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College fest raises toast to cultural heritage
- 4-day Bharat Mahotsav at BIT-Mesra highlights spirituality, to conclude on Saturday

They may thrive on Honey Singh or Justin Bieber’s songs and dance may be synonymous with acrobatics or gymnastics for them. But when it comes to portraying the rich Indian culture, these youngsters are no less competent.

This is what was proved on the second day of BIT-Mesra’s annual cultural programme Bharat Mahotsav when the students took the stage and the rhythmic sound of the ghunghroo reverberated with each beat of the tabla.

The theme of the ongoing fest, which kicked off on Wednesday, is spirituality. All the performers will highlight the rich culture and tradition of the country. Organised by the department of creative arts, the fest was inaugurated by vice chancellor M.K. Mishra. The fest will continue till Saturday and the events are being held on the NCC grounds of the cradle. Over 250 students from various departments are participating in more than 25 events.

The four-day fest will depict the culture of north, west, south and east.

The start to the fest was phenomenal.

Instrumentalist Ratan Lal Mishra’s hour-long performance marked his mastery over the sitar. Renowned tabla player Kanhaiya Pathak was equally captivating.

While on the first day, the rich heritage of northern states came alive, the second day was devoted for western states.

On Thursday, guest performer Shailendra Kumar Pathak regaled the audience with a dhrupad, a vocal genre in Hindustani classical music. Vocalist Shravan Pathak too explored spirituality while keeping intact the classical tradition.

Besides, students also put up a cultural show. Kathak and Punjabi devotional gurbani shabad kirtan were presented.

A few participants also walked the ramp, dressed up as Meera Bai, Sai Baba, Sri Krishna and Shivaji.

Fest in-charge Mrinal Kumar Pathak said: “Through this cultural event, we are trying to bring out the underlying unity of our diverse cultural traditions.

The students are also very happy with this out of the box theme. “We feel proud to be a part of this spiritual fest. We have got an opportunity to showcase the diverse culture of our country,” said first-year student Radhika.

Apart from the cultural function, an exhibition is also going. The paintings and models at the show are that of Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, and India Gate, among others.