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Time to turn spotlight on Hot Stepper
- Fifteen colleges gear up for finals of t2 talent hunt

Siliguri, Sept.28 : Students from 15 colleges in Siliguri, Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri are gearing up to participate in the two-day grand finale of t2 City Centre Spotlight.

According to the organisers, students will compete in five rounds which will be held on Saturday and Sunday. The rounds are Hot Stepper (fusion dance competition), Raagsutra (eastern solo song competition), Star Quotient (face of the college), Muzik Marathon (group antakshari competition) and Megawatt (western band competition).

The event is being organised by Uninor in association with American Centre and Max.

“The stage is being prepared and decorations put up. We are expecting a huge crowd as there will be around 200 participants from 15 colleges and their friends will also come to cheer them during the two days. We think there will be around 5,000 people to watch the finals,” said a representative of City Centre where the finals will be held.

The event on both the days will begin at 2pm. While fusion dance, eastern solo song and antakshari will be held tomorrow, western band and face of the college contest will be conducted on Sunday.

The selection of participants for the finals has been going on through college level (intra-college) competitions for the past fortnight.

Some of the 15 colleges participating in the event are Kurseong Polytechnic College, Kurseong, Southfield College, Darjeeling, Siliguri Government Polytechnic College, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri Engineering College, Jalpaiguri.

“The judge for fusion dance is Sudipta Debnath, a reputed dancer from Calcutta. Subir Adhikari, one of the oldest musicians from Siliguri, will judge the eastern solo song competition. The face of the college contest will be judged by representatives from American Centre and Radhemohan, the show organiser for Max. Tuki from the band Krosswindz will judge the western band competition,” the City Centre official said.

A performance by Tuki and the award ceremony for winners will also be held on Sunday.

College authorities said students were excited about their performance in the finals.

“The students are enthusiastic about participating in the finals tomorrow. There were 18 students selected for five competitions in the intra-college events last week,” Fr. KL George, the principal of St. Joseph’s College said.