The fest is divided into three main sections — stage, literary and art events. While some events like Indian folk, film singing, extempore, debate and pot painting are already over, popular ones like Indian group dance, Western acoustic group and theatre festival are yet to be held.
The lecturers will tell you that during the fest, students don’t mind even skipping their meals. From early morning practice sessions to ensuring everything goes according to plans, the competition is evident during Darpan. In fact, it is the hottest topic on campus.
“It’s a great platform to showcase our talent. It also helps us represent our college in other inter-collegiate festivals. So winning is everything. We all are taking part in the group dance competition for which, we have been practicing for a month now. Since we can’t miss out on classes, we make sure we come before class and stay back after college to practice,” says Shwetha, a first year student.
The popular practice places for many of them are the mini auditoriums and the birds’ park. Ashwathi, a first year B Com Tourism student, says this is her first year in college and she is enjoying every minute of it. “I play the violin for a college band and this time, I have come to give my solo performance in Western instrumentals. It’s a whole new feeling to perform alone as you get your own freedom as a performer. But I do miss having the band with me on stage,” she adds.
Abhishek, a second year who is one of the volunteers of the fest, says that be it the enthusiasm or the number of events, nothing has changed. “If anything has changed, it is the increase in talent,” he adds. While Shreyas, a third year B Com Tourism student, has observed that comparatively, the participation for music events has reduced. “But those who make it to the competition, sure bring in immense talent making it more challenging for all of us,” he adds.