Anubhuti—another cultural category of Revels’18 offered a myriad of activities, exclusively in the Hindi language. With events like Tark Vitark, Abhivyakti, Irshaad, Antakshari, and Bujhovala— this category provided a platform for all those skilled at Hindi.
Tark Vitark had two rounds that took place on the first and the third day of Revels’18 respectively. In this battle of words, topics that linger in our minds throughout our daily lives were brought to light. The participants brought forth a wide scope of points. The Hindi debate competition on day one had three topics for discussion, namely today’s adulterated media bodies, the need for education in Indian politics, and euthanasia.
Each participant was given 15 minutes to prepare their stand, and 1.5 minutes to speak. Deliberating on what appeared to be interesting topics, the participants grappled with sticking to their points, often finding themselves lacking good rebuttals. The judges asked most of the questions, but the participants failed to uphold a stimulating environment.
The first speaker started off proceedings for the day with the topic on media bodies. Comparing the past to the present, he brought out the changes in Indian media over time, and how quickly it is losing significance in our lives because of falsities and politics that tarnish the entire idea of a truthful media body.
Points like yellow journalism, and how the media toyed with the death of the actress, Sridevi, were discussed at length. The rebuttal questions, however, were not on point and made it far more chaotic.
The qualifiers of round one went head-on the next day, speaking about the legalization of marijuana, one of the most interesting topics up until that point. A heated debate brewed as intellectually conflicting points were exchanged.
It was a better day for Tark Vitark, for they overcame every negative aspect that was seen on day one, thus ending the competition on a high note. “Prior experience did matter. As it was my first debate competition after coming to Manipal, I made sure to work on quite a lot of one-liners, it was a risk I needed to take”, Ravish Kumar, a first-year student from MIT, quoted about his debate experience.
Anubhuti’s Irshaad spanned a period of two days and took place at the focal point of the fest—the IC stage. Contestants floored the audience with their poems and shayaris, creating an artistic aura all around the place.
The first round witnessed the budding shayars of Manipal pitted against each other in an epic contest to stamp their poetic prowess. Each participant was required to present two poems—one by a poet of their own liking and the second penned by themselves. While poems by great poets continued to hold sway over the revelers’ hearts, the participants also didn’t fail to disappoint with their self-compositions. Striking a chord with the audience, the contestants were no less than Ghalib and Gulzaar.
This was then followed by the finale. Poets selected from the first day were confronted with the challenge of attracting the audience, this time, only using their creativity. Undeterred, the participants managed to hold on to their top billing and displayed some brilliant performances. A resounding success with great participation and some beautiful poetry, the event concluded with the audience hoping for more.
A one-round event, Abhivyakti took place on the third day of Revels. The event called out to all the students who have an imagination that takes flight at the slightest stimulus along with a strong command over the Hindi language.
With just five participants showing up for this Hindi story-writing competition, the turnout was less than what the organizers expected. Despite the low turnout, the event went ahead seamlessly with the participants being given an hour to create an entire story along the lines of either of the two given prompts. Apart from the prompts, the participants were also given ten words that they were required to incorporate into their stories.
These stories were judged on the level of creativity, plot, vocabulary, and the usage of the given words. The challenging themes of love and self-discovery were highlighted in the prompts which raised the levels of difficulty. With no particular word limit being set, the participants reveled in the chance to express themselves to the best of their capabilities. Abhivyakti ended with Rahul Singh bagging the first position.
Antakshari, as the title suggests, was a fun and peppy event which brought out the inner Bollywood fan in every participant. Contestants took part in groups of two, in a series of levels about everything pertaining to Bollywood.
The first round, like all other events, was a written round, where the contestants’ knowledge on Bollywood was put to the test. Eight teams were selected to move on to the next part which tested their flair for dialogues. Snippets from movies were shown and participants had to guess the name of the film. The teams which lost in the first round had a special chance to redeem themselves through a wildcard entry into the third round. Based on a rather quirky theme, this round required the participants to guess the movie names through the emojis displayed.
The penultimate level of the competition tested the teams’ mettle to guess the songs/movies using the English translations provided. This was then followed by the final round, which was one of the most enjoyable stages of the event. It had the contenders playing dumb charades wherein teams had to judge the title of the given movie. Out of all the participating teams, one team finally emerged as the ultimate winner.
Bujhovala, another event under the category of Anubhuti, was all about testing the participants’ grey matter. Scheduled on the second and third days of the fest, this consisted of two rounds.
The event kicked off with a forty-five-minute delay. The authorities concerned reasoned that this was due to the lack of participation. “Students are still engaged in the events which failed to begin on time,” quoted Shivam, one of the organisers. The first round of the quiz soon began and consisted of questions based on general knowledge and aptitude. Teams of two carefully marked the answers after contemplating diligently over each question. A total of 4 teams qualified for the second round.
This level of the competition was extremely gleeful, for it included a dart game. In it, the contestants were required to aim for the bull’s eye. The closer they managed to get to the target, the easier was their question. Participants and their teammates were thus constantly on their toes. One could witness the excitement and focus circulate throughout the room. Bujhovala, was a perfect concoction of fun, knowledge, and competitiveness and ended with Rishabh and Rakshit securing the first position.