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A preview of the fun waiting to happen at Cul Ah! this weekend

From the high-on-glamour Fashion events and the high-energy Battle of the Bands to over nearly half a dozen events dedicated to the creatively inclined, this edition of Mount Carmel College’s Cul-Ah! promises to live up to all its expectations and more. As the official print partners of the event, we take you behind the scences for a preview. “The theme for the fest this year is Cassiopeia, and it is a culmination of two of the most unifying factors today — music and cinema,” shares Shriya Desai, vice president, student union.

More than rock
Activities scheduled for today move from photography and regional music competitions to building model business plans, making quirky masks and shaking up your best mocktail. The highlight of the day however, seems to be the Rock the Vote debate that throws into the proverbial ring political topics in a crucial election year. Anirban Banerjee, a lecturer at the Academy of Fashion and Design and one of the events judges tells us that debates like this are crucial in generating opinionated voters. “I like to judge these events because they help me connect with bright young people and listen to different opinions,” Banerjee says.

festival7The promised creative quotient for the day comes in the form of Movie Spoof that challenges participants to make original versions of popular South Indian films. Renowned theatre personality Chethan Aravind Rao, a part of Evam Entertainment’s Bollywood Kheema, expresses certain fears of predictability in performances and expects to be “wowed” by the participants. While Battle of the Bands will feature over 20 upcoming musical outfits, the grand finale of the day will see popular city-based rockstars Live Banned take over the stage. Lead vocalist Amrit Rao tells us that the band is excited to be playing to a young and fresh audience and sees it as an opportunity to go out of their box. “In colleges, 50 per cent of the audience is not aware of us, so it is not just a platform to garner new fans, but also a chance to bring new aspects into the performance without any expectations,” says Rao, adding that originals like Hey Mama and The Auto Tune will feature on the set list.

Active interests
The fun meter goes one gear higher on Day Two with activity-oriented events that challenge you to create wallpapers using just yourfestival1 finger prints and accessories from vegetables and other kitchen ingredients, and also sends you on a mini-adventure around town through Treasure Hunt. Pop culture junkies also stand to have their shining moment with the fun-filled Popular Culture Quiz. The evening, however, turns all lights onto the main stage with a performance by Allegro Fudge followed by the much-talked about Fashion

Show Finale
Sahas Patil, vocalist with Allegro Fudge, describes the entire festival as being abuzz with fun and energy that is “literally infectious” as he recalls the time when he was also a spectator to the events. “I am very excited to be performing this year and expect it to be a great experience. We are playing to over 1,000 screaming girls after all,” chuckles Patil who shares that the band has a few changes in store for the show. “We have planned different things like a street dance performance as well as some new numbers and acoustics styles we are trying out. We’re basically planning to kill it,” he enthuses.

The fashion event is not just about having a good time. Sharvari Kolavari, an ex-student and judge of the final event tells us that choreography, creativity, team work and confidence all play critical roles in picking the winner.

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