The third day was undoubtedly the most awaited day in the Springfest 2014. As the numerous bonfires stopped emanating heat and light, and the sun rose at a distant corner, people filled in the streets of the IIT campus yet again. On being asked how many people visit them each day, the CCD staff at the campus said ‘Dada! Fataafaatibheedhoye!’ (Bro, we get huge numbers each day!)
Centrifuge – the dance competitionwas the baseline event this morning. With more than 400 in the audience at a packed Netaji Bose Auditorium, the stage at Centrifuge lived up to its reputation of being one of the most desired stages in India. The participants had it all in them – from contemporary to B-boying! This wasn’t just any other mono theme based show. Saint Xaviers Calcutta, for instance, presented a dance form which involved The Dark Knight with his allies and enemies.It was a group dance event involving teams mostly from the east & north east. Each dance comprised of a theme. The themes ranged from political to environmental to society to even irritating TV ads. Every dance was divided into a combination of tracks be it bollywood or instrumentals. An exceptional amount of talent & energy was displayed. Not only college students but dance societies were also participating.
Keeping the ‘shake a leg’ momentum going, a Salsa dance workshop was held at JCB Foyer. Organized by the ShiamakDawar dance crew, this workshop brought most of the love smitten couples around the campus to try their hand on the steamy Latin dance form. The one hour workshop included three sequential steps, approximately 150 couples and of course, a lot of love.
Meanwhile, Wildfire semis continued at TOAT. Bands like Hidden Identity and Monkey Cap seemed to impress the audience and the judges. Unlike all other times, this time the judges (GingerFeet) chose 5 bands instead of 3 for the finals – NoyzeAkademi, Hidden Identity, Monkey Cap, High Frequency and Resilience. Noyze blew everyone away at the finals like just they did in their semis, to win Wildfire 2014. ‘Performing at Wildfire was a dream for us’, said Maharshi – guitarist of Noyze; ‘we’re thrilled to have won it this time’ he added.
Post Wildfire finals at TOAT the students rushed directly to the JnanGhosh stadium. Reason? Well, only this band called ‘PENTAGRAM’! The exuberant Rock music pioneers from Mumbai with their flamboyant front man in the form of the Vishal Dadlanicame to Kgp with a mission – To make everyone ‘shake it’ – to their songs and we kid you not they were more than just successful! Calcutta based judges for Wildfire, GingerFeet, opened for Pentagram. GingerFeet, one of the best alternative rock bands from the country, hit the right riffs to kick start Armageddon2014. Their performance reminded most of us fans about their performance at Hornbill 2012, which they won in Nagaland. Students went gaga over both the bands. The lights and sound on stage completely took the performance to another level.
Notwithstanding the late start to their show, Pentagram showed IIT why they are the leading bands of the country. They played their groovy original tracks and the crowd went berserk. P’gram gave IIT a star night which would remain unforgettable for most of them present there at the stadium.
Thus, the penultimate day of the fest brought in more crowd accompanied with more exhilaration. Though, people knew that the final day had approached, all we could see was plans and hopes to make it a memorable one with no excuses for missing out on any kind of fun that day and the excitement for the Salim-Sulaiman concert had already got the crowd humming to their compositions.
Story – Subhobrata Das / Staff Writer
Disclaimer – The Broken Scooter is the official online media partner for SpringFest 2014 – The Annual Social and Cultural Festival of IIT – Kharagpur.