After attending this extravaganza last year, we entered IIT Bhubaneswar’s campus with a lot of anticipation & hope & they sure didn’t disappoint us. Alma Fiesta, the annual socio-cultural festival of IIT Bhubaneswar, in its 5th year was themed around, Age of Epics. The festivity started with the preliminary rounds of Rip Out, the solo dance competition, and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, a duet dance competition taking place. The events saw students from various parts of the country sweating it out to prove their calibre. After some gruelling rounds the best of the lot moved ahead in the competition.
The power packed preliminary events were followed by the Inaugural Evening which was presented by Vedanta SESA Sterlite Limited. This event had eminent personalities like Guests of Honour, Sanjeev Das, Vice-President IMFA and Suresh Mantri, IAS Retd, and also Prof. Madhusudan Chakraborty, Director of IIT Bhubaneswar on its roll. The ceremony started off by honouring the participants of social campaign of Alma Fiesta, Prayatna, which worked on the theme ‘Go Green’ and reached out to 15 schools in and around Bhubaneswar. The event ended with a vote of thanks by the Chief Coordinator of Alma Fiesta, Krishna Karthik, thanking the sponsors, the institute, particularly the team and the Chairman of Alma Fiesta, Prof. Rajesh Roshan Dash.
A jaw dropping performance followed the official ceremony, Gotipua, a much celebrated dance form in this part of the world was organised by Spic Macay. Gotipua dance form, a precursor of Odissi classical dance, has been performed in Odisha for centuries by young boys, who dress as women to praise Jagannath and Krishna. These boys perform some jaw dropping acrobatic figures inspired by the life of Radha and Krishna.
These boys thrilled the audience present by some of their neat moves. Some really near possible moves were performed effortlessly by these kids. With the night ending on a high note with the dance performance leaving the audience mesmerized, one thing we were sure of, this year Alma Fiesta is going to raise the bar higher.
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