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Spring fest

All youthful roads will lead to the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, from January 23 to 26 and the sprawling campus will be packed to the rafters as it opens its gates to one of the biggest cultural fests in eastern India — Spring Fest, 2013, held in association with The Telegraph, from Wednesday.

It is folk music with Raghu Dixit Project (top) on Wednesday and Bollywood with KK on Saturday

The Arena, the heart of Spring Fest, is being transformed into an Arabian paradise complete with sand dunes, caravans, Bedouin camps and giant genie cut-outs to give the visitors a taste of Arabian Nights, the theme of SF 2013. Keeping visitors company will be SF 2013 mascots Obheek, The Monkey, and Raddi, The Sheikh.

“We’ve always wanted to introduce an annual mascot. This time we were able to conceptualise the whole thing and implement it,” said Siddharth Agarwal of Team SF.

The four-day fest is expected to draw a footfall of around 20,000 students from across the country, the first of them trickling in as early as January 21.

The-big ticket events of SF 2013 include Wildfire, the band competition, which will see amateur and semi-pro bands from across the country vying for the top spot, Rangmanch, the drama competition, Centrifuge, the group dance competition, and Nukkad, the street play competition.

Also on the cards are a Model United Nations Conference that will test debating skills, The Tata Nano Circuit, which will test driving skills, creative writing events and quizzes. For the artistically inclined, there are events like face-painting and photography. Those more interested in cyber wars can immerse themselves in Counter Strike at the Cyber Arena.

Fusion band Advaita is the star attraction on Thursday night

Evenings at SF are all about entertainment and, as always, Team SF has drawn up an impressive line-up for its star nights. There is Raghu Dixit Project on January 23, eclectic fusion band Advaita on January 24, British djent band Monuments on January 25 and KK on January 26 as the grand finale.

Headbangers and moshers are making a beeline for SF 2013 to set up a Friday date with British djent band Monuments

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