An entertaining evening at IIM Lucknow Manfest 2012

 | January 23,2012 12:30 pm IST

The first evening at IIM Lucknow's Manfest was replete with a variety of shows, from the satirical to the invigorating to the soulful. The evening's entertainment began with 'Bechara maara gaya', an adaptation of Dario Fe's famous play, 'Death of an Anarchist'.

IIM Lucknow's student dramatics club, Abhivyakti, presented the play. The context of the play was shifted to Lucknow, full of insider jokes and stock characters the audience could identify with, like the bumbling constable and the moralistic journalist.

As the evening wore on, Pt. Ronu Mazumdar, a Grammy award nominated flautist and student of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, took the stage. Acknowledging the winter Manfest's audience was braving to listen to him perform, he said he'd play as long as the audience was comfortable, but went on to mesmerize the audience with his rendition of Raga Bhagyashree, to the point where the audience forgot their numb noses and fingers.

Panditji was ably assisted by Pt. Sudhir Pandey on the Tabla, and Pt. Haridas Sharma, his student, on the flute.

The enchanting classical notes were followed by the mesmerizing dance performances by Random Walk- the dance club of IIM Lucknow. Diverse dance forms ranging from the Indian folk dances- Rajasthani, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil to western, retro, free style heated up the chilled night. The famous Kolaveri number and the contemporary couple dance left a mark in everyone’s heart.

Eclectica, like the name suggests, promised a night with an eclectic mix of music from bands in Delhi and Lucknow. The ‘Aphids’ from Delhi, – who claim they eat drink and smoke Music gave a rocking alternative rock and roll start to the evening. The ‘Chokfite’ from Delhi chalked out the further pathway for a thrilling night with their chalk rock tunes. The ‘Oxymoron’ band from Lucknow made the audience go crazy and tap to their progressive metal tunes. The evening ended with the IIM Lucknow band ‘3.4’ recreating magic on stage with the famous numbers like Hallelujah by Pain of Salvation, Breed by nirvana, Song 2 by Blur, Born to be wild, Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. And whatever more the crowd wished for!

The evening was a musical experience of a lifetime with a lot of mix of dance and singing and instrumental on a single platform.