Anubhuti, the only category catering to the Hindi populace on campus, saw the most awaited slam poetry competition—Irshaad, back with a bang. It spanned two days and was staged right outside NLH. Contestants had an excellent opportunity to perform to a live audience, living the life of the quintessential poet, though only for a short period.
The first round required the poets of Manipal to display their poetic prowess by presenting two poems—one by a renowned poet of their choice, and the second should be one of their works. They were graded on the basis of content, originality, and performance and style of reciting. The poets addressed themes of love, romance, war, patriotism and rebellion. Certain restrictions were placed, mainly a ban on the use of swear words and inciting violence or hate speech.
This was then followed by the finale on day two. The poets who reigned supreme by winning the adulation of both the judges and the audience on the first day faced the daunting task of repeating the task, but this time, with only their creativity. And to nobody’s surprise, they delivered beyond the expectation of the organisers, which was echoed by the reactions of the crowd. “Last year, the second-year students brought down the house, but this time around the first year students were a brilliant competition. The event as a whole has delivered outstanding performances,” said Vansh Tiwari, an organiser of the event. A resounding success with significant participation and some beautiful poetry, the event concluded with the audience hoping for more.
Bujhovala, which translates to ‘enigma’, aimed to search for every ounce of wit in its contestants and put it to use. The event received a commendable number of participants from various colleges. Being one of the few events that started on time, Bujhovala had plenty in store for the teams competing in pairs.
The first round was a written round that required the teams to solve numerous questions in Hindi that covered a range of general topics. The event then progressed on to the second round which was a logo quiz. Nine teams took their positions before the screen as a volley of incomplete pictures was hurled at them. The random assortment of the logos of luxury car and fashion brands forced the contestants to pick their brains in order to make a correct guess.
A handful of contestants managed to secure their positions in the final round of Bujhovala. In this quirky play of the contest, the teams took their chances on a game of darts. The farther the shot was from the bullseye, the harder the question asked would be. All of this took place in secrecy as the other teams were not allowed to hear the questions. Bujhovala was a great marriage of challenging competition and joyful event. It is perhaps, for its erratic and random style that Bujhovala remained true to its meaning.
Tark Vitark was a debating competition conducted in Hindi under the category Anubhuti on the first day of the fest. With topics ranging across various social issues, it appeared as an essential addition amongst the other fun-filled events in Revels.
The four topics that were announced on Facebook were Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan, Section 377, Ram Mandir, and Economic Reservation. They were released a few hours before the event, giving the candidates ample time to prepare a four-minute speech, followed by a two-minute question and answer session. The participants were scored based on the presentation and quality of the content.
Unfortunately, the event witnessed a low turnout. Two of the speakers spoke on the subject of Economic Reservation, and another gave a fiery speech about Ram Mandir. The participants stressed on various facts and neatly articulated their views to convince the judges and the audience in support of the motion. The underwhelming response resulted in no speakers for Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan and Section 377 and also led to the cancellation of the second round of the event.
However, as the Event Head, Varun Tiwari stated, “It was a well-conducted event which saw lower than expected turnout. The discussion was healthy, and the judge was thorough with the questioning.” While Revels is a fun-filled fest, Tark Vitark reminded everybody about the social issues and current scenarios of the real world, shedding light on facts and presenting multiple perspectives on the topic at hand.
Abhivyakti, a single-round event, was held on the final day of Revels. The name of the event translates to ‘expression’ which resonated with the idea for the event. The contestants were given four prompts in Hindi to choose from, based on which they had to craft a story. While two of the prompts specified how the story must begin as well as conclude, the other two gave the liberty of an open ending to the writers. With the time limit of an hour to produce a story of about 500 words, quick thinking was essential for this event.
The event drew a turnout that was lower than the expectations of the organisers. “Events based purely in Hindi is not something that comes very naturally to a lot of us, which might be the reason why participation is a little less,” said Shreyansh Pandey and Chetan Sharma, the Category Heads, “However, we’re sure that those who did attend shall have a good experience. This event gives you a lot of creative freedom and tests your wit.”
What made the event enjoyable was the constant supply of twists and instructions being thrown the participants’ way. Every few minutes, a new word would be written on the blackboard which then had to be incorporated into the story. Integrating words like religion and spirituality midway through their stories required the participants to tickle their creative instincts. The organisers soon agreed to put up all the words at once so that the writers could plan better. It was an enjoyable hour for all those present.
Antakshari, conducted on the third day of Revels, challenged Bollywood fanatics across a broad spectrum of music and movies. The massive turnout of participants competed in teams to win the unspoken title of being the ultimate Bollywood fan.
The first round was a questionnaire of about fifty questions displayed one after the other. The participants had to write their responses as fast as they could to earn points. The event was bound to a time limit of an hour. Twelve teams qualified for the second round which challenged the participants’ knowledge of Bollywood films. Here, questions were displayed with clues. Each clue contained symbols or sounds related to the movie. The responses expected were either the name of the movie or the song played. This round tested each team’s ability to recollect the smallest details only true fans could remember. At the end of the round, four teams made it to the finals.
The final round tested not only the knowledge but also the acting skills of the participants as the team’s competed in a game of dumb charades. One member of the team would act the movie out, and the other would guess within two minutes. Each pair had a chance to guess four different films. This event had the audience on their toes as the participants rushed to guess each movie. While few teams were able to answer three of the four questions correctly, one group correctly guessed all responses in a span of a few seconds, leaving the audience amazed. “Though the event did not start on time by a significant margin, it was a great one. It was exciting and fun to take part since I love Bollywood,” said Divya Manjunath, a student from MIT.
Image Credits: The Photography and Videography Team, Revels’19