Multi Vibe-d Multi Ethnic
Nov 07, 2016 | Yasmin Kukul
“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen." -Sun Tzu
On a similar note, NITR hosts the Multi-Ethnic Festival every year to bring out the myriad colors and cultures of the five major regions from which students come to study here. It is an affair of four days with performances from the East, West, North, South and Foreign zone, lined up according to previously drawn up itineraries, ladies and gentlemen enjoying and taking in the sights, all decked up in their ethnic finesse, in a way marking the beginning of the fest season here.
The Multi-Ethnic Fest this year, like all other years, was not only a platform to showcase diversities, but also a common ground which saw many a groups, making the most out of their time together. As part of a post-fest survey, Monday Morning, in an attempt to view the response of the NITR Junta towards the first fest of the season and to gauge if they were satisfied enough, conducted a poll titled,
"How would you rate the Multi-Ethnic Fest 2016?"
The results were an amalgamation of different views with each of the response counter closely competing with the rest.
Less than half of the populace, which is about 45%, thoroughly enjoyed everything, right from the performances to the food stalls.
This included a large percentage of first years who were witnessing such a confluence for the first time along with an equal number of culture and art enthusiasts. The Chief Guest Mr. Ajit Das even marveled over it saying, "I had never heard the idea of a Multi-Ethnic Fest earlier." The varied array of shows put up, right from the Odissi, Mizo dance, Garba, and Kalbeliya, to the Spanish Flamenco dance, Margamkali, Bharatnatyam and the very lively Bhangra, was properly choreographed, to depict the dance and art forms as they originally are.
Food stalls set up by Mayfair Rourkela and Jam Restaurant saw throngs of people flooding in to try out different assortments. A brand new attraction this time was the SLR or the Srinivas' Lunch Room, which served Biryani at very affordable prices. What invoked more and more people there, was the fact that Srinivas himself happens to be an alumnus of NITR and that every student who went, received coupons which would give them a discount on their meals during the Inaugural Week of the restaurant that he's going to open at the floor above Rengcol.
The decorations were pretty commendable as well and served the purpose of ethnicity even as serving to be backdrops for a large number of attendees, clicking photos.
The next larger group of people, about 31%, either had an "I don't care" attitude or did not attend the event.
Multi-Ethnic Fest becomes a tad bit repetitive when one compares every year's performances. This led to a significant percentage of people not being interested in attending the event. Some students visited just to hang out with their friends outside the venue of the fest.
A few students, around 24% did not have a good experience and found the performances to be below par.
The delay of an hour during the Inaugural ceremony and the unnecessary dragging of the performances dampened the spirits of some of the gathered people right on Day 1. There also were a lot of shows which did not have coordinated steps, whether among the performers or among the performers and the coordinators which seemed to create a lot of hotch-potch. On another note, some people even felt that the prices charged at the food stalls were pretty unreasonable.
With such closely competing figures, the best that one can say is that the Multi-Ethnic Fest had its own share of strengths and shortcomings, even though the overall event turned out to be a pretty good crowd-puller.