National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW) held its annual cultural fest for three ever-lasting fun-filled days. Named ‘Spring Spree’, this cultural carnival had countless events, which were unique and sensational. The events took place on the 5th, 6thand 7th of March, 2010 and received tremendous response on all the three days. With its 400 acre residential campus, NITW provided accommodation for all the non-local students. Sponsored by big names like Polo, knowafest.com, Vodafone, Nestle, Wipro etc., the event undoubtedly had to be marvelous.
The uniqueness of the fest were the unparalleled events, which were pioneered by the students of NITW. Each department had its own set of events and were totally handled by the particular department. Since the workload was distributed, the event was quite smooth. One of the most anomalous events was the “Amazing Race” in which the participants are divided into a team, consisting of 2 members each and are given various tasks that shall qualify them to the next round. Abhinay Pitta, a 2nd year student of MME in NITW says, “In the preliminary round, we give them a certain task, like, we asked them to count the number of 9s that we printed on a sheet of paper and suppose if 50 is the number of teams that we require out of 100, then the first 50 teams to give us the correct answer or at least the nearest correct answer, advance for the next round. Here on, the actual game starts where we give them a clue and then they proceed to their tasks”. Last year, there were around a 200 students, but this year the number of students participating in the ‘Amazing race’ has unfortunately gone down and Abhinay claims that this is because there have been more number of other innovative events and students are always enthusiastic to try out new ones. Apart from ‘Amazing race’, there were some customary events like, Debates (Hindi, English and Telugu), JAM, Essay writing, Spelling Bee, Crossword, Scrabble, Antakshari, Movie quiz, Singing and Dancing.
The dance competitions, both solo and group were the most appealing to watch. S.Manjusha, a 2nd year student of GRIET asserts, “All the dances were mind-blowing, especially the break dances. They performed like full-time professional choreographers. Everyone performed very well and so, there was very tough competition. I am sure the judge had a difficult time in deciding the winners.” Rakhee Sharma, one of the favorite contestants of the famous dance show, ‘Dance India Dance’ was the judge. Besides this, there was the fashion competition, virtual DJ, instrumental and rock competition. A couple of exclusive events had been introduced in ‘Spring Spree’ this year. Shashank Pawar, a 1st year mechanical student at NITW claims, “We have events like junkyard fashion, where the students can use their creativity for creating a fashion article of their own. Then, there is ‘Kite Flying’ event, where the students have to make their own kites and then fly them. Finally, there is this hobbies exhibition, where a student can display his/her hobby-for instance, if someone has the hobby of collecting different varieties of bottle caps, then he/she is to display it at this exhibition.” In the evening, there was a classical dance performance, by the famous Kuchipudi dancer- Sobha Naidu.
Each and every person present at NITW for the fest was astonished with the painting gallery, where drawing and painting works from students were exhibited. Ashok Mathew, a final year student of CSE at NITW quotes, “Most of the paintings displayed here are of the students of NITW. All of the paintings are spectacular, so we are deciding the winner by public voting.” Suman.T, a student of GRIET gushes, “There is a portrait of my favorite actor Mahesh Babu. I have voted for that. I hope it wins because it is so much like actual Mahesh Babu!”
Also, some workshops namely, automobile sketching workshop, animation workshop and painting workshop were conducted quite successfully. Some of the other colorful events that took place were graffiti and sand sculpture. Another challenging and inimitable event was ‘NITMUN’, which abbreviates for National Institute of Technology Model United Nations. In this event, the student had to represent the country he/she is given and should speak how he/she would speak if they had to represent that country at the UN.
However, the fest lacked charm in certain ways. Unlike every other cultural fest, there was no music playing in the campus. Although, the campus was buzzing with activity and sounds of enthusiasm, it seemed surprisingly calm and quiet and did not look busy at all. Most of the fun events happened within the auditorium, where obviously all people could not be accommodated. Many students claimed it would have been better if those events happened outside in the campus lawns. It would not only make the environment lively but also would be feasible for all the students to watch them comfortably. Some students of NITW claimed that this year, the number of sponsorers and the number of participants went down due to the Telangana agitations.
Yet, the fest did not stay far behind from creating joy and exhilaration among the students, who attended it. Says M.Abhinaya of GRIET, “Warangal is my hometown. After the internals, all of us felt like taking a big break. So, all of my classmates decided to come for the fest. We traveled from Hyderabad to Warangal and all of us had fun at my place. We also had a gala time at the fest although we did not participate. We visited some famous temples. Overall, it was like a nice vacation for all of together”.
What ultimately matters when a cultural fest is organized is that it gets a large number of participants, a colorfully decorated campus, an atmosphere, where other students cheer their college mates and other contestants and of course, enough sponsorship to hold the events and have profit. ‘Spring Spree’ undoubtedly met all of the above requirements and hence, it did wind up as a grand success!