I am on cloud nine,” says an exhilarated Rishabh Sharma, a first-year Delhi University student and a member of Arjun – The Band after winning the Airtel Marathon Rockers. Another element adding to the happiness was the fact that to participate in the event he didn’t have to cut short his study time. “When we were selected for the prelims, I was a little worried about the event clashing with my semester examinations. However, luckily enough the dates didn’t coincide.”
The band had its humble beginnings in 2008 when Arjun Singh Rawal, the founding member also the lead guitarist and vocalist of the band, brought together like-minded
people and started a regular jamming routine. Says Rawal, who won a prize of Rs 1 lakh, “It was while I was at DU that the band was born. Over the years, many people joined and left . Till now, we were just another underrated band but after winning the title things have changed for the better. We are now being invited to perform at events and parties.” Ask him if he fears that the new routine would disrupt their study-practice sessions and he says, “It is extremely difficult to forge a balance.
At times, most of us have exams or practicals the very next day or on the same day of the performance. It requires meticulous planning and dedication to do well in both the areas. If given a choice between sitting for an exam and performing at an event, I would try and postpone the slot of the performance.”