Manthan Times

Posted: September 23, 2012 in IIT Guwhati
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It is that time of the year again! Yes, it’s time for MANTHAN, the annual inter hostel cultural championship of IIT Guwahati. Famously called “the best time of the year!” by the IIT-G junta, Manthan is the time where new friendships are made, loyalties tested, and most of all, the entire campus comes to a stand-still  and watches the spectacle unfold! Music, dance, drama, fine arts, debate, you name it, we have it!

My tryst with Manthan has been a memorable one. As a freshman, I was completely spell bound by this cultural showcase. It instantly became my favourite event in the IIT-G calendar and rightly so. I was part of the dance team of Umiam for the two editions of 2010 and 2011 and have some really wonderful memories of that time! Apart from dance,   I was also involved with a lot other events. In my second year, I had the honour of managing the Literary Team of my hostel as the Literary Secretary. The talented debate team of Umiam, our amazing writers and poets all helped put up Umiam’s best ever performance in literary module last year. Sleepless nights, midnight fried maggi, unlimited bakar, funde pelna, the self-motivation on the d-day, the wild hooting, everything about this Mahabharat of hostels is unforgettable.

Although the participation and enthusiasm of the people involved in Manthan is immense, there are some serious issues that should be looked into. It would not be going overboard to say that the Cultural Board, atleast in the last edition had failed to put up a transparent show. There were several grievances from across different hostels about the organizing and judging of the competition. There were clear miscalculations and errors in the judging sheets of some events. And this is NOT a rumour but something that I have seen for myself along with cultural secretaries and other representatives of different hostels. Irrespective of whether or not these errors would bring a change in the final standings, it clearly shows the kind of irresponsibility that prevailed in the organizers of Manthan 2011.

There is also another issue that was and will be a cause of concern in future, the quality of judges. Manthan, for a lot of people like me, is the best time of the year. The magnitude of effort put in by students of IIT-G is known to all. But unfortunately the results don’t reflect the actual performances of the respective hostels, atleast in some of the events. Infact, last year we’ve had sleeping judges and even judges who went for a walk in the middle of the performances in some events. This is disheartening as well as discouraging as the hostels put in a lot of effort. All those sleep-less nights better be valued by the organizers. The quality of judging is big question mark.

There is a serious call for transparency and efficiency in the organizing of such events where you have people putting their heart and soul into. The dedication and spirit showed by the junta deserves much better than this. I heartily hope that the Cultural Board will do a better job this time round and make Manthan 2012 a controversy-free and fair edition!

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