Kultura 2019 went into full swing, on a very non-assuming evening of the 24th of February of this year and pulsated into the night of the very next day. Held in collaboration between The Literary Committee at MICA and Studio 7 (The Music Committee at MICA), the second edition of Kultura reprised its role as the bastion of literature and music, only bigger and better than before. Powered by our Radio partner – Radio Mirchi, our magazine partner – Score as well as our associate partners; the good people at Crossloop. Kultura 2.0 was truly a tub-thumping sight to behold.
The verdant grounds and the stolid red buildings of MICA were decorated from pillar to post with streamers, confetti and posters signalling the shape of revelry to come. The first day comprised events ranging from music quizzes to manic renditions of the game ‘Taboo’. The open mic event drew in poets and literati from within these four walls as well as the length and breadth of Ahmedabad. The Mani Ayer auditorium provided the quintessential setting to the performers as well as the contestants.
25th February, 2019 was the day of the headliners. The Terribly Tiny Tales workshop eschewed the lines between fiction and free form expressionism. The participants experienced first-hand, the art of writing truly stellar micro-fiction. The workshop was followed by the Alliance Francaise screening of the film ‘M’, which drew in a small but esoteric crowd, who savoured every moment of the film. Next, a guitar workshop was conducted which enthralled the students with basics of playing a guitar. The event, organised in association with Nidus Academy of Music & Arts, brought together passionate guitarists and audiophiles alike who were eager to hone their strumming skills and rediscover their shared passion for music.
When sun set, the settling darkness was upended by the stalwart Urdu poet & Storyteller – Mohammed Sadriwala, who spoke the word of grace as he deftly pulled in the listeners through a labyrinthine maze of his hopes, dreams and experiences. The night finally came to a boil as the popular Indie Band - When Chai Met Toast performed all of its hits including "Firefly", "Khoj" and "Believe" and some special deep cuts for a crowd of hundreds who were ardently lip syncing to all of their tunes. Kultura was truly the place to be.
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