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Riot of colours

A student of Patna College smears colour on his friend’s face while playing Holi on campus. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

The colours of Holi entered the campuses in the city last week.

Students of Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna celebrated the festival at their alma mater on March 26.

Kumar Rohit, a second-year MBA (finance) student, said: “As the institute was closed on March 27 and 28, we chose to celebrate Holi on March 26.” Many students took a break after classes and gathered at the main ground to smear colours on each other.

Rohit said: “Natural and herbal colours were used as many students had to leave for their homes the same evening.” The celebration continued till the evening. The college employees and faculty members were also greeted with gulal.

The institute had arranged for snacks and sweets for the students.

Another student, Anand, said: “Festivals such as Holi add colours to our institute days. We captured the fun moments in our cameras.”

Colours break

Students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna celebrated the festival of colours at their institute on March 27 and 28. The institute was closed for Holi on Thursday.

The students started playing with colours in their hostels after classes on March 27. They danced the entire night but took care to not disturb those who did not want to play. On March 28, they played on the terrace of the hostels and on the campus ground.

E. Ramu Endulri, a third-year electrical engineering student, said: “As the institute was closed for only one day, many students couldn’t visit their families. Therefore, they stayed back at the hostel where the cook prepared delicacies for the festival.”

In the evening, many students preferred to hang out at P&M Mall.

Away from home

Boarders of BN College hostel emerged from the campus daubed with various colours — red, pink, blue, green and yellow — on March 28. Though there were only 30 boarders that day, they celebrated the festival enthusiastically.

Kavi Prakash, one of the boarders and a final-year English student, said: “Around 200 students stay in the hostel but only 30 were there during Holi. We stayed at the hostel because we didn’t want to hamper our studies. But we had a lot of fun as we celebrated the festival with each other.” “No celebration is complete without food. So, we have prepared poha and chola bhatura so that we don’t miss out on the traditional favours of Holi,” said Rahul Ranjan, another boarder and a third-year sociology student.

Dance to tracks

Boarders of Jackson and Minto hostels of Patna University celebrated Holi with traditional vigour on March 28.

The hostel campus was nothing less than a Technicolour movie as the boaders drenched each other with buckets of colourful water and sang popular Holi tracks like Holiya mein ure re gulal and Do me a favour, let’s play Holi. Anil Yadav, a boarder of Jackson Hotel, said: “Our faces were smeared with so much colour that it was difficult to recognise each other. The celebration started in the hostel rooms but later everybody was chasing each other with buckets of coloured water on the campus.”

A boarder of Minto Hostel, Rajeev Kumar, said: “I had a great time. This is my best Holi as I played with my friends. We also had a party in the evening. We missed those who went home for the festival.”