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Antaragni’18 Day 1 and 2: An Enthralling Start

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The highly anticipated cultural fest of IIT Kanpur (IIT K), Antaragni, began on 25th October and is scheduled to go on till 28th October. The four-day extravaganza witnesses teams from across the country and hosts numerous events dotted throughout the day. We bring to you the report of the first two days.

The first day of Antaragni’18 began later in the day with the inauguration ceremony and was followed by the preliminary rounds of the fusion band competition and DJing competition.
Ritambara, the fashion show competition, also held it’s preliminary rounds at later hours of the day. The event saw messages on social issues being conveyed via dramatic costumes and sequences. The fashion society of Manav Rachna University payed tribute to Sikhism in their performance and the fashion society of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women based their theme on queer rights.
The highlight of the day was the first celebrity performance of the fest by India’s leading Hindi-rock bands, The Local Train.
The concert was enthralling and swept the crowd off its feet. The band gave a power packed performance with crowd favourite songs like Aaoge Tum Kabhi, Dil Mere, and Aaftab. 
Day two began with the photography workshop by Vikram Singh Rooprai, renowned art, architecture, and monuments photographer. He addressed the bits and nuances of outdoor photography, making the audience understand what sets a picture apart from the rest. Talking about the understanding of a subject and idea behind a picture, he said, “A lot depends on reaching the right place at the right time.”
In Nrityangana, the classical solo competition,
Sreelekshmi Namboothiri of Lady Sri Ram College came first, followed by Ann Afreen of Janki Devi Memorial College, and Aadya Kalia of Miranda House at second and third position respectively. The judges were Ms Kavita Dwibedi and Ms Radhika Kathal.
Pair on Stage, the duo singing competition, adjudged by Mohit Dobhal, Sagar Garg, and Radhika Kathal ended with 12 finalists. The parliamentary Debate competition was almost delayed by five hours, leaving the participants extremely anxious. The next event of the day was the stage play competition. The jury panel of Harish Patel and Rahul Khanna shortlisted plays for the final round.
The Creative writing competition saw the participation of over 70 people who had to write on one topic out of four within 2.5 hours. The participants had to put their thinking caps on in the Movie Quiz. Under quizmaster Anandita Basu Roy, the cinema enthusiasts competed to win the title of the ultimate movie buff. In the General Quiz, Ankur Banga, Nallapati Chaitanya Sathvik, and Shardul Singh from IIT K won the first prize. The second and the third prize also went to IIT K students.
The NukkadNatak prelims lived up to the hype with a plethora of stirring performances. Out of the many participants, ARSD College, Shivaji College, Delhi Technical University, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Venkateswara College, Hansraj College, Hindu College, and Maitreyi College have adjudged the finalists. In Synchronicity, the rock/metal band competition, 519, Last Train to Paradise, and Confuzone emerged as the winners.
In the literary contest Word Games, Vallari S. Aditya of St. Stephen’s came first. Priyanshi Singh, Siddhy Raman, and P. Upasana of Indraprastha College for Women came second, and Vartika Pandey, Aditi Kishore, and Anshi Srivastava of KNIT Sultanpur came third. Teams of three from various colleges participated in the event, where they were given two hours to solve a combination of puzzles.
Aamne Samne was a competition where participants were given a topic on the spot, on which they were to have a discussion. For the same,  48 participants were divided into groups of six. Giriraj Kishore, Neladhar Jagudi, and Ravindra Prabhat, believed to be pioneers in Hindi Literature, were the judges. Participants were marked on the basis of the content of their argument and expression. Out of the 48 participants, 20 have been selected for the final round.
The preliminary rounds of Antaragini Idol, the solo singing competition, was held at L- 8, Academic Block. It was judged by two members of Culture Roots Foundation. 150+ students participated in the competition.
The auditorium was jam-packed with an audience during Jitterbug, the group western dance competition. A total of 19 participating teams competed for a spot in finals that is set to be held on the 28th of October. The performance by the home team was met with a thunderous applause and the chants of “IIT K ka tempo high hai” (a signature chant of IIT K that signifies unity). Out of 18 teams, eight teams made it to the finals based on the judgement of Mr Ricky Sethi, Akash Ambedkar, and Pankaj Roy.
Ms Sunipa Bhowmik and Mr Rajesh Sharma judged Naqaab, the mask- making competition. The participants were judged on the basis of innovation and neatness. The winners of the competition were Gaurav Singh and Sneh Sharma and the runner-ups were Labdika Sharma and Gaurang Garg.
 Comic-Con, the stand-up comedy contest, the finals of Ritambhara, and classical music concerts are also scheduled post-midnight.
Feature Image Credits: DU Beat
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