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The Arena, lit up with paper lanterns, was the heart of the Spring Fest. It was buzzing with activity throughout, whether dancing to the DJ at night or goofing around with Arabian theme props (above during the day.

The sprawling campus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, was the place to be from January 23 to 26, as it opened its gates for Spring Fest 2013, organised in association with The Telegraph.

SF 2013 saw participants from colleges across the country — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Chandigarh, Patiala, Rourkela, Bhubaneswar, Durgapur, Calcutta and many more — pit themselves against each other in competitions ranging from fierce to funda to fun.

So while the general knowledge junkies made a beeline for quiz competitions Mary Bucknel Trophy and Biz Whiz, the orators signed up for the likes of National Level Debate and IIT KGP Model United Nations. Those with a penchant for acting gravitated towards group drama competition Rangmanch, street theatre competition Nukkad and mono acting competition I, Me Myself. Those with an artistic bent of mind were seen hanging around the Arena, the epicentre of all things SF, drawing, painting and sketching, on paper as well as on faces (Face Canvas), hands and legs (Tattooed).

Some of the most popular events at SF 2013 were the amateur and semi-pro band competition Wildfire and the jam competition Lake Side Dreams.

St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, won the prized SF Championship Trophy with NIT Rourkela and NIT Durgapur placed second and third.

“SF 2013 was a rocking success. We hope next year will be bigger and better,” said Siddharth Agarwal of Team SF.




What was your favourite Spring fest 2013 moment? Tell

It was a metal fest on Day Three at IIT Kharagpur as the finalists of Wildfire, one of the biggest draws of Spring Fest, took the stage. Nightmare from Gangtok won the competition followed by Fatal Malice from Guwahati. Next on stage at the Jnan Ghosh Stadium was Goddess Gagged, a metal band from Mumbai, who opened for the star act of the night — Monuments, a metal band from London, who had the audience headbanging. They were so happy with the crowd that they decided to unveil a new track — Higgs Boson —from their yet-to-be-recorded album.

There were mile-long serpentine queues at every entrance to the Jnan Ghosh Stadium on January 26 evening as IIT Kharagpur brought the curtains down on Spring Fest with its biggest draw — singer KK. “The crowd has become bigger and better since the last time I was here. Ab toh har do saal aana parega (Now I have to come back every two years),” KK told the audience as he sang soft numbers like Pal and Yaaron as well as foot-thumping songs like Humdum suniyo re. The audience sang along with KK, sometimes even drowning him out with their lung power.

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