Onam Aaghosham! Celebrations in MIT draws large crowd2 min read
Manipal: The Malayali students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) organised their annual Onam celebrations on September 9 outside MIT Food Court.
The program was attended by a large number of students, who engaged themselves in the celebrations by participating in the games and dance performance. “A better turnout of spectators and participants this year was highly appreciated. This is a platform for all of us to get together and know each other better,” said Aadithya P, one of the organisers of the event. “I want our juniors to take these celebrations forward and work with more determination to deliver better results next time,” he added.
Celebrations commenced with a procession led by a student dressed up as the Onam God Mahabali. A pookalam was designed at the entrance of the food court, where students were seen taking pictures along with fellow Malayali students dressed in the traditional attire of Kalli Mundu and saris.
Thiruvathira, a cultural dance form was also performed, in which girls draped in saris danced around a brass lamp. “I had never seen Thiruvathira before as I’m from the north-east. I liked how gracefully the girls danced around a lamp with claps and simple steps,” said Rrishika Kakoty, a first year student from School of Communication. Tug of war and arm wrestling were few games played at the event, where cheers for different colleges filled the air. The winner of the arm wrestling competition was awarded a cash prize of Rs.500.
A drone was spotted shooting the event for an after movie, for two unofficial video channels – 24FPStalkies and 707Errors films, headed by MITians. “As I am a Malayali, and since Onam celebrations have not been covered before, I wanted to cover this event. As far as the event was concerned, I felt it would have been better to organise festivities at one place, instead of celebrating the festival at different places on different days,” said Ajith Thomas, third year student of MIT.
Edited by Shriya Ramakrishnan