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A song, A tug & A message

Some broke into an impromptu jig while others walked onto the stage with the jitters, only to shine and impress. The second day of Dabur Red Paste presents TTIS Challenge 2013 powered by Hero Cycles at Swabhumi was a blend of fun, frolic and friendship

The Patha Bhavan students dared to do something different and had the crowd rooting for them. They rocked the stage in Western Group Singing with their version of Belafonte’s Jamaica Farewell and added a desi twist to it by fusing a few lines from, Pather Prante, the Bengali version written by Ranjan Prasad. Guitarist Rahul Deb Roy, Class XII, had his day made when judge Sumit Roy invited him on stage for an impromptu performance.

“It was an honour for me to share the stage with him. Also, I was a last-minute addition to the band. The boy who was supposed to play guitar fell ill and I joined after practising with the band for only 10 minutes,” said Rahul, the winner of last year’s Instrumental Jugalbandi

Students from Amrita Vidyalayam based their Fusion Dance on emancipation of women in Indian society. “Women in our society have been taught to stay mum in the face of adversities. But times are changing, we need to break out of that social construct,” said Bipasha Saw, a Class VI student who participated in the dance. The highlight of the performance was the use of Chhau masks. “Through the masks I wanted to say that there is a Durga in every woman. If the need arises any woman can gather strength to fight all odds,” said Kush Kushari, dance teacher of Amrita Vidyalayam

Aggression was the mantra in the final round of Tug of War. The boys from Kalyani Public School, last year’s Champion of the Champions, won the battle, but girls from the school lost out to Vivekananda Mission School (VMS), Joka. “The girls did us proud. This is the first time in four years that Kalyani Public School girls haven’t won in Tug of War,” said Nilanjana Chowdhury, a teacher at VMS.

Text by Showli Chakraborty & Samabrita Sen;
Pictures byArnab Mondal