Carpe Diem is an annual event organized by the student association Vrittanta. It is a freshers’ talent hunt – a platform for the newcomers of the department to confidently portray their talents, be it dance, theatre, music, debate and what not. It is conducted enthusiastically by Vrittanta in spirit of its passion for providing students with newer opportunities every time. There were several events going on at the same time such as music and dance.
The Music event, out of the many events that were happening around the same time, was a much-awaited one and the excited gathering at the venue did not suggest otherwise. The event was opened by the club heads (also the emcees for this event) Wonchi Patton [3EPS] and Biswarupa Bhattacharjee [5HEP] warmly welcomed the gathering, especially the student judges from MA International Studies, who set aside their precious time to judge the performances. They also briefly touched upon the rules and regulations of the event and hoped that audience would enjoy the performances. Both of the emcees then went on to gracefully conduct the entire event.
The solo performers as well as the group performers, who signed up using the spot registration system, seemed extremely enthusiastic about their upcoming performances. The contest was opened with a very engaging solo performance. This was followed by six other catchy and charming performances by the talented first year singers. All seven singers performed within a variety of genres of music from classical to western. While some performances used karaoke or relevant musical instruments, some others kept it simple and traditional with a shruti box. Not surprisingly, each of the performers seemed to be setting high standards for their rivals with their performances. One interesting performer performed a beautiful ghazal solo that mesmerized the audience, composed by her own father. Thus, the event saw performers who also chose to stay true to their roots with regional classics. Nevertheless, every singer chose to uniquely render their musical choices, marked by their personal styles. The solos were then followed by two amazing group performances that were a beautiful amalgamation of Indian and Western musical styles.
The audience were extremely receptive to the performances, duly cheering the participants on with much vigor and excitement. Responses suggested that they thoroughly enjoyed the renditions. Some seniors among the audience even admitted, albeit hesitantly, that their juniors may even be better than them went it came to musical understanding and tastes! At the end of the day, it was quite evident that coming to a decision regarding the winners would be quite an ordeal in itself for the judges.
The event ended on a positive note with the participants as well as the audience having thoroughly enjoyed the competition, hoping to be part of many more of such memorable events and waiting for the results – fingers crossed!
The dance event was an extremely exciting one since it had the surprise element of using props, which gave it an interesting twist. The performance took place in the Mini Auditorium, Block 1 and was gracefully conducted and headed by Megha Garg (3 EPS) and Janardhan (5 HEP). Ms. Harsimran Sondhi was also present, to ensure ran smoothly. There were 6 dance groups who performed over the hour that the event took place for and all of them were enthusiastic and full of energy!
The dance competition started with the emcee welcoming faculty and students and introducing the judges from the Masters of International Studies. Just before the performances were to start all the rules and regulations were explained, which were the following:
1. Props were given to each group, 2 days before the performance.
2. Random chit drawing decided the props for the groups.
3. The groups could have a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8.
4. The dance could be up to 4 minutes long, however out of those 4 minutes at least 1 minute has to be incorporating their prop.
Lastly, the judgment criteria were also explained, which was performance, choreography, prop incorporation and coordination. The performance began with the Spirit Shakers who were given rope as their prop, Toxic Thrusters with duppatta, Troublemakers with a chair, Step Up with jackets, Stardust with Newspaper and lastly, Stage Rockers with bags. Each of these groups managed to skillfully and creatively incorporate their props into their dances and it was brilliant to see their expressions, energy, and excitement. Some groups were full of energy, some gave an extremely deep meaning through their dance and some had wonderful conceptualization.
The event ended with a vote of thanks and the winners are yet to be declared, but it’s definitely much awaited!