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Festember: A Cultural Medley
Taking forward a legacy of well over 40 years of jubilant celebration of the arts, music, creativity and global culture; Festember, the largest inter-collegiate cultural festival of South India has never failed to surprise, intrigue and inspire. Festember is the annual cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli also known as NIT Trichy. It is a 4 day event usually held in the month of September. It was founded by the students of NIT Trichy in 1975 as an all-encompassing medium of unfettered expression, and is a completely student-run fest. The fest, which had a humble beginning with a near zero budget slowly gained momentum over the years with the help of sponsorships and collaborations. It now boasts a massive annual footfall of more than 17,000 students from 500 colleges across the country. The logo and brand name ‘Festember’ has been trademarked since November 2017.
Ranging from the mellifluous Classical Night and the energy-fuelled EDM Night, to the breathtaking Popular Night that blasts peppy numbers left, right and center, Festember has seen world-class artists like Amit Trivedi, Shravan Sridhar and many more perform their inimitable shows on stage over the years. This edition of Festember has also risen to the challenge, with the all-star ProShow lineup comprising of progressive-fusion band Pineapple Express for the Fusion night, Skrat and Switcheroo for the Rock night, DJs Sabrina Terence and RavatorMusic for the EDM Night, and Sunidhi Chauhan for the Popular Night.
Apart from exhilarating performances from accomplished artists, Festember also plays host to a variety of inspiring personalities who recount remarkable moments in their lives, such as singers Sid Sriram, Srinivas and Unni Krishnan, directors Mahesh Dattani and Suresh Triveni, and actor Anita Ratnam. These guest lectures are exciting, exhilarating and awe-inspiring little sessions that stay with you long after they're over. This Festember brings you the veteran director P. Vasu, the Foley artisan Karan Arjun Singh, the Carnatic Vocalist Aruna Sairam, the renowned author Ashwin Sanghi, the acclaimed actress Nithya Menen, and the Playback Singer Karthik.
Attendees of the extravaganza have a plethora of cuisines to indulge their taste buds as they experience an all-round sensory treat. Festember consists of a large number of events related to dance, music, drama, lits, fashion and more. Interesting workshops such as ventriloquism, mind reading, card throwing and salsa are also held, apart from a multitude of informal events.
Festember is preceded by a number of outreach events such as the Festember Football League (FFL), Gigahertz, a rock band contest, and Rolling Reels Film Festival (RRFF), a short film festival, all of which are usually held in major cities of South India. Aptly dubbed 'A Fest to Remember', the fest provides an excellent opportunity to make new connections and explore. The 44th edition of this adventure will serve as a voyage into the exquisite palaces and the golden sands of Arabia from the comforts of the NIT Trichy campus, as the true spirit of the Middle East is effortlessly brought to life. Festember 2018 is set to take place from September 13th to 16th with the theme for the year as ‘An Arabian Odyssey’ and will be witness to 4 nights of vibrant hues, exotic cuisines and unforgettable emotions.
Karan Arjun Singh
Stand up comedy
Fusion Nite - Pineapple Express Revel in the perfect fusion of classical music and progressive rock as Pineapple Express, the largest progressive-fusion band in the country, headlines the ‘Fusion Nite' of Festember ‘18. Experience a whirlwind of emotions as you witness the effortless blend of Carnatic melodies with the beats of Experimental Electronic Music. Mark your calendars, and don’t forget to be at the GJCH on Thursday, Day 0 of Festember ‘18! Rock Nite - Switcheroo Rock Nite, which happens on Day 1 of Festember hosts Switcheroo, a 5-piece Experimental/Alternative Nu-Rock band. Be prepared to experience a breathtaking performance and let the hard rock electrify your body. Flow with the music, and you will be left, with your blood pulsating with anticipation, wanting more. Rock Nite - SKRAT The second act of Rock Nite, brings out the best talent the country has to offer in the genre. This year is no exception, with Skrat, a Rock trio from Chennai, who are all set to rock the night away. Their high energy performance is sure to leave you awestruck and wanting more. EDM Nite It's only right to party all night and live like there's no tomorrow. Experience music like never before at EDM Nite featuring DJ Sabrina Terence, a world record setting contemporary artist who has won the ‘Middle East Favourite Female DJ’ award, opened by RavatorMusic! Get ready to party along with the thumping bass and make the evening one that you will remember for a lifetime! Popular Nite Her musical journey started at the tender age of 4 and has taken her places far and wide. She has lent her voice to a variety of songs, with chart busters such as Kamli, Dhoom Machale and Sheila ki Jawani. The recipient of two Filmfare awards, she has been called the the "Numero Uno" singer of the generation by none other than the legend Lata Mangeshkar herself. Be there at the GJCH on Day 3 of Festember to experience the fiery Sunidhi Chauhan!
The mandatory registration fee for all attendees is Rs 300.
The hospitality charges per person are :
A/C Accommodation: Rs 250/day
Non A/C Accommodation: Rs 150/day
Caution Deposit: Rs 250 (refundable)
How to reach NIT Tiruchirappalli
NIT-Trichy is located about 22 km from Tiruchirappalli Junction / Central Bus stand on the Trichy-Thanjavur Highway.