Diamond Utsav: Day one draws criticism2 min read
Manipal: After the success of Staff Utsav, day one of Diamond Utsav drew much criticism from both the participants and the audience in terms of the technical and organisational support provided during the stage events held at KMC Greens on April 11.
Day one of Manipal University’s inter-college festival saw different literary and creative events conducted at the manipal.edu building, followed by events such as potpourri, Cultural Parade and the non-classical solo and group song performances.
Both singing events were marred by technical glitches. A participant in the solo event under the condition of anonymity said, “The orchestra seemed to show preference to KMC as everything sounded balanced for them whereas I faced many problems during my performance. It didn’t seem great for the other colleges either.” Many other participants also felt that the event did not go as smoothly as they would have liked, with either the microphones being inoperative or the orchestra playing their own tune.
Dr. K. Sreedhar R. Pai, the Secretary of the Cultural Coordination Committee of Utsav, responded to these criticisms saying, “It is clearly stated in the rules that an orchestra is not mandatory. We see students turning against the organisers and the orchestra if they have a glitch in their performance, every year. These are just baseless objections.”
As a member of the audience, Shalakha Upendran, a second year student from Manipal School of Architecture and Planning felt that the orchestra seemed unprepared. However, she cited the Cultural Parade, a platform for the students of the participating colleges to showcase the different cultures prevalent in our country, as being “really good but they should come up with more diverse themes.” This year’s parade threw light on several prominent problems in the country such as peer pressure, rape and insecurity among the fairer sex.
Commenting on the participation in the literary events which were conducted earlier in the day, Supriya S. Murthy, a first year post graduate student from Manipal Life Sciences Centre said, “The participants were well aware of the topics put across and were able to cope when it tilted and proved to be very tough competition.”
As the second day of the festivities concluded, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal stood first with 26 points followed by KMC, Mangalore with 24 points. Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore stood third with 18 points.
Sub-edited by Bhavya Balakrishnan