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Campus wears festive mood

It’s all play and no study for college goers as Malhar and Umang spoil for choices with music, dance, theatre and sports events.

entertainment Updated: Aug 16, 2011 18:27 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times

St Xaviers and NM College have been donning a bright look this week.

While the three-day festival Malhar witnessed an immense turnout, NM College’s Umang kicked off with a bang on Sunday.

Lots of variety From an improv comedy event to maze-building competition and Bollywood dance events, Malhar saw it all. But it was the Amateur Night, back after a gap of two years that drew the loudest cheers from audiences.

Giving a chance for amateur musicians to perform for a huge crowd, the events featured some exceptional singers and beat boxers.

“We are happy to have hosted the event and it has really clicked well with the audience and performers. Besides, band events are big crowd pullers as well. From sports to theatre and music and even social causes, we had a huge array of events and there was something to look forward to by everyone,” says Shannon Tellis, OG-Public Relations, Malhar.

With the variety on offer, the fests have left collegegoers spoilt for choice.

“We participated in the dance event Folk-a-thon and it was thoroughly enjoyable. The street dance competition at Malhar was also excellent. Besides, the Pro Nite at Umang was amazing. I, along with my friends have been juggling between both colleges, participating and attending events and it’s been quite an experience”, says Utsavi Parekh, contingent leader and SYBcom student from NM College.

Celebs rule
The fests also witnessed a high dose of Bollywood glamour with numerous actors pouring in to judge events or promote their films.

While Dia Mirza judged Malhar’s fashion event, Cramp Their Style, Jacqueline Fernandez chose the winners for the street dance event, Step It Up.

Meanwhile, actor Prateik will be promoting his film My Friend Pinto, at Umang.

Ranveer Singh and Imraan Khan are also expected to make an appearance at the fest.

Doing its bit for social causes, the first day of Malhar saw eminent personalities like actor Anupam Kher, humanright activist Binayak Sen and RTI campaigner Aruna Roy discussing issues at Conclave.

“I think the best thing about these fests are the panelists and judges. They bring their expertise to the discussions and hence, the events are worth attending and participating,” says Siddharth Aalam, a SYBMM student of Wilson College.

Security check With huge footfalls at each day of the fests, the colleges have also spruced up their security measures, something that the festival has to deal with this year, “Security is a big priority every year at Malhar. But this year, we are taking extra precautions. To ensure that everything goes well, all visitors are frisked and their baggages checked. Our Security team is responsible for all these measures,” says Tellis.

Adds Aalam, who, “This time, the security was extremely strict, but that’s natural after the blasts,” says Aalam.

First Published: Aug 16, 2011 18:24 IST