Setting the stage on fire

Setting the stage on fire

The Mount Carmel College recently hosted its annual fest ‘Cul-ah’ on the theme ‘Cassiopeia’. 

The fest kick-started on a starry note with actors Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra coming in to promote their film Hasee Toh Phasee. 

This took the students by surprise and they went crazy trying to do all kinds of things to get up close to the stars. 

This was followed by a performance by VJ-turned-actor Nikhil Chinapa. 

He mixed with the crowd, got ‘selfies’ taken with the girls before he took over the DJ console and got the students to groove to popular tracks.  The first day ended on a high note and this raised the expectations for day two that was largely knit around events related to music. 

The ‘battle of the bands’ had more than 15 bands belt out for the top slot. The students played everything – right from blues to impressing the heavy metal fans with some memorable numbers. 

Joshua, a first-year degree student of Christ University said, “What this fest offers is not just interesting events but an experience where heavy metal fans like me not only get a chance to perform but also listen to the music of some of the best bands.” 

Sunitha Prasad, another final-year degree student of Jyoti Nivas College said, “There are a few bands that write their own music just for this fest.”  The Indian Dance Association put up an interesting show called ‘Dhatang Nach’ followed by scintillating performances by the Western Dance Association.  

 There were interesting events like nail art, for instance, which had the students come up with wacky designs.  Shristi, a first-year student of Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College explained, “This gives us the chance to do our own thing in terms of designs. We mix all kinds of colours to create something new, crazy and colourful.” Mithilesh N, the choreographer of the fashion team of Mount Carmel College chose to knit his collection around theme – 100 years of cinema by creating designs from the Victorian vintage. “The clothes have an equal mix of black and white. There are five girls in black and five in white. The clothes are only highlighted with gold lines and ingot making it feel like a black and white motion picture,” explained Mithilesh. 

The collection was made by Chetan, the designer who showcased the classic way of wearing the ballroom gowns, which had small balloon small skirts to the full blown heavy ones. “These skirts have the skeleton made of bamboo cane and covered by the gowns made of satin, lace and sheer. The accessories are loud such as pearls, black beads, lace and feathers...giving it a complete Victorian look,” added Mithilesh. 

There were bands like ‘Magnalis’, ‘Space Behind the Yellow Room’ and ‘Allegro Fudge’ that attracted a large crowd.  Another thing that was popular with the crowd was the performance by beatboxer Sudhir, who beat boxed with a flute and then a harmonica. St Joseph’s College of Commerce was declared the winners while CMS Jain University was the runner-up team. 

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