BMS College of Engineering is like a second home to us. It’s here that we got to hone our skills, first as The E-swara Project, and later as Pineapple Express. We have also had the privilege of writing three of the theme songs for their annual cultural festival, ‘Utsav’, between 2013 and 2015 (including the very popular ‘Blast from the Past’, the Utsav 2014 theme song). Naturally, returning to our home ground was an exciting prospect, and we prepared our signature audio-visual experience to serve up to the folks there, headlining the event for the first time! We were especially stoked to be playing alongside stellar supporting acts, the likes of Space is All We Have and D’s Kitchen.
Utsav is not merely an event, but is an amalgamation of emotions which drives everyone to put in all they can to make it one of the best evenings the city has to offer its music fans. The morning of the event saw all three bands with rough waters ahead of them. Subpar planning and logistics had led to loads of technical hiccups, the piece de resistance of which was the fact that the PA was way too small to be heard by the typically massive Utsav audience. A few hours and a few more phone calls later, we were able to organize an appropriate PA system for all the three bands to play through.
The crowd, however, was another story, altogether. Attentive, energetic and responsive, they jumped and swayed and sang along with every song we could play in our shortened set, and ultimately made our evening, reminding us why we keep returning to a fest we proudly call one of our favourites.