|Organised by||National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli|
|Fest To Remember|
Festember is the annual cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NITT). It is a 4-day event held annually in the third week of September. Founded by enthusiastic students of NITT in 1975, Festember has now evolved to become one of the largest festivals in South India. The 40th edition of Festember in 2014 had a participant strength of more than 15,000 students from over 500 colleges across India. It was also the first time more than 50 events were conducted.
- 1 History
- 2 ProNites
- 3 Cultural events
- 4 Artistic events
- 5 Literary Events
- 6 Workshops
- 7 Festember Social Responsibility
- 8 Sponsors
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Festember has a rich history encompassing nearly forty years. Since the first Festember, participating colleges compete to win possession of the Festember Rolling Trophy (famously called the Ilayaraja Trophy). Several celebrities and dignitaries have graced the festival, including Illaiyaraja, Javed Ali, Naresh Iyer, Anuradha Sriram and Ganesh-Kumaresh amongst others.
Festember was first started in 1975 as an intra college fest. Within a few years, it transformed into a fully fledged inter-college extravaganza. Almost 40 years later, it continues to dominate the south Indian college cultural scene, winning the title of Best Cultural Event of the Year, an award given by the Tamil Nadu State Government, in the year 2005.
'Festember', a term coined by one of the then REC-T students, stands for a “Fest to Remember”. It started as a zero budget fest, in a little town called Thuvakudi, and every department of the college pitched in within the area of their expertise. For the first editions, design and ambience was overseen by the Architecture Department. The shields and medals were forged in the workshops of the Mechanical Engineering department.
The college that gets the most points gets the Festember Rolling Trophy. The Rolling Trophy was originally named the "Ilayaraja Trophy" after the maestro himself performed at Festember in 1978. The Festember' X Rolling Trophy was won by Vellore Institute of Technology, while the Festember '11 Rolling Trophy was bagged by Sastra University. Sastra University won it again in 2012, and managed to maintain their streak for three consecutive years, when they took the Trophy in 2013.
Festember '12 and '13 saw the ProShows being conducted in a temporary Open Air Theatre (OAT), a first for Trichy. Festember '14 was the first edition to host the ProShows in the recently constructed OAT with a capacity of more than 5000 people.
Festember has had a number of colorful and imaginative themes in the past.
|Year||Theme||Tagline||Pro Show Artists|
|2014||Hawaii||Ride the Hawaiian Tide||Vishal-Shekhar, Candice Redding, Karthick Iyer, Avial, Haricharan|
|2013||Halloween||Be There But Beware||Salim-Sulaiman, Shakthisree Gopalan, R. Prasanna, Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate, Benny Dayal, Shraddha Pandit|
|2012||Retro||It's Playback Time||Andrea Jeremiah, Suraj Jagan, Benny Dayal, Groove #3|
|2011||Wild West||Ride the Extreme||Suchitra, Agam|
|2010||Las Vegas||Get lucky||Naresh Iyer, Srinivas, Anuradha Sriram|
|2009||-||Rewind...Press Play...Unwind||Kadri Gopalnath, Benny Dayal, Bandish|
|2008||-||Tune In Drop Out||Sivamani, Karthik|
'ProNites' or 'ProShows', Festember's most anticipated events, usually form the grand finale after the valediction ceremony. Festember has played host to numerous celebrities and dignitaries in the past. These celebrities that perform here truly cater to all tastes. Be it the traditional melodies played by Kadri Gopalnath and Ganesh-Kumaresh, the intense rhythms of Silk Route, Euphoria and Motherjane, the awe-inspiring beats of Drums Sivamani or the popular chartbusters sung by Javed Ali, KK, Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer and Karthik, the ProNites are the most awaited part of the fest.
Festember 2007's ProNite featured the memorable performance of KK. Sivamani and Karthik gave spellbinding performances during Festember 2008. 2009 witnessed, for the first time in Festember, a classical performance, by - Sax Kadri Gopalnath on Day 0; Benny Dayal and Bandish mesmerized the audience on the last day. In 2010 - Ghatam Karthik on Day 0, and Anuradha Sriram, Naresh Iyer and Srinivas on Day 3 overwhelmed the crowds. The next year, Ganesh-Kumaresh did their turn with their violin performance on Day 0, followed by a show by Crazy Mohan on Day 1 and Motherjane on Day 2. Suresh Peters, Suchitra and Javed Ali gave heart-rending performances on Day 3.
