College festivals are known to raise the bar every year. And with two of the biggest campus galas on the calendar this week, expect the unexpected. At Malhar, to be held from August 17 to 19, the festivities will revolve around the theme of ‘the local’.
“All our events are Mumbai-centric and derive inspiration from crowded local trains, the breathtaking seafront views or even the glamour of Bollywood,” says Malvika Adukia, organiser, public relations, Malhar.
Besides a music and dance event based on Bollywood this year, a quiz event — Bollywood Bamboozle: The Search for the Ultimate Fan – will scout for geniuses for whom Hindi films mean serious business. A fine arts event, ‘Make It Your Own — Theme Interpretation Event’ even lets participants construe the theme in their own way, through art. “Competitors need to use soft pastels, poster paints, charcoal and 3D outliners to interpret the spirit of the city,” informs Adukia.
For the more curious ones, there’s a forensic science workshop to attend and another one on how to create apps. Those with a knack for painting can even paint bicycles, which will then be given away to underprivileged children as part of Paint My Ride, an all-day event. Adukia explains, “The response we get for innovative workshops gets better every year. So we make sure we have a mix of fun and niche sessions that appeal to everyone.”
This year, Malhar has introduced a new feature to ensure there’s transparency in maintaining the scores of all participants across events. Upon completion of the finals of each event, the score sheets will be put up on display for an hour for students to view.
On the other side of town, NM College’s annual fest Umang will begin celebrations from August 19. This year, the Pro-Nite will feature a performance by singer Javed Ali. There will also be acts by city-based bands Spud In The Box, The Lightyears Explode, Paradigm Shift and Hoodwink Circle. The festival’s theme is The Mariner’s Saga. “We will recreate the feel of being on a ship on our campus,” says Jaanvi Thakkar, committee member, public relations, Umang.
Participants can even learn to make robots, modify cars, learn fencing and even a niche form of Spanish dance — rueda de casino — at the various workshops. Those who like juggling and tightrope-walking can show off their balancing abilities at another event. “We have 19 workshops in total. As part of Retrospectrum, writer Amish Tripathi and filmmakers Shyam Benegal and Anurag Basu will interact with students,” says Thakkar.