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MAFIA Battle Of the Bands

Posted: February 21, 2012 by prannayjha in MAFIA
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_MG_652220th of February saw what is arguably the most entertaining event of Pre-revels, for the music fans. What was normally known as a metal fiesta, was now an event filled with surprises. Contrary to last year, where the Battle was a tussle between the death metal heavy weights, this time the the diversity in the music was impressive.

The event kicked off with some rock, which was followed by pure metal, punk, alternate and even jazz. The energy of Metallica, the trance of Floyd and Pearl Jam and the serenity of Jazz. The colossuses truly set the stage on fire. ‘Wait For It’ performed the ever so famous ‘Back In Black’, Sane Asylum (Last year’s winners) growled the crowd to euphoria, while Monkey Skull played something out of the world , as they had promised. The event ended with a beautiful performance that had both Indian classical and jazz in it.

Eventually two bands got through to Revels namely ‘Wait for it’ and ‘Waka Chaka’ (the last performer), while ‘Paradox’ and ‘Who Guns N’ Roses are’ were kept on standby.

By- Prannay Jha

Photos- Tejasvi Batria


IMGP9529 (332x500)The final round to get through to revels in eastern and western vocals and dance (solo) was held at MIT quadrangle in AB1 on 19 February, 2012 from 5:30 pm onwards. Nearly 8 participants in each category competed to bag the first three places which would take them to Revels 2012.

The event began with the western vocals where all the participants left the audience spellbound. This was followed by the eastern vocals. Later began the dance frenzy with the eastern and western solo dance rounds. The participants forced the audience to dance to their beats with their energy packed performances along with fabulous expressions. There was even a performance by a little girl, who later turned out to be a judge’s daughter, on ‘chikni chameli’.

Swasti Gupta

Photos : Ritabrata Basu

MAFIA Pre-Revels Finale- Fashion Show

Posted: February 20, 2012 by prannayjha in MAFIA
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IMGP9863 (332x500)19th February, 2012: The hugely hyped finale of the pre revels finally saw the light today with the fashion show providing a climax that was too astounding to be unscripted. A gathering of around 150 dyed in the wool fashion enthusiasts, witnessed a show full of colour, zeal and splendour, lead with panache by a truly dizzying array of models.

3 teams participated in all. The teams had their own choice of themes. Burning Ice presented “the seven deadly sins”. Seven deadly sins are those transgressions which are fatal to spiritual progress and might be committed by people around every day.


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The models walked in, each representing a different sin. Different colours symbolised the various sins, each one trying to portray how the good spirits are able to get rid of their evil power.

Glam N’ Glitz on the other hand came up with yet another interesting theme; Gothic. With the Devil in the centre, people clad in dark clothes and and the ladies strutting their stuff in purple lipstick, one could feel an eerie atmosphere. Riding on their glory of being last year’s winners, they did not disappoint us, as their theme was appreciated by the audiences and the judges alike.


There was a slight technical failure in the middle during the second team’s performance. But that didn’t deter the audience’s gusto and the show later quickly regained momentum.

One of the judges, who was keenly guarded to the proceedings, said “the fashion quotient was up to the mark, although the themes were common. Every model appeared to be a clothes horse and overall I enjoyed the show”

Shrish, One of the models of Burning Ice, said “we had been preparing for the past 2 weeks and it is really overwhelming to finally perform in front of such a huge crowd. We now look forward to clearing this round andIMGP9764 (332x500) then gear up for the main event-Revels”.


All in all, it was indeed a memorable and well-rehearsed performance by the teams, which was taken a few notches higher thanks to the constant support and cheering of the crowd.


Finally both Burning Ice and Glam N’ Glitz got through to the final round while Splitleaf was put on standby.


