KEEP AWAY Living in the lighted streets we draw the shade from frolicâ€™s breath. Let alone your occult start ,I hope you turned your share apart. Preludio leads our way to the grandest treads, Aloha, we are all set to rock you on our part. Insti is all flooded with lights of ILLU. Color sparkle out the rangoli return. Tempo thrills the oldest woods, As we enter the historyâ€™s tread. Spring enters the month of autumn, And we see the maple turn brighter.
Two months to go, and here we are back again ,back as the crescent moon, ready to go full on tune. The Grand Preludio of SF ‘11 romped its way into the hearts of KGP junta with ‘Cross‐Roads’, the last of the campus fresher events which was very well received. It was then followed by a comedy show by Dheeraj Dua, India’s leading mimicry artist, which was a league apart. These were two days when KGP which saw the mirage of the real thing itself. It is again that time of the year when different halls of residence sweat it out as the battle for the matka full of rosogullas, a.k.a ILLU & RANGOLI, is back! As the winter creeps in and cool breeze starts tilling our souls with the songs of Autumn leaves, this Vaani brings you the very latest from SF and KGP. Two months passed when we started but the next two months are here to stay! Regards, Team Spring Fest
Season’s greetings to all our readers! The festival of light is here again. The season of diya wiring, colour mixing, night outs, hall tempo, the spirit of diwali ,a.k.a. illumination and rangoli, is back! All the small tinges of happiness associated with these create a recipe totally unknown to the world outside. The late night diya wiring sessions where we keep yawning over and over again, the frustration when a diya gets de‐wired, mixing of colors to produce amazing shades, all of these shades lying on floor on newspapers, sealed common room, minuteness and every detailing, the level of perfection that rangoli gods of each hall have‐the memories of each of these will remain etched in our hearts forever. The goose bumps on seeing the rangoli in all its glory is one of the most unforgettable experiences in a KGPian’s life. On the final day, multiple tables stacked on top of each other, oil falling from the top, the wick of lighted candle burning the hands, announcement of judges coming, jumping from an unimaginable height ,throwing the tables somewhere they cant be seen, fighting to hide at a place form where chatais can be seen properly, coming out after the judges have left and seeing the chatai illuminated are some of the best memories of them all! This year, RP Hall of Residence grabbed the gold in ILLU while LLR emerged as the winner in RANGOLI.
Lo and behold, my friends! Spring Fest 2011 has officially begun. Yes, the coconut has been broken. The fest kicked off with its Grand Preludio on 26th October, provid‐ ing IIT Kharagpur with just a glimpse of what is to come in January. The entire first year population of KGP caught the SF virus with ‘The Cross‐roads’, a campus treasure‐hunt event, with the same theme as that of the fest‐horror. The first years had to make teams of 5 and go around the academic complex cracking the clues which then lead them to the aspect here was that each next venue. The innovative venue had two clues to choose from. Teams were given a set of riddles at each venue to solve a given crossword. The event was very well received by the first year junta.
This was followed by a Stand‐up comedy by Chulbul Pandey a.k.a Dheeraj Dua( of the Laughter India Challenge fame), India’s leading mimicry artist, on 27th October. He performed to a packed Kalidas auditorium. His mimicry kept students and professors alike rapt in attention and left them asking for an encore. It was a perfect start to what promises to be the biggest Spring Fest ever!
Raghu Rai, Padma Shree Awardee in 1971, and Photographer of the Year 1992, is perhaps best known to us after the Bhopal Gas Tragedy where his photos won world‐wide acclaim. Born in 1942 in a small village called Jhaang (now in Pakistan), Raghu Rai has indeed come a long way to become the director of photography in India Today as well as in serving the jury for World Press Photo thrice. Raghu Rai has specialized in extensive coverage of India. His photo essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers including Time, Life, Sunday Times, Newsweek, The Independent and The New Yorker. The Spring Fest Team welcomes the man himself, the man who redefined photojournalism in India, to the hallowed portals of KGP! Yes, you read right; Raghu Rai will be in Kharagpur on Janu‐ ary 24th to judge the event ‘Picture Perfect’, a professional pho‐ tography competition. All you photography enthusiasts out there, don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet him! You can check out his photos here.
