Institute Cultural Council: Mid-Term Review
The Institute General Body Meets (GBMs) are conducted twice every year with the intent to provide all students a convenient mechanism to provide feedback and address concern to the student representatives responsible for various amenities on campus.
The Institute Cultural Council GBM is scheduled from 8pm on 2nd November at the Open Air Theater (OAT) in SAC.
This review is split into three parts.
- The first describes, in depth, the progress made on initiatives the council attempted / intended to push through.
- The second is an excerpt from the General Secretary leading the council.
- The third summarizes the findings of a survey conducted among the student body.
A brief summary of the advances in each sub-field has been provided. Please click on particular genres to know more about them.
|→||Dance Club: InSync|
Overall Rating -> 3.1 / 5
Overall Rating -> 3.2 / 5
|→||Film and Media Club: Silverscreen|
“The culture of film making is declining tremendously; it seems people are no more [sic] enthusiastic towards this field… Something has to be done regarding this issue. Or else soon film making would only be limited to GCs or worse”.
It seems greater attention has been paid towards IIT BBC, at the cost of the film making related activities. No concrete events pertaining to seniors or advanced movie making have been visible, and the participation to outside competitions too has reduced; though a number of freshmen events have been conducted, the overall the online and offline activities of the club have reduced considerably.
Overall Rating –> 2.9/5
|→||Literary Arts: Blitzkrieg|
A lack of punctuality from the organizing members has been observed too.
Overall Rating –> 4/5
|→||Music: Saaz & Staccato|
Overall Rating -> 3.4 / 5
|→||Photography and Fine Arts|
Overall Rating – 3/5
Overall Rating – 3.3/5
|→||Vaani: The Hindi Club|
|→||Design Club (Initiated this year)|
One of the primary initiatives of the GSCA this year, the club functions to consolidate the design requirements of the various events, thereby reducing redundant PORs in other clubs and to cater to Designing as a genre. The sustained number of people involved in the club, both freshmen and seniors, and the outreach and various national awards received by its members, especially considering it’s their initial year is laudable. A need for sessions pertaining to more advanced design content is desired in upcoming semester.
Rating – 4/5
|→||Fashion Club (Initiated this year)|
As a part of the Lifestyle Club, the Fashion Club has been initiated. The events, though very few in number, have been appreciated in quality. A greater number of events and better publicity is demanded, since a majority of the population is not aware of its existence. Fashion Classes have been appreciated and its output it in MI auditions and other outside events is awaited.
Overall Rating -> 3/5
Under the social initiative, ‘Muskaan’, in collaboration with NSS, children from outside are given classes in Dramatics, Dance and Fine Arts on a weekly basis; a praiseworthy effort. Apart from it, unlike previous years, Insitute Cult Nite was held, which was primarily fun event, saw a popular response, especially among freshies.
|→||The remaining (promised) clubs|
As a part of the Lifestyle Club, as mentioned in the initiatives of the GSCA, 3 more clubs had to be introduced – Cuisine, Spiritual, and Film Appreciation.
According to GSCA, these ventures are experimental in nature; Cuisine has had active logistic issues, which shall be resolved to some extent by the next semester; Spirituality is still under consideration while Film Appreciation has been stated rather infeasible under current circumstances. These initiatives should have been considered while developing the manifesto, if they were actually so infeasible to carry out.
General Secretary (GS) Speaks: Arpit Agarwal
My tenure is based on 3 major ideologies:
o Outreach: to involve more people in culturals as beginners, hobbyists and audience
o Learning: To provide mentoring to pursue their interests to the limit of their passion
o Excellence: To give performers an opportunity to showcase their talent
We had a very good tenure till now in terms of participation and enthusiasm. Though we were unfortunate to not have LT PCSA this year (which has undoubtedly been the most appropriate venue for almost every performing arts event and screenings), and the fact that there were numerous extended weekends in the calendar made it difficult for us to space out the events as weekends are very important days as far as cultural activities are concerned.
This year we focussed mainly on outreach (i.e. involving beginners) and improving quality of the events. Publicity is an area we improved a lot since the last year. We had almost 400% rise in facebook page followers till now in the tenure as compared to the whole of previous tenure. We have increased workshops for beginners and hostel level workshops this year, and tried to focus more on the learning aspect of culturals.
Apart from these, initiatives like ‘Muskaan’ – A social initiative in collaboration with NSS, Institute Lukkha Cultural Night and ‘Cult…Not Difficult’ (A cultural programme for beginners to learn and prepare a performance under mentorship of a club senior) have been organised to cater to different sets of people involved with culturals. We introduced a “Freshmen Cultural Night” during the Freshiezza to give freshies an event specially designed for them to enjoy and bond.
To give a new essence of cultural activities in the institute, we introduced new clubs pertaining to Fashion, Design, Quizzing and Punning; with cuisine and wordgames clubs set to be opened next semester.
For regular participants, we introduced multiple new genre workshops/sessions (like Music production, fashion photography, VFX, flash animation, Belly dance, B-boying, India Quiz, Debate Content classes, theatre lights and direction, etc.) and regular jamming sessions in almost all genre activities. The number of such classes and workshops have tremendously increased inspite of the calendar constraints.
For professional exposure, we are providing opportunities to institute students to perform at nationally acclaimed cultural hubs like NCPA and Kalaghoda (almost certain) in the next semester.