Cultural confluence at it's best: Cosmopolitan fest 2020
The cultural and linguistic diversity of NITR can be witnessed by anyone who steps inside the institute for the first time. What better way for the students to showcase one of their many talents in cultural niches than on a huge stage in front of thousands of people. The cosmopolitan festival was brought into existence with this exact motive in mind. The sheer ethnic diversity on display was a commendable sight for the NITR Junta to enjoy.
The fest kick-started on the 10th of January with an energetic performance by the participants showcasing various dance forms depicting the diverse culture of India. Starting with individual performances of students who showed their tradition through dance forms filled the audience with the activation energy they required at the start. After performing the individual dance, all the performers came together to show the unity and diversity of culture that flourishes here at NIT Rourkela. The opening ceremony took place and all the guests and honourary chief guests were invited on stage to light the candle and the fest started followed by the performances by the participants.
The first performance of the night was a piece of Indian classical music and instrumental performance. The stage was all set to witness every spectacular performance lined up which started with Indian classical music.
Next in line was a Bharatnatyam dance followed by a Garba dance performance. Both the performances were top-notch and were well received by the audience with constant cheering for the performers.
Next, we had inline the drama-sita swayamwar which was the first drama of the day. Initially, there were a few glitches with mics and setup of the stage but the drama was quite captivating with the energetic performance of the participants. The audience enjoyed the show but the preparation for the drama on the technical side was not up to the mark as there were a few technical glitches with the music system as well as the mic system. Overall the performance was well executed from the participants' side.
Next in line was Assamese song performance Diha Naam and Thiruvathirakkali dance performance lined up for the audience. This was something new as witnessed by the students of NITRKL and hence the audience was seen to be enjoying the total show and hence the night was proving to be diversifying the different cultures of India.
Moving on we had Sambalpuri folk song which sent a rush of excitement amongst the locals of Odisha. After many such diverse performances witnessed by the students of NITRKL, the sambalpuri folk song was a much-awaited performance by the students of Odisha.
Next in line was a solo performance of Kathak, performed by Saumya Suneja, a third-year. She presented this age-old classical dance form, belonging to the north, west and central India magnificently and left the audience in awe.
Up next, It was a mesmerizing performance of semi-classical dance forms of Kuchipudi and Kolalam. Kuchipudi is one of the eleven major Indian classical dances. It originated in a village named Kuchipudi in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Then, it was time for Ghoomar, a traditional folk dance of Rajasthan performed to worship Goddess Saraswati. This dance gained popularity recently owing to its increasing depiction in Bollywood movies. The audience was left amazed with the dance, costumes and the props used on stage.
Then, the gears changed for a Therukoothu drama, straight from the streets of Tamil Nadu. This is a south Indian form of Street plays and conveys a social message. This drama drew an active response from the crowd and ended on a note about acknowledging how each person has his own way of showing devotion to God.
Next in line was a treat to everyone’s ears and the audience was left humming to the pleasant beats of a Marathi wedding folk song.
Then, the stage was all set for Odissi, which left the audience amazed and brought in a big round of applause from the audience. Odissi is traditionally a dance-drama genre of performance art, where the artist(s) and musicians play out a mythical story, a spiritual message or devotional poem.
Next to come was the musical orchestra performing a Hindustani Semi-Classical song that was an immediate hit among the crowd and received much applause from the audience.
It was followed by Kajri derived from the word Kajra, is a genre of classical singing, originating from the Indian Subcontinent, popular in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. As soon as the music set off, people from the audience found themselves grooving and tapping their feet to the music.
The last performance of the day was like icing on a cake. It was an Odiya play named Nishabda Ahalya. It was a modern take on the ancient story of Ahalya, showcasing the acting prominence of the students of NITR.
With this, Day 1 of the much-awaited Cosmopolitan Fest came to an end on a high note, after receiving a heavy footfall and set the expectations high for the second day of the festival.
