Some heavy metal, some sweet melody

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  • Published 25.01.06
Rock the world: A college band performs at the IIM-Calcutta fest

The recently concluded fest at IIM Joka, Carpe Diem, saw a number of college bands competing at ?Armageddon?, the rock competition, held between January 13 to 14. The judges were members of Cassini?s Division, probably the best alternative or modern rock band in the country. The prelims saw a lot of thrash or heavy metal. Who?s Calling showed their mettle with an exact rendition of Lionel Ritchie?s Hello. Camouflage, heavily influenced by British rock bands like Travis or Coldplay, stood out as a non-metal band with their sweet original number Revolution. Danpitey, another college band, performed songs from the 80s and tried hard to look good. But Infectious Fungus, the band from IIT KGP, did not quite live up to expectations.

Camouflage was adjudged the second runner-up in the finals. The two bands who fought for the champion?s spot went neck and neck, and their being generically so different made the judges? task a difficult one. Faith, a true classic rock ?n? roll band from Guwahati and also the eastern zone Rock Idols champions, had the audience in their thrall. And so did The Hobos, from Calcutta, a perfect experimental progressive metal band, whose guitarist, Arko Chatterjee, won the Best Guitarist Award at the Rock Idols eastern zone finals. It was difficult to pick a favourite from the two bands. The Hobos stole the first spot and won just by a whisker. The rock scene of eastern India is definitely in safe hands if these two bands continue to make music as seriously as they are doing now.

Shounak Ghosal, Second year, English honours, Netajinagar Day College

Special seminar

On January 12, 2006, the department of zoology (postgraduate studies) of Maulana Azad College organised a seminar on gene expression and DNA damage and repair mechanisms. The main speaker was Dr Sankar Adhya, chief of genetics and cancer division, National Institute of Health, Maryland, USA. The other speakers were Dr Sankar Mitra, professor of molecular biology, University of Texas, US, and Dr Chanchal Dasgupta, head of the department, biochemistry, Calcutta University. The students of Presidency College, Bethune College, Bidhan Nagar College and some teachers of Lady Brabourne College attended the seminar.

There was also an interactive session on various aspects of molecular biology. The scientists gave an insight into the opportunities in this field and suggested that we should have more exposure to research. In their opinion, the students of Calcutta usually lag behind in this area in spite of their immense talent.

Biswadeep Dhar, MSc, first year, Zoology department, Maulana Azad College


Biotech wonders

The department of zoology in Seth Anandram Jaipuria College had recently organised a seminar on biotechnology. Dr Suswanta Banerjee of Kansas University, USA, presided over the seminar. The purpose was to emphasise the correct application of biotechnology in various aspects of life, including the treatment of deadly diseases like cancer and AIDS. Later, Dr Banerjee answered the questions the audience had on this subject.

Papiya Chanda, third year, BSc, S.A. Jaipuria College


Terror story

A documentary film show was organised for the students of journalism and mass communications of Burdwan University on December 22, 2005. The film Not Bullets, written and directed by budding filmmaker Rudra Dasgupta, was screened at the opening ceremony of Calcutta Film Festival and is all set to be shown abroad. The 29-minute film in English is all about the manifestation of terrorism in every sphere of our lives and its effects on the mind of a child who is traumatised by visuals of people getting killed and mutilated bodies. The film also emphasises the environmental imbalance caused by the indiscriminate felling of trees. It was a great learning experience for all of us.

Moloy Bhattacharya,
First year, journalism and mass communication, Burdwan University


In a festive mood

Our annual college fest was held from January 12 to 14. The various departments in the arts, science and commerce streams set up their respective stalls for an exhibition. Also, cultural programmes were organised by the students? union. The chief guest on the occasion was Bansha Gopal Chowdhury, MP, and Tapas Roy, the city mayor. Our department created a ?love laboratory? in which we portrayed different aspects of love, citing examples from Thomas Hardy?s The Return of the Native, Shakespeare?s Othello and Macbeth. We won the second prize while the history department won the first prize for highlighting the history of Asansol.

Sujoy Mondal, final year, English department, B.B. College, Asansol

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