Disha re-brands to Fantasia’13; focuses on local talent2 min read
Manipal: Continuing with its Samaritan work from last year, Red-X Manipal organised its annual fundraising event at the Manipal Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Quadrangle ground. The Disha carnival has now been re-branded as Fantasia’13 with more focus on local talent as the reason for the change.
“Earlier, Disha Carnival featured professional bands from outside. But this time we’ve kept it local-based and as such didn’t want people to associate with it,” Poorvi Bagrodia, Executive Committee member of Red-X said when asked about the change.
Indeed, Red-X being a majorly MIT club, all the bands performing were from MIT this time. Band performances by Don’t Shout (hard rock), Gendethimma (progressive) and Timeframes (metal) as well as dance performance by Blitzkrieg and fashion show by Burning Ice were in the offering.
According to anonymous reports however, Red-X has changed its methodology with Fantasia. Before 2013, all the proceeds of the Disha Carnival used to directly go to charity. This year, money collected by Fantasia would be forwarded to Disha (under Red-X) to be used for charitable purposes, thus adding one more layer to the entire procedure.
Intermittent power cuts were a major distraction for the organisers as bands playing out a certain number were stalled mid-way through their performances. Due to absence of back-up power, one band had to face with as many as two to three black outs. Fantasia also saw thin footfall even after three hours past 6pm, the official time for the festivities to begin.
“Ticket sales have been good this time around,” T. Naren, sponsorship head of Red-X opined, though the numbers at the venue didn’t match up to his assessment; with the quadrangle filling up during the dance and fashion show later on.
“I came for the bands and their music, though their performances leave much to be desired in the professional realm. The side stalls were good; the Karaoke singing was a unique concept!” Anant Berar, second year Information Technology student at MIT said.
“Tonight’s proceedings would go towards sponsoring education of underprivileged children and to provide infrastructure in three schools of the region—Sagri nole, Christ school and Sarla bettu and also to two orphanages – Bal Niketan and Girl’s Orphanage,” the spokesperson for Red-X said during the lighting of the ceremonial fire. The evening concluded with a live show by DJ Razzzz of Café 18, Manipal.
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman