A colourful affair to remember

Utsav Saptharang

A colourful affair to remember

This year’s edition of the annual techno-cultural fest of Atria Institute of Technology, Utsav Saptharang, was held recently on the college campus and like always, the occasion provided students with a welcome break from classes and an inspiring atmosphere to perform.

As the name of the fest suggests, it was loosely based on a seven-colour theme — one for each department of the institute. The fest began on a formal note with an inauguration ceremony. This was attended by C Somashekara, IAS, commissioner for excise, Government of Karnataka, who was the chief guest.

Once this was done, the fun portion of the fest began. This year, the various events were neatly categorised into five sections — dance, music, fun, art and technical. Accordingly, students could decide which area they wanted to test their skills in.

The on-stage events drew large crowds, who hooted and cheered for their peers. These included the solo-singing and group-dance competitions. As always, the ‘mad ads’ was a great way for the students to express their creativity and create comic situations at the same time.

In the gaming section, ‘FIFA’ was especially popular and when it came to the literary events, the debate and creative writing witnessed quite a bit of participation. The poetry-writing competition was also an interesting event, given that not many students are familiar with the art of poetry anymore.

There was also an ikebana competition, which was definitely something different — participants had to try their hand at trimming and assembling flowers to create intricate and beautiful formation. ‘Cook off’ — or cooking without fire — was also an instant hit with the students.

The first day ended on a great note with the rock show, which featured Sufi rock band Parvaaz. On the second day, the events included ‘logo slogan’, a personality competition and of course, the valedictory function.

There was also a fashion show, which was a huge crowd-puller. Anushree, a student of the college, says, “Our college band crooned high-energy numbers, which gave the audience a boost. Last but not least, the fashion show had the spectators glued to their seats. It was a full house, right up to the last second.”

She adds, “It was an excellent platform for students and teachers alike to break away from their usual monotonous academic schedule, let their hair down and get to know one another better in an informal, enjoyable atmosphere.”

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