By Prachi Dave,
TYBMM student, Reena Mehta College
'Mridang', the annual cultural festival of Reena Mehta College (RMC) epitomizes contemporary culture and aims at encouraging participants to go ahead and unleash their creative freedom. 'Mridang' rightly showcases the Carnatic culture of our country along with keeping the flavour of eternal trance music alive. The wide range of events showcased will help students as well as viewers to create an ambience of entertainment and know the hidden facets of our culture.
Apart from the fact that this festivalival offers us RMC-ites a platform to exhibit our innate talents, the festival is also a test of students' managerial skills and well as their decision-making powers. The major thing that goes into organising an intercollegiate festival is drawing in the big sponsors money and even bigger crowds. It all begins with forming of a core committee that includes teaching staff as well as students representatives. Students carry out the creative, administrative and logistical part of the festival, but all the powers of approval and disapproval lies with the professors, who head the committee.
It is that time of the year when, just after the semester exam in our college when we are supposed to think of ideas for preparation of different events, run around for sponsorships, hold meetings to organise the various events and meet artists for the same, and get permissions. The person who takes up the responsibillity to head any committee in a college festival, becomes more responsible than ever.
The things that build a whole festival are thought process, planning, execution, team work, creativity, leadership and persistence. The challenges that the students in the organising committee face while executing the whole festival makes them better decision makers and represent themselves as a mature, sensible, responsible representator. As a organiser you learn to deal with different types of people, to fix last minute crisis and to think creatively. Through 'Mridang', I have learnt even if there is no motive to achieve something, a student should still participate in a college festival because the feeling of accomplishment after the college festival is something that cannot be descibed in words, and perhaps, the student will come out of it a different better person!