LA Fest and the ex(?)Loyolite.

LA Fest 2007.

Another LA Fest, gone. But the memories linger on.

LA Fest 07 “happened” (of course LA Fest is a happening thing) on the 23rd of July in the Sutter hall.(As usual, but perhaps for the last time- The new auditorium coming up and all). This time ten schools from around the city and outside participated. Namely, St. Thomas Residential, St. Thomas Central, Holy Angels ISC, Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom, KV Pangode, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sainik School, Infant Jesus, St Mary’s Poorjappura and Trivandrum International. From nine in the morning till six in the evening , clashed they did . And when battle was over, there stood amongst the dust the winners , with the coveted Nataraja… the winners for the fourth time.. Holy Angels. St Thomas Residential came runners up in the 12th edition of the LA Fest. A Special edition of the LA Fest. An edition that bid adieu to one of the foundation stones behind the saga. The one that bid farewell to Deepa Ma’am. (That’s for you , the non-loyolite reader. For us… She is our DP . called so affectionatly, or as one of the founding fathers of LA Fest, Vivek said…”authoritatively”) Every year many a hand write many an article about LA Fest. Every year they say this will be the last. And every next year they unsay it. But, now finally the ever supportive DP stepped out of the Loyola gates, bidding good bye. Will this be the last? Reminds me of our time when Fr. principal declared that it has now passed 10 years and will go on till 25. With God’s grace, it shalt.

I intend to write not on the fiesta itself but what it was to me. I have so far seen three editions of LA Fest. And every year the argument pops up if this was the best of that was the best. Every batch who has hosted one claims that theirs was the best. But this LA Fest for me has changed a bit. For once im looking at it from the view of an outsider. Outsider? No, i forget. There are no Ex Loyolites. Only old boys and older boys. So yes, from the point of view of an old boy. One who has been there, done it and now watch as his successors go through the same. For the first time i (and the rest of the BOTS), went to LA Fest, not to participate, not to organise but watch and help as our juniors put up their own show. I t was good by the way dear junior reader. But none in any batch will agree that any other than theirs was the best and we are no different. But if you ask me, it all comes down to the quality of participation and by some luck we had better quality and quantity.

What was my role in this years ?

Every year it starts off with a load of seniors coming over for the “talk”. Few weeks before D-day me and a couple of my friends went to school, visited the present senior classes and we and DP gave them the start they needed. And then i had no news from that area for quite some time, other than that the boys were kinda finding it rather difficult in the absense of DP. By the way, they did well despite her not being there.

The next time i went there was the day before the grand show. And as usual half of the recent 3 batches passouts were there. LA Fest is kindof like a back to school gathering for the old boy. They, nah, we(i keep forgetting that now im one of THEM), were there, cleanin, sweeping , decourating, arranging, advicing, chatting and well enjoying. That evening i got and idea of what my role would be the next day. It seemed that they needed to make a video. And so it was that the next day i , with a borrowed camera set from a dear pal(Thanks Rohit), stood in the middle of the sutter hall for nearly seven hours shooting the thing while HAC screamed their lungs out on my left year and sanik plus santhomites on my right ear.(ouch)

It all seemed cliched. The same scenes repeating itself before me. Sometimes even the same dance teams doing the same dance to the same song. The videos not working at the last moment- a repeat from the last 4-5 years. The same schools sitting at the same places with the same teachers, cheering, yelling , howling, whistling, screaming… It all was a replay to me. But for two events which left a mark of difference.

First of those two memorable moments came when Sanik school dedicated a song to their friend who recently passed away. For one minute the audience from all the differnt schools, -with all their differences in opinions, difference in uniforms, difference in you name what- stood up together as one and payed their respects to the departed soul. Truely it was a soul stirring moment.

