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Days of hustle-bustle

Students of College of Arts and Crafts, Patna, admire a painting on display at the exhibition. Picture by Ashok Sinha

Art students marked the foundation day of their alma mater, while their techie friends planned for next week. Days filled with fun and festivals are headed their way in February after all. Girls of Magadh Mahila College also put their athletic abilities to the test at the institute’s sports meet.

Art for art school

College of Arts and Crafts, Patna, rang in its 74th foundation day with a multi-art exhibition on Friday. The three-day exhibition on the campus displayed different art pieces, including wood and stone sculptures, paintings and photographs, for which the students of the art institute left no stones unturned.

Among the eye-catching installations at the show were a wooden rickshaw made by student Ajit Kumar. Dharmendra Kumar of final year also impressed visitors with his sculpture of Lord Buddha made of nuts and bolts.

Rural landscape was also on show on different artistic mediums. If one painting showed farmers unloading their produce from a bullock cart, a photograph showed children jumping into a pond. Yet another painting had a woman praying.

Apart from the students’ hard work on show, chief guest — Patna University vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh — inaugurated a 9-foot-long metal sculpture of the Buddha installed on the lawns of the art institute to mark its foundation day.

Artists from Bihar and other states were also felicitated at the foundation day celebrations. S. Pranam Singh, associate professor, Banaras Hindu University, Ashish Ghosh, associate professor, Visva-Bharati, Sunil Vishwakarma, a teacher at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, UP, were awarded for their contribution to the field of art. Shyam Sharma, former principal of College of Arts and Crafts, Patna, was also felicitated although Sharma was not present to receive his award.

Sporting spirit

The annual sports meet of Magadh Mahila College took off on Sunday with the girls fighting it against each other in two teams — Red and Yellow.

The games where the skills were put to test over two days of the meet — kabaddi, kho-kho, ball badminton and throwball.

On the first day of the meet, Red team won both the kabaddi and kho kho competitions. While Yellow won Monday’s ball badminton competition, throwball was again taken by the Red.

Captain of the Red team Sunny Mehta was adjudged the best player — she played in the throwball and ball badminton competitions — at the prize distribution ceremony on Monday. A visibly excited Sunny said: “I am on cloud nine. My team won three of the four competitions. You can imagine the excitement of a captain after such a victory.”

Mitali Mitra, the sports teacher of Magadh Mahila College, said: “The enthusiasm of the students for the meet was evident — 147 students turned up for the team selection trial on Thursday.”

Fun & fests

The budding techies at Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, will forget about classes and lectures from February 1. The institute’s annual technical-cultural fest Anwesha will enter its third year that day and students from other IITs, National Institutes of Technology and other engineering colleges are expected to take part in the three-day extravaganza. Waiting for them are band performances and fashion show Verve.

Students of IIT-Patna as well as other colleges will walk the ramp at Verve. Stand-up comedian Nitin Gupta (better known as Rivaldo) is likely to be one of the highlights at Anwesha. The students are expecting to be left in splits courtesy Rivaldo’s performance.

Five days will fly fast to land the students on the campus of National Institute of Technology, Patna, for Corona. Three days of gala will follow as more than 7,000 students would leave their worries behind and let their hair down.

NIT, Patna, has invited Pune-based rock band Agnee to perform at Corona. Anurag Kumar, the co-ordinator of Corona, said: “Agnee is an international band and has composed the theme for Roadies 9, the adventure reality show on MTV. A band member has also sung in Cocktail.”

The campus is looking forward to a rendition of all the popular tracks in the Agnee stable.

Dance competitions — solo and duet — are also planned. The biggest attraction promises to be Inferno where participants have to clear physical obstructions on the lines of Roadies. The winners will get a heart-stopping cash award of Rs 21,000.

Convocation

The Chanakya National Law University will hold its first convocation next month. Degrees would be awarded to students of two batches. Sources said the convocation is scheduled for the last week of February. The chief guest is likely to be the Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir.