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Tech fest fun at Burla soon

Sambalpur, Feb. 16: Get ready to rock at Emouvoir-12, the tech fest of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla, which is slated to begin on March 9. The annual event is expected to witness the participation of over 3,000 engineering students from across the state.

The dramatics society of the university has already started preparations for the three-day festival, which will be a cocktail of dance, music and drama.

“Emouvoir is a French word meaning ‘to move emotionally’. It aims at celebrating the spirit of youth and exploring the diverse talents of budding technocrats. We are sending out invitations to several engineering colleges in the state to participate in the fest, which is going to be held for the second time,” said Sushmit Sekhar, a student of VSSUT and the media convener of Emouvoir-12.

“Veteran as well as young, popular actors from the Odia film industry, including Uttam Mohanty, Kuna Tripathy, Gyana Hota and Babushan, are going to make an appearance during the festival to add to the glamour quotient,” he said.

“We have already prepared the posters of the festival and they would be sent to different colleges to publicise the upcoming event. The stage design work is on in full swing. We have also uploaded the details of the fest on the official website for the festival —,” said Saurav Mishra, secretary of the VSSUT dramatics society.

“There will be 51 events. During the day, all the inter-college competitions will take place and the evenings will be reserved for cultural programmes,” Saurav said.

Famous magician from Calcutta, Kaushik Biswas, will demonstrate a few tricks while Ahire, a Mumbai-based dance group, is also expected to perform. “On the final day, we will give the participants a peek into Odisha’s culture by staging a Gotipua dance recital,” he said.

He said the university organised cultural events around the year, but this time, the students had decided to put together a mega event. “We had approached quite a few industrial and corporate houses for sponsorships and have received a positive response from many of them,” he said.

Vice-president of the dramatics association of VSSUT professor M.R. Pradhan said the fest gave students of the host university an excellent opportunity to interact with their counterparts at other institutes and learn from them.

“This is a significant initiative by the students and the university authorities are providing adequate support to make it successful,” said Pradhan.