Students of Kalyani Public School with the TTIS Challenge trophy after being crowned the Champion of Champions School in 2014
Number of years at TTIS Challenge: 7
Number of times they became champions: 3
With a record like that, Kalyani Public School - Champion of Champions School in 2014 - is a cause of envy for many city schools that battle for the coveted TTIS Challenge trophy every year.
Aritro Nandi, a Class XI student of the Barasat school, has been busy balancing preparations for unit tests and rehearsals for the fest.
"I cannot compromise on TTIS Challenge because it comes only once a year and there is no second chance," said the 17-year-old who had a 50-mark biology exam on Monday morning.
But Aritro didn't let preparations for the test eat into his time for getting the notes right on his guitar. "It was a 50-mark paper and I can work hard for a few extra marks in my next exam in March," said the boy who will be participating in Fusion Band and Unconventional Orchestra.
Seventy schools have registered for the 11th edition of Dabur Red Paste TTIS Challenge 2016, in association with City Centre Salt Lake, from January 20 to 24.
The Kund area of the Salt Lake mall will host a wide range of events such as Eastern Solo, Instrumental Jugalbandi, X-factor, Fusion Dance and Fashion Parade besides off-stage events such as creative writing, cartoon drawing and portrait painting and mask-making.
The prelims will be held from January 20 to 22 and the finals on January 23 and 24.
A special attraction this year will be a band performance and DJ night for the students. Fusion band Fingerprints will have the crowd grooving on Friday and Krosswindz will rock the stage on Saturday.
It will be over to Jimmy Tangree on Sunday after the prize distribution. "We have included multiple performances this year to give students a chance to chill and relax. After the prelims and before the finals, they need to take their minds off the competition and just have fun," said an organiser.
Giving veterans Kalyani Public School and South Point a challenge this year will be newbie The Newtown School, taking part in six events.
For Kalyani Public School principal Rupa Dey, the fest is an opportunity for her students, most of whom are from the suburbs, to compete with city students and prove their mettle.
And then there are those who like to go solo! Madhuja Chaudhuri has registered individually for the fest and will be travelling all the way from Santragachhi to participate in the Eastern Solo competition.
The Class IX student of Shri Shikshayatan School and a classical singer missed the dates last year and had been tracking it since to ensure that she could make it this year.
There will also be participants from Calcutta Boys' School, Don Bosco Liluah and Shri Shikshayatan School.