October 15, 2017
The International Centre of Applied Sciences (ICAS), Manipal Academy of Higher Education hosted Reverb '17, the long-awaited ICAS-exclusive event of this academic year, marked by a series of technical and cultural events. It took place over the course of 3 days: 13th,14th and the 15th of October. Quite a few events were held, from those which tested your brains to those which tested your rhythm.
The Gaming event took place on the 13th of October consisted of two games namely CS GO and FIFA 17. All the seniors and juniors were divided in teams and played with unending zeal and enthusiasm. The next event was the Open Art competition wherein all the participants were given 2 hours to bring out their inner artist and display their artistic abilities and passion. Also, a photography contest named ‘picture perfect’ was held to promote the budding young photographers on the topic: reflection photography, the results of which are yet to be announced.
The second day began with multiple fun games happening at the entrance of AB5 which encouraged maximum students to attend the further events. At 4:30 began the musical melodies of the students in the game of “Antakshari” where the participants were put to the test to identify the singer from a picture shown while also having to come up with the next song. At the stroke of sunset, the “Street plays” were presented by the students on the controversial topic of culture induced homophobia and how our generation is to serve as an eye opener for the future generations to come while respecting the ideologies set forth by our ancestors. The street play served as a medium to broaden the mindsets of everyone present.
The event of “rope grope” was the most amusing of all, for it was organized for the entertainment of the crowd and not the participants. The game involved memorizing the route through the ropes to escape the maze after which the participants were blindfolded. But the twist was that the ropes were removed, leaving the crowd to burst into laughter while the participants tried to make their way through the mind boggling labyrinth.
As the sun went down, our tempo went up. The fun had just begun and the MadAds were yet to be enacted. The teams had to come up and pitch the products they were given with the catch being that the product had no utility in the real world. The night came to an end with the event of “Shipwreck” which was based on the prologue of a sinking ship with only one life jacket left leaving the participants to convince the captains of the ship to get that jacket.
On the final day of Reverb, October 15, various events were held which were a mixture of the co-curricular as well as the extra-curricular activities. There was a ’Debate competition” held early in the morning consisting of three teams from the juniors and two from the seniors with the debate being held in the parliamentary format. The efforts of the teams and their passion to express their views was commendable while them abiding by the rules to maintain the integrity of the house was appraisable. The following event was the “General Quiz” which had ten rounds of various topics ranging from current world affairs to the topics of academic value as well some questions to put the contestants at ease. Then came JAM where the wit, humour and linguistic abilities of our students were put to test. The exciting chase among the ICAS students to crack the clues and reach the end of the trail commenced at 3pm on the final day of Reverb in the much-awaited event of “Treasure Hunt”. The eight contesting teams had their minds running as fast as their legs to search for the final treasure.
In the evening, there was the solo singing competition in which the students sang songs by Rihanna and Leona Lewis as well as the Indian Sufis of Kailash Kher bringing about an atmosphere of joy and excitement. The solo dance followed where the students moved rhythmically with the music and made the audience match their beat. After this highly energetic event came the pageant which was a maiden concept of Reverb. Beautiful ladies and handsome gentlemen graced the stage and walked on the ramp leaving the crowd in awe. The glorious event of Reverb came to an end with the group dance from each section from the first year students and one group representing the second year students who exhibited the epitome of teamwork, unity and coordination amongst one another and proved that irrespective of all the on stage rivalry, we are all eventually one family: the ICAS family.
Due to the determination and diligence the participants put into every single event, the intensity of competitiveness rose successively with each one, but so did the fun! The entire course of Reverb '17 was an exceptional success, and as fellow ICASians, we look forward to consistently hosting the future events for this year and the years to come!