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Dear Clubbies,



Many of us surely has lots of musical talent inside us but just because of lack of time, improper medium and public fear we are holding it inside.


The best way to pull this talent outside and show it to the world is just “Freak Out 










 An informal performance event where your shy will vanish and your hidden talented soul will kick off your shoes and raise some wholesome hell.

Its about 2-3min for each of us in the club to ward off our fear and get into the groove of performing.


Alas for those that never dances and sing,

But die with all their music in them!

~Oliver Wendell Holmes



Date: 7th April

Time: 4.30pm

Venue: Hall beside ‘C’ block xerox

P.S: All the dance enthusiast can get the song on which they want to perform and theose who want to show their talent on Instrument can get the instruments.



Team Chrysalis




So clubbies… hope you all would have got a feel of dance….now its time to know and learn about something without which everything is nothing. And that is



Music or Sangeet

 Well to begin with let us see what Music is in everybody’s Life?


Music is what makes you move, Music is what makes you groove, Music can be good or bad depending on how it is used
Music can make you choose different clothes to wear , Music can make you change your hair
Music can make you choose new friends, Music can make you want to dance
Music can make you fight, Music can make everything alright
Music can take care of you when you are alone, Music can make everything feel like home
Music can harm and take away, Music can make you want to stay
Music is the only friend I have, Music is my mom and dad
Music is what keeps me alive, When I feel like I can’t survive



There is no fixed definition of music as each individual can define it in his/her own sense. Lots of famous musicians have defined it in the way they had looked at it. Well below is one which I felt suits more  to our contest .

“Music is an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

These are not the only ones ….. There are hundreds of other definitions…Well you can define your own depending on what according to you music is?” by putting up your comments

As it is rightly said “Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.  If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn” by Charlie Parker





 Musical works and their composers are usually described as belonging to a specific era like Bach wrote “Baroque” music, for example, while Chopin was a “Romantic” composer.


These terms serve as a sort of shorthand to tell us that the music shares aspects of style with other pieces written at roughly the same time. These eras of music, however, relate to more than just the sounds of the pieces. They reflect broad changes in society and culture that influenced the way music was written, performed, and heard.

The six main periods in music history are

(1) Medieval

(2) Renaissance

(3) Baroque

(4) Classical

(5) Romantic and

(6) Twentieth Century.




Music is made up of the following elements

·     Pitch (which governs melody and harmony),

·     Rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation),

·     Dynamics, and

·       The sonic qualities of timbre and texture.

Some E-Learnings

Every musician needs to know the basics of music theory like note reading, intervals, scales, and much more. Well keep blogging in to e-learn the theory of music and all the elements that relates to it. From common symbols used in music to playing chords, these guides will help make you become better musicians.



Throughout the world’s history many styles have developed. Some of them are

·         Carribean

·         Classical

·         Folk

·         Jazz

·         Latin

·         R & B

·         Rock n Roll




There are a very large number of musical instruments, each with its own unique sound and quality. These musical instruments can be divided into 4 basic categories that are based on the mechanism by which the instrument makes its sound.

·   String Instruments : Guitar, violin and piano

·   Wind Instruments: Flute, oboe, clarinet and saxophone

·   Brass Instruments: Trumpet, french horn, trombone and tuba

·   Percussion Instruments: Drums and cymbals



Music wouldn’t be where and what it is today without the contribution of many talented and creative musicians and composers. Here is one of the India’s most notable and prolific musician in history. More will be posted in next sessions.


ar_rahman_oscar_performanceA R Rehman:Pioneer of Music, Rahman is the first Indian to win two Oscar

His film scoring career began in the early 1990s. He has won thirteen Film fare Awards, four National Film Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards. Working in India’s various film industries, international cinema and theatre, by 2003, Rahman, in a career spanning over a decade, has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, and sold over 200 million cassettes, making him one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists.



