A festival that
celebrates life, verve and unbounded talent, one of the fastest growing college
cultural festivals of our country, and also among the most popular, Waves has
become a cultural and social phenomenon among the youth and has come a long way
since its humble inception in 2006.
Waves 2013 took place
from 8th to 10th November with over 100 colleges and 30,000
participants. This three-day long festival saw 52
competitions spread over different genres of music, fine arts,
literature, dramatics and dance apart from a lot of unorthodox informal
events spread over the 72 hours.
The theme for Waves
2013 was "Hit the Rewind” with Waves going back in
time to relive the best of all the decades. The crowd witnessed performances by
Bollywood music maestros Vishal and Shekhar, as well as
performances by ‘Blackstratblues’, the band fronted by prodigal
guitarist Warren Mendonsa and vocalist Nikhil D’Souza.
In addition to these performances, there was also an electronic dance music
night by DJ NYK, among India’s best DJ’s. For the very first time
Waves hosted a round of Femina Miss India, judged by the
former Miss India Rochelle Maria Rao, the finalists of which got a
direct entry to the regionals in their respective cities. Crew from the East
India Comedy regaled the crowds with laughter by their stand-up comedy
acts. Adding spice to the festival, there were special guest appearances by
Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Kalki Koechlin during
the special nights.
2013 launched its own social campaign: ‘I.A.M.- Innovate, Act,
Motivate’ addressing the issue of women abuse and harassment in India,
a petition to make self-defence classes a part of school curriculum was signed
by over a thousand people and sent to the Prime Minister of India, a free self-defence
workshop was also held during the festival.
There is something in
store for everyone and Waves makes sure that the three days spent are
remembered for nothing less than absolute entertainment. Waves is a melting pot
of various cultures and diversities, a festival that celebrates the various
arts and cultures. Waves over the years has grown at amazing pace and continues
to amaze with every new edition, it’s a cult beyond a cultural fest.