Staff Reporter

Ceremonial beginning with commemoration of Rajan

KOZHIKODE: Ragam, the annual cultural event at National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C), got off to a colourful start on Wednesday evening.

The curtain was raised on `Ragam '06' with the ceremony to commemorate the late Rajan, former student of Regional Engineering College, Calicut (now the NIT-C). A solemn message by Eachara Warrier, father of late Rajan, was read out to the audience in English and Malayalam. Denzil K. Thomas, convener of the programme, welcomed the gathering. Paul K. Joseph, Dean, Students, stressed the role played by such cultural festivals in the holistic development of a student's personality.

This was followed by the fusion night by Balabhaskar and `The Big Indian Band.' Their music not only enthused the classical music lovers but also struck a chord with the student community.

S.C. Tripathi, chairman, NIT-C, will formally inaugurate the festival on Thursday evening. More than 60 events with prizes worth Rs.1.5 lakhs will be held from Thursday to Sunday.

The Hindu is the print media partner in English. The highlight of this year's festival is the performance of a Pakistani band, `Strings,' which will be performing on Saturday. `Parikrama,' a noted desi band, will rock the campus on Friday.

The traditional events are categorised under literary, dramatics, fine arts and speaking events. The literary events include Dumb Charades, What's The Good Word, Pictionary, Triple Mash and Creative Writing, while the speaking events consists of Extempore, Just A Minute (JAM), Block and Tackle, debate and mock press. The fine arts events include clay modelling, collage, pot painting, face painting, cartooning, Rangoli and pencil sketching.

The music and dance programmes include Western orchestra, Eastern orchestra, light music, group dance and classical dance. The dramatics competitions planned are mime, mimicry, mono act, street play and tableau. There are also crowd-pullers such as the Ragam Quizzes, pot pourri, movie spoof and Ad-Apt.

This year's theme is `Confluence of Colours.' Ragam was started in the late Seventies in memory of Rajan who died during the Emergency. Over the years, Ragam has metamorphosed into a cultural fiesta with nearly 3,000 students.