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Talents from across the country to compete in fete

40 events to be held as part of the fete

Online registration on web site

KOZHIKODE: ‘Ragam ’09,’ an annual cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology Calicut (NIT-C), will be held on the NIT-C campus from March 25 to 28.

The festival, which brings to focus the organisational capacity of the students of the NIT-C, is noted for the high quality of contests involving talents from across the country. This year, 40 events will be held in arts, literature, theatre, dance, music and gaming.

Last year, over 5,000 participants from over 200 colleges took part in the festival. ‘Ragam’ has also had some of the best professional shows in South India. Benny Dayal, popular singer, will give a concert on March 26. Breathe Floyd, which is a tribute band to the legendary rock band Pink Floyd, will make a trip all the way from Britain to perform at ‘Ragam 09’ on March 28.

The highlight of this year’s ‘Ragam,’ however, will be a performance by famed multi-lingual singer Shankar Mahadevan. The ‘Choreo Nite,’ on March 26, is a premier event for group dance teams. Usually featuring a very high level of competition and quality, brilliant dance performances with dazzling styles and visually appealing themes await the crowds at NIT-C’s Open Air Theatre (OAT) that night.

Another dance event is ‘Duplicate,’ where two dancers separated by an opaque screen sync their dance to a tune of their choice. ‘Kathaprasangam’ and Couple Dancing are two new events being introduced this year.

‘Couture Boulevard,’ a fashion show event will be held on March 28, giving an opportunity to student designers to display their creativity and attitude and their creations on the ramp.

Literary events will add to the glitter of ‘Ragam,’ with extempore in English, Hindi, and Malayalam being one of the events testing the spontaneity of participants. The highly popular ‘Jest-A-Minute,’ or ‘JAM’ will allow participants to jest in a show of verbal agility. There will also be a love letter writing competition for young romantics.

‘Ragnarok,’ the gaming arena, will feature participants in some popular games of today such as Counter-Strike, FIFA 09, and DOTA. Ragnarok has prize money of about Rs. 35,000.

Online registrations continue at the Ragam site www.ragam.org.in. For more information, contact Nithin Suresh at +91 9747315037 or visit www.ragam.org.in.

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