Photos: Ritabrata Basu

Edited by- Prannay Jha

Guitar and Dance workshop by MAFIA

Posted: February 18, 2012 by prannayjha in MAFIA
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Posted: January 30, 2012 by prannayjha in College News, MAFIA
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The second music based event of Pre-Revels organized by MAFIA after Eastern Vocals was the much appreciated and considerably more popular, the Western Vocals solo competition, held from 7PM to 10PM at Kamath Circle, Manipal.
The event, introduced as a direct entry to Revels in March and MU based Utsav later, was thronged by musicians and vocalists from around the campus to participate in as well as witness a harmony of talent prevalent in MIT. As opposed to the Jam Night, MAFIA restricted the use of distortion on guitars as well a drum kit for vocal performances, allowing instead pure Karaoke tracks.
Set against the backdrop of the unavoidable basketball matches, tunes to artists like Chris Daughtry and Celine Dion drowned all noise by their sheer brilliance and beautiful melodies.
Participated by almost 75 students, a wide range of artists were covered including Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift, Hinder, Maroon 5, Oasis, Greenday, Hoobastank to name a few. Notable performances included renditions of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’, The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’, ‘Hero’ by Enrique as well as Elton John’s famous ‘And that’s why they call it the blues’, all of which which managed to garner a wide and much deserved applause.
While the evening ended with performances being cut off midway to accommodate the 2minute time restriction,  judges Anand and Bhakta Sir tabulating their results, Kolaveri D, sung by random selections enthralled the crowd to a melodic end to the evening.
Results have been posted up by MAFIA on their Facebook page for all who are interested.

The second round for the event takes place at IC on the 1st of February.

Eastern Vocals Solo Round

Posted: January 27, 2012 by deepvenky in College News, MAFIA
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The Eastern Vocals Solo Round-1 was organized today, 25 Jan, at Kamath Circle by MAFIA. The event started just as the twilight set in for the evening and MITians flocked KC to witness this event and listen to some beautiful songs. The event was going to be a qualifying round for MITians to take part in Revels.

It was a solo round but singers could bring Karaoke Tracks or Instruments. Each participant had 2 minutes to give their best to the audience and score a chance to perform at Revels. The esteemed judges for the event were Mr. Bhatt, Music Composer, also an artist at ETV and Mrs. Usha from Sa Re Ga Ma School.

The first song was a rendition of Kailash Kher’s “Teri Deewani” and the participant did justice to the soulful tune, as the audience was left in a trance. This was followed by a participant singing “Gulaabi Ankehein” with the help of guitar as his instrument. That song left the audience in awe and the crowd was charged with passion and excitement. There were many classics songs also. A participant even sung “Ae mere watan” keeping in mind that Republic Day is near. “Te Amo” and “Saiyyan” also were much appreciated by the crowd. “Maiyya Maiyya’s” sensuous Turkish tones left the people present there on a musical high. A horde of other songs were sung by participants who also made it quite a pleasure to listen to.

The MAFIA team took great effort to organize this event. The Eastern Vocals Solo was a huge hit and the students loved it. The event was in tune with all the music, frolic and excitement going around campus for Revels. This was one of the events by MAFIA at the Pre-Revels. You can check out the other events that are about to happen here


Ali Akbar

Photos By: Divyam Hansaria

Jam Night- MAFIA

Posted: January 24, 2012 by prannayjha in College News, MAFIA
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DSC00371The Pre-Revels Jam Night organized by MAFIA, Manipal was a spectacular show. It was a music and dance fiesta and a reminder of what Revels holds in store for Manipalites. It consisted of different bands performing songs from various genres of Music. The show took place at Kamath Circle (KC) and was a crowd puller, throngs of MITians gathered at KC to listen to the beautiful music. Not to be confused with the Acoustic Jam Night which took place last semester, here vocals, base guitars and processors were very much allowed. The atmosphere was filled with the music of Electric guitar, synthesizer, tabla and drums. The Jam Night had various bands performing both Bollywood and Western songs. The event was also a stage for the participants to get a little limelight on them ahead of the Pre-Revels and the Revels (to be held in March after the first sessionals).

DSC00466The participants were given six minutes in all whDSC00486ich included time to setup the instruments and perform their act. The first song ‘Tumse Hi’ received great response from the crowd and set the tone for the evening. Every subsequent performance just seemed to raise the bar higher. Acoustic tunes to ’21 Guns’ to Metallicas’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ were belted out wonderfully by talented Manipalites. The crowds grew and at one time it almost felt like a full blown concert. There were many excellent vocalists and some eccentric performances too. A little more than halfway through the Night another Flash Mob took place and KC came alive with people dancing to popular Bollywood songs. Seeing guys romp to ‘Chikni Chameli‘ was a great example of how much the event organizers connected with the crowds. The organizers of this Flash Mob were Ada and Mafia in collaboration.

