Antaragni 2017: Here's what to look forward to at the 52nd edition of IIT Kanpur's cultural festival
Antaragni, IIT Kanpur's annual cultural festival, is all set to kick off from 26-29 October
Three hundred colleges across India, and footfalls of over 40,000 — that's the scale of Antaragni, the annual cultural festival of IIT-Kanpur. Now on its 52nd edition, the inter-collegiate festival will take place over 26-29 October on the IIT Kanpur campus. A total prize money of Rs 30 lakhs will be offered to winning students and colleges across the different event/competition categories.
Among the highlights of Antaragni this year is the pro-nite, which popular DJ, KSHMR is headlining. The other musical acts lined up for the festival include fusion rock band Euphoria, music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar and rock band Skyhabor.
Apart from the pro-nites, a slew of other events have been slated for the four-day festival. These are likely to feature programmes that had proven successful in previous editions, including 'Dream On' (a campaign where participants have a chance to be mentored by industry greats in their chosen field), 'India Inspired' (a political forum where youth issues are discussed), 'Ritambhara' (a fashion show) and 'Kavi Sammelan' (a poetry competition). Teams and individual students from colleges across India have also registered for various competitions across the fields of dance, dramatics, fine arts, film and photography, and music. Students are also encouraged to sign up for the many debates and quizzes that are held across campus during the course of Antaragni.
Among the events that are expected to draw a large number of participants are Synchronicity — where rock bands from across the country compete for a chance to win the top prize, Junoon (eastern music) and the DJ War.
Going by previous editions of Antaragni, this one too promises to be a student favourite. Watch a short film on Antaragni 2016 here:
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