Invictus: Vibes Day Two

After a highly charged day one, day two of Vibes had a rocky start with the debate finals being cancelled due to a participant falling ill. The events on day two, however, did not fail to impress with the sheer amount of talent that each participant brought forward with them. Let us now take a sneak peek into the various events that took place…


“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso

To an artist, painting is not just a confluence of canvas and colours. It is an expression of who they are, a way to pour out their emotions. This was very evident during the Painting event held on Day 2 of the Vibes segment of INVICTUS 2017.

Participants were given a choice of 3 topics – Monsoon, Street and Bondage, of which they had to choose one and create an artwork in one and a half hours. The artists took over the students as rapid strokes of the brush met the paper to create a flurry of colours, each speaking a story of its own. Bondage seemed a popular theme with a number of participants painting different interpretations of it. Anjori Gupta, a 4th semester student of KMC Manipal was seen using a lot of dark colours to signify the despair of bondage while Shraddha Murali, a 6th semester student of KMC Manipal used yellows and orange to show a ray of hope.

At the end of the allotted time, the judges – Jayshree Naik and Sonali Pandit, were seen having a tough time scoring the paintings. Truly, it was an afternoon of mesmerizing colours and creativity.


The English Poetry competition took place in the Biochemistry Lecture Hall from 11am to 2pm. The participants were provided with two well-chosen topics – ‘Eternal Youth’ and ‘Missed Opportunity’, and were given an hour to put pen to paper and let their ideas flow. The exciting part of the event started a little after noon, when the participants performed their pieces. It was interesting to see how the topics sprouted such varied and original lines of thought in different people. The joys and crises of youth were examined, as were the questions – is eternal youth a gift or a curse? What would happen if wise minds resided not in wizened bodies but strong, young ones?

One poem pointed out that lives spanning eternity will consist of good times, yes, but the ordeal of surviving through dark ages is a costly price to pay. Another very witty poem spoke of a certain oft-mentioned politician, a skilled sniper and a missed opportunity. A stirring, beautifully worded piece centering on scars and self-harm drew considerably loud applause even from the small group present in the hall. The judges Dr. Mary Matthew and Mr. Rohan Fernandes would certainly have had a tough time awarding the prizes.


Scraps of paper and oozy glue were the masters of the event. Though being a post-lunch session, the collage participants were very zealous. The event was held at Dr. TMA Pai Hall, and judged by Dr. Bharti Magazine and Mrs. Sujatha Deepak.

The themes dealt with two awareness spreading issues: ‘Say No to Drugs’ and ‘Peer Pressure’. Through the alchemy of putting parts together, the participants managed to create something inarguably greater than their sum. They sent poignant messages across artfully and with an eye for combination that demanded recognition.


Depicting a multitude of scenarios without the use of any words or human vocalisations, the mime teams proved today that articulation is unnecessary to engross an audience. Despite there being only two teams in the event, they put up commendable performances, faces alight with emotion. Judged by Dr. Ashwini of the Department of Community Medicine, and Dr. Bijay from the Department of Biochemistry, the event took place in TMA Pai Hall, where the first team enacted various scenes that took place in a chemistry lab.
Stealing each others projects, scurrying in late, releasing laughing gas and of course, causing explosions, they also used the soundtrack of Pink Panther and the theme of the IPL to add memorability to their performance. The other team, whose topic was ‘Constructions sites’, succeeded them. Their act began with trees being cut down to pave the way for a shoddily constructed building, with a few casualties along the way. Using various formations and lifts, they depicted buildings rising from the ground and collapsing, and held the audience’s attention completely from start to finish.


Adding momentum to the busy evening, the Classical Dance Solo brought something to look forward to for the audience. The stage was set for an array of gracious and elegant steps in perfect synchrony with the tune and the beats played alongside. The judges for the event were Dr. Geeta (MCODS) and Mrs. Lakshmi (Head of Nritya Niketan Dance Academy.)

First up, Slot No 1 began with a scintillating performance depicting baby Krishna playing with mother Yashoda. Her delicate and meticulous steps barely left any margin for error. Slot No 2 presented a dance showing the unity in India’s diverse cultures and ethnicities. She aptly described how people who practice one religion accept and acknowledge people of other faiths and live in harmony.

The nritya (steps) and the abhinaya (expressions) were in perfect sync for Slot No 3’s performance of ‘Thillana’, which is traditionally performed at the end of a long performance, but she put forward this piece to signify that the end may be a means to a new beginning. Last but certainly not the least, Slot No 4 amazed the audience with a story of Lord Vishnu’s vamana (dwarf) avatar.


Interact was abuzz by numerous triads puttering about to select their seats as the evening drew to a close announcing the beginning of the General Quiz. Witticisms flew through the air, as nervousness grounded itself in their form, before the quizmaster of the day, Major Chandrakant Nair entered the room to general applause.

Puzzles, riddles and trivia abounded in the quiz delivered in his genial manner, drawing rapt attention from faces that were bemused just moments past, as answers were revealed to appreciative gasps. A well matched prelims round led eight teams to the finals. The event ran long into the reaches of the night, yet the fire within the closely contesting teams and engrossed audience proceeded undimmed until the very end.


To paraphrase Archbishop Desmond Tutu, there is some madness in this world, that we wish to see prospered. That sentiment is echoed artfully by the Mad ad’s event. Giving free rein to the carriage of the mind, the participating teams came up with the most maudlin of ideas, presenting the mundane with airs of surreality.
With mischievous glints merrily twinkling in their eyes, the teams warped non-sequiturs and bizzare concepts to suit their purpose to market products in hilariously absurd fashions. The judges tasked to choose which team’s product was most viably sold to all present were Dr Ashwini Kumar and Dr Arvind Pandey.


Combining strong vocal technique with popular tunes is a recipe for success, which the Western Vocal performers aimed at in the KMC Greens. The sun dipped towards the horizon and the wind picked up, creating an ambience that offset perfectly the sound of voices raised together in song. The event was a popular one, seeing ten slots, each of which could have any number of single, duet and group performances within a 25-minute time frame.

Judging it were Mr. Joseph Edward, a professional musician, Dr. Ananth from MMMC and Dr. Meena from MCODS. Songs picked ranged from popular hits like ‘Stitches’ and ‘Love Yourself’ to older staples like ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Imagine’. While not all participants hit the mark, the audience was thoroughly entertained.


Despite being the final event of the day, Eastern Group Dance witnessed no signs of apathy in the sizable crowd gathered at KMC Greens. The judges for the event were Dr. Archana, Dr. Anita, Mrs. Vijaylakshmi, and Mrs. Meenakshi. The three competing teams, bubbling with enthusiasm, made the stage crackle with energy with their fabulous performances.

The first team performed on a medley of peppy Bollywood tracks. The second team (from KMC, Manipal) gracefully portrayed the mythological tale of Bhasmasura and his ultimate end caused by Mohini. While the second performance was the epitome of elegance, the third team’s (MCODS, Manipal) depiction of the story of Goddess Sati’s act of self-immolation in Daksha Yagna was fiery and full of passion.

The results for events held on the 27th of April are yet to be announced.


Reported by,

Shraddha Murali, Niharika Dixith, S Poojitha, Dharini Prasad, Rohan Basak, Vivek Mahapatra and Sindhuri Sriraman. 

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