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It's party time

THREE THOUSAND people head-banging in tune to screaming electric guitars and furiously thudding drums - like a field of animated poppies gone wild. Above them, the sky lights up in a blaze of colour as firecrackers zip, zoom and dive across its inky darkness. Meanwhile, thick clouds of smoke rise dramatically, enveloping the stage and its loud, in-your-face players. "Deep Woods has never been like this," says Pavan, an MCCite, gleefully watching Mumbai-based Pentagram rock his college.

This year's Deep Woods (The Madras Christian College's cultural festival) was a "huge, whopping, super success,' according to the MCCites, drawing huge crowds of people from across the city. The last day began with a `Western Electrics' competition, which brought eight semi-professional bands (brandishing guitars and an intimidating array of electric cords) to MCC.

While a French band from Pondicherry called `Medisis' won the Western Electric competition, the band that got most of the attention was Chennai's first all-girl western electric band from Ethiraj college, which won `best song'.

The stars of the evening, however, were undoubtedly Pentagram. Lead singer Vishal was in form - keeping the crowd on its toes. Meanwhile, the guitars insistently rang out through MCC's deep woods as the crowds, students and professionals, sang along in one voice: "We don't need no education..."

On Monday, all were back at their dreary desks - but for one night at least everyone got to protest being just `a brick in the wall'. MCC Style.

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WELL, THE season of festivals has just started. Next stop, Loyola. And soon after Christmas and New Year binges, students will get all set for IIT's `Saarang' in January.

But wait, first the dope on Loyola.

Loyola College, that discontinued it's own inter-collegiate, Down Sterling, ages ago after violence and unpleasant incidents, still has its inter-departmental inter-collegiate festivals lined up this week.

"The literature department's fest is called `Coffee House', the commerce department calls its `Comfest' and so on. Every department expects about 25 colleges to participate in their fest. So we are likely to have the biggest crowds ever in Loyola this year," a literature student hopes.

So if you don't want to be left out, head to Loyola on December 11and 12 to catch up with your breed of students. But sadly, the college has no plans to revive Down Sterling, last seen only in that `Mustafa Mustafa' song on friendship.

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STUDENTS OF SRM Institute of Communication and DG Vaishnav College, however, will be far away. The teams are heading towards Pune to participate in Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication's mega fest - Fest O Comm - between December 11 and 14.

"Usually, we are the only team from Chennai to go all the way. This time, we have DG Vaishnav for company," says Anuradha, who heads the SRM team.

The college has geared up for the party. The college has chosen `Beginning of Dark' as its theme for the fashion show. "We have prepared accessories in aluminium foils to go with the party wear," she says. The SRM rock band, Dethzone, will belt out its originals during the rock contest.

Party time it is, especially when percussionist Sivamani joins DJs from Titos, Goa for a gig on Saturday night. If you are thinking it's all play and no work, we must tell you that you are thinking right.

"It's all fun," says Sravan, who's going to Fest O Comm yet again, and then heading off to Dubai. Sravan recently, won himself a trip there to participate in the Dubai Media City's IBDA student awards festival - an annual event with participation of students from 22 countries. Sravan was shortlisted for the finals of the Press Ad category of the festival that attracted over 1800 entries in nine categories.

So there. Students do not look at it as work. At least not when they get to attend a script writing workshop by Javed Akhtar, a cinematography workshop by Anil Mehta and a reality TV workshop by Channel V during Fest O Comm or when they are asked to come up with creative advertising campaigns for the `Sixth Moon of Jupiter - the hottest destination this new year's eve'. Especially, when the host college looks after food and accommodation of all participants.

The fact that celebs like Jaya Bachchan, Kundan Shah and Anuraag Kashyap also are dropping in this time, is only a bonus!


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