CAMPUS: Nirvaan, a cultural evening, enveloped the College with music, dance, and fashion on Friday.
The chief guest for the event, Richard Tholoor, an award winning Salsa dancer and alumnus of the College, Dr Fr Praveen Martis, Principal, Prof. Berin Lucas, Governor of the Student Council, and Rajaram, President of the Student Council inaugurated the event.
Mr Tholoor was a finalist in India’s Got Talent and won the European Salsa Championship. Addressing the gathering, he encouraged the audience to discover what talent they had. “If you have a gift find out what it is,” he urged. He added that everyone should follow the “four P’s” – practice, perseverance, principle, and praise God, to succeed in life.
Speaking about the event, Fr Martis said, “Nirvaan signifies enlightenment. It truly means to rises from the ashes.” He added that culture is diverse and dynamic, and the event sought to showcase various cultural programmes.
The event featured a number of solo and group dance performances from various regions, musical performances, a fashion show, and contests like Personality and an eating competition.
College rock bands Tear Frost, Echung, Bleediam, and Angel’s Guise took to the stage. Two teams from St Joseph’s College of Commerce participated in Mock Rock. Anthony Kenneth captivated the audience with his Beat-boxing.
Dances from Afghanistan, Nepal, and Arunachal Pradesh were performed. Classical Indian dance styles like Bharatnatyam and Kathak, as well as western styles like ballet, contemporary, and street dancing enthralled the audience.
The cultural evening came to an end with DJ A&A taking the stage and getting the crowd to their feet and playing popular beats.
Steven De Nazareth
I MS Communication