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VIT cultural fest attracts foreigners

P.V.V. Murthi

VELLORE (Tamil Nadu): “Riviera 09,” the annual inter-university and inter-collegiate cultural festival conducted by the VIT University here, will attract participation by foreign students this silver jubilee year of the institution.

About 3,000 students from nearly 200 universities and colleges are expected to take part in the four-day, cultural and sports extravaganza, to be held on the university campus in Vellore, about 140 km from Chennai, from January 30 to February 2.

The events range from dance programmes such as ‘frisk factor’, and ‘adaptune’; dramatyx (stage plays); fashion show; ‘Raaga Reggae’ (Indian music) and Headbangers Kall (rock show); Antakshari; ‘sound of silence’ (dumb charade); intellectual programmes such as cross talk, ‘block N tackle’ (extempore speech), and ‘spin a yarn’ (develop a speech from a line that is given); creative writing; creative contests such as junkyard architecture, and Libaas (designing an attire using only the materials provided) to sports events including basketball, volleyball, football, throwball, swimming, badminton, tennis, table tennis, snooker and chess.

Celebrity shows

During evenings, the event will have celebrity shows stretching into midnight. Bollywood music directors Vishal and Shekhar, and Raghu Dixit (Hindi rock band from Bangalore) will entertain the students on the evening of the inaugural day. The ‘EFECT CREW’, a team of acrobatic dancers from Romania, will enthral the audience on January 31. A fireworks display will be held on February 1.

K.P. Varun, president of the Students’ Council of the VIT University and one of the student-organisers, said 2,000 students from more than 100 universities and colleges had registered for participation in the event.

While most of the participants would be Indians, there would be about 15 from Sri Lanka and Germany this year. The event would begin with a mini-marathon by the participants on the theme “let us run for a better future.”

Organisational skills

G.V. Selvam, Pro-Chancellor, said Riviera was “by the students, of the students and for the students.”

Organisational responsibilities were entrusted to the students themselves so that they could acquire organisational and managerial skills.

B. Murali Manohar is the convener of the event.

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