A day for awareness and excitement

Last Updated 18 September 2012, 12:45 IST

Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College (BCWCC) recently conducted its cultural fest, Disha 2012-13.

Being held for the last 15 years, the fest has been getting only bigger and better. This time too, it was celebrated with great pomp and show.

This year, the one-day festival focussed on social network with its theme being ‘Get Connected’. “This isn’t just a cultural fest. We try to educate our students in every fest and go beyond the curriculum to provide holistic education with a practical perspective,” explains Joyce Sunder, principal.

“With such a theme, we want them to think about the pros and cons of the social networking sites and to understand how to use them in an effective manner for something positive. They should learn how to use it judiciously and not get addicted to it,” she adds.

The garden in the college was buzzing with activity. Students from as many as 27 colleges of the City like St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Kristu Jayanti College, Indian Academy, Bishop Cotton Academy and CMRIT participated in a variety of events that related to social media.

Some of these were fashion show, festival of dances, ‘Comment War’ (debate), ‘Mad Ads’, film making on the paradox of social media, Western acoustic, stand-up comedy, poetry writing, ‘Best Shot of the Day’ (photography) and even beat boxing!

“It’s a very lively and energetic ambiance. It’s quite noisy but in a good way. I’m surprised that these people don’t get tired of shouting with excitement!” says Chirag Anil, a student of CMR National PU College, who attended the fest.

“Just for fun, I participated in the photography event, where we could click anything on campus. I took a black and white photograph of the college itself to capture how it probably looked years ago when it was started. It doesn’t really matter if I win or lose because the experience was worth it,” adds Chirag.

Disha has seen a couple of addictions to the fest this year with events like beat boxing, En Vogue Cottonian (personality contest) and the ‘Trendy Mascots Parade’, where students have to portray Twitter, YouTube, Google and other social media websites as a mascot.

“We saw a lot more colleges taking part than we expected. Each event saw around 15-18 colleges participate, whereas a few even had 25! There was a lot of pressure on us to put it all together, but we handled it in the best way possible," says Kripa Joshi, president, Student Council, BCWCC.

(Published 18 September 2012, 12:45 IST)

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