Manipal’s first flash mob held at Kamath Circle
Manipal: Chill Maadi, an e-magazine based in Manipal organised a flash mob on January 16 at Kamath Circle (KC) to promote Atharva, the annual management fest of T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI).
A traditional flash mob is a performance wherein seemingly random members of a crowd come together to perform a particular act, often synchronised, and disperse just as quickly. Featuring about 35 dancers, the flash mob was choreographed by Blitzkrieg, a dance group from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT). Participants belonging to various institutes of Manipal University (MU) such as Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS), Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) and MIT danced to popular tunes such as ‘Kolaveri Di’ and ‘Bhaag D.K. Bose’.
“It was just two days after having landed in Manipal that we got a call for organising a flash mob, and Blitzkrieg definitely didn’t want to lose out on such a golden opportunity,” said Kashish, one of the choreographers of the event. “We did the best that we could in the four days time that was given to us.”
“Flash mobs are now a universal phenomena and Chill Maadi thought it was high time the students of Manipal experience it,” said Navraj Shubham, the Editor-in-Chief of the e-magazine.
However, contrary to the rules of a traditional flash mob, the event was publicised, and many students in Manipal were alerted of the time and place through text messages. Aman, a first year MIT student said, “The flash mob was quite good and synchronised considering that it was held for the first time in Manipal. However the whole thing seemed to be so unnatural and planned, thus beating the whole purpose altogether.”
Sub-edited by: Lijo Thampy