A chill of a February morning with a temperature below 12°C, and a small tea stall on the bus stand greets thousands of students arriving from different corners of India to National Institute of Technology, Rourkela for NITRUSTAV- 2012. Being Asia’s second largest cultural fest it was bound to attract attention from all over, but the successful conduction of NIT’s tech fest awarded it with lot more participants than ever before. While many arrived a day before the 4-day fest began, most preferred to arrive on the day the action began. Students got down from buses and trains completely wrapped in jackets and sweaters because the climate was way up rather than just cold.
Though Internet registration was opened about a month back thus helping students to register themselves for different events, still a formal on-desk registration and allotment of their registration cards embedded with their registration numbers took place once the sun was out and it felt a little warmer. With the soothing climate and the fest timings very suitable, students poured in large numbers and the fest coordinators made sure about providing comfortable accommodation to all the participants. While the first day boasted of a event list stretching from the Raga (singing competition) to the Rockmantic (war of bands) and concluding with the star night where Shrote- the band created ripples among the students with their soul touching Sufi music.
The other 3 days had numerous other events such as Rangoli, Paintball, Pachak (the tomato fight), NU Roadies, Swing fly (solo non-classical dance) , Hands Close (group non-classical dance) etc . Fashionista, the fashion parade event awed loads of people with teams from different colleges such as KIIT, OUIFT and NIT itself shook the ramp with their unique themes, dresses and power packed performance.
While the tomato fight and the paintball were new additions to this year’s event list, other gaming and cultural events remained the same. With the 1200 acre campus decorated like a beautiful bride and flying lanterns promising the most remembered 4 days of our lives, the coordinators took full care that none of the participants were ill treated. The hard work put in by the cultural society members and the fun that all the people there endured made NITRUtsav a hell lot successful than anyone could have imagined. The awesome hangouts, the crazy chit-chats, the stupendous celebration of college life ignited a small fire in the heart of whoever witnessed this extravaganza and this wild fire won’t rest till it gets the feel of NITRUtsav-2013.
Story by Nishant Dash
Photos by Anish Abhijeet