Mumbai: It’s probably the most-awaited event in the calendar of Sophia College for Women.
This year, Kaleidoscope, their annual inter-college Youth Festival, kicks off August 23, and the tension and energy is palpable across the sprawling campus.
As a run up to the main event, students put together a scintillating dance performance in the foyers of SoBo Central, Tardeo, and the Oberoi Mall, Goregaon, on August 6 and 7.
At Goregaon, hundreds of shoppers stopped to watch the show, which encompassed all forms of dance, from ancient Oriental to contemporary, choreographed by Split Soul Dance Academy.
“This is unique. I have never seen a bunch of college students doing a pre-event dance show at a mall,” murmured a lady as the 30-minute power-packed performance wound down.
“We are here to just watch pretty girls dance,” said some young college students.
The performance was followed by an interactive session where students answered questions about the upcoming festival.
Entering its 26th year, Kscope is famous for its offbeat events like Dus Ka Tees (a comedy drama event) and Kitchen Chronicles (a music event that uses kitchen implements as instruments). The events are categorised under four main heads - Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Fine Arts and ‘Informals.’ From adventure sports to tarot card reading workshops; from Sumo wrestling to Salsa, it has it all.
“K’scope is a celebration of talent. And this year we have some interesting prizes,” says a student from the organising committee.
“Usually, it’s either in cash or kind. This year we give away a gig at the Blue Frog, a spot at ‘The Comedy Store’, a one year modelling contract... So if you have the talent, we give you the platform to showcase it.”
No student festival in the country is complete without Bollywood. “Yes, this year we are very excited as we are bringing ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’ to campus,” say the organisers. “Being a part of Kaleidoscope is integral to being a student at Sophia. This six-day festival is the creation of a 1000+ all-student workforce. We eat, drink and think Kaleidoscope for over three months.”