Kaleidoscope 2012 surely did Rewrite The Future
This was Niharika Pandit’s last Kaleidoscope who brings out to you how K’scope 2012 was bigger and better this year!
Margaret Jeyaraj, who is now an ex-Sophia student, was a part of Kaleidoscope for five years before she left college. But to her, this year was different. “Indeed incredible!” she remarked on being asked.
Margaret is not the only one; there are several other ex-students who were awed to see Kaleidoscope 2012 scaling new heights. “I miss being a part of this K’scope when things have become so organised.” says another ex-student Ishani Chatterjee.
‘What was so different about Kaleidoscope?’ Is the next question which pops up in your head. One of the best college festivals of the city, Kaleidoscope proved to be true to its idea of being bigger and better this year. Although it had no ubiquity like Malhar; no full page ads in Bombay Times or news space devoted to the ‘hep’ things in Mumbai Mirror or even international bands performing at Mood Indigo, but yes it had a number of good events, varied food stalls, Man-U café’s Karaoke and a lot of other things to do.
Quite rightly, Kaleidoscope 2012 was a place for anybody and everybody. Foodies could hog onto a variety of food stalls and no, price was never an issue. One could easily grab a dosa for thirty bucks and at the same time spend lavishly on a crispy cheese pizza. And there was yogurt, shwarma, chicken wraps, coffee and pastries. “It was a one-stop restaurant for me. Nobody ate in the hostel when Kaleidoscope was on. And it was a happy spending.” says Richa Gidwani, who spent seven hundred bucks for food in a span of three days and devoured every bit of what she ate.
Other stalls comprised silver junk jewellery, funky knick knacks, and printed college tees.
Kaleidoscope 2012 also tied up with Femina Miss India when the former winners of the pageant selected Sreyashi Bhattacharya, a student of Sophia College as a direct entry to regional finals. “It was unexpected! I am really excited to go to the regional round of Ponds Femina Miss India.” exclaims Sreyashi.
At all points of time, students had something to do. While some of them were busy participating and running around for events, others serenaded (pun intended) at the Karaoke café. I am Yours by Jason Mraz, Wonderwall by Oasis, Yellow by Coldplay, Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne were some of the most loved songs by these singers.
Unlike previous years, sponsors played a vital role in making Kaleidoscope what it turned out to be. Swathes of banners, gifts and freebies on campus gave students a greater incentive to join the festival. Idea gave out freebies such as net setters in several contests organised on campus. Winners of events were mesmerised to have received Wildcraft goodies, Remanika merchandise and Victoria’s Secret hampers.
It weren’t only for college students but kids under Teach For India programme too had a gagalicious time, giggling on jokes in Dus Ka Tees (DKT) and What-a-Riot. And then there were celebrities like Rani Mukherji who caught eyeballs.
‘Well begun is half done’ proved quite right when Kaleidoscope After 8 had performances by Indus Creed live in the Sophia Bhabha hall. Audience wanting to listen to the band live queued up since afternoon to procure a guest pass.
In all, this Kaleidoscope will long live in the memories of those who have seen the fest becoming bigger and better every year.
Quite certainly, Kaleidoscope 2012 has rewritten its future.
Photo credit: Sakshi Parikh | Photography and Kaleidoscope official page
Poster creative by Saloni Singh