Spandan starts with skies sparkling


Oriental theme set to infuse a line-up of events at the extravaganza

Amid loud and excited chatter, groups of students could be seen looking up at the twilight sky over Jipmer waiting for it to turn dark in anticipation of the weeklong fun that lay ahead.

Soon enough, the sun disappeared into the sky to signal that it was time for Spandan 2014, Jipmer’s annual cultural, sports and literary extravaganza to officially begin.

In keeping with the oriental theme this year, Medical Superintendent Dr. J. Balachander lit a sky lantern and released it into the sky.

Spandan’s oriental theme is hard to miss, beginning from the dragon-shaped ‘S’ for Spandan to the lanterns and red, yellow and gold theme across the venue.

Jipmer Dean Dr. Mahadevan Subramanian and staff adviser Dr. Parkash Chand looked on as more than two dozen red and yellow sky lanterns were floating across the sky with colourful fireworks.

This year’s Spandan, the 29th edition, will see more than 50 events, with prizes worth Rs. 5 lakh. A video on what lay ahead was shown, with the loudest cheers coming for singer-actor Andrea Jeremiah’s upcoming performance on August 22.

The first competition to kick-off Spandan was a volleyball match between Jipmer and Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College.

“We expect around 5000 students to turn up and at least 30 to 35 institutions to participate,” said Prasun, one of the organisers.

Registrations are still open for different events and food stalls are springing up at the main venue, the Lister Square.

Among events to watch out for is the concert by Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate, former guitarist with band Motherjane, on August 20, which will also mark the finals of Tinnitus, Spandan’s Western music competition.

The finals of the Indian music competition Alaap will see Stephen Devassy and Nivas take the stage on August 21.

Open quiz

Spandan 2014 will also feature the Jipmer Open Quiz, the general knowledge quiz which is open to the public.

Students could be heard discussing practice schedules for Chorea, the dance competition on August 19.

There are also a host of literary and fine arts events like poetry, debate and painting. College teams will also wrest for glory on the sports ground with different sports competitions.

Nights this week at Spandan are expected to keep music freaks happy with DJ nights, including one hosted by Sunburn.

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