SPECIES 2018 – The Annual Cultural Fest celebrated on 17 – 19 January 2018 with the theme ‘Nostalgia’
‘SPECIES’ is the cultural festival of the School of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. The previous years have always managed to gather a huge crowd. The festival has been a host to various events that cater to the hobbies and inclinations of all students from the departments. Species has earlier been based on a variety of themes, like CASTLE, PIRATES, VILLAGE, TRANSFORMED, DECEPTION and UNSUNG HEROES. Our fest is stretched across three days full of happiness, joy, cheer and enthusiasm. The fest is a celebration and is full of competitions which bring out the best in people.
The theme for this year was NOSTALGIA-Let’s Rewind which let us take a walk down the memory lane. This year we attempted to celebrate and re-live the ‘good old days’ of the 90s era. The heart-warming cartoons, amazing music, trend-setting movies, captivating novels and vivid comics were celebrated with much gusto.
NOSTALGIA- Let’s Rewind’.
Day 1 of Species 2018: The Annual Day Celebration began with a lamp lighting ceremony and a wonderful performance by radioisotones and transposons. The Chief Guest of the event was Mr Kallol Banerjee along with the dignitaries – Honorable Vice-Chancellor Dr Shirish Patil, Director Prof. Dr Debjani Dasgupta and Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Dr Thankamani Marar. After the welcome address by our Director and Chief Guest’s speech that painted the nostalgic days of yesteryears; the students were felicitated for their academic achievements. This was followed by a small cultural program. The Padmashree Dr D Y Patil Auditorium was filled with a cheer and enthusiasm. The post-lunch events included intercollegiate competitions for Solo Dance, Drama and Group Dance. The crowd cheered loudly for all the artists who had performed on stage and they left the auditorium looking forward to next two day of Species 2018. A huge wave of cheering spread through the crowd as they dispersed for lunch, eager to return to the upcoming drama and dance events.
The intercollegiate events started with dance performances. Then competitions -based on the theme of Nostalgia- in the field of drama and dance were held. The fifteen solo dance performances were whacky and entertaining. The winner of solo dance was Sandeep Choudhari, while Akshata Kshirsagar was the runner-up.
The emotions expressed in the three drama performances were heart-rending and the message was received loud and clear, although the language in which it was performed was Marathi. RAIT Kalaraag won the competition, while Jaivarangayatan was the runner-up. Awards for Best Actor (male) and Best Director were awarded to Omkar Kadam (Jaivarangayatan). The Best actor (female) was awarded to Dhanashree (RAIT Kalaraag).
Group dance competitions followed drama competition, in which seven crews participated and the prizes were announced after a lot of deliberation by the judges. The winner was ksquad, while KJ Somaiya came in second. The crowd cheered loudly for all the artists who performed on stage and they left the auditorium exhausted, and looking forward to next day of Species 2018.
Day 2 of Species 2018 kicked off with the Zumba exercise, headed by Kishan Gupta and group. The students and teachers actively participated and shook a leg along with everyone. The music was groovy and it gave the crowd an energetic vibe which was needed at the beginning of the day.
The debate ‘Cascade of words’ started at 11 am. Round 1 started off with six teams which were whittled down to best 3 teams. The topic of the final round was ‘Should diplomatic immunity be waived in case of an accusation of human rights violation’. The three teams put forth very valid points and spoke well in their defence. The winning team was Priyanka Desai and Priyanka Mudaliar. The best speaker was Sharvary Rahatade who fluently proved her point.
The afternoon saw a fun-filled event of ‘Teacher’s antakshari’ while eighteen solo and seven pairs of duet singers were belting out melodies in the singing competition. The singing competition was judged by Piyush Rajani. Solo singing competition’s winner was Lalit Khairnar and second prize was awarded to Joshua Salines. The duet singing winners were Gouri Konnur and Disha Negi.