LA Fest usually saves it’s best for the last and normally they pull it off with a blast of a dance. But this time the special end to LA Fest came in a CD.. in a documentary that Krishnadev and co created to honour the pillar behind LA Fest. A documentary which paid tribute to DP. Just before the closing ceremony, they announced the screening of the documentary which began with “Long long ago , a woman set foot in loyola…” It went on to tell the story about how things would never be the same after and ended with “To us she was our DP. DP we miss you.. we love you…” And for the first and perhaps the last time the force behind LA Fest was herself forced on stage in front of the audience who once again put their differences behind, and rose to applaud the genius who kept the show running all these years. Amidst thunderous applause and tears she was helped on stage to address the gathering. She began with “childern of all the schools…” and put down in one minute what LA Fest had been to her and her students of all these years. And then a tear trickled down my cheek. It was one of those rare emotional moments which make me d that. That was what made me write about LA Fest again, though i had written twice about it already.

Twelve LA Fests gone. Thirteenth has been promised.(Thanks to princi) But now it suffers a setback. The pillar which held it up all these years, uprooted from the room to the right of the stage at the Loyola quadrangle .. and planted back at All Saints. Loyola’s loss shall indeed be All Saint’s gain. Will LA Fest survive it? This year my dearest junior’s did struggle and their efforts was not in vain.They did pull it off.. but will the next ones do?

lets wait and see….

P.S.

[DP, if you ever read this, come back to us…. i mean go back to them(still hard to accept that we are not what we were last year) … they need you…]

This is the copy of the documentary shown on LAΒ  Fest.. Watch…

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20 Responses to LA Fest and the ex(?)Loyolite.

  1. good man.really nice to knw that LAFest is going great guns..still!!
    Wish I could lay my hands on the DP documentary.

  2. BiBinhio says:

    just read the 1st para syam…..
    will read the rest later…srry…but no time rt now….
    but wat i hav 2 sayis…. mate…u mayb in love with some1 …and i can see that school has a ‘special’ corner in u’r heart….but don’t lift them 2 where they r not yet dude….they haven’t won 4 la fest’s….i suggest u check the annals…. christ nagar:4, strs:3, hac:3…

  3. Sriram says:

    Vineeths rite..Christ Nagar-4…And…inganeyokke sambhavikaam..nothing unusual..hehe..:-P

    Anyways, nice post….and u are right..La fest missed several important elements this year…DP and a christ nagar ISC team..hehe..

  4. The Quibbler says:

    Hi,
    @Thariyan
    Yes chettto, going greats guns… and dosn’t look like it’s gonna stop anytime soon.

    @BB
    Had to. Ahem .edit 3 words out of your comment. hehe sorry
    And da dont do… dont do πŸ˜›
    Thanks for the rest lol
    and i guess i made a small error in calculating.. sheesh..il leave it like it is.. or these comments you people put would be meaningless hehe
    my mistake …
    anyways..thanks

    @Sriram
    I wondered myself why christ nagar did not come this time around.
    you know better?

    -Syam

  5. Joshua says:

    @ Syam..
    The documentary was made by Raees and Guru Das…..the final touches were by Krishnadev Chetta.

  6. Joshua says:

    I have the link of the documentary in my orkut video album

  7. Hari Shanker says:

    Awesome post, buddy!! The other day, when you called me to enlighten me about the existance of this post, I’d expected another full-blown review, like the one you did last year. This one’s totally in a different context, a totally different point of view. Honestly, it ROCKS!! And, good that you’ve been bitten by the ‘short n sweet’ bug. Still, there’s room for a few more ‘points’, I guess. Obviously, you’ve started proofreading too!! πŸ™‚ Could spot only a handfull of errors, mostly typos… πŸ˜‰ You could add a few photos, at least a DP pic…

    The quality of your posts, ostensibly, are in an arithmetic progression!! Keep up the good work!! Way to go, friend!!

  8. The Quibbler says:

    Hi again,

    @Joshua,
    Thanks for the update Joshua. I had thought otherwise. I stand corrected. πŸ™‚
    I have included your link in the post. Edited it a bit. Thanks again brother.

    @Hari
    Heh you are always the 1st one i call when i write Hari chetta… πŸ˜€
    And well i had already written two “full blown” reviews about the previous fest. So i thought i’d rather not bore the reader and write from another prespective.. Thanks for your support.
    And i’ve not totally changed to the short side.. heh unless you count my height… newyas.. long posts are being planned πŸ˜€ . I know i can count on comments from you heh.
    And no your mistaken here…Idid not proof read this AT ALL. I just typed this in wordpress. Usually i do read it two or three times and then you tell me there are errors hehe.. surpised ?
    weird indeed. hehe.

