The Telegraph
Wednesday , February 12 , 2014
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Fest fever grips colleges

- BIT-Mesra bash today, XISS to follow

January-February is often known as the fest season for colleges. While most Ranchi cradles have had their annual festival in January, the best two — that of BIT-Mesra and XISS — were reserved for the last.

Performances by popular singers, star dancers and a show of talent — the college fest is no longer the amateur, low-key affair it once was. As the boys and girls in their trendy best get ready to rock on, here’s a quick glance of what’s in store.

Bitotsav ’14

Dates: February 12-16

For the next five days, the BIT-Mesra campus will be abuzz with 12,000 students from across the country.

Participants: IIM-Ranchi, IIM-Kozhikode, Delhi University, IIT-Mumbai, Kharagpur and Delhi, NIT-Rourkela and ISM-Dhanbad are some of them.

On cards: The 16th edition of the annual fest will see a host of events like debate, robotics, overnight coding, face painting, nukkad natak, quiz, body zorbing et al.

Star show: If stand-up comedian Surendra Sharma promises to tickle you on February 12, Bollywood actor, singer and director Farhan Akhtar will floor you with his witty comments, charming smile and husky voice on the last day. Fusion band Advaita will perform on February 15.

Panache ’14

Dates: February 20 and 21

Theme: This year’s theme is Pratibimb. The students will take up the cause of Thalassemia and spread awareness on safe blood.

Participants: IIM-Ranchi, BIT-Mesra, St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, and others.

Line-up: Workshop, blood donation camp and a marathon titled Safe Blood and Thalassemia.