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VTU fest from February 15



Another special feature of this festival is a week-long technical exhibition. It will include a display of latest products and technologies.

The annual Youth Festival of Visvesvaraya Technical University, Belgaum (VTU), will be held from February 15, and will be hosted this time by Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College of Engineering (SBMJCE) in Bangalore.

This is the 10th year of VTU Youth Festivals. The week-long mega event will witness a rare confluence of cultures. Artistes and groups of national and international fame such as Nrityagram, Layatharanga, Stem Dance Kampni, Pentagram, Balabhaskar, Shivamani, Ghatam Giridhar Udupa, Raghu Dixit, Abhinava, and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and international students’ dance troupes will be showcased at the end of the rich collection of competitions lined up.

There will be Yakshgana and Kalaripayattu performances and a show by Janapada Loka, a treasure house of folk culture.

More than 45 competitions with innovative titles — Laasya (dance), Alaapa (music), Abhivyakti (theatre), Alekhya (literary), Bimba (visual art), Srujana (creative art), Ukti (oratory), Kaushlya (technical) and Chaaturya (management) — beckon the engineers and managers of the future. An interesting addition is Kaushalya and Chaaturya, the technical and management competitions. A quiz competition conducted by Synergy Adlabs Media, a television production company, is also part of the competition events. The quiz show will be anchored by Charu Sharma.

Technical exhibition

Another special feature of this festival is a week-long technical exhibition. It will include a display of latest products and technologies along with information on exciting science and technology careers. Aside, there will be interactions with professionals in both the academic and industrial spheres. A total of 165 colleges and more than 10,000 students under the aegis of VTU have already confirmed their participation. The overall winner will get a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh while the runner-up will bag Rs. 50,000. A host of consolation prizes await the participants.

There is a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 for the best non-participating cheer team.

DEEPA KURUP

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