Test your Musical Knowledge

What is called “A Choral music performed without instrumental accompaniment”


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Posted: March 17, 2009 in Events, Hobbies Club, Steps and Octaves

Oops… hope its moving good among clubbies…..


Now its our turn… danciis ….   First online Step in STEPS


Dance–moves–waves–steps–nadanam–natya, Everything denotes one neutral thing “Body language”, for those of dance lovers. For others its (atleast) stretches or exercises for body fitness.


But by any mean it’s a therapy to the fitness for both body and mind (for those practices perfectly).

SO What I require To learn Dance…..?

i)            Should know one form of dance atleast

ii)          Should know music atleast basics (sa .. re.. ga… ma… pa… da… ne….sa….)

iii)        Should have passed any grade in reputed music institutions…

Ofcourse The above things are not required.

Only interest and dedication. Ya quite right “No pain No gain”, applies hither too.

Here something about the dance forms and its origination. And share our views over those forms to club our info towards that of our passion.

(Discuss — section at the end of article)

Lets start with our traditional dance forms.

The Indian dance is believed to be one of the oldest art that has been through a steady development for nearly two thousand years. All dance forms follow the same gestures or hasta mudras for each of these rasas. The major schools of classical dance in India are Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi, Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi , Kathakali and Mohiniattam, apart from the Folk and Tribal dances.

Its for sure this article created for our information sharing alone and accompanied with data only to know the Technical Aspects.

Bharatanatyam traces its origins to the Natya Shastra written by Bharata Muni (c. 400 BCE – 200 BCE), a sage. It consists of elaborate gestures (Mridu Angaharas, movements of limbs), sentiments (Rasas), emotional states (Bhavas). Actions (Kriyas) are its soul.

It consists of,

Purakkoothu or Nritta is pure dance which consists of movements of the body and limbs which are performed to create beauty and decorative effect and not to convey any specific meaning or idea to the beholder. 

Ahakkoothu or Nritya on the other hand is dance with facial expressions. i.e. a dance which is performed specifically to convey the meaning or import of a theme or an idea to the beholder. The Pindi and Pinayal mentioned here are the single handed gestures or Asamyuta Hastas and double handed gestures or Samyuta Hastas


Karanas are the 108 key transitional movements. Most of these 108 Karanas have a central, static pose as a base, usually supposed to stop and maintain it for a very brief duration (0.5 sec).


A distinctive feature of Bharata Natyam Dance is the use of expressive hand gestures as a way of communication. Some of those are here for your updates,

The Pindi or single handed gestures are 28 in number and they are: — Pataka, Tripataka, Ardha-Pataka. Kartari-Mukha, Mayura, Ardha-chandra, Arala, Sukatunda. Mushti. Sikjara. Kapittha. Kataka-Muk­ha. Suci, Chandra-kala. Padma-kosa, Sarpa-sirsa, Mrga-sirsha, Simha­Mukha, Kangula. Sola-padma, Chatura, Bhramara. Hamsasya. Hamsa­paksha,  Samdamsa, Mukula, Tamrachuda. Trisula.



The Pinayal or double-handed gestures which are 24 in number are Anjali Kapotha, Kar­kata, Swastika, Dolahasta. Pushpa puta. Utsanga. Sivalinga, Katakavar­dhana, Kartari-Swastika, Sakata. Sanku, Chakra, Samouta, Pasa, Kilaka, Matsya. Kurrna. Veraha, Garuda, Nagabanda. Khadva, Berunda, Avhit­din.



A series of steps, adavus, and their execution vary greatly from style to style. Most schools recognize 108 principal adavus. A combination of adavus is called jathis, which make up the Nritta passages in a Bharatanatyam performance.

Bhedas and eye movements

Bharatanatyam technique includes elaborate neck and eye movements. Abhinaya Darpanam, for instance, has defined only 9 head movements, 4 neck movement and 8 eye movements (compared with 36 of Natya Shastra) which are used extensively throughout the dance.

