Performing Arts Festival
The Performing Arts Festival, abbreviated as PAF, is the biggest inter-hostel cultural competition in the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay located at Powai in Mumbai (India). The term PAF is used to refer not only to the festival itself, but also to the individual cultural performances that constitute the festival.
Both Undergraduate and Graduate students at IIT Bombay participate enthusiastically in the preparation and organization of the festival. Typically three or four hostels (out of fourteen) are grouped together by random draw for each PAF. Though technically a drama, each PAF comprises contributions from several of the cultural arts including dramatics, literature, music, fine arts, debating and dance. Since 1999, the PAF has been held at the Open Air Theater (OAT) inside the Students' Activity Center (SAC), within the main campus of IIT Bombay. Typically, all dialogues at PAF are delivered using voice overs and not by the actors themselves, mainly owing to the huge size and structure of the OAT. This requires a great deal of co-ordination between the actors and the voice actors.
The major work of a PAF is the preparation of the sets by fellow students. It is commonly called prod or prodwork , dialectic abbreviations for productions, . Prod consists of making huge sets using bamboo, jute rope and screens made with layers of newspaper glued together by freshies and seniors in co-operation. Structures strong enough to hold the weight of more than two or three people have been prepared time and again. In the PAF of 2007, for instance, a two storeyed set was made in order to give the dramatists a chance to perform at an elevated level.
Production sets requires maximum amount of man hours to put them in place. Building of production sets (usually from bamboo) starts about a month before the PAF. The teams are allowed 3 days to install the sets and perform the finishing touches in the Open Air Theater.
Theme and language
PAFs can be made in Hindi or English. Themes chosen are usually serious and have been drawn from history, science fiction, social injustice, biographies etc. The only caveat is that the scripts are expected to be original.
Some recent PAFs
The PAF season is very interesting period in campus life at IIT Bombay during the last fortnight of March and the first week of April each year, officially culminating all the extracurricular activities of IIT Bombay for that academic year. Some recent PAFs include:
- Lohar, by hostels- 4, 5, 11, 13 and Tansa on 23 March 2014 (Won Script)
- Pehchaan, by hostels- 1, 6, 9 and 10 on 26 March 2014 - Joint winners (Won Acting, VO, Music, Direction & Film)
- Kolahal, by hostels- 7, 8, 14, 10A and TypeC quaters on 29 March 2014 - Third Position (Won Prod)
- Ekla Cholo Re, by hostels- 2, 3, 12 and 15 on 1 April 2014 - Joint winners (Won Dance, Costumes, Lights & FA)
- Satrangi, by hostels- 3, 7, 13 and 14 on 15 March 2013
- Mandali, by hostels- 5, 9, 12 on 18 March 2013 - Winning PAF, greatly applauded for its stage setup, aesthetics and music.
- Delhi Beats, by hostels- 2, 8, 11 and Tansa on 21 March 2013 - Second Position
- Bisaat, by hostels- 1, 4, 6 and 10 on 25 March 2013 - Third Position
- Maun, (Hindi: मौन, lit., Silence) by hostels- 2, 9 and 10 on 21 March 2012 - Second Position
- Aawhan, by hostels- 4, 6, 12 and 14 on 25 March 2012
- Antbahaar, (Hindi: अंत बहार, lit., Last Drop Of Spring) by Hostels- 1, 3, 11 and 13 on 29 March 2012 - The winning PAF (Winning 9 out of 9 different aspects of PAF).
- Prime Minister(English), by hostels- 5, 7, 8 and Tansa on 2 April 2012 (Strongly based on the life of Rajiv Gandhi, the prime minister of India who was assassinated by the LTTE.) - Third Position
- Zoon(Urdu rich Hindi), by hostels-3, 5 and 10 on 25 March 2011 - runners up
- Golden Quadrilateral (Hindi), by hostels-2, 8, 12 and 13 on 29 March 2011 - the winning PAF
- Walong(Hindi), by hostels-4, 9 and 14 on 3 April 2011
- Chashm-E-Nam(Hindi), by hostels 1, 6, 7 and 11 on 7 April 2011
- Ramleela (Hindi: रामलीला, lit., Ram's play) by hostels-4, 10 and13 on 18 March 2010
- Panchhi re (Hindi: पंछी रे, lit., O' Bird) by hostels-1, 3, 9 and 12 on 22 March 2010 - the winning PAF, winner in 5 out of 9 different aspects of PAF like script, dance, screen play, acting and voice over.
- Mai Mati (Hindi: , lit., My soil) by hostels-5, 6 and 11 on 26 March 2010 - runners up, won best music and costume.
- Antaragni (Hindi: अंतराग्नि, lit., The Fire Within) by hostels-2, 7, 8 and Tansa on 30 March 2010 - third position, won Prod and Lights.
- Karvat (Hindi: करवट, lit., Turn aside) by hostels-5, 9, 12 and Tansa House on 20 March 2009 — third position.
- If Tomorrow Comes, by hostels- 3, Hostel 8 and Hostel 11 on 23 March 2009 — runners up.
- Najafgarh Express, by hostels- 6, 7 and 10 on 26 March 2009.
- Arthur Road, by hostels- 1, 2, 4 and 13 on 30 March 2009 - the winning PAF. Won all individual trophies except best music and best costumes
- Arsh (Urdu: عرش, lit., Throne) by hostels-1, 7, 8 and 13 on 18 March 2008 — third position.
- U-Turn, by hostels- 4, 9 and 10 on 21 March 2008 — runners up.
- 1984, by hostels- 5, 6, 12 and Tansa House on 25 March 2008 — the winning PAF.
- The Show Goes On..., by hostels- 2, 3 and 11 on 28 March 2008. .
