Students of RIMS try their hand at carrom during Synergy 2013 in Ranchi on Sunday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Stethoscopes and scalpels were kept aside while badminton racquets were brought out as students and faculty members of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi took part in a series of indoor and field events on Sunday.
Ignoring the biting cold, RIMS medicos got their annual cultural and sports event, Synergy 2013, off to a racy start with carrom tourney along with other indoor and outdoor events organised on the campus.
Other games like chess and table tennis followed soon at the radiology department of the premier medical institute. Colourful streamers and balloons adorned the department.
As many as 87 men and women in blue t-shirts with the official logo of their mascot, Arnold, on it were spotted everywhere, supervising the events.
“We have got an opportunity to unwind and participate in both sports and cultural events. This platform helps us to bring forth our talents, which get unnoticed due to our busy schedule,” said Sujata Singh, a third-year student, who was seen striking the carromman during the tourney.
Singh was joined by her batch mate Nupur Kumari.
“Carrom is one of my favourite indoor games, which we use to play with friends and family. The tournament brings back a lot of memories,” said Nupur.
If some of the medicos were seen concentrating on indoor events, others were seen gearing up for field games like badminton and kabbadi.
“In the evening we will be participating in girls’ kabbadi. The event starts from 5:30pm,” said third-year student Jyoti Kumari.
From Monday onwards, the future doctors will showcase their creativity in off-stage events like rangoli, mehendi, sketching, outfit painting, collage, calligraphy, debate, extempore, scrap wrappers, mimicry, nail art, mask making, twist of taste, photography competition Panorama and whistling tunes.
These events will continue till January 18.
The participants, however, will get a break for a couple of days before they are ready to take over the stage.
From January 23 to 25, the medicos will participate in a series of on-stage cultural events like dance, skit, singing, musical drama, antakshari, ramp walk, parody et al.
Anish Baxla, an organising committee member and third year student, said they had started preparations a month before in order to make the event one of the most happening ones.
“Since 2002, we are organising Synergy and with each passing year the fest has been gaining momentum not only in terms of participation alone but also the number of events are multiplying,” added the organiser.