Night of fervour as clubs rehearse for Bluemoon 8.0

Night of fervour as clubs rehearse for Bluemoon 8.0
Members of BU's cultural dance club Rivaaz practise to be perfect for Bluemoon 8.0 Photo by Pranavi Ambati
By Pranavi Ambati

With less than eight hours to the much-awaited Bluemoon 8.0, Bennett University’s annual freshers’ night function, the N-Block was lit up for clubs to rehearse and ensure they put on unforgettable performances.

The theme for Bluemoon 8.0 is ‘Retro Vision’ and everything from the set to the costumes are designed with the intent of transporting the freshmen crowd into the 60s, and allowing them to experience dainty backdrops and nimble acts, contrasted by bold outfits and props.

Rivaaz's Bhangra performers with props

“The theme was chosen in a very democratic manner,” said Vice-President Clubs & Committees Diksha Diwaker, on behalf on the Student Council. The fifth-year law student has been overseeing the run-through, aided by the Team Club Relations.

“As you know, the BU Student Council is largely divided into five wings, each headed by a Vice-President. The instructions from the Office of the Dean Student Affairs were for each wing to pitch an idea for the theme, with an elaborate explanation of how the theme could be realized through stage designs, music setlist, promotional material, etc. Once the 5 pitches were presented, voting was conducted,” she explained. It was no surprise then that ‘Retro’ received the most votes.

While the theme was decided upon and announced by the Student Council, performing clubs were free to interpret the theme and exercise autonomy in deciding on the elements of their individual recitals.

Joint Secretary of the western dance club ‘Verve’, second-year law student Navya Mishra said, “Retro reminds me of old-school romance the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, as well as Hema Malini & Jeetendra. The same is reflected in our choice of songs.”

Over at Ansh, the theatre society of Bennett University, Secretary Diksha Arora shared that they too had a similar line of thought. “Nostalgia and yearning for the then Hindi-cinema landscape is what we wish to evoke,” she added.

At the programme run-through that began at 11:00 pm, the rehearsal hall was filled with performers – old and new faces alike. 2nd year BTech CSE student Riya Gupta was one among the many first-timers. “I enjoy losing myself to the beats of Bhangra and Rivaaz’s choreographies have always mesmerized me. So, when the opportunity presented itself, I knew I had to sign up,” Gupta said.

With the zeal of the performers and organisers at an all-time high despite it being late in the night, it is inevitable that a grand event would be put up on the evening of Bluemoon 8.0.

(The writer is a Semester III student of BA Journalism and Mass Communication programme.)

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