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Alcheringa 2011, IIT Guwahati, Cultural Fest, Guwahati, Assam, February 3-6 2011

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Event: Alcheringa 2011: Lights, Camera, Action!...

Organised by: IIT Guwahati

Key dates:
Fest dates: 3rd - 6th February
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'Alcheringa' is the annual cultural festival of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India. And every year, come spring, it lives up to its connotation of being The Eternal Dreamtime. Held roughly across four days in the first week of February, this Yuletide has come to become the celebration of euphoria that everyone in the North East and the rest of the country look forward to. Battleground to fierce competition in all sorts of cultural and literary events, it also organizes those fun events you always fantasized about, workshops and performances from professional artists from B-Town and elsewhere. This sojourn every February might just be the perfect rendezvous for you and your Dream.

Alcheringa, despite being the largest festival of its kind in Eastern India (and roughly the third largest in the country) today, had humble beginnings. The first edition took place in 1996 when only a few events were organized and most of the participation was local. Then on, it has only been 15 years, but Alcheringa has left behind many established festivals in terms of magnitude, participation, and popularity. Today the festival boasts of a participation in the excess of 150 colleges and other art institutes from across the country as well a footfall of more than 30,000! Over the years, it has seen the some of the best artists and artistes the country has ever produced (Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Shaan, KK; to name a few) enthrall participants with their art and music and performances. In recent years, it has also attracted genuine participation from abroad (Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie performed in Alcheringa 2010), a clear indication of the fact that Alcheringa, and consequently IIT Guwahati are both making their marks on the Entertainment radar in the country and elsewhere.

Known for its staccato nature, this edition of Alcheringa attempts to set up Light, roll on the camera and create some action, replicating the grandeur of cinema. It prepares to offer ecstasy through a plethora of events. The events, which are broadly broken up into modules, promise to offer fun as never before.
Alcheringa 2011 boasts of pronights by K.K, the eclectic fusion band Advaita and the global rock band Motherjane. Alcheringa 2011 also brings home, for the first time a Theatre festival, with plays by some of the best playwrights and actors in the industry today. Kachche Lamhe, a play based on the short story “Seema” written by Gulzar and adapted to the stage by Javed Siddiqui and directed by Salim Arif. It stars three very well known faces from the Indian television industry: Lubna Salim, Harsh Chhaya and kiran Karmarkar. It also hosts a lecture series, to put light on some very interesting professions and people from the industry today: Shriya Saran, the South Indian super star; Usoshi Sengupta, Miss India Universe 2010, Vadivel Pillai and Sudhir tailing, the Caricaturist.
As the city of Guwahati awaits yet an other dream, Alcheringa 2011 declares it arrival! Live the dream!

Events in the fest:
The Dance module comprises six events, challenging the participants in all forms of the rhythmic art. Electric Heels-the mega dance and choreography showdown. In sync-an expression of human meaning. Two steps-the couple dance event. So You Think You Can Dance-An impromptu solo dance event. Step Up-the street dance competition. Navras-the classical dance competition. There is also a Dance Championship which keeps track of the performances in the above mentioned events and awards points. These points will be added to the General Championship tally which crowns the winner with cash prizes and a title.
The Music module comprises four events. Unplugged-the solo singing competition. AntakshriRaphsody-the solo instrumental competition. Raga High-the Indian Music competition.
The Performing Arts module comprises events which test the participants in linguistic and emotional expression. The events of this module include Theatrix-the drama competition, Khamoshi-the silent act, Halla Bol-the street play competition, Spot Light-an impromptu test for the audience, Lol J-the stand-up comedy competition.

The Fine Arts module includes T-shirt painting, street painting, sketching, object painting, movie poster making, collage making.

The festival is also introducing a Sports module for the first time. It comprises a five-on-five football competition and an arm-wrestling competition. Both the events are open to exciting cash prizes.
The Media module covers different areas of electronic expression. Kirnaankan-the photography contest, On Air and Live-the RJing competition, the short-film making competition.
The Quizzing module includes a traditional Quizzing competition-Brain storm, and the tough quiz aimed at entertaining all the movie buffs.
Alcheringa also presents Alfaaz-the annual literary festival of IIT Guwahti. This edition of Alfaaz includes a classical debate competition-War Of words, a script writing competition- Sukoripto and turncoat, in which the participant is expected to argue from both sides of a given topic. The topics and the rules for the classical debate competition can be got from the website of the festival.
Like always the festival is also hosting Rock-O-Phonix, the biggest rock festival in North-East India. The event witnesses performances from some of the biggest bands of the country. The winner of the event shall open to the headlines of all leading newspapers of Guwahati along with a very huge cash prize.
The festival is also spiced up with a variety of fun-and-masti events intended to entertain the crowd throughout the festival.
The details of all the events and the organizers can be found in the website of

How to Reach The College:
IIT Guwahati is located just on the outskirts of the city of Guwahati and is well connected to other parts of the country by road, rail or air.
There are direct air services from/to Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata with connectivity to all major cities in the country and direct train services from/to all the metropolis and other major cities.
It is around 20 km from the heart of the city and around 40 min drive from the airport. To reach the institute from the city, there is an Institute bus service that runs regularly to and from the city.

For more information on this college fest, please contact the event co-ordinators directly by logging into this website as mentioned above. Please drop your comments below if you have been to this college fest earlier or if you are planning to go this time.


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