Staff Reporter

Jive, a dance contest for

couples, was the runaway hit of the cultural event.

Kozhikode: Ragam 2010, a three-day cultural extravaganza organised by the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C) on its campus at Chathamangalam here, concluded on Saturday.

Thousands of students from various parts of the country, including 700 registered participants in 65 on- and off-stage events, attended the 43 {+r} {+d} edition of the annual cultural festival.

The festival, considered the second biggest cultural event organised by a South Indian educational institute, featured a wide variety of new-age competition events, such as vegetable carving, movie spoof, Mehendi designing, mock press and JAM, besides crowd-pulling stage shows and concerts by professional performers.

Eastern orchestra

‘Swararaaga,' an eastern orchestra, was one of the key crowd-pullers of the concluding day, besides the fashion show and the performance of the rock band Higher on Meiden, a British tribute band to the legendary Iron Maiden.

One of the novelties of this year's Ragam was a workshop on couple dancing, titled ‘Jive.'

“Never has any workshop conducted during Ragam been so successful as Jive,” said one of the organisers of the event. Fifty couples from different participating colleges attended the workshop. Dance and choreography experts from Deius School of Dance, Coimbatore, led the two-hour event.

Literary events

Mime and street play competitions were some of the other well-attended events. Besides, literary and debating events, such as Jam (English), debate (English) and block and tackle, had good participation.

Competitions in events such as dumb charades, treasure hunt, tableau, Mr. and Miss Ragam, Potpourri and western solo, in addition to performance by South Indian playback singers Naresh Iyer and KK, took place on the campus.