It was about 5pm when I was heading to the Libby Gardner Hall on Friday, for the final rehearsal. I had never been to this hall before and the first time I saw it, my feelings can only be expressed with three letters:”WOW”. Adding to a classy and majestic stage, the decorations for India Night 2014 Purvaii were underway and there was a buzz of excitement among the volunteers. These certainly didn’t help all of the butterflies in my stomach. We finished our rehearsals on time and after some final rounds of practice before, I called it a night.
It was the day! Going on stage for the first time(technically second but standing idly on a stage doesn’t count); to do something you have never done before; I was freaking out. While imagining ways I could get out of this possibly awkward situation, I was pushing ahead. It was 4 pm and I walked into the School of Music. There began my surprise. People were pouring in!! The crowd was getting bigger and were being served delicious Indian-style snacks in style and class. The realization of the class of the event and this evening hit me! OMG.. I couldn’t eat much and I walked into the main hall shortly.
On the way, the pathway was decorated with beautiful pictures, illustrating the cultural heritage of India. A good number of people from students to members of the community were eagerly waiting in the hall for the performances to begin. The stage decoration by this time was complete with simplicity and elegance intermixed. The air was filled with eagerness and excitement for something great to begin. I went backstage to change my clothes, all the while running through the dance steps in the back of my mind. It was time and then ….. I don’t remember what happened. The next 5 minutes for me wasn’t too memorable. I was glad I didn’t freeze and I was glad I didn’t miss many steps beside a couple but It was done. I was watching the rest of the show as an audience, the entire evening! Every aspect of the event was happening smooth, close to perfect. The atmosphere at Libby Gardner hall was electric and explosive..
Being a part of the organizing committee this year, it’s actually fun to look back on those fun moments. Being at the auditions, responding to some of the participant queries, setting up an “awesome” website ( I know its basic, but come on. humor me :)..), thinking about marketing and publicity, filming, talking to potential sponsors and being part of discussions on logistics, I can be certain of one thing. The India Night 2015, Tarang will be a major hit, featuring some of the best performances ( Goosebumps guaranteed several times ) and talented performers (some of the best dancers, vocalists and instrumentalists I have seen in Salt Lake City) organized by an efficient, dedicated and hard-working committee. India Night 2015 will be a jewel on Indian Students Association. Check out its trailer now!
Watch out folks! India Night 2015 “Tarang, Waves of Symphony” will definitely be an event you don’t want to miss. Coming Saturday at 4:30 pm at Libby Gardner Hall, the fun begins!! Buy your tickets now!