In Festember '12, Punya Srinivas, the vainika prodigy enthralled the crowds on Day 0, followed by Benny Dayal's band Groove#3 on Day 2. The final day performance was by Andrea Jeremiah, Suraj Jagan and Agam.
Festember 2013's ProShow roster started off with Guitar Prasanna, the Carnatic guitarist. This was followed by riveting concerts by Shakthisree Gopalan, Salim-Sulaiman and another famed guitarist Baiju Dharmajan.
The high quality of Festember's cultural events set it apart. They include:
The Flagship event of Festember, ChoreoNite sets the stage for the best dancers of various colleges to showcase their talent. Unlike its contemporaries, there is no separate competition for Eastern and Western. Any style of dance is allowed, any kind of music is allowed. With its graceful moves and wild leaps, ChoreoNite garners a huge audience, and is one of the most visited events of Festember.
In Festember '13, SASTRA won the ChoreoNite and took home the trophy.
Shruthilaya is the classical music competition for vocals and instrumentals. The stage has heard innumerable high-level musical masterpieces in the past. Participation is highly selective with limited entries allowed to actually take part. The uniqueness of Shruthilaya lies in its Carnatic Quiz, which represents a touch of the avant-garde.
Tarangini, the singing competition of Festember, regularly attracts droves of budding artists, who bring the audience to life with their peppy, feet-tapping playlists of Tamil and Hindi songs.
Gig-a-hertz is the semi-pro rock band event that draws enormous crowds. This event is for those who prefer their music to be loud, raw and ferocious. It is famous for running late into the night and still maintaining its audience. It is also considered to be the most selective event, with only 10 out of 150 total entries being selected to perform.
Gluee, a semi-pro band, took home the first place in Festember '13. The Down Troddence, or TDT, as they are known to fans, won it in 2012.
The pioneeing Fashion Event of Trichy City. Fashionitas was introduced in the 2012 edition of Festember as an Individual Event, offering a the highest Cash Prize for an individual Event in Festember. To be held on Festember Day 3.
Take-One is the short-movie making competition of Festember. Movies with any theme or genre are permitted, with a duration of up to ten minutes. With eminent judges from the movie industry and themes ranging from fantasy to social messages, Take-One remains the viewer’s delight.
A 45-minute dramatics competition entitled "Theatrix" is organized every year by the Thespians society of NIT-Trichy. Original scripts, pre-written scripts and adaptations are permitted, however the play should not have been staged at any earlier Festember festival. With major participation from all the big colleges, audiences witness some chilling performances in front of the spotlight.
A one metre square area is marked on the floor. Teams have to arrange their dominoes within this area. At the end of the competition, no domino is allowed to cross the perimeter and the best arrangement wins the prize.
How Close Can You Get
A 100-word detailed description of a black and white photograph is given to each team. Based on this description, the participants need to sketch the photograph. Judging is based on how similar their sketch turns out to be, compared to the original photograph, and also on their artistic skill.
Graffiti painting competition, where the topic will be given on the spot and all necessary materials will be provided. Judging is based on degree of adherence to the theme, creativity, style, usage of the space provided and artistic quality.
Around 40 literary events take place each year in the Tamil, English and Hindi Lits categories. These events generally witnesses the most number of participants who battle it out to win with their quick-wittedness.
Around 13 events are conducted each year, including quizzes, debates, JAM, DumbC, Crossword, and many others. Winners in the past have been from IITM, Sastra, VIT, SVCE, SRM and NITT, amongst others.
14 literary events consisting of crowd-favorites like Kalakkal Galatta, Sakalakala Attam, Uyarthini Semmozhi, etc. bring out the importance and pride of the Tamil language. A new online event called Tamil Labyrinth was also recently introduced. DG Vaishnav, Kumaraguru, NITT, MEPCO, JJCET, Sastra, SRM and EBET have regularly topped these events in the past.
Rochak Mantrana, Vaad Vivaad, Antakshari, De Dana Dan, Halka Fulka and Taatkalik Bhashan are just a few of the 13-odd Hindi literary events conducted. NITT, IITM, VIT and SRM have been proven to be the best till date.
