After St Xavier’s Malhar and NM College’s Umang wrapped up recently with much pomp and glamour, Sophia College’s annual fest Kaleidoscope kicked off on August 24. This year, the theme is An Oriental Hue.
The first day’s events included literary activities, performing arts events and workshops. The Who’s Your Idol event drew some of the loudest cheers from students at the Bhabha Hall, as contestants took to the stage to sing compositions of artistes they idolise. From Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury to the popular Amy Winehouse, more than 30 participants attempted to showcase the feel, energy and showmanship of their favourite idols.
Gagalicious, a contest that required students to dress up as Lady Gaga and perform on her music, saw some interesting entries as well. “Music events are very popular at the fest, and since this one is about performing your idol’s work, there is an impressive variety in terms of the performances,” says Bhakti Soni, PR team, Kaleidoscope.
Teletale, that required teams to enact a play while impersonating characters from TV shows or nursery rhymes wasn't disappointing. “This event saw a feeble participation but it was enjoyable. Students put in a lot of creativity and hardwork in their acts. But I wish there were more teams for us to watch," said Jimmy Felix, singer-performer and one of the judges at the event.
The day also saw college students compete for the Mr and Mrs Kaleidoscope title by performing in the talent round. While most chose to sing (genres and style ranged from rehashed versions of Bryan Adam’s Heaven... to the melodious Silsila yeh chahat ka… from the movie Devdas, 2002), some chose stand-up comedy acts and dance routines.
On the second and third days, events like Street Football, rock band competition titled Electrocuted and the obstacle race Takeshi’s Court were the biggest crowd-pullers. “I wished I could split myself into several parts so that I could attend them all,” said Trishala Kanakia, a FYBA student.
While the first three days witnessed a good student turnout at most events, there’s more to look forward to at Kaleidoscope this weekend. “The grand finale will feature a performance by city band Something Relevant. Also, there are some exciting events lined up like Kitchen Chronicles that will require students to prepare a crazy dish on the spot and an Open Mic for performers among others,” informs Soni.