Sunday, 17 August 2014

HR College comes up trumps as curtains come down on Malhar

MUMBAI: As Malhar—St Xavier's annual college festival—came to an end on Saturday, HR College bagged the first place with Jai Hind College coming in second place and St. Xavier's College securing third place. Much was left to be expected this year as only over 35,000 students showed as opposed to last year's count of over 40,000 students. All three days of the fest had 60 colleges from Mumbai and 20 outstation colleges competing in various competitions.

The final day hosted a multitude of events and workshops like, Nothing But The Beat—a percussion workshop conducted by well-known percussionists Omkar Salunkhe and Keyur Bharve who jammed with the students in an interactive 2 hour session and Blame It On The Boogie!—a dance workshop.

Stalwart shows like Illuminati—a UV light dancing competition had students telling stories through dance and Ek Taara Unplugged had the crowd on their feet as participants from 10 different colleges showcased their talent in creative light dancing and solo singing.

Judges like Gerson Dacunha, Sameer Soni, Taufiq Qureshi ,Nigel Rajaratnam, Palak Muschal and Jeet Ganguly were also present.

Screening his film 'Aankhon Dehki', famous director, actor and theatre personality—Rajat Kapoor interacted with students about various aspects of his film and discussed current issues surrounding filmmaking today.

Mr. and Miss Malhar saw the HR and Jai Hind College students respectively bag the trophies. Ek Taara Unplugged—a solo singing event—saw Mithibai College secure first place followed by Sardar Patel Institute in second and Wilson College in third place.

Events like Street Dance and Bollywood Dance that were major crowd pullers last year, were not to be seen this year as all events came to a close today. "It has been a great experience to organise and be a part of such an event" said, Reuben Paul, one of the events' organisers.

The first day saw imminent personalities like Raghuram Rajan, Shashi Tharoor, Justice Leila Seth and director, Parnab Mukherjee address students on current issues. Sheetal Sathe of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) withdrew her invitation as she was prevented from attending the event when protestors Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had protested her attendance at the event. The second day hosted shows like the Malhar Parliamentary Debate, Folk Studio and Ban Baaja Bollywood. Xavier’s annual college festival,Jai Hind College,HR College



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