters with her face are plastered all over TIP in a day or so.
But anyway, the event started off with an instrumental featuring Finance Secretary Waqas Aman on the lead guitar, current stud Babar on the drums and Sarim on the keyboard. Individually each of them is brilliant, collectively they were pretty good too; and I guess one could say that about most of the songs done on Wednesday, especially Osama of TS 3â€™s rendition of Strings â€œmera bichra yaarâ€. His voice was natural and pleasant and the lack of dramatics made him stand out. Hijab was surprisingly missing this year and thank heavens â€˜Defaultâ€™ decided to do a bunk. I canâ€™t help wishing â€œRangon mainâ€ hadnâ€™t been performed as well.
The people who brought us the very controversial â€˜Girl(?) Next Doorâ€™ came up with a new production this time titled ‘Age of Empires’. Though a bit longer than it needed to be, there were two very note-worthy aspects to the play. Firstly, they actually had a real, live girl in the cast! Kudos to the brave young debutante; may you and a few others grace the stage of TIP forevermore, in place of the cross-dressing sadnesses we usually have to bear. Secondly, they were brave enough to incorporate current politics in their drama. Maybe thatâ€™s a step towards producing intelligent political satires (highly unlikely, but one can hope) that IBA, NCA and KU are so good at coming up with.
Lets see, whats left? Oh yes, the videosâ€¦well, the winner in the video category will have to be TMM 4 with their slideshow video. Simple and brilliantly done. The other videos were standard, okay fares. The first effort of TMM 1 needs to be applauded though. Technically unstable it was, but at least they did something, which is way more then what my batch did throughout our entire first year.
So thatâ€™s the wind up. The gala was, I guess, a moderate success. Thanks to the extremely loud and disruptive freshmen audience I didnâ€™t miss last yearâ€™s graduates. In fact, letâ€™s invite them to the next event so that we donâ€™t get to hear or enjoy anything at all! Whoâ€™s up for that idea?
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