Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Kaalrav 2014-My Experience - Aakanksha Singh

The annual cultural-techno fest of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Kaalrav was held from 28th Feb to 2nd March, 2014. Known to attract the best student talent from across the North-East, Kaalrav took things to a greater level this year. Dedicated to the celebration of creativity, the theme for this year was “Around the World in 3 Days”.
With competitions in the field of dramatics, dance, music, debating, creative writing, and techno events like programming contest, hacking, robotics and gaming contests, sports events including athletics, badminton, basketball, Fifa , etc., Kaalrav was an unforgettable event for all SMITians.
Being a fresher, I was really enthusiastic about my first Kaalrav. I was a volunteer in the Judging and Prize Distribution Committee. This gave me an opportunity to witness many events at a closer level. As an audience, we do not get to know that for every small to big event, different committees come together to make it successful. But as a volunteer, I got to know the amount of hard work and coordination put up backstage to show the audience the best of both worlds on stage.
All the volunteers were assigned some events. In every event, my work was to ensure that all the judges were present at the right time and venue of the event, to provide them with the score sheets and collecting it from them thereafter, to calculate the marks and declare the winners. For prize distribution, to ensure that all the winners were present backstage on time for receiving their prizes.
The first day of the fest, Day 0, was marked by staff performances and the much awaited DJ Hunt which went late into the night and got everyone dancing and grooving to the rocking soundtracks made by the DJs.
The second day, Day 1 started with my first event, which was Hindi Jam. It was very short in duration but interesting to watch as the participants spoke on intellectual topics like female foeticide, education system in India, etc. for one minute. My second event was the Quiz which was conducted in many rounds including the audio, visual, and connection and choices rounds. It was great to actually watch it since the quizmaster gave us information apart from the topics as well. The Solo Dance event was a great success as many participants from different colleges took part in it, showing off their moves on latest dance tracks to which the audience hooted and enjoyed along. There was also a special traditional Bihu dance performance by the SMIT students which was mesmerising to watch. The professional band performance by Gingerfeet, definitely upped the fun quotient of the fest. From singing along to the head bangs and dancing, everyone present enjoyed to the fullest.
The Day 2, started with Treasure Hunt, witnessing maximum participation of all the events, had everyone running and searching for the “treasure”. It was good to see the enthusiasm of the teams even from other colleges, in spite of the scorching heat. The second half of the day, the most awaited competition of the fest, Mr and Miss Kaalrav 2014 Finals, took place. There were five contestants each in the male and female categories competing for the title. The competition started with their introduction and ramp walk, followed by a rapid fire question round, after which each of them showcased their talents, judging on which the winners were announced. The highlight of the day was the Fashion Show sponsored by Max Clothing. The student models walked the ramp showcasing creations by different student designers and also from the sponsors. The winners were decided on the basis of their walk, confidence, design and X-factor.
The star guest performer of Kaalrav was Meiyang Chang, who had everyone swaying to his romantic tracks. My day ended with getting a lot of photographs clicked with my friends, seniors and teachers, dancing all the way. These three days gave me a break from the mess food as I enjoyed eating from the food stalls setup in the football ground where all the action took place.

All in all, my first Kaalrav was a memorable one. I was inspired by my seniors’ and teachers’ dedication to participate actively in the future fests. I hope that Kaalrav gets bigger and better next year.

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