Workshops form the soul of Festember. Every year, around 5 to 6 workshops are conducted on topics ranging from areas as diverse as Fencing to Glassblowing, and they are a huge crowd-puller. They last for a few hours, giving participants a basic understanding of the topic, and still allowing them time to enjoy the other festivities. The themes for the workshops are kept as unique a possible, so that every student gets a chance to learn something new each year.
|Photography||Archery||Photography||Break Dance Solo||Beat Boxing||Hip Hop||Screenplay Writing|
|Crossword Solving||Cartooning||Ventriloquism||Fencing||Skateboarding||Party Dance||Pyrography|
|Creative Writing||Independent Film-Making||Photo Gene||Flair Bartending||Popping||Archery||Pottery|
|Western Dance||Hypnotism||Dance||Jive||Salsa||Glassblowing||Couple Dance|
|Overall Styling||Dance & Theater||DJ||Illusions||Frisbee||Photography||Parkour|
Festember Social Responsibility
Festember Social Responsibility (FSR) is the social responsibility wing of Festember. Initially started as a social initiative by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) of NIT Trichy, FSR has evolved into an organization that gives back to the not-so-fortunate sections of society, who are often forgotten in today’s rapidly paced world. Since its inception in 2012, FSR has embarked upon various endeavors to benefit the masses through many events, known for their creative names. Due to the efforts of a group of hardworking and inspired students, FSR has managed to go beyond the college boundaries to various orphanages, schools, and cities. The flagship events of FSR are:
The Gold Dustbin event, usually held at the end of the academic year, is the first event in the FSR calendar. Student volunteers collect items from hostels on campus, and after thorough segregation, these items are sold. The money acquired by selling these items is used to organize the ‘Gift a Birthday’ event at the Synthika Trust in Lalgudi, Trichy.
CHAnelled ClaRITY towards Charity (CCC)
CCC is an event that caters to over 200 young students from 20 schools across Trichy. Fun-filled events are organized for students, giving them a platform to display their budding talents. Funds are raised in order to benefit the Kangaroo Trust, a home to the destitute, aged, blind, and handicapped. In 2013, CCC was held at Bishop Heber School, Teppakulam.
In 2013, in an attempt to increase awareness about social issues in area of large audience, the FSR team headed to Trichy and commenced Metrole. They marched on the streets of Trichy and conducted a rally to educate the masses about the depreciation of the Indian rupee, and what the common man could do to alleviate the problem. During the course of the rally, impromptu street plays were held, focusing on related issues like Brain drain, Gold Trade, buying foreign products against indigenous products, etc. The rally was deemed successful and was well received.
Udaan is the annual talent festival consisting of arts and sports for children from orphanages. What Festember is to college students across South India, Udaan is to children in orphanages. It gives the feel of a fest to the less-fortunate children of our society. Udaan helps bring a smile to children’s faces and increases their self-confidence by engaging them in art and sports competitions, workshops, games, as well as a science exhibition. At the conclusion of the event, several useful gifts such as induction stoves, emergency lamps and mosquito bats are gifted.
In September 2012, for the first time in Festember history, the FSR team took to the sandy shores of Marina Beach in Chennai, and held a rally to raise awareness about the environment, in an attempt to spread the message of 'Go Green'. Students from NIT-Trichy were joined by NCC cadets from Dr. Ambedkar Law University, and localites and foreign tourists too. A mime was presented at the end of the rally, leaving all passers-by awe-struck.
Gift a Birthday
In 2012, the FSR team visited Synthika Trust in Lalgudi, Trichy, home to orphaned, as well as physically and mentally disabled children, and organised "Gift a Birthday", an event to give the children the feel of celebrating a birthday. Money obtained through sponsors was used to buy gifts like a carrom board, balloons, football, cricket bats and other playthings, and also a cake. Students with birthdays falling in the month of September, who wanted to celebrate their birthdays by helping the children, also contributed to the event.
Apart from these events, FSR also sets up a stall during the 3 days of Festember, the proceeds of which are donated to charity.
The event was initially conducted on a shoestring budget, but as years have passed by, its reputation has grown substantially and various corporate sponsors like Adobe, Nimbuzz and Aircel have funded the event in years past.
Major corporate sponsorship in Festember includes (but is not limited to) the following sponsors:
- 2007: Airtel ( Main sponsor), Indian Oil (Co-sponsor), Nvidia, Nestle (Associate sponsors)
- 2008: Airtel (Title Sponsor)
- 2009: Vodafone (Main Sponsor)
- 2011: DHL, Triton Musicz, Canara Bank, Peta, Vasan Eye Care, SS Music
- 2012: Nimbuzz, Cadbury 5 Star, Aircel, Coca-Cola, Asus, Canara Bank, Appy Fizz
- 2013: Adobe,(Title sponsor), Hero, Nimbuzz, Celkon mobiles
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