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Festember back with a bang

Olympia Shilpa Gerald



setting the tone: R. Rajagopal, Principal Secretary, Handicrafts, Handloom, Textile and Khadi, lighting the lamp to inaugurate Festember X in Tiruchi on Thursaday.V. Sivan, centre, Director (in-charge) is in the picture.

TIRUCHI: The much anticipated college festival in this part of the world is back in town. ‘Festember X', the 36th edition of the inter-collegiate celebration of the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) only promises to get bigger and better.

The annual cultural celebrations kicked off on Thursday with the inauguration by R . Rajagopal , Principal Secretary , Handlooms, Handicrafts , Textiles, and Khadi. Speaking on the occasion, he said youth are a symbol of change. He noted that literary, artistic and musical talents should all figure in the greater scheme of things. “Those who keep their talents to themselves will not make history. But those who use their talents to make a difference would be remembered always.”

V. Sivan, Director in charge, NIT- T delivered the presidential address and K.Palanichamy, Dean (Students) presented the Festember X message. A scintillating performance by renowned percussionist ‘Ghatam' Karthick and his band ‘Heartbeat' started the ball rolling.

With a total prize money of Rs. 4 lakh up for grabs, and an expected 7000 students from 250 institutions, ‘Festember X', has taken a new avatar this year. According to the organisers, the ‘X' apart from signifying the tenth edition of the millennium is a take on the theme of the celebration-the Wild West with an inducement to ‘Ride the Extreme'. Festember X offers a rich buffet of events including wordplay, quizzes and debates for the literary bent of mind and soap carving, dominoes, graffiti and face painting for the artistically inclined. The music contests and theatricals are an invitation to set the stage afire while ‘Informals' like paintball challenge, foosball dribbling, soap football, amateur live bands, food eating contests, gaming events and Mr and Ms Festember add to the attraction.

The piece-de-resistance, the Pro Show, slated for the final day would have Anuradha Sriram, Naresh Iyer and Srinivas signing off with a flourish. Choreo Nite , the adrenaline packed event and ‘Sketches', a play by Rowan Atkinson performed by the Thespian society of NIT-T are touted to be crowd pullers.

An array of workshops including photography by renowned insect photographer, ‘Poochi'Venkat, ; ventriloquism by George Santhakumar; dance by Anto of ‘Spice One Studios' fame, puppet making, photo modelling and DJing offer a chance to add a few skills to your repertoire.

Temperatures are already soaring but the Festember fever has just begun.

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