If Bhuvnyu Ghosal was sad because it was his last year of college and hence his last chance to take part in t2 Festopolis, Purba Bhattacharjee, who did not make it to the finals last year, was on top of the world after bagging the second position this time. What was common to them was their dedicated one year of toil for the much-awaited Fair & Lovely BB Cream presents t2 Festopolis 2017 @ Acropolis held at the Kasba mall from August 25 to 27.
The second edition of t2 Festopolis, powered by Brand Factory, in association with Pulsar NS 200 and Elle 18, saw more than 500 students from 50 colleges participate in seven events — Raagsutra (eastern solo), 3 Minutes to Fame (talent hunt), Hot Stepper (fusion dance), Fitness Mania, Western Breeze (western solo), Mega Watt (band) and Fashionopolis (fashion show). After three days of tough competition, iLead took home the College Of The Year trophy. Snapshots from the city’s biggest inter-college fest under one roof.
Aindrila Sharma (right), a first-year computer science engineering student at Dr. Sudhir Chandra Sur Degree Engineering College, was the Fair & Lovely BB Cream Fresh Face of the year. Rikhia Roy Chowdhury (not in picture), a first-year psychology student of Victoria Institution, was the runner-up and Disha Mallick (left), a second-year English student at Bidhannagar College, placed third.
Debasmita Saha, a first-year student of iLead, won the Senco Gold Dynamic Diva award. “I didn’t know this category existed so winning this trophy was unexpected! I took part in Fashionopolis and Hot Stepper,” said the media sciences student, for whom Deepika Padukone is the ultimate diva!
Tollywood actress Swastika Mukherjee handed over the College Of The Year trophy to iLead. “College life is full of energy and you get to see that energy in their performances. I really miss my college days. It feels great to come back and be a part of such a college activity,” smiled Swastika.
And the Best Cheering College award went to... NIPS Hotel Management.
The theme ‘women empowerment and Devi Shakti’ helped Narula Institute of Technology win the Fashionopolis trophy. Their theme gave us serious Puja vibes. #PujoAaschhe
Students from Vivekananda College were in all-black, whips in hand, as they scorched the ramp with their goth theme. They took away the second prize.
‘Biker born, biker bred. When I die, there will be a biker dead’ — announced the students of Techno India before they walked the ramp. #BikerChicks and #BikerDudes looked hot in heels, LBD, ripped jeans and brown leather jackets. They vroomed into first place.
FAB & FUN
In the UK, colleges and universities do sometimes compete against one another in sporting events, but not on the same scale as t2 Festopolis 2017 — and there is certainly never a Pulsar NS 200 up for grabs as the ultimate prize! I was blown away by the sheer amount of talented young people here in Calcutta after witnessing the first day of the competition.
In the Fitness Mania round, watching people doing that many push-ups definitely made me feel slightly guilty about the fact that I am allergic to going to the gym. I found it really interesting that the girls and boys were judged as one category, whereas in the UK they would almost certainly have been judged separately. As it turns out, they don’t need judging separately — one of the female students had a better sit-up technique than the majority of the male competitors!
After that, the judges were hard pressed to select winners in the 3 Minutes to Fame; from vocal mash-ups of Western and Eastern songs to speed painting, from card tricks to mimicry, there were a lot of unique and exciting talents on show. Some of my favourite performances were the various beat-boxers, and the student who performed tricks with a football.
There were a lot of talented dance acts throughout the day, but I found my thoughts plucked right out of my head by the judge who observed that it would’ve been nice to have heard more variation in the music — there is only so many times one can listen to Shape Of You in a day (sorry Ed Sheeran)!
Out of the dance acts in the Hot Stepper, I really enjoyed the group dance performance on the theme of ‘patriotism’, where the six dancers wore green, white and saffron in accordance with the Indian flag. It was clear that a lot of thought had gone into the aesthetic aspect of their routine. Other groups were decidedly less put together, but they still had fun dancing with their friends, and at the end of the day that is what Festopolis is all about!
— Bethany Kirkbride
(a student of University of Oxford, now
interning with t2)