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It is time for Ragam’ 09

Competitions will be held in over 40 events at the annual cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology Calicut.



COLOURFUL: A scene from a previous edition of Ragam. The latest edition of this annual cultural event will be conducted from March 25.

Ragam’ 09, the annual cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology Calicut (NIT-C), will be held on the NIT-C campus from March 25 to 28.

The event noted for its contests in arts, literature, theatricals, dance, music and gaming is one of the well-organised and widely-attended cultural events in the State.

Youths from across the country flock the NIT-C campus to take part in the event. Last year Ragam saw around 5,000 students from over 200 colleges across the country participating in various events.

There will be over 40 events for the participants. Meanwhile, the ‘Informals stage’ will keep the crowd on their toes with various competitions.

Ragam has a rich history of renowned musicians and singers entertaining the crowds on numerous instances. A host of celebrity singers, including Shaan, M.G. Sreekumar and Balabhaskar, and bands like Euphoria, Silk Route, Parikrama and Evergreen have performed in the earlier editions of the event. Last year, performances by Karthik, The Raghu Dixit Projekt and the rock band, White Noiz, left indelible impressions on the audiences.

Among the highlights of Ragam ’09 will be a concert by Shankar Mahadevan on March 27. The following night will see a scintillating performance by Breathe The Floyd, the U.K.-based band formed as a tribute to the legendary Pink Floyd. This will be Breathe’s second performance in the country.

Benny Dayal will perform on the night of March 26. Another major event is the ChoreoNite scheduled for March 26. Trademarked for its high-level of competition, the ChoreoNite attracts talented dancers from all over south India. Couture Boulevard, where fashion enthusiasts blend creativity and attitude and flaunt their original designs on the ramp, will be held on the last night of Ragam ’09.

Competitions will also be held in vegetable carving, rangoli and other art-based events. At the Western and eastern orchestra, bands from various colleges will perform.

Literary events include Dumb Charades, Extempore and Creative Writing, to name a few. Events like Couple Dancing and Kathaprasangam will be introduced this year. Workshops, like salsa, will be held for the dance enthusiasts.

Cash prizes up to Rs.3 lakh await the winners. For more information, visit: http://www.ragam.org.in; or contact Nithin Suresh (097473 15037).

J.S. BABLU

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