Thomso– A magical fantasia
Thomso– A magical fantasia is the annual cultural fest if IIT Roorkee. It is the “Premier Youth Festival” of Uttrakhand which was started in 1982 and the tradition follows up till today and is held in the month of October every year. It was the 35th edition of this festival this year with a footfall of over 40,000+ and around 600+ colleges participating in over 150+ events. It was held for a span of three days from 27th-29th October 2017 across the country. The festival was brimmed with fun and entertaining Events and Competitions, Workshops, Pronites, Quizzes, Online Activities and much more. The team of Thomso-017 consisted of student volunteers who work and perform in order to promote creativity, music knowledge and imagination. For the smooth functioning and success of the festival, the team was divided into several departments like Marketing and Promotions, Sponsorship, Events and Design, Web Development and more headed by the Convener and the Co-Convener. A very few college fests are preformed for a social cause, so does Thomso-017 IIT Roorkee; the social cause this year of Thomso-017 was Gender Equality. It was a huge initiative of its own in order to combat the gender difference prevailing in the society. However, the chief supporters of any festival are the sponsors and the sponsors and partners of Thomso 2017 were Comio (Title Sponsor), Colors Youth (Pronite Title Sponsor), Hero (Driven by), ONGC (Powered by), PNB, NBCC and SBI (Associate Sponsors), Cisco (Workshop Title Sponsor), MANforce, Airtel and Zebronics (Co-Sponsors), Kathi Roles and Momos (Food Partners), Servo (Lubricating Partner), 9xm and 9xm Tashan (Music Channel Prtners), Fm Tadka and 92.7 Big Fm (Radio Partners), Blogadda (Blogging Outreach Partner),Times of India, Indian Express and Dainik Bhaskar (Newspaper Partners), Women’s Era, OPEN, Youth incorporated, The Teenager Today and more (Magazine Partners), DU Beat, Top 10 SMS, Festoac.com and more (Online Media Partners), Jaipur Love, Panjab Digital Library and the Engineer Bro (Digital Media Partners) and more.
Thomso 2017 IIT Roorkee is amongst those of the very few colleges which work for a social cause every year. However the social cause of the fest this year was “Gender Equality”. It was a great initiative of its kind in order to combat the gender differences prevailing in the society. Gender equality is and has always been a matter of concern and debate in the society. Thomso’s idea was to support and promote the fact that no gender is less or more or better than the other, but a need for both. Therefore, both the genders should be considered equal with equal rights and recognition in the society and no gender should let down the other one. The motive of the festival was to promote the social as grand as possible and Thomso-017 was successful in doing so.
EVENTS AND PROCEEDINGS
Thomso-017 was declared open with the lighting of the holy lamp in the presence of Dhruvi Bhatt (Social Activist) and the Director Dean, Prof. P. Arumugan and Convener Thomson. The events were loaded with performances from every field and dimension as more 150+ events were held including Creativity & Art, music, Fashion, Literature, Cinema, Dramatics, Gaming, Quiz and much more which were held in the college campus itself. The 72 hours festival was a complete package with many surprises and celebrity aplenty. Few of the sparkling highlights of the festival were Zonals(in the cities Chandigarh, Jaipur and Delhi), Corporata, Auction Frenzy, Haiku Workshop, Open Mic, Young Youth Origami for UN goals , Telly Sporcle, Silent Dj, Online Activities like Quizday, Campus Cricks, Crazy Stupid Love, Wanderlust, Blogoholic and many others. However before the three Days of the festival few events were held on the Day 0 as well; day 0 is the evening before the official date of the festival which is celebrated to give a warm welcome to the festival. On this day, few events in the Thahake section were held which included an interactive session with the Radio Mirchi 98.3 Fm Jockey, jost, TV Show and entertainer, RJ Naved (who is famous for his radio show Mirchi Murga) on the opening night of Thomso. The Urban Singh Crew jam-packed the audience with their energetic and groovy music and dance. Their Hip-Hop and R&B performance on the tunes of Urban Punjabi Music took the heart away of the audience. The opening ceremony of Thmoso-017 was also lightened by the performance of RJ Devangana, (National Radio Jockey at Fm Tadka, Jaipur) who also became the host of all the three Pronotes of Thomso-017. Sumit Anand, the very famous full-time entertainer across the country (and abroad) entertained the audience with his hilarious humor and surely made the evening a memorable one. All these amazing performances gave a very warm welcome to Thomso-017 to be proceeded the next day.
