Alma Fiesta, the annual Socio-Cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar kicked off on 13th January, 2012 with an enthralling recital by the noted Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra. The fest ended only two days later on an equally vibrant note with the scintillating performance by the band Bandish. Apart from the energy and the strong vibe that this band exuded together, it was indeed amazing to see Chris Powell drumming live.
The inaugural evening, graced by quite a many dignitaries from the city was a colorful. At the same time, the guests and delegates stressed on the various social causes that need to be initiated via the power of the youth.
The inaugural eve was followed by the next day which had a plethora of events to offer. Informals, Literary, Fine arts, street play, you name it. Yet, it was the Salsa workshop that caught our attention. The turn out to this workshop was immense courtesy the fact that it had a large number of people signing up for it. Even we could not bear to stand and watch. No wonder, those toes inside our shoes got better of us with each beat the DJ played.
United Dance Twisters (UDT) stole the show in Topsy Turvy– the group dance competition while a Sufi-rock act from Bhubaneswar- Shabd fought its way to victory in Euphony- The war of bands the next day.
This cultural extravaganza since its debut in 2010 has surely gotten better with time.Alma Fiesta has the crowd of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack eagerly looking forward to the next year’s edition already.
We were promised two days of unadulterated fun and we are not complaining.
Glimpses of The Fest 2012
Photos Courtesy : Debi Prasad Sahu