A toast to Indian culture

The University of Hyderabad hosted a cultural evening that showcased different facets of Indian culture, with performances by students from the US and Europe who are at the University as part of its Study in India Program (SIP). They were also joined by other international students of UoH who belong to Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Sweden and Iran. At the DST auditorium, the event began with a Kuchipudi dance recital by Chanel, Eliot and Esmeralda, choreographed by Dr. Aruna Bhikshu, a faculty with UoH. This was followed by poetry recitation by Wesley and a soulful Urdu Song by Yukiko, Hiroaki, Ida, Hena, Sana, Sarah and Rehmat. A spirited and sparkling Kathak Dance routine by Leah, Serena and Iman was followed by a popular English song sung by Grant Olsem. Ryan, Emily, Erin, Jordan, and Lauren sang English songs too. The SIP students who have been taking conversational Hindi classes with the specially trained SIP Hindi teachers, enthusiastically sang Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge song from Sholay .

This was followed by Persian and fusion music by Nooran Mohammed and a traditional Persian dance by Negar. The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai dance by the die-hard fan of SRK, Michael Mendoza, had the audience cheering away.

Music, movies and art

Vasavi College of Engineering conducted Euphoria 2012. Underground Authority, the alternative rock/rap rock band from Kolkata performed in a blend of protest poetry, reggae, alternative rock, rap rock and hard rock. The band members comprising Santhanam Srinivasan Iyer (lead vocals), Adil Rashid (lead guitar), Kuntal De (rhythm guitar), Soumyadeep Bhattacharya (bass guitar) and Sourish Kumar (drums) received an overwhelming response from the students. The event also witnessed a musical war, ‘Battle Of Bands', with 12 bands from different parts of the country competing among themselves. Adding to the music itinerary was the in-house band of the college, 9 Dayz, which played covers of popular songs and their own compositions. Euphoria 2012 also witnessed a bike stunt show with professional stunts men, a flash mob performance, skits put up by the dramatics society ‘Abhinay', students displaying their artistic streak through paintings, murals and sketches and activities conducted by Vasavi Talkies, the college's movie club.

Sounds of Hope

Aone of its kind musical treat held at CMRCET had everyone talking on campus. The show aptly named ‘Sounds of Hope' was a charity fundraiser to support an organisation called ‘Altruists' through a concert. The band which consisted of the final year students Sandeep, Rohit, Priyank, Gautam, Satish and Prashanth performed some of their own compositions along with some popular tunes. They set the stage on fire with their amazing vocals and exquisite guitar skills. The crowd sang along to the many wonderful songs that the band played. Altruists is an NGO that works for the upliftment of the educational and infrastructural facilities of government schools in India. For more details, visit www.altruists.in

Bravo boys

The final year ‘boys' of Computer Science department of CMR College danced for the song Pralaya vilaya moorthi…vachhindi ide kaanchana.. from the movie Kaanchana (starring Lawrence Raghava) as part of the ‘Decade celebrations of CMR College of Engineering and Technology. Despite their hectic schedules, it was commendable that the students could come up with innovative and entertaining programmes at the event.