Alma Fiesta, the annual socio-cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology began on this 11th of January in the midst of the much deserved fanfare and celebrations. It was a gateway to a weekend of awesomeness, fun and sheer festivity.
The inaugural evening on the 11th kicked off the 4th edition of Alma Fiesta. Students from various campuses in the country joined in to be a part and participate in the competitions that would unfold in the next two days. This evening was marked by a classical performance by Padmashri Pandit Bhajan Sopori who mesmerized the audience with his santoor do. Considered one of the few cultural links between Jammu-Kashmir and the rest of India, Pt. Sopori is a highly revered teacher of classical music in today’s times.
Noted author-entrepreneur-yoga teacher Ira Trivedi who was the chief guest of the evening spoke about her new book and conducted a quick session later on sex and marriages in India. The audience was thrilled and welcomed her candid nature which is kind of surprising, in a good way of course. Ira Trivedi is also a regular writer for the columns of The Telegraph. Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan etc.
Day two begin with the unwinding of all the competitions including, Litspree- the literary event, the ethical hacking workshop, the fashion show and also the flagship youth quiz. Seven teams made it past the prelims to the final that comprised of four rounds out of which two of them were infinite Bounce, one audio-visual and the final one being buzzer connect. Among teams that fought were participants from NIT, KIIT and the Odisha quiz association.
The inter-band face off Euphony witnessed some really good bands from this part of the country battling it out before the judges, Ganesh Talkies. Ganesh Talkies is an alternative rock band from Kolkata. This was followed by an evening with this band itself and this certainly was a treat for a performance.
Reminiscent to the typical Indian Bollywood obsession, really good OCs this band plays, one can tell.
Some glimpses from the Ganesh Talkies act.
Photos: Ranvir Deb.