The second day at Springfest 2014 saw more students coming into the campus. Booming with enthusiasm, groups of students were found entering the IIT gate with the ‘Desi’ quotient in them.
Proceedings for the day started off with a National level debate. Orators of the highest level came from all parts of the world to participate in the event. Voices were raised, questions were asked, answers were questioned.
Then came the much awaited dance workshop organized by Shiamak Davar dance crew. The team was surprised to see the attendance in the workshop. ‘more than 100 students were interested in our workshop, which was more than just overwhelming for us’ said one of the members from the crew. Students were taught desi-Bollywood steps.
As a part of the international carnival – the almost trio, a duo from Germany, brought the crowd to their feet at the arena with their one of a kind juggling ability. The duo who claim to juggle almost reached the climax of their act when they included student volunteers in their act. Juggling huge air balls under and over the students were one of the many tricks they had up their sleeves. Apart from the act, people also loved their accent. 😛
Meanwhile at the open air theatre, semi professional bands lined up for the semi-finals of the much awaited Wildfire 2014. ‘What makes it much more difficult to perform is the scorching sun on above our heads!’- said Arnav, bassist from the Calcutta based funk-rock band The High Crook. More than 20 bands were selected from various zonal prelims all over India. Wildfire, undoubtedly one of the biggest band competitions in India, has seen, produced and promoted present day pro level bands like The family cheese, Turnkey, nightmares, What escapes me, etc. Only time has the answer to the question on everyone’s mind- Who will it be this year? The semis have been split into two days of vigorous, not to mention sweaty, performances. ‘We loved this band called Noyze Akademi from Calcutta. We are looking forward to more such awe inspiring performances tomorrow during the second round of the semis’, said the judges – Gingerfeet
Amidst all these high adrenaline events, ‘Impromptu’ events were also held at various hanging out spots like Veggies and CCD inside the IIT campus. Can shooting, arm wrestling, on the spot acts.etc were a part of it engaging the young crowd.
Another interesting part of the fest was the initiative taken by CRY concerning child labor for which they collected votes to be sent before the Lok Sabha elections. ‘Springfest is a wonderful platform to put forward the child labor problems of this country in front of a large number of people and We hope the votes we are gathering helps us to achieve a change in the society’, said Dhawal Thakkar, a fourth year student of IIT Kharagpur and also a prominent of the CRY- IIT Kgp chapter who was able to collect more than 500 votes in the first two days itself.
Finally, the limelights of the evening were back to back mind-blowing performances by the rock bands ‘Underground Authority’ & ‘Swarathma’. Underground Authority paced up the tempo at TOAT with their original compositions and also rock covers of songs like Babaji ki Booty, Khooni Monday, and the famous Urvashi, etc. “The show was completely exhilarating such that we wanted to head bang.” exclaimed Siddharth, a final year student from KIIT University. Their original compositions were based against corruption and racism. ‘Swarathma’ is a fusion rock band from Bangalore and have performed shows overseas. Their capability of playing instruments from the violin to the matka along with drums and guitar made sure that people were glued to their seats. Spectators were blown away by the versatility of their songs and stood in awe and appreciation towards the end.
Day two invigorated more energy to the 4 day fest. With huge names like Gingerfeet and Pentagram lining up for their gigs on day 3, one can expect another lively day at the IIT Kgp campus.
Story – Subhobrata Das / Staff Writer
Disclaimer – The Broken Scooter was the official online media partner for SpringFest 2014 – The Annual Social and Cultural Festival of IIT – Kharagpur.