It would have been a regular Beating Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border if it wasn’t for a performance by the Old Springdalians Association Drum Circle (ODC). The group recently played drums for an audience of 13,000 people to spread the message of peace, love and harmony.
Ritu Varma, the trustee, says, “The idea behind performing at Wagah Border was to spread the message of peace, love, and harmony. Everyone knows that music has the power to bind and we got to see it when we performed there. There were about 13,000 Indians and 7,000 people on the other side of the border who were listening to our performance. And everyone was clapping in sync. It took us three months to get permission to perform there and it was worth the wait. What a sight it was!”
The group that started with 9 members in September 2014 has now grown to be a family of 48 members. Varma shares, “There are about 48 Springdales School alumni that are a part of the group now. The youngest member graduated last year and the oldest belongs to the 1970 batch. What binds us is our passion for music. Every time there is a performance, at least 30 of us try to make it. Even during our performance at Wagah Border, though there were only 20 of us performing as the others did not get permission, the rest made it a point to be present at the venue as part of the audience.”
Apart from their performance at the Wagah Border, the group has also performed at various NGOs and schools for free. The initiative is the brainchild of Dilpreet Singh, an alumnus and a lawyer by profession. Talking about what prompted him to start the club, Singh says, “I had wanted to start something through which I could bring together music lovers. Since, I have been playing drums since childhood, I thought it best to bring together people who are truly music lovers. Not all of us are self-taught but we have an ear for music. All our music is self-composed and we never copy from anywhere. We all have our own responsibilities and worries, and this becomes a nice break from the daily routine of life.”