MNNIT cultural fest begins
THE THREE-DAY annual cultural festival of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) began with a bang on Sunday evening. In a jam-packed MP hall, managing director of Bharat Pumps and Compressors Limited (BPCL) AK Jain kicked-off the event in style after making a power-point presentation about personality development and the role of cultural events in it.
Speaking on the occasion, MNNIT director Prof Arun Baran Sammadar, who presided over the inaugural function said, “Such events are platforms that provide us with the opportunities to develop and polish the personalities of the students. Such occasions also help us to prepare them to deal with any challenge or problem that they may encounter in any sphere of their lives.”
Prof Sammadar appreciated the efforts of the creative team of the fest as well as the support extended by the staff members of the deemed university. He recalled how he witnessed the students working hard to organise the fest on such a large scale, during his late evening rounds of the campus.
Addressing the students, president of MNNIT Student Activity Centre Prof Rakesh Narain said that the tradition of MNNIT to host such events had contributed tremendously in the all round development of the institute’s students who had impressed all with their technical skills as well as the strength to deal with pressures of life without letting them affect their performance. He appreciated the hard work put in by the students and expressed the hope that in the coming years, the fest would emerge as the very best in the entire country.
Following the inaugural function, the students enjoyed a musical night and also flocked the basketball court, the venue of the cultural pavilion set up to showcase the glimpses of the vast cultural diversity existing in the country.
The fest fever is expected to rise several degrees with the on-campus events all set to begin from Monday. Students from leading engineering and technical educational institutions of the country are taking part in a number of competitions and events of the fest.
It may be recalled that the fest was earlier scheduled to start on February 23 but was postponed owing to anaccident at Sirsi Dam in which two MNNIT students were drowned 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, literarature 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 prove their mettle beyond the realms of academics.
On the programme list of the fest are dance competitions like Blitzkrieg (western group dance), Sanskriti (folk dances), Unus (solo dance) and Pas De Deux (duet dance), musical events like Meri Awaaz Suno (Hindi solo), My Heart Goes On (western Solo), Aaroh (classical performance), Harmony (group song), Tongue Twister (non-native regional solo), Antakshari ( passing the gauntlet) and Sound Of Music (composition to 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, as every year, is expected to draw the biggest crowd and the loudest applause.