Riwaayat- Know Your Theme

Riwaayat ( روايت ), borrowed from the poetic language of Urdu, translates to tradition and customs which have always played a vital role in weaving the Indian cultural fabric. Being one of the oldest civilisations in the world, the components of the Indian culture range across etiquette, civilised communication, rituals, beliefs, values, etc. The property of togetherness among people of various cultures and traditions has made India a unique country. We, here at Revels’18, celebrate and cherish this very uniqueness by bringing students together both from within the campus and across states to participate while showcasing their skills, talent and expertise ranging across numerous cultural and sporting categories spread across a period of four days.

Interestingly Riwaayat also roughly translates to ‘a narrative’, a form of storytelling. Every face, building an artefact which has been a witness to this grand celebration of culture and fine arts has a story to tell— stories of victory and triumph; stories of amusement and delight; narratives of belonging and connections.

The Revels’18 logo attempts to juxtaposition the two concepts of ‘Tradition’ and ‘Modernity’. The hues of red and orange present on the foot set firmly behind signify fierce rivalry and war, an integral part of the Indian history and culture. On the other foot, the shades of blue and green are representations of the ease and comfort which technology brings with it.

The theme holds particular importance in today’s world as we progress with the speed of light, where things become obsolete and better versions of themselves emerge quicker than ever.

‘Tradition’ and ‘modernity’ have often been considered as diametrically opposite bands on the societal spectrum of norms and progress. The distinct contrast is often compared, ignoring the continuous transition which has taken place over the years from one end to the other. Modernity might not necessarily possess a threat to tradition while customs and beliefs brought down previous generations might need tweaking to adjust to changing scenarios. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher from the Pre-Socratic era known for his paradoxical takes on the wise saws of life, said, “The only thing constant in life is ‘change’”. These words are most relevant to the current scenario than ever. The onus of ensuring that preservation of tradition along with efficient development and modernisation go hand in hand lies on this generation, and we here at Manipal have taken the first step in the right direction.


Abhishek Mishra

ISTJ, self-proclaimed film connoisseur and critic, history enthusiast. A geek through the day and philosopher by the night. Jack of all trades, trying to be a master of some.

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