Blitzkrieg steals the show at Manipal’s Got Talent2 min read
While Overall winners—dance group Blitzkrieg evoked thunderous applause from the crowd, a violin-guitar-vocal rendition by a contestant demonstrating his versatility, a Western fusion of Euphoria’s Maaeri and a captivating voice modulation of club tracks by another were some of the highlights of the event apart from the routine vocal and instrumental exhibits.
Ashvithi Shetty, a student of second year MBA from Manipal Institute of Management (MIM) whose contemporary theatrical rendition of Kailash Kher’s Saiyyan, was erroneously judged as the best under the ‘Fresher’s’ category only to be hastily reverted drawing much exasperation from her.
“I wasn’t able to take part last year because of my performance in Bangalore. I was excited to join in this year…they could have at least checked the list before announcing the results rather than withdrawing afterwards just because I’m not a fresher,” said a heart-broken Shetty.
“45 teams took part in the auditioning on yesterday out of which 20 have been shortlisted for today’s final,” Agrima Singh, second year Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE), Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) and an organizer from MAFIA informed. Asked whether the impending exams were a damper, she added, “In spite of our coming Sessional, we got ample time to publicize the event and students enthusiastically have taken part this year. The audience turnout too has been encouraging.”
Swaraj Sharma, a student of third year Civil Engineering, MIT and also a member of MAFIA, however complained about the lack of permission time granted for the auditorium. “The authorities have only given 9:00pm as the deadline for wrapping the event up. This was unlike last year’s, and considering this year’s registrations, we could have extended the number of participants to well beyond 45. But the time constraints didn’t allow us to do so,” he rued.
Tanya Wanchoo, third year student of EEE, MIT said, “We had come to watch the energetic dance movements of Blitzkrieg. They’re known for that, and we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed!” Blitzkrieg showcased a medley of guys and girls dancing synchronously on beats such as Super Mario, Counter-Strike and the routine dance tracks. People crowded to take snapshots of their acrobatics, at one point the organizers even had to halt the program to clear the judges’ view.
The judges, Dr. KM Cariappa, Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Manipal College Of Dental Sciences (MCODS), Manipal; Mukund Kumar Menon, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Instrumentation & Control Engineering and Amrita A. S., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering from MIT, adjudged the contestants on the seven parameters of choreography, expression, originality, costumes, stage utilization & overall impact culminating in two winners in Overall and ‘Fresher’s’ category with each participant being allotted a duration of five-odd minutes.
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman