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March 26, 2014

Gala Hostin’

It has been a while since I last posted, and I apologize for that. But, as always, I can explain J This year, I have been chosen to be one of five Gala hosts and I have just been having too much fun to sit down and write a post…that was a joke – though I have been having fun, the real reason that I haven’t been able to post is that in addition to my commitment to the host team, I have been pulled into multiple dances this year (as always). Since that really isn’t a valid excuse to not post on time, I shall make up for my poor blogging performance with a series of three back-to-back posts within the week.

                                                                                         Gala Host Auditions

From what I was told, 20+ students auditioned for a spot in the host team, which usually comprises between 4-6 people. The first round of auditioning included a fixed skit we all had to read out (with our own flare of course) and a round of questioning. Frankly, the questioning stage was quite intense, being surrounded by 8 ISA members in a semi-circle fashion where I was at the end of the radius. Some of the questions included: “why do you want to be host?, what would you do if such and such happens? and what will I bring to the team?.” The second round consisted of a self-prepared skit, during which I decided to describe a setting that most South Asian boys can relate to –the significance of cricket in our adolescence.  The second round also had a surprise component where we had to work with another potential gala host for 10 minutes and prepare a short skit in front of ISA. At the end of all of this, I am fortunate enough to say that I have been chose to host the Clark 2014 International Gala.

Gala 1

Gala 2

Gala 3

Gala 4

With regards to the host teaser video, I can confirm that we stuck to this year’s Gala theme: “Share the Moment. As humanity, from generation to generation, has successfully found a way to share the moment, we have taken a historical approach to our video. Just to give you a hint: there is a caveman, a hunter/gatherer, a Victorian lady, a renaissance man and an Alexander Graham Bell junior. The video will be coming out end of this week, so do keep a look out!

                                                                                           Dances and Next Post

This year, I am performing in Bangladesh and Albania and partly (by that I mean 5 moves of the entire dance) choreographing Sri Lanka.  But, I shall talk more about the three dances and their respective choreographers next post. For now, I shall leave you all with one of the comic Tamil song that Sri Lanka will be performing for in the third part of our dance. If you get the chance to watch the actual Gala next week Friday (4th of April), you will see a similar set of moves performed by our very own Clarkies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0VTJS-zD9k

 

Sangili Bungili

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