    Thanks again for the words of praise…. will keep writing.. cheers brother

    -Syam

  9. Prasanth says:

    Brother,
    this one is awesome. but i think u missed a couple of points

    one) ‘The videos not working at the last moment- a repeat from the last 4-5 years.’ Well it worked without any trouble in 2005. so, ours was the best. hehe…
    and more importantly,
    ‘to all my students and my previous students, i wud like to tell you that we are always ONE. i have not gone away from you’ – DP

    keep writing. do what you know the best!

    and as for LA Fest. as usual, rocking!

  10. Jian Johnson says:

    Well put, and yes, our la fest was better than yours also. It went on till eight thirty in the night and St Thomas refused to go back until it was over even though their teacher (Jayendran’s Mom, actually) threatened that the buses would leave without them. πŸ™‚ Hey, but jokes aside, good job. Both the la fest, and this piece.

  11. Syam, thank you for this report.

  12. albenia says:

    why are you simply wasting your time in all these things

    <– comment edited.. oooops.. taht was my teachers daughter.. lol…shes 10 years old.. nevermind πŸ˜€

  13. kaus says:

    Hey… great write up man…
    couldn’t view the documentary! bit disappointment there, if u have another link to it pls send it to gustave.mahler@gmail.com
    Thanks!

  14. Guru Das says:

    Thanks for getting the info right, shyam. Bur honestly, Raees and i did only the first few slides, upto the classroom pic. What we did, was in fact, set the tone for Kichu to take over. Work on this presentation began just two days before LA Fest, in total secrecy. (DP inu ariyaan paadillallo) We procrastinated the thing to the last evening b4 LF. And Raees was floundering after i left for the Block n Tangles rehearsal. Which was when Kichu came in.

  15. The Quibbler says:

    hi again

    @Prasanth
    Thanks again for reading Cheta. And thanks for the corrections.

    @Jian
    same goes for you too brother.

    @Ashok
    You , are welcome.

    @ abisha..
    go study πŸ˜€

    @kaus.
    Thhanks for the compliments. I have mailed you.

    @guru.
    I got it right?
    Ah well i spoke to kichu first πŸ™‚
    cheers.
    sorry for omiting your name. Did not know.
    -Syam

  16. alan says:

    jus the ryt amnts f everythin…wonderful concoction…..all in all an appreciable piece….applause

  17. Krishnadev says:

    Hey da.. Good work you’ve done here… The one moment that really stood out for me this LAfest was that one time when DP said, “I’m not gone.. Im always with you” just after that documentary… That really really felt…. I donno how to express that feeling… The atmosphere was so emotion packed when she was speakin… That was one really gr8 moment… Also, thanks for the link to the documentary… I didnt have it with me… Thanks….

  18. The Quibbler says:

    @Alan
    Thanks for the kind words Alan chetta.

    @kichu(You are always Kichu to us)
    Thanks to you too. And yes that was one incredibly special moment. By the way, DP called to wish me b’day. Heh and she said she read this piece . πŸ˜€
    And for the link , you are welcome, as always. of course as i always said. Owe it to you. You were the best seniors one could have.

    Cheers again
    -Syam

  19. Sriram P says:

    Heyo there.. nice report! I too had written something about LAfest from my(or our) point of view. This I wrote partly for u guys, partly for myself, to read and cherish it after many years. So pl dont mind it if it looks like a collection of random thoughts Here:http://anotherbloggerbloke.blogspot.com/2007/08/lafest-07-story.html

    And as kichu said, the time wen DP was onstage was really… u know.. emotional. We miss her so much. We’re stuck with one %#@)$#%$#^ now. Godd…

    Cheers man

  20. Nitish says:

    hi. We, the organisers of La Fest 2010 have decided to make a website compiling all information that is available on la fest today. the website will showcase everything related to the history and future of la fest. plz help. all those who visit this blog, plz help us. reply to nitishvijayanand@gmail.com.

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