Attended Kaleidoscope - the dance and fashion show events - at the IIT Delhi festival, Rendezvous, yesterday. We hadn't arranged for passes before hand, so first roamed around on the streets of IITD asking random guys "who looked like IIT-ians" for extra passes. After having unsuccessfully asked a 100 people, when the security finally let me in without a pass, on my IITB i-card, I felt v v happy about this IIT-IIT bhai-bhai culture :)
The fashion show was strictly OK, almost bordering on bad for most colleges, with Mumbai college-fest fashion shows being much better. One surprising thing was a lot of skin display (super-micro-mini skirts with bikini tops) by girls who had "Chinese eyes" in all the colleges. Left me wondering where they came from... are they Indian from the Northeast regions, or they from Nepal/China/Japan?? And soo many of them?
The dances on the other hand were absolutely gorgeous, with Mumbai college-fest dances not even 10% as good. All 4 participating colleges had beautiful dances, with around 15-25 people on stage, fully coordinated, doing amazing steps inspired from Bharatnatyam to modern dance to ballet and others. Gargi college actually had 1 girl carrying a second girl around her waist, fully horizontal, a lot of complicated yoga steps in synchro, followed by Bharatnatyam steps, with some bit of ballet thrown in as well. And the dance was v thematic, with storylines, and costume changes, with the themes coming from various sources like Devdasis, King Ashoka, and so on. i was superlatively impressed by the effort ! And the IITD team rocked as well, in spite of being the only dance team with guys in it !!
Good fun !
Update : After sooo many people commenting on the comparison, I would like to clarify. Mumbai college dances are great as well, but more filmi, much less thematic, and much more free style. This was a totally different form of dance - much more structured, much much more precise, more thematic, v less emphasis on costumes, and beats and being flashy. A Mumbai dance would get you on your feet dancing with the performers, on the lastest Hindi/English hit song, and you could probably do the steps as well, although you would not do it as well, and people on stage would be much more graceful. Given the amount of aerobatics and classical dance on the IITD stage, not many in the audience would be able to do any of the steps. But given the western classical songs, not many would want to as well. I could hear some jeering as well by bored audience people, but I loved these new thematic dances !!