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EVENT Ragam’13 brings together nail-biting contests and heady music performances

Sing alongRagam ’13 celebrates different genres of music
Sing alongRagam ’13 celebrates different genres of music

Formidable singing stars will croon to the music lovers in the city when Ragam ’13 unfolds at the National Institute of Technology Calicut next week. The annual cultural fest this year boasts performances by vocalists Shankar Mahadevan, Grammy winner Tanvi Shah and the young Haricharan.

The three-day fest from March 15-17 promises to be an eclectic mix of cultural performances, sporting events and exhibitions. Shankar Mahadevan will perform with playback singers Raman Mahadevan and Rasika Shekhar for ‘Popular Nite’ on March 17. On the opening day, Tanvi Shah and Haricharan will join Bennet and the Band for “Combo Nite”. March 16 is devoted to bands as Jhanu and Skrat take the stage at “Pepperfest”.

About 15,000 students from over 300 colleges are expected to be part of Ragam’ 13, says a statement from the organisers. Expect a celebration of local culture as oppana and maapila paatu find their place among the host of performances this year. Competitors will fight it out in around 50 events focussing on music, dance, literature, theatre and fine arts. Sportspersons can battle it out at the basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments. Cash prizes worth Rs. 5 lakhs and prizes worth Rs. 15 lakhs make it a competition in the big league.

Popular events include the inter-collegiate dance contest — choreo nite and fashion show —couture boulevard. Ragam’ 13 will also showcase ‘Paithrukam’ — an exhibition of arts and culture as well as photography exhibitions in association with Nikon.

To learn quick skills try out the workshops for dance and professional photography. Mocktail mixing and grooming workshop for women have also been lined up this year. An exclusive gaming arena — Ragnarok will be open for the duration of the fest.

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