The campus got to witness one of the most anticipated cultural events of every year, PAF, in the last month.Started as Entertainment Platform (EP) in the 70s, the event which is a culmination of music, dance, theatre and fine arts, has ever since been one of the trademarks of the student culture at IIT Bombay.
The students were actively involved in a huge array of things spanning right from acting to making the sets out of scratch. The hostels were divided into three teams and the main acts took place on 21, 26 and 31 of March.
The first PAF, ‘A Silent Song’ was put up by hostels 1, 3, 4, 10, 13 and 15B on 21 March. The theme was based on the hardships of the relation between a father and a daughter. Elements in the dances depicted all the appropriate emotions and were highly appreciated. Fusion of four different dance forms in one was the main attraction.
The second PAF, ‘Nazariya’ was put up by hostels 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 and Tansa on 26 March. The theme was a unique one and it depicted the dilemmas one faces and how our opinions are essentially biased based on our perspectives. It stressed on not following the herd mentality and not having blind faith. It was highly appreciated for its thought provoking dialogues.
The last PAF, ‘Rannbhoomi’ was put up by hostels 2, 5, 9, 14, 15C and 16B on 31 March. This was a poignant depiction of the intertwined and vicious political scenario and the effect it has on university students. It showed the struggle for freedom of expression, religious turmoil and how far some people go to get political benefits. The visuals were breathtaking and the dialogue delivery was incredible.
The last PAF was followed by the award ceremony. ‘Rannbhoomi’ was titled the winner of this year’s PAF. This performing arts festival was marked by some scintillating sets and beautiful performances.