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The Beat of Lasya Tandava


You hear the crack of a thunderous drum beat sending reverberations throughout your body, rattling you to the bones. Dum dum they toll, increasing in volume and depth. The faint screech of metal clangs somewhere and the percussion of elements hone in on you, spiraling downwards into a chaotic flurry of motion. Just when you think it’s all too much, when you think the destruction won’t stop, it all comes to a screeching halt. The war torn fires subtly blaze on and the dust settles to reveal the mysteries of what has just unfurled.

Wind wisps graze your cheeks and the dull sounds of nature begin to break through the silence. Signs of life emerge and you strain to listen for any sort of movement amongst the lands. Without warning, blinding lights protrude through the nothingness and engulf you into its cool embrace. This is the story of Class 140’s upcoming fashion show Lasya Tandava. A story graced with the chaos of destruction, the uncertainty of transitions, and the purity of creation.

The music turned out to play a vital role in conveying these emotions to the crowds. Whether it be the hard hitting percussion and sporadic lyrics of the destructive period or the soft, gentle melodies in the time of rebirth, the sounds of the show adapted into something more than just background noise. It became a necessity for the music to flow with the show, with the garments, and, most importantly, to engulf the audience in the essence of each section.

Deciding that lyrics were a little too distracting, a more instrumental route was required. Blending traditional Indian movements with modern day sound isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do, but I think you will agree when you see the show, that we have hit upon the perfect integration of a nostalgic South Asian essence and ear-provoking contemporary harmonies. Our finalized set list features a diverse soundfrom artists such as AWOL nation to Sigur Rós.

The Lasya Tandava Fashion Show happens Thursday June 13 at Performance Works (Granville Island), doors open at 6pm with space for socializing and drinks, then the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets for JCI’s Lasya Tandava Fashion Show in support of Looking Glass Foundation are $20 in advance, $25 at the door or $15 for current JCI students. Tickets are available at JCI (220 Cambie).

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Nathaniel Junio, FAB Reporter

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