St Xavier's College's festival 'Malhar' has decided to cut down on the number of events from 60 to 30 this year. Even flagship events such as street dance and Bollywood dance, which were crowd favourites have been axed from the festival that will begin from August 14 to 16.
"We wanted to change the image of the fest. This is why the theme this year is 'Renaissance'. It symbolises the rebirth of a different Malhar that offers a unique experience to the students, who come to attend," said Kamya Nair, an organiser of the fest.
"We didn't want Malhar to become like any other college festival. So we decided to focus on the quality of events. Our conclave line-up this year includes the likes of Raghuram Rajan and Shashi Tharoor, which is really impressive," said Tanya Jerry, chairperson (management),Malhar.
Sources have told us that the fest has faced some budget cuts but the organisers refused to comment on this.
However, other sources claim that the college management was unhappy with the kind of performances that took place during the street dance event last year. They deemed it to be inappropriate.
Kamya denies these rumours, "Malhar is a student organised fest and the management does not interfere with its events line-up".
Another problem that is rumoured to be is that the college has a small campus that cannot accommodate the throngs of students that flood in to attend the festival.
"This year we have tried to schedule many events simultaneously so that the crowds do not wander aimlessly and we can manage the crowd traffic efficiently," explained Tanya.
The flip side to this solution is that audiences will have to choose events they have to forgo due to the clash in timings, but at least it will be a better alternative than being pushed out of the campus to create breathing space.