Draw Jopping! – Revels’15
The last page of any student’s notebook is never blank. Rough math work, lyrics of Uptown Funk and most importantly doodles of professors, of friends, or just random tornadoes and whirlpools. Have you ever wondered how that ordinary physics lecture transformed beautifully in your mind into an abstract so ethereal, it surged through your arms and came out as a spurt of ink? Sounds like a pretty great talent, doesn’t it? As Revels’15; promised every talent its unbridled flight, the category Kalakriti came up with one of the first events of day one, Comixtrip which, as the name suggests, is all about unleashing that cartoonist in you.
We spotted about five participants waiting already as we entered the venue, but the number soon went up to about twenty-five before the hour-long event started, albeit a good twenty minutes late. This is not the first time an event like this was being organised. The topic usually is very different and thought provoking. ‘Politics in India’ was the topic allotted in Revels’14; as told by Asif Ali from VIT University in Vellore, who participated in the event last year and came back for seconds!
The event focused on humorous comic strips on somewhat complex topics. The topic for Comixtrip Revels’15; was ‘Censorship- Assassination of an Idea.’ The participants were provided a kit for the event and the convenors couldn’t stop emphasising that the participants weren’t allowed to carry any drawing materials on them. Well, in a country where six bans have been imposed over just the last week, and with the so-called dangerous cartoonists around the world being threatened, locked up and even killed for just whipping up some colourful humour on paper, it was fair on the organisers’ part to ensure that the participants didn’t come armed with their weapons.
Jaskirat Kaur, a student of MCODS, was quoted as follows, “I take part in these events all the time. Doodling and cartooning are the best way to express what goes on in my head. What I do today would just be a reflection of my imagination.” The event took place without so much as a glitch. Their hands soiled with colour and the A3 papers soiled with their ideas, the participants remained engrossed throughout the hour. What a colourful start to Revels’15;.