Day 2 of the festival promised to be a better evening than the first day and hence, the day started with high expectations. It had to over-perform as Day 1 had already set a high benchmark, but it would be a treat for the audience as there were many powerful and entertaining performances in store.
The evening set off with a mesmerizing performance of a Carnatic fusion song. This performance set the ball rolling in style and garnered much appreciation and applause from the crowd. The performance swept away the audience and the people started to sway in the rhythm.
Up next, it was yet another masterpiece showcasing the signature dance of the all-powerful God, Lord Shiva. Shiva's Tandava is described as a vigorous dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution. This powerful performance left the crowd speechless.
Next, it was a Song from across the seas. The Sri Lankan students rocked the stage with a Sri Lankan song that left the audience in awe.
It was followed by a graceful showcase of the Kuchipudi dance form, which is originally from Andhra Pradesh. This was greatly enjoyed by the audience due to the finesse with which it was performed.
Then came the musical performance from Bangladesh, the nation of strong religious sentiments where people always have a positive and welcoming attitude.
The group of 3 gave a sensational performance on the Bengali Folk song to which the audience responded with applause.
Next in the line was Qawwali, energetic musical performance of a song composed by A.R. Rahman. The Qawwali truly stirred the minds and souls of the audience and hence was worthy of the praise it got from them.
Then came the folk dance troop from Assam who energized the audience with the vigour in their performance.
Next was the energetic Marathi folk dance, Lavni which hooked the audience with their amazing moves and attractive costumes.
It was followed by a Flamenco number, a Spanish originated form of art which enthralled the audience with brilliance.
Next was the performance of Danda Nach which was a mixture of both dance and storytelling. Various characters played their roles vividly in both portraying the plot of the performance. There were many moments which garnered cheers from the crowd which included bagha nach and it did entertain the crowd very well.
Moving on with the performances, next we had Bengali folk dance which was soothing to watch and the contestants showed the Bengali dance form with utmost grace.
Next in line was one of the most awaited performances of cosmopolitan 2020, the African dance. There was constant cheering for the participants as students of NITRKL were eager to know the different cultures of foreign countries. The performance started with a bit of storytelling and then the traditional and other forms of dance were performed by the participants. It was a unique performance of day-2 of the fest and no one was in a mood to miss their chance to witness such diversity in culture.
Moving on we had bathukamma and a mime act on the devastating flood that hit the god's own country, Kerala. Both the performances were entertaining and captivating enough to get the audience’s attention.
With this Day-2 of cosmopolitan 2020 came to an end with promises to bring even more eventful and joyous events on day 3 for the audience to enjoy and make cosmopolitan 2020 the best.
The third and the last day of this cultural extravaganza started with the Maharashtran classical performance which perfectly reflected their diverse culture, rich with traditional heritage. The stellar performance marked a commendable beginning of the evening matching the benchmarks set by the previous two days.
Next in the row is the Instrumental flute performance by Swagat Kumar. The soft music of his flute left the audience dumbstruck with astonishment and received huge rounds of applause from every corner.
Next up was the Sambalpuri Dance. As soon as the hosts announced the performance, the crowd garnered the group of girls with massive cheers, hence, raising their spirits. The energetic performance by the Sambalpuri girls left the audience awed and received loads of appreciation.
The anchors then invited the Director, Prof. Animesh Biswas and Sac President, Prof Seemita Mohanty on the stage. Here is what Prof. Animesh Biswas said,
I am proud that Cosmopolitan was organized to bring students from different places together and give outstanding performances. I am very happy that more than 800 students participated in this cultural festival making it a big success.
Next in the list were the Arab group who brought to the festival a new vigour. The shivers and vibrations through the belly dance were best matched with the leg shaking moves by the boys. The crowd indeed loved their impressive performance.
Next to perform was Sovit Suman Patro. His soothing classical guitar performance was a good treat to the audience and was a much-needed delight to the ears.
