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Festember is the annual cultural festival of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli and is one of the top cultural festivals of South India. This year, it will be conducted from 22nd to 25th September, 2016.
The theme for this year is ‘Cultural Syncretism’, a tribute to a world which is increasingly seeing boundaries dissolve in all spheres of life. Our mascot, Polo the Panda, seen in various Festember related posts, promises to make us ‘Bond Boundlessly’ which is also the tagline for this year.
Prior to the actual fest there were a few outreach events such as the Rolling Reels Film Festival that took place in Chennai was a short film contest. There was also the prelims of Gigahertz, the rock band competition that happened at Bangalore and Chennai.
Festember Social Responsibility conducted a number of events like Pages, a book collection drive and the Gold Dustbin initiative under which old papers, books, plastics and electronic wastes were collected. This year Festember also launched a green initiative called ‘Paperback’ to reuse waste CT papers in all its events, taking one step forward towards reduce, reuse and recycle.
Day 0 starts off with the inauguration of Festember with T.Jayaseelan, President of Valve Operations, Sanmar Engineering Technologies as the chief guest. The inauguration will be followed by the first guest lecture of the hugely popular guest lecture series Carpe Diem, by Carnatic singer Dr. Soumya Srinivasan. Vocalist Bindu and violinist Ambi Subramaniam will subsequently enthral the audience with some beautiful music.
Day 1 will see a fully packed schedule with a variety of events and and informals like the hugely popular Oculus Rift, Wall Climbing ,Soap Soccer, Escape room, Frisbee, Gaming, Ice hockey, Dart football, Foosball and Slack lining for thrill seekers. There will also be a Live Photography event conducted by Pixelbug, the college photography club for budding photographers.
The highlight of the day is a Guest Lecture by the voice behind hugely popular songs like Thalli Pogathey, Sid Sriram whose compositions are highly popular with the movie buffs. The highly awaited Choreo Nite, with performers of Eastern and Western dance both in the group and freestyle category setting the stage on fire with their scintillating performances, will also be held on the same day. Day 1 is all set to end with a bang with powerful EDM performances by the Supersonic.
Day 2 of Festember promises to be a night to remember for music lovers and budding musicians, with the finals of the eagerly awaited Ghibran’s Talent hunt conducted in the eastern solo vocal and instrumental category. Interestingly, the certificates for the event will be signed by none other than famous singer Shankar Mahadevan. Winners will also get a chance to meet and work with famous composer Mohammad Ghibran. Shrutilaya, the Carnatic music competition in Non Percussion Instrumental and solo vocals will also be conducted. Beat boxing, Hip hop, Kendo and Mocktail making workshops will leave the participants with some fond memories and useful skills for the rest of their lives. Suresh Triveni, maker of the hilarious ‘ Mauka’ ad series during Cricket world Cup will grace the occasion as part of the guest lecture series.
Day 2 will also see the finals of GigaHertz, Festember’s open semipro band competition. Improvathon will see the participants make the best use of their acting skills to captivate the audience. Festember’s most awaited Rock Night, will have the all girls cover band ‘Guns and Hoses’ all the way from New York, the first ever international band to come down to Trichy, performing some memorable numbers, promising a memorable treat for all the Guns and Roses fans and etching the Festember experience forever in everyone’s memories.
Day 3 begins with the guest lecture of Mahesh Dattani, one of the best Indian playwrights and writer of ‘Where there is a will’, a famous English play. This year, the Indie stage promises to host some amazing talent. Raia, singer, songwriter and programmer will thrill the audience by coding her music live using raspberry pi. Also performing on the stage are Ayog, a vedic metal band from Nagpur, Thrill Veera, an entertainer and a stage performer known for his fire dance, wheel dance and juggling and Kate BlackRegan a performing artist based in Bangalore.
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music competition and Taranginithe eastern music performance, the day promises to be filled with amazing music. Last but not the least, the renowned music composers SachinJigar will pull off some serious feettapping numbers, leaving the audience with sore throats and amazing memories.
61 Events across Various Clusters named
2. Hip Hop
3. Mocktail Making
4. Card Throwing
6. Mind Reading
7. Tango(Couple Dance)
8. Beat Boxing
For Guest Lectures
S Sowmya (Singer)
Sid Sriram (Singer and Artist)
Suresh Triveni (Writer and Director, Mauka Mauka Campaign)
Mahesh Dattani (Director and Writer, Theatrics)
Fusion Night by Popular Violinist Ambi Subramaniam Rock Night by an An All-Female Cover Band of Guns N Roses - "Guns N Hoses"
Fixed Deposit - Rs.250 (Will be Returned at the End of Accommodation Period)
Rs.150 Per Day Per Person
How to reach NIT Tiruchirappalli
NIT-Trichy is located about 22 km from Tiruchirappalli Junction / Central Bus stand on the Trichy-Thanjavur Highway.
The simplest and most economical way to reach NIT-Trichy is by bus. Any city Bus at Tiruchirappalli Junction will take you to the central bus stand. Board Thanjavur bound mofussil or route bus. The journey time from Trichy will be around 40 minutes.
The executive way of reaching NIT-Trichy will be hiring a taxi. Taxis may charge around Rs.400/-
Trichy is connected by road to Chennai (320 km) and to all major towns in South India by regular bus services. Tiruchirappalli is an important junction on the Southern Railway. It connects Chennai, Thanjavur, Madurai, Tuticorin, Tirupati, Rameswaram, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Cochin and Mangalore.
Chennai to Trichy 322 kms by road.
Approx. travel time by Bus 6-7 hrs and by car 5hrs
Bangalore to Trichy 343 Kms By road
Approx. Travel time by road 7-8 hrs by bus
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