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Wednesday , January 15 , 2014
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Melange of music & mirth

The annual cultural fest of National Institute of Technology, Patna, this year has something for everyone, be it music, dance or quiz.

Scheduled from January 22 to 27, Melange 14 would have all ingredients of fun such as Raaga, the inter-college singing competition, Sanhita, an inter-college parliamentary debate and others.

Participants stand a chance of winning prize money worth Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 in these contests, respectively.

Gyan Prakash, a third-year mechanical student, said: “Students from major educational institutes in the city and outside would take part in the event. The fest would provide a break to students from academics.” He added: “Through the events, students would get an opportunity to discover potential and exhibit talent. These events also promote healthy competition.”

The main draws of the fest would be the dance competition christened Nrityangana and Pratibimb, the personality round. While Nrityangana would have solo, couple, group and impromptu rounds, the personality round would test communication skills in events such as ramp walk, self-introduction, talent, situation and IQ. Only NIT students would be allowed to take part in Pratibimb and the winners would be crowned Mr and Miss NIT. Registration for the fest has started from Monday and auditions for different events will commence on January 17 (Friday). Details of the events are available on

The organisers of the event hope for bigger participation of students not only from NIT-Patna but colleges outside the city and from neighbouring states as well.

Other institutes likely to take part include IIT-Patna, BIT-Patna, Patna Women’s College, Magadh Mahila College, Chanakya National Law University, Chandragupt Institute of Management and others.

Melange’ 14 however, would clash with the Spring Fest at IIT-Kharagpur slated from January 23-26 that would witness the best college teams to take part in contests there. NIT might not get them and even good campus bands for the fest. However, one of the organisers said he was still expecting the best.

Crossword contest

An online national-level competition of cryptic crosswords for school students — A Clue A Day — started on Tuesday on The contest is being organised by Extra C, a civil society initiative, and aims to popularise crossword among students.

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