Head Movements (Shiro bhedas): Sama, Udhvahita, Adhomukha, Alolita,Dhutam, Kampitam, Paravruttam, Utkshiptam and Parivahitam.

Neck Movements (Griva bhedas): Sundari, Tirashchina, Parivartita, Prakampita

Eye Movements (Drishti bhedas): Sama, Alolita, Sachi, Pralokita, Nimilite, Ullokita,Anuvritta, Avalokita

Now to touch the intension of this SMALL INTRO is…..

These are Some Technical Aspects of Bharatha natyam. And Its believe that a perfect Performer of this art is a product of 7 years practice, who can sing as well as can play classical instrument(flute, yal etc.,)

v  And lets strongly believe, that 7 years is not required to learn how to dance for enjoyment.

v  And I believe only tonnes of interest can change people’s passion towards professionalism.

v  Now ADD UR VIEWS over other forms and even on the above…..(Mandatory for those who loves music and dance especially).


Topic of the turn…..

How symmetry is related to dance ….? 

Quote ur views…… Lets part danciis,

And the second section in our review

  “Quote the move”  .

Say wat we can express using the below Move…. (Not dependent on any dance forms as we believe its a unique language globally.)



With Moves,

Karthikeyan. E  for  TEAM CHRYSALIS

Vocalics – I

Posted: March 6, 2009 in Hobbies Club, Steps and Octaves


“It is not merely the voice, but the entire being, the heart, the vocal cords, the tongue and the nose that shine in all the seven notes of the octave. Let us worship the confluence of all these through music”                                             

 Tyagaraja, 18th Century


Vocal music is a genre of music performed by one or more singers, with or without instrumental accompaniment, in which singing (i.e. vocal performance) provides the main focus of the piece.


It is believed that people must have started singing by the nature’s inspiration that is to say – chirping of birds, flow of water etc. as a pass time, to relax oneself but today it ranges from being a hobby to a profession. Lets’ get an insight into it,


This is for all the voices which create magic and to all the ears which enjoy the music.

The Beatles

The Beatles

 Human voice consists of sound made by human beings using the vocal cords. Lungs produce airflow to the vocal cords which vibrate and fine tune the articulators (tongue, palate, cheek, lungs etc.) which articulate and filter the sound, that is to say air is the fuel for voice.


images1Singers use the human voice as an instrument for creating music.


        “Singing is the ultimate do-it-yourself activity. No one can do it for you and no one can make you feel good about the discouraging days. No one will get you to work on it tomorrow. Singing is your job. It’s a test of will. But if you find this will, you will also find the voice of your dreams ’’

Jeffrey Allen


Training to become the next Presley? Do check the following.


Where you practice can be as important to your vocal workout as how much you practice. Make sure you practice in a place where you feel free to sing out — without worry as to who might be listening.

Singing at gigs, recording sessions or band rehearsals should not be considered practice. You must also make time for yourself to sing without the pressure of having to sound good. Give yourself the luxury of taking chances and making mistakes during your own, private workout.singers2

When you practice, do so slowly and give yourself the time to relax before your workout — don’t rush! Haste is the #1 enemy of meaningful vocalizing.

If you vocalize for a half and hour everyday, you’ll be surprised at how much more ready to sing you’ll always be.

Always train yourself to be able to sing one or two notes higher than required in your performances. This insurance will allow you to relax on stage.  

choirTime to tickle your brain:

 Vocal music is probably the oldest form of music, since it does not require any instrument besides the human voice. All musical cultures have some form of vocal music. Let us restrict ourselves to India in this post.

Indian classical music broadly has how many forms vocal music and what are they? (Answer in the next post)

Steps and Octaves

Posted: February 27, 2009 in Events, Hobbies Club, Steps and Octaves

Club Hobbies

Steps and Octaves

Dear Members,

Steps and Octaves is having its first meet

Date: 2 march 09(Monday)

Time: 4-4:30 pm

Venue: Edward Jenner hall – A block ground floor


All registered members and interested people are requested to be at the meet up.