- Aashayein (Hindi: आशाएँ, lit., Hopes) by hostels-3, 8, 10 on 18 March 2007 - first runner up
- Saare Jahaan Se Achha (Hindi: , lit., The Best in the World) by hostels- 1, 5, 11 and 13 on 21 March 2007 — the winning PAF.
- Numb-D, by hostels- 2, 6 and 9 on 24 March 2007.
- Good Morning, by hostels- 4, 7 and 12 on 27 March 2007.
- 2006 (all in Hindi)
- Asrār (Hindi: असरार, lit., the secret), by hostels 2, 8 and 7 on 19 March.
- Kharāshen (Hindi: ख़राशें, lit, the scratches), by hostels 13, 6, 10 and Tansa House on 22 March-first runnerup.
- Camouflages, by hostels 3, 5 and 12 on 25 March — the first PAF ever to use the F-word and 'orgasm'.
- Déjà Vu (French, lit., already seen), by hostels 1, 4, 9 and 11 on 28 March — the winning PAF, winning 8 out of 9 individual trophies. Based on the life of an IITian, it is widely considered to be the best PAF ever.
- 2005 (all in Hindi)
- Lāl Rekhā—Ek Marīchikā (Hindi: लाल रेखा—एक मरीचिका, lit., the red line—an illusion), by hostels 2, 7 and 11 on 20 March.
- Satyoaham (Hindi: सत्योऽहम, lit., I am the truth), by hostels 9, 13 and Tansa House on 23 March.
- Bombay (Hindi: बॉम्बे), by hostels 1, 5 and 10 on 27 March— first runnerup.
- Kastūrī (Hindi: कस्तूरी, lit., musk), by hostels 4, 8 and 12 on 30 March.
- Dastak (Hindi: दस्तक, lit., knocking), by hostels 3 and 6 on 2 April— the winning PAF.
- Far from Vietnam, by hostels 3, 9 and 12 on 29 March. (in English)
- Asāfeer (Hindi: असाफ़ीर, lit., sparrow), by hostels 6, 8 and 11 on 1 April. (in Urdu-rich Hindi)
- Agnihotra (Hindi: अग्निहोत्र, lit., the fire-sacrifice), by hostels 7, 10 and Tansa House on 26 March. (in Hindi)
- Āhvān (Hindi: आह्वान, lit., invoking), by hostels 2 and 5 on 23 March. (in Hindi)
- Lākshāgrih (Hindi: लाक्षागृह, lit., the house made up of shellac), by hostels 4 and 13 on 4 April. (in Hindi) —the winning PAF.
- Le Peintre de Mort (French, lit., the painter of death), by hostels 2 and 3 on 22 March. (in English)
- Shānte Mrigayam (Hindi: शान्ते मृगयम्, lit., the peaceful deer), by hostels 5 and 6 on 7 April (in Hindi) —the winning PAF. Won all individual trophies except Best Choreo and Best Costume.
- Child's Play, by hostels 4 and 11 on 25 March. (in English)
- Omicidio (Italian, lit., the homicide), by hostels 9, 10 and Tansa on 28 March. (in English)
- Anth (Hindi: अन्त, lit., the end), by hostels 7 and 8 on 10 April. (in Hindi)
- Avshesh (Hindi: अवशेष, lit., Residue), by hostels 8 & 9 (In Hindi) - the winning PAF.
- La Isla dela Musica, La Isla del Amor (Spanish, lit., the island of music, the island of love), by hostels 2, 10 and Tansa on 4 April (In English) - first runnersup.
- Aham Brahmasmi (Hindi: अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि, lit., I am Brahman), by hostels 4 & 5. (in Hindi)
- Aahuti (Hindi: आहुति, lit. the sacrifice), by hostels 1, 3 and 11 on 21 March. (in Hindi)
- 14:12 (a Biblical reference), by hostels 6 & 7. (in English)
- Thespian, by hostels 2 and 7 (In English) — the winning PAF.
- Dansh (Hindi: दंश, lit., the snake-bite), by hostels 4 and 9. (In Hindi)
- Asakth (Hindi: आसक्त, lit., the addiction), by hostels 8 and 10. (In Hindi)
- Nimaad (Hindi: निमाड, popular for maa reva, the river Narmada) by hostel 3 alone. (In Hindi)
- Pratyancha (Hindi: प्रत्यंचा, lit., the Bowstring), by hostels 5 & 11. (In Hindi)- Runner Up
- The Dream Theater, by hostel 2 and 3 - The Winning PAF (In English)
- OR, by hostel 4 and 5 (In English)
- The Artist, by hostel 6 & 7 (In English)
- Ek Adhura Kalpavriksha - Hostel 9 & 10
- ...In Love and War, by hostels 2 and 5 (In English)
- Nightfall, by hostels 6 and 8 (In English - based on the Isaac Asimov story) - The Runner Up
- Mrigtrishna, by hostels 7, 10 and Tansa (In English) - The Winning PAF
- The End, by Hostels 4 and 8 - Joint Winner
- Harlequin Chevalerie, by Hostels 2 and 7 - Joint Winner
- The Twilight Zone, by Hostels H9, H11, and H1
- Raga Saaga, by Hostel 7 and 8 - The Winning PAF
- "Any Dream Will Do" by H3 and H10
- The Unforgiven, by Hostels H9 and H4
- Locomotivation, by Hostel 8 and 9 - The Winning PAF
- Moonstone, by Hostel 6 and 9
- Songs of a Distant Earth, by Hostel 2 and 7 - The Winning PAF
Interesting to note that H10 hasn't won PAF since 1997 and H7 hasn't won since 2001. Also 2002 was the last time when the team performing first won the PAF.