Staff Reporter

“Festival indicative of the posterity of the country's heritage and culture”

TIRUCHI: If creativity keeps commanding new benchmarks, the students of National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) were clearly at it. They truly blasted off on Friday with Take One, the short-film contest of their inter-departmental cultural and literary festival: NITTFEST '10, rightly conforming to the slogan, ‘High on Spirits'. Student teams of all the departments vied with one another in showcasing their artistic bent of mind, making the most of the technology, and, of course, investing more energy to depict precise human emotions in all possible genres.

Right after the inaugural session, the packed EEE Auditorium epitomised applause for the over one-hour screening session of Take Off that captured the prowess of the student film-makers to weave sub-plots into the plots with finesse to glue the attention of the audience to the precise cinematographic depiction of love, hate, longing, revenge, curiosity, success, failure et al. The organising team feels certain about recreating the aura of Festember throughout the three-day festival that will come to an equally grand close with the awaited choreo performance on Sunday. The four new events introduced this year encompass Soap Carving, Tamil Newspaper Writing contest, Buzzer Quiz, and Clay Modelling, said M.R. Arun Ram, Chairman, NITTFEST '10. S. Kumanan, Dean – Students' Welfare, and S. Kumaran, Staff Advisor, were all praise for the dynamism and energy of the third-year students to design the event in a way that extracts their hidden talents. Observing that higher targets were being set every year, Dr. Kumanan was certain about setting a taller benchmark this time.

In his inaugural address, T.T. Balsamy, Commissioner, Tiruchi City Corporation, lauded the students for their zeal in exhibiting talents in performing arts as well, citing instances of the love India's first Nobel Laureate Sir C.V. Raman, the well-known nuclear physicist Dr. Ramanna, the former President and India's Missile Man A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and the present chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation Dr. Radhakrishnan had for classical music. Mr. Balsamy saw the contest as a competition within oneself. “Manifest the best in you. That is the win-win situation,” he said, observing that the spirit of participation is a pride in itself. The NITTFEST '10, he felt, was indicative of the posterity of the country's heritage and culture. Presiding over, the Institute Director M. Chidambaram emphasised that cultural and literary dimensions make one a complete personality.

He promised more infrastructure befitting requirements of the phenomenally growing numbering of students in the years to come.