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The Kolkata Quiz Festival 2020

The non-competitively competitive spirit of the Kolkata Quiz Festival 2020 won us over

A mind-boggling event where more than 25 quizzes were held with more than 50 quizmasters

By Kasturi Sen
  • Published 25.02.20, 8:06 PM
  • Updated 25.02.20, 8:07 PM
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The Kolkata Quiz Festival 2020, in association with The Telegraph, held at the Calcutta Rowing Club last month, saw brilliant minds coming together to compete at the event. The festival featured both online and on-ground quizzes. The online version that was held on the Facebook page of KQF saw participation from as many as 600-800 people. The on-ground quizzes were based on a wide range of topics — fashion, travel, sports, music, pop culture and fandoms, and saw a participation of 1,200-odd people. There was indeed something for everyone.

“It was a mind-boggling event where more than 25 quizzes were held with more than 50 quizmasters. The best part of the event was its non-competitively competitive spirit. The quizmaster of one quiz was invariably a participant in the next quiz. The on-ground magic saw old friends bonding over good questions. Bureaucrats, businessmen, corporate honchos, educationists, doctors, lawyers and students united over one passion — quizzing. The online leg has always been KQF’s USP as it never forgets those who want to participate with all their might and mind, in spite of not being able to make it physically,” said Samrat Sengupta, one of the organisers and founder, KQF.

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“I have been associated with KQF from the very first year. It gives me an opportunity to meet a lot of friends who belong to the quizzing community. Every year the number of people increases, so now you really get the best quizzers. I enjoy being the quizmaster, especially for the final Gold Plate quiz. To be a good quizmaster you have to start from the other side and then come over to this side,” said Joy Bhattacharjya, quizmaster for the Grand KQF Golden Plate.
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We spotted Sidhu of Cactus. “I was into quizzing a lot during my school and college days. I have conducted quizzes and been the quizmaster for a few television shows way back in the early 2000s. This is my first time at Kolkata Quiz Festival. The atmosphere is fantastic, and it’s great to see everyone participate, trying to guess answers. I enjoyed this Kishore and RD Quiz as film and music definitely attract me,” he said.
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“Quizzing has been a hobby for me for a long time and I have been attending KQF for the past three years. The number increases, and the quality of the quizzes gets better every year, which is great. Also, the venue is extremely pleasant. KQF is like Durga Puja to the quizzers of Calcutta and the suburbs. Even outstation quizzers and non-resident Calcuttans come in large numbers to participate, so it’s like a big reunion for all of us,” said Arijit Mondal (inset), third-year student of St. Xavier’s College.
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The organisers and founders of the Kolkata Quiz Festival, Samrat Sengupta (right) and Aanton Mookherjee (centre) with Arijit Sen, member of KQF. “With the amount of international attention that it’s getting, our next edition, the 10th one in 2021, will raise the bar by becoming Kolkata International Quiz Festival and will be held between January 11 and 16,” said Aanton.
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Team Aardvarks were the stars of the show as they won the prestigious Grand KQF Golden Plate. (L-R) Amrit Pritom Chetia, Aryapriya Ganguly and Rahul Kottalgi. “I have been participating at KQF since 2014. It’s really one of the best festivals in the country as far as quizzing experience goes and it’s a very unique fest. I have been quizzing since school... from 2004. Though I like most quizzes, I enjoy the ones on films and history a lot. It feels great to win the title as it’s a special quiz to win, considering the occasion and the competition,” said Rahul Kottalgi, who works as a product manager in the tech media space.
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Team Shaukeens clinched the Grand KQF Silver Plate after a tough last round. The team members were (l-r) Dhruv Mookherjee, Arnab Banerjee, Auritro Chowdhury and Bhaskar Datta. “I have been quizzing since my schooldays. It feels good to win this title. I won it last year as well with a slightly different team. We were slightly tense at the end, which is a good thing. I personally like entertainment quizzes and history quizzes and have been participating at KQF since its inception,” said Dhruv, who is a creative director at an advertising agency.
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Barry O’Brien, one of the country’s leading quizmasters, was felicitated with the KQF Scroll of Honour for commendable contribution to the quizzing community.
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On being asked what he considers the best part of being a quizmaster, Atri Bhattacharya, quizmaster for the Grand KQF Golden Plate, said: “Knowing all the answers!” On how he chooses questions, he said: “It’s great fun setting all the questions because it leads me to a knowledge trail, where I hop from one topic to another and I come across really interesting stuff. Quoting Neil O’Brien: ‘In a quiz prelims one should ask who, what, where, when but for the mains you should ask the hows and the whys.’ The other way I judge a good quiz question is that it should leave you with either of the two reactions — ‘oh I didn’t know that’ or... ‘of course, I knew that’. A good question would provide an entirely new insight or a different outlook to a thing that you already knew.”
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“I have been associated with KQF since 2017. The audience is absolutely fabulous and I would call it a quizzing carnival. People who want to do quizzing can do so, who just want to drink and enjoy watching the quizzes can do so, who want to do both can do so too,” said Soumyadip Chowdhury, a quizmaster. On being asked if he prefers being a quizzer or a quizmaster, he said he’d prefer the former. “Being a quizmaster is tougher as you need to cater to all tastes while maintaining a balance. It’s the camaraderie and the bonding the quizzers from across the country have with each other that sets KQF apart from other festivals,” he added.
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