Bricolage, the Literary Department of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College celebrated its Annual Literary fest—the 9th and 10th of March. SBSC is primarily known as a Commerce-oriented college, and indeed has one of the best Commerce Departments in Delhi University.
The well-shaded parking lot was transformed that day, with streamers, banners, posters, 3-D figures, food stalls by students, and book stalls by Katha, and bustling students dressed in departmental sweatshirts. The theme this year, after much debate, had been voted upon as ‘Fantasy’ and the festival, was accordingly called, Fantasia, 2016. One side of the area was entirely devoted to themed decorations: the Mad Hatter’s tea table was set, and the White Rabbit presided along with the grinning Cheshire Cat. The broom and the Witch’s Hat lay together, ready for the students to pose with, while from a corner a White Walker in a wig glared from behind the Iron Throne of Kings Landing.
Two days of fun-filled events awaited the quintessential DU student, along with a host of cash prizes and exciting gaming coupons from Smaash. Day One began with an Inaugural Function, with engaging Musical and Dance performances by the students of the Department. Since presidents of Audiophile (the Music Society) and Spardha (the Dance Society) were from the Department, the audience was in for a treat.
Doctor Angelie Multani, who is an Associate Professor of Literature at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, in IIT Delhi, delivered the Inaugural Lecture. She spoke beautifully on the topic of fantasy and the need to escape in the world of humdrum reality. The inaugural event also included a Puppet Show by local performers, Lala Bhatt and his wife Guddi, who attracted an immense audience to the stage.
After the Inaugural function, the Creative Writing event ‘Breaking the Block’ was held, sponsored by Delhipedia. The winners of the event are to be published by them, and were also gifted elegant diaries, embellished with maps and doodles—a traveller’s delight. The participants were asked to write about how fantasy is love, and were given a chance encounter to frame their piece. The Scene Enactment competition, ‘Act-O-Magic’ was held simultaneously, and the day finally concluded with the Book Cover Designing event, ‘Paint Your Dream’, in which the winning entry illustrated Goku, the protagonist of DragonBallZ in 21st Century India, the land of Oxy-Moron.
Day Two started with the Fantasy-Lit quiz, ‘Fanterrogate’, won by participants from Maharaja Agrasen College. The event was followed by an interactive Meet the Author session presided over by Keki N Daruwala, the Indian English poet.
Next in line was the Cosplay event, where the students dressed splendidly in costumes. The winning entries were Snow White, followed by Aladdin.
The Slam poetry event followed and a twist was added, as the participants were asked to compose a poem in 45 minutes and then perform it on stage. Thus, on a poetic note, the two-day fun-filled fiesta ended. The teachers and students took back fond memories of priceless moments spent on one of those rare, beautiful spring days that Delhi offers.
Guest post for DU Beat by Afeefa Nishaat