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MOTILAL NEHRU National Institute Technology (MNNIT) is all set to organise its three-day annual Cultural Festival from March 27. However, the inaugural function of the national-level fest dubbed as Culrav-2K6 will formally be held on March 26 evening.
None | By HT Live Correspondent, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2006 12:44 AM IST

MOTILAL NEHRU National Institute Technology (MNNIT) is all set to organise its three-day annual Cultural Festival from March 27. However, the inaugural function of the national-level fest dubbed as Culrav-2K6 will formally be held on March 26 evening.

The fest will be inaugurated by managing director of Bharat Pumps and Compressors Limited (BPCL) AK Jain and presided over by the MNNIT director Prof Arun Baran Sammadar.

The on-campus events will however begin only on March 27. The fest will witness students from leading engineering and technical educational institutions of the country taking part in a number of events and competitions that promises to enthral one and all.

It is to be recalled that the fest was earlier scheduled to start on February 23 but was postponed owing to a drowning incident at Sirsi Dam in which two MNNIT students lost their lives just days before the event.

The events planned for the festival consist of an unlimited display of cultural diversity in various domains like music, drama, dance, literary and arts. With more than 30 major events and hundreds of participants, the fest will present an arena for intense competition and a chance for youths to show their mettle beyond the realm of academics.

"The events will herald a rare blend of Western and Indian cultures encompassing dances, songs and musical events. It will be followed by plethora of literary events.

Those, who are in to the dramatic stuff, will have plenty opportunities to bring out an impressive presentation," said Prof Rakesh Narain, president, MNNIT Student Activity Centre and the head of the central co-ordination committee formed to oversee the fest.

He said that on the programme list of the fest were dance competitions like Blitzkrieg (Western group dance), Sanskriti (The folk dances), Unus (solo dance) and Pas De Deux (the duo dance), musical events like Meri Awaz Suno (Hindi solo), My Heart Goes On (Western solo), Aaroh (classical performance), Harmony (the group song), Tongue Twister (non-native regional solo), Antakshari (passing the gauntlet) and Sound of Music (composition of given lyrics).

As part of the drama events, Khula Manch (freedom of expression), Nukkad (street play), Wild Thoughts and The Great MNNITian Laughter Challenge will be some of the attractions. Spandan—the theme-based fashion show, like every year, is expected to draw the biggest crowd and the loudest applause.

This year, a new addition to the fest will be 'The Red Carpet Awards' to recognise outstanding contributions in the dramatics and all participants of Khula Manch will be eligible for the awards that will include awards for individual performances, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor/Actress in comic role, Best story & screenplay, Best Team Co-ordination, Best Actor in a Silent Role, Best Costume Designer, Best Music Director, Most Innovative idea and the MNNIT Junta Choice Award.

This year the English Literary events planned for the fest include Arraign (English debate), Ad-lib (English extempore), We The People (open panel discussion), Motley (play with words), JAM (just a minute), Mind Your Move (scrabble) while the Hindi literary events will be Tark (Hindi debate), Lakshaman Rekha (turn-coat), Sambodhan (public speaking contest), Kavya Sandhya, Sarjana (creative writing), Dil Se Dil Tak (love letter writing competition), Trahimam (shipwreck), Kuch Pal (just a minute).

Culrav-2006 would also feature a whole new range of off-stage informal events— iN4malZ— which will include brand new games and contests for everybody to have a fun time while they take a break from sophisticated cultural activity.

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