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ISI Presented A Gala Cultural Fest In Association With T2

What: Indian Statistical Institute presents Integration 2013, the annual cultural fest, in association with t2.

When & Where: ISI campus from January 11 to 13.

Day one: With the motto ‘Unity in Diversity’, the fest was all set to celebrate the centenary of Indian cinema over three days. The inauguration of Integration 2013 saw percussionist Tanmoy Bose presiding over the function as the chief guest. Following it was the Skit Competition that saw Tolly star Abir Chatterjee and director Raj Chakraborty in the judges’ chair. Presidency University emerged winners. The day also saw a mesmerising mime performance, Podaboli (by Jogesh Mime Academy), based on the themes ‘No more blood’, ‘Robot’, ‘Let me live’ and ‘Expectation’. The last act of the day was Bhoomi who had the audience dancing to their rhythm.

Day two: It started on a musical note as students took the stage to prove their musical worth at Band-e-thlon the war of the bands. The coveted prize? A chance to perform at the Kolkata Fusion Fiesta with the likes of Trilok Gurtu, Sivamani, Motherjane and others next month. The top four bands Spoiler Alert, Shraap, Monkey Cap and Blood couldn’t have been happier, we bet!

Meanwhile, another part of the campus was matching steps for Nikkana and Jhankaar, the dance competitions, which drew a huge number of participants. From locking and popping to tribal to pure classical, they had it all.

Angana Das and the duo of Sreejita Mitra and Ankita Ghosh emerged joint winners of Nikkana while Swaram, a dance group from Jadavpur University, bagged the first prize for Jhankaar.

The day also included events like Penfight and Sabdyoshel, the creative writing competitions in English and Bengali respectively, Rangoli and Poster-painting.

The star attraction, however, was a performance by Avial. The band from Thiruvananthapuram belted out popular originals like Chekele, Nada, nada and Aadu pambe. Agnitray Chakrabarty, a student of SRFTI, was invited to perform with Avial. “They heard my cover of Nada, nada on YouTube and were impressed, so they asked me to perform with them. It was an amazing experience,” said an exhilarated Agnitray.

Day Three: It was a busy final day at Integration 2013 with quiz competition Prahelika, solo singing competition Alaap, and debate finals Contrapunto. After a nerve-wracking final round, team Aaj Kuchh Chazzy Karte Hain of Siddhant Agarwal, Arpan Guha and Raktim Nag bagged the first position in the quiz competition. A beautifully rendered Rang pichkari mat maro got Manali Ghosh of Bengal Music College the first prize for Alaap. The fest came to a fitting end with Tanmoy Bose’s Taal Tantra taking the stage in the evening to perform songs like Moner manush, Bhojibo tomar ranga charan, Milon hobe koto diney and a few other instrumental tracks.

Disha Roychaudhuri and Shaon Roy

Pictures: Disha Roychaudhuri