MIT Diamond Jubilee celebrations ends on a mesmerizing noteBy Alexander Chandy
Udupi Today Media Network
Manipal, 20 December 2017: Pravin Godkhindi and his band provided the perfect ending to the year-long Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Manipal Institute of Technology at the Quadrangle here on Sunday. With a huge audience, including over a thousand alumni in attendance, the flutist gave a scintillating performance to provide a fairy-tale ending to the celebrations which every single person present will remember for a long time.
Pravin had the audience spell-bound for two hours. And, at the end of it, there were many in the audience who were willing to sit through for more of the amazing performance. His 16-year-old son, Shadaj, was mesmerizing too. The father-son jugalbadhi, first with the flute and then with Shadaj on the drums, was absolutely engrossing. Shadaj is the third generation musician and has even performed with his grandfather, Pt Venkatesh Godkhindi.
Pravin has performed on this very stage in 1991 when he came with his college team for a competition. He recalled the day, when he was here and went back with a consolation prize. The maestro has come a long way and has been all over the world to perform.
Welcoming the gathering to the memorable evening was, Dr G.K.Prabhu, Pro Vice Chancellor Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and Director MIT. He said, “It was an important year for MIT and it will come to a close with this evening’s programme. We planned the valedictory to coincide with the alumni meetings so that it has a befitting end. To that extent, I am extremely happy to say that over 1500 alumni have come to the meet this year including the first batch of students and 200 alumni from the US alone”. He briefly spoke about the events held during the year and expressed happiness to have had Pravin Godkhindi and his fusion band at the valedictory.
The concluding day of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations also had the inauguration of a ladies hostel on the campus. And coincidentally, the first girl student of MIT, Mrs Suguni Kamath inaugurated it. She graduated from MIT in 1971 in Civil Engineering and then joined as a lecturer in in the department and worked till 1976. The five storeyed-hostel can accommodate 476 students in 238 A/C rooms. The MIT silver golden reunions were also held on Sunday. The alumni meet of Manipal academy of Higher Education was held on Saturday at Fortune Inn Valley View. Alumni of a number of institutions were present.
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