Combat terror

Echoing Mumbai’s cry against terrorism — ‘Enough is enough’ — nearly 600 students of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, will pledge to ‘Combat Terror’ on February 5.

Amidst debate and discussions with media persons and social activists, the day-long event will culminate in a Charter of Peace formulated and signed by students.

The dignitaries who will attend include Teesta Setalvad, social activist and secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace; M.N. Singh, former Commissioner of Police (Mumbai); Parimal Merchant, member of Humanist Foundation and professor at S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research; Zafar Iqbal, correspondent of NDTV in Kashmir; Asghar Ali Engineer, journalist and editor of ‘Gujarat Carnage’; Abhay Shukla, activist from Centre for Health and Allied Services; Deepthy Menon, Bureau Chief (Mumbai), Times Now; and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, director general of RSS-run NGO Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini.

Students will form a human chain, followed by a panel discussion with the dignitaries. A play based on the recent Mumbai terror attacks ‘Ae Ab Bas Hua... Teri To’ directed by Mujeeb Khan of Ideal Drama and Entertainment Academy will also be staged.

“This movement aims to explore terrorism as a socio-economic concern that today’s youth needs to be sensitive about to engage in responsible behaviour during crisis times,” says Susmita Biswas, coordinator of the event.

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The usually quiet campus of IIM Bangalore was a hub of frenzied activity as the annual cultural festival “Unmaad” kicked off in style on January 30. True to its tradition, the event attracted footfalls in thousands with students from as far as Mumbai, Pune and Delhi making it to the event. The first day saw literary events, Indian vocals, antakshari, street plays and the biggest rock event in town, B-School of Rock (BSOR).

The highlight of the first day was the movie-making workshop with Bollywood actors Boman Irani, Madhavan and Sharman Joshi as guests. The stars, already on campus for the shoot of a movie, candidly shared their views on a number of topics which included the current hot film “Slumdog Millionaire.” The street play event, Nukkad, had teams passionately dramatising topics such as anti-smoking and terrorism, and undergraduate students from Pune and Delhi were the joint winners.

The rock event lived up to expectations with some of the best college bands and semi-professional bands fighting it out in the open air theatre. Bangalore-based Illuminati walked away with the top prize.

Infy rocks

Infosys Technologies is organising ‘Infy Rocks’ fest on February 4 for youth to initiate pro-active thinking on environment sustainability. Seven to eight colleges will be selected to compete in the event to be held on the Infosys campus in Electronics City between 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

International festival

International digital entertainment festival — Digit All Movement (DAM) — will take place in Pune for the second time from February 1 to 3. The highlights of DAM 2009 include not just digital films, but also, art, photography, music in the digital medium as also animation and digital gaming. There will be a mobile phone filmmaking competition, graffiti wall art, Counter-Strike gaming contest, and open air film screenings,

The list of speakers include filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Dibaker Banerjee, advertising guru Prahlad Kakkar, and documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan.

The fest is organised by the students of Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Pune. “The DAM is a movement that propels expression and provides an excellent platform for all those who are intrinsically inclined to do so,” says Ujjwal Kumar Chowdhury, Director, SIMC.

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