Diwali, the festival of lights, never comes alone. There is a gentle build up with events like Karva Chauth, Dhanteras and Choti Diwali towards the big day.

Diwali, the festival of lights, never comes alone. There is a gentle build up with events like Karva Chauth, Dhanteras and Choti Diwali towards the big day. For students of the Usha Martin Academy , in and around Kolkata, there was an added attraction around Diwali this year. The buzz was about the 'Rhythm of Light', a musical and rhythmic ushering in of Diwali on the 9th of Novemeber 2012 at the sprawling Salt Lake campus in Kolkata.

On the day of celebrations, students and Faculty from the numerous UMA campuses in and around Kolkata descended in great numbers to welcome the festive season in typical UMA style! Infact, Students of MBA semester III, despite their busy internship schedules, found the time to join in the fun and frolic. While the initial few performances were planned, such was the ebullient joy that they generated, that towards the end students - even the shy ones - came up with impromptu and spontaneous acts.

" It is always a pleasure to see our students perform," remarked a smiling Professor SuranjanaJoardar, the student activity coordinator and the Academic Head of Management Studies at Usha Martin Academy Sonarpur. "They learn to work in a team and stand by each other with confidence and consideration. This show is just a preamble to many other upcoming events where the students will get the opportunity to manifest their potential."

The event started off in scintillating fashion when TuhinaBasak (MBA trimester I) got everyone clapping to the beat with her rendition of a Bengali song on evergreen friendship. While Nupur (BBA, 3rd Semester) wowed the audience with her command over the classical dance from, Reya (BBA, 1st semester) presented a smooth blend of Kathak and contemporary dance, rarely seen. The songs of Tagore sprung to life with a sterling performance by Avisruti (BBA 1st semester), while TuhinaDutta's (MBA, 1st trimester) feet-tapping bhatiyali and baul folk songs saw everybody present in the spacious UMA Salt Lake auditorium humming along. The boys too joined in the fun with Subrata (MBA trimester 1) being the surprise package with his semi western dance style. Another student.

In typical UMA Faculty-student coordination, while the IT-Head,Mr. NabarunSaha, took all the still pictures of the event and managed the technical aspects of the event, the responsibility of video filming went to Abhay, a student of MBA semester III.

" I really enjoyed the programme; some performances touched my heart," remarked Ms. Soma Gupta, a Faculty at theIT department of UMA Salt Lake."I think we should have more of such events, as it creates better bonding with the institute. The students also get the opportunity to enjoy their academic life.

Right through the programme, Dr. Anuttama Banerjee, The Academic Head of Management Programmes at the Usha Martin Academy, Salt Lake, encouraged the students with her presence and words. Dr. Banerjee concluded proceedings with a big vote of thanks to the students and Faculty for having started the Diwali celebrations at Usha Martin Academy Salt Lake with a 'big bang'!