Exploring many themes

Many music and dance lovers were treated to a cultural extravaganza recently at the Kuvempu Kalakshetra, which was the venue for Taru Samskriti, the annual inter-collegiate cultural festival of Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, V V Puram, 
While the participants sang and danced, the 2,000-and-odd audience lapped it up with much gusto. Contemporary dance was one of the highlights of the evening, when girls from the Christ PU College won many hearts with their excellent theme and choreography. Their theme was harassment towards women, drawing parallels from the Mahabharata and dwelt on Draupadi’s Vasthra Apaharna to the present day eve-teasing and rape. The performance was spectacular and the auditorium gave a standing ovation.

Other themes in the contemporary dance section included Donate Eyes by the Mount Carmel College, Ragging in College by SJRC College and Tribute to the Kshatriya by the Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College. 

Another noteworthy performance of the evening was the fusion version of Vathapathim Ganapathy, by the students of Jain College called Ninaada. Subramanya (flute), Narayan Sharma and Adarsha (violin), Karthik (mrudanga), Amith (tabla), Adarsh (drums) and Gopi Shravan (rhythm pads) played tunes unheard before. The song had everything from Western to Classical music in it.

Another entertaining round was Namuru Kanadigaru, where Kannada duet songs were sung. Jain College's Kavana and Impana were the best among the lot. Though many individuals sung well, their singing partners let them down. But the most entertaining performance of the round came at the end. Singer Mahesh Kumar S of SJRC College tried to imitate Shankar Nag’s song sequence Jotheyali Jothe Jotheyali (from film Geetha), which turned out to be a comedy of errors. The hall burst out into laughter while his partner stood clueless on the stage.

“More than singing, it was fun,” said singer Archana Udupa, who was one of the guests. The second day of Taru Samskriti saw solo classical vocals, classical dances and Anthakshari.

“Taru Samskriti is organised to encourage cultural values in students,” said Shantha Kumari G from the Department of Kannada and the co-ordinator of the cultural fest. 

Approximately 400 participants took part in the seven competitions.
Earlier, Sphoorti 2009, the Science and Commerce fest of the college was also held. The fest had competitions such as Brand Makeover, The Recruit and Science-o-talk, among others.

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