The Day one of Thomso-017 started with the opening ceremony and the Prelims of Vogue (The Fashion Show). Vogue being the prime section of the day as the day ne of Thomso-017 IIT Roorkee is also known as Vogue Day. Other events which were held on the first day included, The Thomso Carnival, Campus Diva and Mr. & Mrs. Thomso-017 in the Vogue section which was judged Pankhuri Gidwani (Runner-up of FBB Femina Miss India 2016), The Footloose and Step-Up (Dance Competition), which was judged by Sumit Kumar and Manan Sachdeva, the Photobooth (Photography Camp), The Junkyard, Treasure Hunt, The Apocalypse which was the e-sports competition and much more. How could the day end without the Pronite; Astitva– a leading Hindi Rock Band, banged the stage with their captivating music and beats; the audience grooved and got a feeling of spiritualism and the day ended on a musical and an exuberant note.
The second day of Thomso-017 i.e. 28th October 2017proceeded with more of surprises with events and competitions like The Seiger Finals with RJ Abhinav, Literati, Nukkad Natak, Snooker Elite, Street Soccer, Paint Fiesta, Workshops on Ethical Hacking, Robotics wit LOT, Automobile and IC Engine, Digital Marketing and Android App Development, Battle Of Bands (a legacy of Grunge and Classic Rock Music)with MJGF (Mary Jane Green Fields) and Hundred Octane, Costume Design Competition, Naqaab (Face Painting Competiton), Book Pitching, Scavenger Hunt and Sargam Finals. The day 2 is known as the Wargasm day which means the day on which the budding bands perform with the professional headlining bands together in front of the audience. The Venture Unplugged with the theme “Defining the Edge” (organized by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell), was certainly a very important part of the day as it included the panel discussion with Sidharth Gupta (Co-founder at Treeto Hotels), Vikas Malpani (Head at commonfloor.com, groups), Sumeet Kapur (Co-founder Nearby.com) and Moksha Srivastava(Co-founder of wheelstreet.com) as the panelists of the session. An interactive session with the very famous Violinist and Vocalist Karthick Iyer was also held. The Pronite with the concert of Nucleya, the electronic music producer was certainly the star highlight of the day as the thermionic music played; jam-packed the audience and the day ended on a very enthusiastic and energetic note.
The last day of Thomso-017 was the most exciting amongst all the three days as events like Flash Mob, Quriousty Sports Quiz, Abhivyakti, Thomso’s Got Talent, Snooker Elite, Desi Twist, Box Office, Queen’s Gambit (Chess Competition), 16 Frames, Art Talkies, Nightlife Café, an interactive performance Comic Workshop by the famous Cartoonist, Aseem Trivedi, Graph O Map, Slam Poetry, Marksense, and the finals of Apocalypse. How could the event end without the very sensational Pronite with the all-in-one performer Farhan Akhtar, who is an actor poet, singer, director and what not! His performance won over the hearts of the audience and certainly they didn’t want him to end. However the evening ended on a very soulful note.
On 29th October Thomso-017 IIT Roorkee concluded with amazing performances and achievements. The festival left behind magical memories for everyone to remember throughout their lives. However the festival ended on an exuberant note with great victories and new heights and everyone enjoyed to the core. The hard work and dedication of all came out with flying colors as the festival went smoothly and turned out to be a success. With so much to learn, grow and gain for everyone, Thomso-017 IIT Roorkee bid adieu until the next year.
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