Group dances highlight mythology on Day two of Utsav2 min read
Manipal: Day two of Diamond Utsav witnessed a huge crowd to cheer on the solo and group dance performances held at KMC Greens on April 12. However, the Indian Non-Classical group dance repeatedly featured religious themes, which did not go unnoticed with the audience.
Most dances were based on Hindu deities Ganesha, Shiva and Krishna and involved elaborate and detailed choreography. While some students were pleased with the depiction of Indian mythology with catchy songs as add-ons, there were others who found it repetitive. Though there were mixed opinions regarding the themes, the dances received largely positive responses.
“The mythological representations did get very recurring, but all the performances were enjoyable and the dancers were really good. They could’ve brought in a different theme, but the overall program was laudable,” said Piyali Adhikari, an intern at A.J. Hospital, Mangalore. Some students who’d been a part of the audience during Utsav 2012 were of the opinion that the teams may have chosen the religious angle in order to secure a win as last year’s winners had a similar theme. Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (MCOAHS) won the first prize in the group dance.
Other competitions held during the day were Rangoli, Collage and Quiz (prelims) at the Interact building while the vocal competitions were held at the manipal.edu building. The Quiz (finals) and Indian Classical and Non-Classical Dance competitions were held at KMC Greens in the evening.
“In this big stage with so much lighting, the fact that we performed on it itself is something to be proud of. All the dancers were really good and the audience was enthusiastically receptive,” said Anannya Sahoo, a first year Bachelors student from Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) and winner of the Indian Non-Classical Dance (solo). The events held at the Interact building also had its share of admirers. “The rangoli designing competition was splendid as I could see the true colors of Indian culture taking diverse forms. MCOPS did a commendable job and the time spent there was worthwhile,” said Sachin Francis, a first year Civil Engineering student from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).
Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS), Manipal won the Rangoli competition while Manipal University, Dubai dominated the Indian Non-Classical light vocal, both solo and group. Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS), Manipal won Collage and MIT won both Quiz and Indian classical vocal (solo). Neria Georgeena Reji from MCOAHS won the Indian Classical Dance (solo).
Sub-edited by Nishara K.P