MAFIA is famous for organizing some of the best Musical Events in MIT. The frolic continued till late 9.30 pm. Songs at the end were quite good, seems they saved the best for last. “ Socha hai” – a famous rDSC00506ock number from Rock On! Set the adrenaline pumping in the audience. Then it moved to slow love songs like “Hero” and “Who lamhe” , DSC00500these songs brought love in the air. The Jam night ended with a song composed by a band called “Rooh”, which consisted of only first years, the song “Rooh main” that they sung got the audience mesmerized and enthralled. These guys gave a fantastic performance. This was the first Pre-Revels event and with such a great start we can’t even wait for what’s in store for us in the coming few days.

By- Ayush Agarwal and Ali Akbar Photographs: Divyam

Flash mob- MAFIA

Posted: January 24, 2012 by prannayjha in College News
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DSC00418As if the success of Atharva’s flash mob wasn’t enough, MAFIA came out with an even brilliant concept of mingling street play with a flash mob, leaving the hundred odd gathering at KC spellbound. People were already high on spirits since there was a jamming event going on just before the play, and the flash mob was tDSC00427he perfect cherry on the cake.

The play started 10 minutes later than the scheduled time and was successful in pulling the crowd’s attention. People were seen bustling over the place where these fine artists had gathered. There was an air of fun, frolic and laughter surrounding the place.

This was followed by the flash mob with around twenty people dancing to the tunes of latest Bollywood chartbusters like dhinka chika, desi boyz, ikk mai aur ekk tu and many others. And boy o boy didn’t they get the crowd involved. There were huge cheers and shouts of ‘once more, once more’ by the tiDSC00423me they finished. The enthusiasm amongDSC00437 the crowd reached such great heights that they were not even concerned about the free flow of traffic at Kamath Circle.

Speaking to MTTN, Varsha Shetty, president of MAFIA, said “the socio-dramatic wing of mafia i.e. ADA has helped us to make this event a great successDSC00441. We got the crowd involved which was a novelty of MAFIA’s flash mob”

A truly mesmerising and captivating show put up by MAFIA. Hope to see many more gems in the near future.

-Nishith Sinha

-Anubhav Shrivastava

– Ritabrata Basu 

Pre-Revels Schedule

Posted: January 24, 2012 by prannayjha in College News, MAFIA
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23rd Jan


Acoustic Jam Night


25th Jan


Eastern Vocals Solo – Round 1


26th Jan


Classical Vocals & Dance


27th Jan


Eastern & Western Dancing Solo – Round 1

Archi foyer

28th Jan



29th Jan


Western Vocals Solo – Round 1


30th Jan


Instrumental Jugalbandi & Jugaad


31st Jan


Collage & Rock Quiz


01st Feb


Eastern & Western Vocals Solo – Round 2


02nd Feb


Movie Quiz & Poster Making


03rd Feb


04th Feb


Instrumental Solo & Unplugged


05th Feb



06th Feb


Open Art,

Eastern & Western Group Dance

Archi Studio,LA

07th Feb


Antakshri & Portraiture


19th Feb


FINALE – Eastern & Western Vocals & Dance Solo fashion show


20th Feb


Battle of the Bands



Posted: October 16, 2011 by Srinath Iyer in College News, MAFIA, Uncategorized
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14th October marked the beginning of the music era of MIT for this academic year! The MIT food-court was unusually crowded around 6 . I went in to have a look at  exactly what was attracting the crowd so much? To my surprise I found that a large area of the ground floor of the food-court had an arrangement of drum kits, mikes, synthesizers, amplifiers and speakers instead of

the normal green-yellow tables and chairs! Looking around I found out that the arrangements were being made for the ACOUSTIC EVENING organised by the Music And Fine Arts Club (M.A.F.I.A). Everyone was excited and wanted the event to start!

Soon the event started. The participants had come in groups of 2 or 3, some equipped with their shiny electric guitars and some with the traditional willow acoustics! Their choice of songs ranged from songs of  The Eagles to the songs of  Indian Rock! Around 20 groups participated in the event.

The special feature of the event was the astonishing majority in participation by the 1st year MIT’ians! The evening was filled with sound of strings and drum beats! The whole food court crowd (both the floors) applauded to almost all the performances. A mixture of western and  classical Indian rock music made the evening even more melodic.   The senior guitarists ( guitarists in 2nd, 3rd & 4th year MIT in this context) actually congratulated the new talents on seeing their performances.

This event made it possible for the students in 1st year MIT to interact with other senior guitarists and drummers. Hope this gives rise to new bands in future! Finally the host announced about the CARNIVAL(Enthusia) that’s going to be held on the 20th and 21st of this month and the event came to a soothing end.