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Festivals find their dream themes

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2012 00:55 IST
Sucharita Kanjilal

A Mayan tablet that suggests the world will come to an end this year has caused some to shudder in fear, invited scepticism from others, and stoic indifference from a few.

Students of Sophia College, however, have decided to take it in their stride and celebrate the impending apocalypse. The Peddar Road College has chosen ‘Rewrite the Future’ as the theme of its annual college festival, Kaleidoscope 2012.

“As we sat down to discuss theme ideas for this year, it seemed almost natural to toy with the idea of the apocalypse,” said Garima Raghuvanshy, an executive committee member for Kaleidoscope. “We chose to do a fun take on an otherwise gloomy thought. The idea is that we can take control and choose what to make of our future.” Events at the fest will have students writing revolution anthems and creating superheroes who can save the world from doom.

Raghuvanshy said that a theme is vital as it gives a fest an identity and “anchors” an otherwise disparate set of events.

Wilson College, Charni Road has chosen as its anchor the idea of ‘Genius meets madness,’ for its festival, Polaris. “Polaris will be a tribute to those geniuses who were passionate and are remembered by everyone,” said Benett Nathan, chairperson, Polaris. “Hallmark figures such as Walt Disney and Steve Jobs are an inspiration to all of us. Through our festival, we would like to inspire may more.”

While meaningful or inspiring themes may be all the rage at some colleges, who needs those when one can have a festival dedicated sea creatures and pirates instead? The students of NM College, Vile Parle, certainly think so, with their festival Umang 2012 – The Mariner’s Saga.

“We wanted to celebrate all things nautical,” said Kruti Shah, chairperson of Umang. Our theme will reflect in our décor. We’ll depict beaches, corals, shipwrecks, undersea life, sailors, fishermen and even Spongebob Squarepants.”

With intense competition between colleges over festivals as well, themes also set the tone for the fest. “We were one of the first to come out with our theme this year. Malhar is one of the oldest fests in the city, and the competition to stay ahead is immense,” said Aadi Vaidya, chairperson of Malhar, the festival of St Xaviers’ College, Dhobi Talao. Their theme is ‘Malhar Local’ — a celebration of the city.