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Pilani Pilgrimage

It?s one of the most awaited festivals in north India and the BITS? (Birla Institute of Technology and Science) annual fest, Oasis, is the place to be for everyone from the pro bands to amateurs, choreo teams to fashion enthusiasts.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2005 10:58 IST

It’s one of the most awaited festivals in north India and the BITS’ (Birla Institute of Technology and Science) annual fest, Oasis, is the place to be for everyone from the pro bands to amateurs, choreo teams to fashion enthusiasts.

The chilled-out feel of the campus is infectious, and though the place is huge and walking isn’t tedious, there were also options of borrowed cycles, vikrams or rickshaws. The entire campus was buzzing with excitement; students were busy perfecting their moves and pitches in some corners, while other areas had contests taking place with dense crowds in Connaught Place. Don’t get confused with CP in Delhi, the CP here is a small market with several restaurants offering a variety of food. Maggi, like in college campuses across India, was a hot favourite here too. As the members of Parikrama chilled out before their much-delayed concert, they obliged some navel-baring autograph and photograph hungry groupies.

Delhi University ruled most of the contests; Delhi band Oritus won Rocktaves, the rock competition, while the choreography competition was won by Moti Lal Nehru College, Delhi. DCAC took top honours for the Fashion Parade while BITS won the rest.

There were plenty of options to choose from in the evenings with one area of the central lawns done up in mela-mode with stalls for handicrafts, mehendi, pottery and food. There was also a hugely successful DJ night where DJs Sumit Sethi, Harry and Ankit played almost everything under the sun. The rock concert was a big hit with the massive audience as well…which was expected as Parikrama Inc managed the event. The most awaited pro show began at 1.30 am and had Oritus open the gig, followed by Prestorika who were in mind blowing form performing energetic originals and occasional covers. Parikrama finished the night with their signature powerhouse performance at 5.30 am with sleep nowhere in sight. As always, Pilani lived up to her reputation of being a party pilgrimage.

First Published: Oct 25, 2005 10:58 IST