Day 1 at Oasis, the annual cultural festival of BITS Pilani, saw a plethora of events being held in the campus. After the inauguration ceremony and an interactive talk with Amish Tripathi the night before, the institute was buzzing with activity all day which started early in the morning.
The first event was Razzmatazz, a group dance preformance. The elimination round took place for several hours, with teams from all around India giving their best performances. This was followed by the preliminary round of Andholika – an on-the-spot solo singing competition.
Soon after this, the crowd started gathering in the lawns for the street play event, which was in tune with the theme of the fest – of gods and men. The teams gave the audience food for thought with their impactful performances. While the students were in awe of the theatrical events in the lawns, one of the auditoriums was occupied with students who followed the writing of Manav Kaul, a contemporary Hindi poet. Kaul was joined by Manish Gupta, a peer in the theater industry. They both conducted an interactive session, engaging with the students and answering their queries about literature and life. The highlight of the day was a classical prof show with influential musicians such as Pandit Ronu Majumdar. The soft music touched the audience and left them feeling calm as well as ecstatic, resulting in a standing ovation from everyone in the auditorium.
The first day of the fest was a truly fantastic experience for everyone involved. More events will take place throughout the night.
Image credits: Vibhana Kanwar for DU Beat
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