Staff Reporter

Some 6,000 students to take part in the event

BHUBANESWAR: A year after its establishment, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, is organising one of the biggest socio-cultural festivals for college students from March 26.

Titled as Alma Fiesta, the festival is expected to attract more than 6,000 students from different colleges across Orissa as well as technical institutions such as IIT-Patna, IIT-Gandhinagar and IIT-Kharagpur.

Social issues

The festival was planned in such a way that students will not be immersed with fun and music, they will get involved in different social issues such as finding innovative ideas to counter future social problems.

The first Alma Fiesta will see Grammy award winner Pandit Biswa Mohan Bhatt performing on stage, while his son Salil Bhatt will also be coming to the festival of IIT-Bhubaneswar. Besides, celebrated tabla player Akram Khan will grace the occasion.

India's first heavy metal band, Kryptos, will perform in the fest, according to Pradosh Kumar Sahoo, the chief coordinator of Alma Fiesta.

“Alma Fiesta is the first endeavour of IIT Bhubaneswar. When a festival is infused with an element of fund and entertainment it appeals to the masses,” says Pradosh adding that students of colleges whether technical or non-technical could participate in different competitions.

Chairman of Alma Fiesta S.C. Datta has said this will provide forum to youths from all parts of the country to exchange ideas and forge better understanding. IIT Bhubaneswar registrar B. K. Ray has said the festival will be staged at Janata Maidan and on the campus of Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology.

Besides undertaking marathon, the students will also plan to switch off all lights and switch over solar powered electricity at about 8.30 p.m. on occasion of Earth Day. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate the festival.