|Artiste Priya Venkatraman performs Bharatnatyam at IIT, Patna on Friday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey
Techies took a break from their academic schedule and let their hair down at Anwesha — the annual technical-cultural fest of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Patna.
The third edition of the extravaganza started on a classical note, as celebrated artiste Priya Venkatraman enthralled all with Bharatnatyam.
Before the show, Venkatraman told The Telegraph: “Dance forms such as Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi are still popular among youngsters. The government should include classical dances in their course curriculum.” Venkatraman, who has also performed before US President Barack Obama on his 2010 India visit, said it was the first time that she performed at any IIT. She added that she would be delighted if given an opportunity to teach Bharatnatyam to the techies.
Stand-up comedian Nitin Gupta had the audience in splits. The artiste, better known as Rivaldo, also an IIT alumnus, performed in the evening. However, the maximum applause was reserved for the fashion show, Verve. Students from IIT, Patna, Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Patna and Sri Arvind Mahila College scorched the ramp.
Ramu Endluri, an IIT-Patna student and a co-ordinator of Anwesha, said: “This edition of Anwesha will have a plethora of events, including dance performances, quizzes, debates, singing competitions, wall painting, gaming contests, band performances and others.”
IIT-Patna director A.K. Bhowmick said organising the fest develops team spirit among students and helps them face the corporate world once they step out.
Bhowmick, however, had a word of caution for the techies. He said: “I have come to know that some students are skipping classes for preparation of Anwesha. This will not be tolerated. Attending classes is as important as organising the tech fest.”
The three-day extravaganza would feature a variety of events like performances by national bands.
This edition of the fest promises to be different, as IIT-Patna and BUIDCo would present events drawn from diverse academic disciplines ranging from engineering sciences to visual and performing arts.
Ramu added that the second day promises to be a delight for science enthusiasts, while the third day would witness nerds facing off against each other in events such as junkyard wars, robo-soccer and other technical events.