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Students ready for fresh challenge

Ankush Chatterjee is busy preparing for his pre-board exams but that couldn’t stop the Class XII boy from signing up for Dabur Red Paste presents The Great TTIS Challenge 2013.

“I just couldn’t stay away. I’m addicted to paintball. The moment I heard it is being introduced at TTIS Challenge, I knew I had to be there,” said the student of Bhavan’s Gangabaux Kanoria Vidyamandir and Challenge first-timer.

Ankush is among the 3,000-odd students from at least 100 schools across the city and its suburbs, including Hirendra Leela Patranavis School, Abhinav Bharati High School, Patha Bhavan, Pailan World School, Gems Akademia International School and St. Xavier's Collegiate School to take up the Challenge this year. The prelims will be held at Swabhumi from December 14 to17 and the finals from December 20 to 22 at the same venue.

Students will compete in two categories — juniors (classes V-VIII) and seniors (classes IX-XII).

Last year’s Champion of Champions, Kalyani Public School, is all geared up to retain the trophy. “We are participating in most of the events. This year too we will be eyeing the trophy. Everybody in our school is waiting eagerly for the competition to begin,” said Nandita Roy Chowdhury, biology teacher at the school.

Apart from popular events such as Unconventional Orchestra, Fusion Band, Fusion Dance and Fashion Parade, the latest edition of TTIS Challenge will include two new events — Paintball and B-boying.

Paintball will be a group event with four students from each participating school, while B-boying will be an open event where dancers would be free to perform and challenge each other on the dance floor.

Gourab Chatterjee, aka Gabu, of Bangla band Lakkhichhara says this is a great hunting ground for fresh talent. “I’ve been associated with TTIS for a long time as a judge. I’ve seen the city’s music scene evolve from here. Over the years, school bands have improved by leaps and bounds, especially in the technical aspect,” said the judge for Fusion Band this year.

Such is the enthusiasm that Dona Dey, who passed out of St. Thomas’ Girls’ School this year and now studies at Pailan College of Journalism and Technology, is waiting to return to the Challenge arena though she can’t participate any longer. “Last year I participated in TTIS Challenge. I would love to go there this year too even if I’m not participating. I will cheer hard for my school and have great fun with my friends. I can’t wait for it to begin.”