Kamal Bose addresses the news meet in Ranchi on Thursday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
It will be work and play for students of St Xavier’s College Ranchi as they get ready to host Xavier Utsav-2013, the much-awaited annual fest of the cradle that promises to be bigger and better this year.
For starters, the event will span over four days this year — instead of the usual three — with the organisers pepping things up by lining up a lot of new events.
Though nothing has been finalised, the organisers said the celebrations this year will kick off on February 9 and continue after a gap on February 17, 19 and 20.
“Xavier Utsav will be bigger year with the festival being held for four days,” Kamal Bose, the head of the Hindi department of the institute who would co-ordinate the event, confirmed at a news meet in Ranchi on Thursday.
Dean of social welfare of the college Jayant Sinha added that the usual competitions — debates, extempore, creative writing, elocution, quiz and T-shirt painting — would be held on Day One before the festival breaks for eight days.
Though an official decision in this regard was pending, sources said February 18 had been reserved for holding the fourth convocation of the college that was accorded autonomy in 2005. The first convocation of the college was held in 2010.
According to schedule, February 17 has been reserved for the folk dance, group song, cartoon making, face painting and a collage competition on the topic Ranchi – Before and After the year 2000.
“Other events like mime, Indian and western solo singing will be held on the last three days of the festival,” Bose informed.
Prodded for the new additions, the co-ordinator said they had for the very first time this year decided to hold one-act play competitions of 20 minutes, street dance, mobile film contest and war of rock bands that would be open only for Xavierians.
The street dance event will see the participants performing non-stop for three minutes on different music tracks that would be shuffled and played. Each group registering themselves is allowed to have a maximum of three members and would get three days to practise.
In the mobile film competition, the students will have a chance of showcasing their filmmaking skills by showing uncut documentaries recorded on their cell phones. The length of such documentaries would be two to three minutes.
A photography competition will also be held on the last day of the event.
on the theme of women empowerment,” Bose signed off.