The Western rock band competition of Spring Fest, IIT Kharagpur, one of the most eagerly awaited event in the fest. Due to its huge success in the 2010 edition, the event is undergoing a major overhaul this time. The prelims are now being held in the following cities: Delhi ‐ Café Morrison, 13th December Bangalore ‐ Opus in the Creek, 12th December Mumbai ‐ Brass Monkey, 15th December Guwahati ‐ Café Blues, 15th December Kolkata ‐ 6th January For Rest of India, IIT Kharagpur ‐ TOAT, 22nd January The participating bands will be required to submit a superset of songs to Spring Fest after they are shortlisted for the prelims. The Wildfire finals will be in the Jnan Ghosh stadium on 24th January 2011, in IIT Kharagpur. The finals will be judged by the Armageddon Star Night performers! Lots of prize money to be won, as well as prizes for the best guitarist. So come and prove your mettle in the grandest rock stage of all! For more details, visit 2011.springfest.in/wildfire
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QUIZ MASTER AVINASH MUDALIAR INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL CENTRE FOR ARTS REMO DANCE ACADEMY The dance academy associated with DANCE INDIA DANCE, the famous dance reality show on ZEE, is now in association with Spring Fest 2011. Judges from the academy will come down to KGP for judging the dance events. The events will also be certified by the academy.
Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts , the autonomous institu‐ tion under the Ministry of Culture, as a centre for research, academic pursuit and dissemination in the field of the arts is now to be associated with spring fest 2011 . Judges from this prestigious institute will be judging a wide range of events. The events will also be certified under the name of the institute
Avinash Mudaliar, one of the most renowned quizmasters in the country will be conducting quizzes during the fest. It will surely inspire all the curious minds tickling by his questions when he arrives on stage.
SING CHANA CALCUTTA SCHOOL OF MUSIC Calcutta school of music , an established and renowned premier institute of music in India will be certifying the music events with judges from the institute judging the events.
The popular site cum karaoke software company is now to be as‐ sociated with Springfest 2011 for GEET GAATA CHAL. The judging for the event is to be done by experts from the company.
in Kharagpur. A series of new devel‐ spark of fire. The lipstick inciden opments are being planned in the gave the media of our nation campus: chance to upgrade their TRP rating STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER(SAC): It While one can understand the ange is an extension to the current GYMKHANA. With a squash court, a of the masses, can you really justif billiards court, a multi‐purpose hall the way it was handeled? In a natio and a yoga center being planned, it is where even the worst of crimina sure to see several smiles among the are allowed to hide themselves from Shaurya, the annual inter‐collegiate students. public glare, our media has openl sports and games meet of IIT KGP, broadcasted the identities o was celebrated from 29th to 31st students who in the flow of th October, 2010. The director of the moment made a terrible mistake institute, Prof. Damodar Acharya, though punishable but no was the chief guest in the inaugural unpardonable. The administratio ceremony. Teams from different colleges from all over India like DCE, which should have taken stand b St. Xaviers, CIEM etc, participated in the students has done nothing othe the meet. Workshops on boxing, than crushing the already battere handball and Maratha War Art were morale of the organizing team. the centre of attraction among the junta. In the closing ceremony, we CONSTRUCTION of 3 NEW HALLS: B R had the well known CWG medallist AMBEDKAR, LALA LAJPAT RAI, champion boxer Akhil Kumar as the CHANAKYA are being constructed chief guest who praised this move by with a capacity of more than 2000 IITians to promote sports and games each to accommodate the increasing in colleges. students population at KGP. Campus Happenings: IIT ROORKEE Come 2011 and IIT KGP will be October 29th to 1st of November are celebrating its diamond jubilee in all the days of fun and frolic in IIT its glory. Added to this,we will be Roorkee. But little did the organizers celebrating the 52nd edition of Spring Fest in January and the 46th inter‐IIT of Thomso 2010 know that all it sports meet in December to be held takes to burn the forest is a small
Behind the name "Halloween", or the "Hallow E'en" as they call it in Ireland, means 'All Hallows Eve', or the night before the 'All Hallows', also called 'All Hallowmas', or 'All Saints', or 'All Souls' Day, observed on November 1. The history of Halloween dates back to 5th century BC, to the Celtic celebration of the dead on November 1. They say that on November 1 the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. Naturally, the still living did not want to be possessed. So on the night of October 31, villagers would extinguish the fires in their homes, to make them cold and undesirable. They would then dress up in all manner of ghoulish costumes and noisily paraded around, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess. A traditional food eaten on Halloween is barnbrack, a kind of fruitcake that can be bought in stores or baked at home. A muslin‐wrapped treat is baked inside the cake that, it is said, can foretell the eater's future. Halloween has always been related to witches. Halloween is the 8th largest card‐sending occasion. There are over 28 million Halloween cards sent each year!
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