Let’s meet, plan, discuss and begin this musical journey.


Team Chrysalis

Dear Folks,

 A Warm and Hearty welcome to all of you to “STEPS & OCTAVES” A club for all the dance and music enthusiasts.


We got an over-whelming response and Thank you once again for showing your interest and expressing the rockstar inside you.


Below is a glimpse of what “STEPS & OCTAVES” is all about and what you can expect from it.


Club: Steps & Octaves


Purpose: To provide you an atmosphere where you can learn, share, expertise in your area of interest and ultimately Refersh yourself with lots of Masti and Fun.


Structure:  As the name suggests the club consists of Two Major Sections – Dance and Music. The Music section is again divided into Two Sub-sections – Vocals and Instrumentals.

Activity: The Activities of STEPS & OCTAVES are basically in two modes – Online and Offline.

Online Activities : These activities will be running on the blog- so keep blogging @ . It will be more on knowledge basis.

1)       Knowledge sharing

2)       Music & Dance Library

3)       Events Around Hyderabad

4)      Movie/Song/album of the Month

5)       General discussion

6)      And Lots More based on inputs from the members

Offline Activities: These activities will  involve performances, practices, trainings etc. This will help in nurturing and expertising your talents.

1)       Get-togethers

2)       Jamming Sessions

3)       Competitions

4)      Live performances

5)       Training & Workshops

6)      And Lots More based on inputs from the members


 Mode of Communication: blog and e-mails.

Please make yourself available on 2nd of march for a 30 min meetup from 1600 to 1630 hrs ,so that we get acquainted with the members in the club and discuss our interests.

List of members

 Ajitabh Sinha 
Cliff Oslino Fernandes 
Abhijeet Kumar 
 B.Hanimi Reddy
Bhaskar Napte
Geetika Mahajan
Janesh Kumar
Garima Arora
Nitesh Jain
Gururaj Vasudevamurthy
B.Hanimi Reddy 
Dr.J. Suryakumar 
K. Jyothirmayi
Ramana Kumar.K
K srihari babu
N. Sheetal Anand
Arabindakshya Mishra
Rishi Rahangdale
Rajib Sarkar
Rakshit Trivedi
Mayur Raval
Ratish Acharya 
Roshan Palewar
S. Laxman
Santosh Solankar
Shilpa S Shete
T Madhavi
Sujatha Thiagarajan
 Sandeep M. Yergude
Karishma subudhi
Mohammed Azeez
E Srinivas
Pramendra Yadav
K.Sundara lakshmi.
Vamsi Krishna
S Sandeep
U Komarelly
Safana Sayeed
Vamsi Krishna
Nitin subhash baheti


So, Folks what are you waiting for Get Geared up for lots of Moves, Rhythms and Music.



Steps and Octaves.

Finally the Days have arrived..
The Days for us to express ourself through our voices….And to jam our Rhythms and getting clubbed under one language —Body Language




 Club Name: Steps And Octaves

 Purpose: To Measure Ur Self

 A club for music lovers and dance sicks….

Join with us..

Dash Ur thoughts..

Drain Ur creativity here..

Create fun..

Recreate Urself and Recreate others….

Re Create ur soul..

Well to be part of this, no by-birth talent or special skills required. Only what you need is Loads and Loads of Enthusiasm which is surely hidden somewhere inside you and you want it to bring to the outside world.

What should I do?

Just fill this… And pocket it….

Employee Name  
Employee Code   
Mobile No  
Mail id  


 Specialized in: (If)  

 Send it to


Blog ur entries in

Rush ur entries..

Start brush up ur minds..

We are ready with our members..

Contact :  

For Steps:

Karthikeyan.E (Dance)—9618950500

For Octaves:

Vipul Jain (Instrumental)—9000133374

Christina (vocal)—9000606639

Creatively yours


Team Chrysalis