Being a part of the organising committee of a college fest is an overwhelming task. It requires you to shoulder immense responsibility and ensure that the end fest lives up to people’s expectations. On the other hand, it is also a largely satisfying feeling to be collaborating with like minds and seeing your hard work materializing into a full-blown festival.

However, the skills of the organisers of Aarohi – Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT)’s annual cultural extravaganza which is in its 30th year this time, are not limited to their exceptional management acumen. There is some formidable performing talent within the O.C. which can give most of their competition a run for their money!

One such talent is Akshay Thute, a 20 year old Civil Engineering undergrad, who was a representative of the Logistics Committee of Aarohi. A consummate musician, Akshay has been associated with Aarohi right since his first year.

Akshay started his training in Tabla when he was in the 6th grade and went on to complete the prestigious ‘Visharad’ level of qualification in his 12th grade under the ‘Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai’.

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When asked about his inspiration to take up Tabla as his artform of choice, the talented artist says,

Music is something that has always been extremely close to me. Ever since my childhood, rhythm was something that always attracted me. This combined with the fact that I am a ‘Varkari’ was the reason that Tabla was my natural choice of instrument as it is all about rhythm.

Akshay gives credit to his brother for introducing him to his guru Shri Virendra Latkar, under whose guidance he completed all of his training.

Talking about his experience as an organiser, he says that Aarohi has taught him skills that he would need as both an engineer and a musician. Chief among them are coordination, delegation, understanding complementary skills and personalities and crisis management.

Besides playing the Tabla, Akshay is also a self-taught flautist having learned the flute via YouTube videos. He regularly shares his tabla and flute covers and renditions via his YouTube Channel.

Having gathered much experience from the numerous inter-school and inter-college competitions that he has been a part of, Akshay is all set to prove his mettle at Rhythm Divine, the instrumental talent hunt organised as a part of VNIT Nagpur’s Aarohi 2017. We hope he utilizes this talent to outshine many more people and pave a successful path ahead for himself.

So head down to Aarohi from the 13th-15th of October to witness Akshay as well as many other talented students like him in action!