Day three of ‘Anokha 2011,' the three-day national technical festival at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, was as action-packed as the earlier two days.
The highlights of the day in the competitive category included the ‘Snake and Ladders' event that had students design working robots that could move up and down the ladder depending on the number on the dice.
‘Nivritti,' a green conference and panel discussion on “Opportunities in Renewable Energy Sector to Aid Sustainable Development,” a computer-aided chemical design and modelling workshop by Dow Chemicals, and cloud computing workshop by Microsoft, were some of the interesting and novel ones among the non-competitive events. If all the technical departments got a chance to host some event or the other there were some others who worked behind the scenes, but yet made their presence felt. For instance, the Amrita School of Communication. Students of the department were all over the campus covering all events as the in-house journalists and reporting these for the Campus Beats that they brought out every evening on all three days. They also recorded the events to be telecast for the in-house programme ‘Covai Pulse.'
After a day of technical events, it was an evening of musical fusion by Sivamani on the drums, Stephen Devassy on the keyboard and Ravi Chary on the sitar. It was the icing on the cake for an eventful three-day technical fest.
Students queued up from as early as 5 p.m. for the concert that began around 8 p.m. Many who did not get a seat in the 3,800-capacity auditorium were found spilling out into whatever vacant area they could find to rest a foot on. Though the concert opened to the chants of the spiritual “Om” sung by Sivamani, to the accompaniment of melodious strains of the keyboard and sitar and feeble drum beats, he later took the students on a wild journey on with an assortment of otoban, darbuka, udukai, kanjira, cymbals, shells and conches. Stephen Devassy and Ravi Chary complemented the drummer perfectly.
The Hindu is the media partner for the event.