To add some more richness to the mood of the evening, then came the Bengal Folk song group representing the culture of Bengal through their melodious voices.
Next came the Qawwali cum Tukbandi. Who does not like the sweet and sour flavours of Tukbandi? The audience gave the best replies by giving them loads of appreciations.
To bring to the audience some taste of royalty, then came the drama- Rajyabhishek, which depicted the glory of Chatrapati Shivaji.
Next in line was Mohiniyattam, acting a play through dance. It was really well performed and could definitely show the hard work behind it, hence, received thunderous applause from the audience.
It was followed by The Bihu dance which was full of energy and to watch dance with such great coordination was a treat to the audience.
In the line were the Chattisgarh Dance group with their phenomenal performance. The audience enjoyed it a lot which was evident by their excitement.
The next performance of the evening was the flamenco dance. Originated in Spain, this form received an appreciable amount of love from the audience and they seemed to like it a lot.
Next in line was a play depicting the life of Dala Behera, the popular name of 'Samanta' Madhab Chandra Routra who led a revolt against British India Company forces in 1827. This left a patriotic and powerful impact on the audience.
The stage was next set for a power-packed performance by the Punjabi students as they showcased their traditional dance of Bhangra that is associated with the spring festival of Vaisakhi. The audience loved the energy and enthusiasm brought on the stage by the dancers and gave them a huge round of applause in the end.
Then, it was time for a traditional dance form of Maharashtra. The Gondhal performance was full of energy and their colourful costumes reflected the mood of the evening.
Up next, it was a Drama named Pitr paksh, based on the 16-day lunar period in the Hindu calendar where Hindus pay homage to their ancestors.
To finish things in style, the Telugu fraternity of NITR performed the Dhimsa folk dance originating from the Rural villages of Andhra Pradesh. The dance was powerful and very energetic, making the audience go on their feet, enjoying the enchanting performance.
The food festival was introduced for the first time in the history of the Cosmopolitan Festival. The food festival’s debut did exactly what was expected of it. The convenors decided to introduce this food festival in order to increase the footfall which used to be low in the past years. Food from different corners of the country was seen the fest which in every way made the Junta visit the NCC ground at least once during the ongoing Cosmo. whether it be Litti Chokha or the Waffles or the momos, the crowd was seen everywhere.
Just like how all good things come to an end, this festival showcasing the sheer ethnic diversity of the Institute too came to an end. After 3 days of entertainment and power-packed performances, it was finally time for the prize distribution. Given the budget and short time for preparation, it is safe to say that the Cosmopolitan turned out to be a successful fest.
This is what one of the convenors Sibasis Sahu had to say:
The last three days have just been incredible. The first day started with a bit of delay but the vigor and vareity of all performances and efficient management overshadowed it. It was great to see a huge turnout this time. With the inception of the ethnic food fest, Cosmo 2020 flourished even more. The whole team toiled hard and gave best of their capacity to make this event a grand success. And yes of course I have the SAC officials and authorities to thank for their constant supervision and support.
After three evenings of the cultural fiesta, the end came and it was now time for the winners to be announced. Here is the complete list of winners.
|DAY||WINNERS||RUNNERS UP||2nd RUNNERS UP|
|1.||Odissi||Indian Semi-Classical||Nishabdaahalya Act|
|2.||Mime Act||African Dance||Punjabi Folk Music|
|3.||Bihu||Dalabehera Act||Arabic and Bengal Folk|
Best Anchor Female- Saumya Rawat
Best Anchor Male- Mahesh Prasad Pati
Food Festival Winners
Day 1: Dipti Rout and her team (Homemade sweets)
Day 2: Rahi Golani and his team (Waffles and Pancakes)
Day 3: Akash Chandra Sahu and his team (Carrot Smoothie and Gazar ka halwa)
Team Monday Morning congratulates the Organizing committee for conducting the festival with so much grandeur and hopes to see a much more memorable Cosmopolitan festival next year.