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NIT Festember 2018

Vox Populi
Vox Populi is a new series of Guest Lectures by Festember that seeks to bring the inspiring stories of lesser known people that have left their mark in the world around them. The first speaker in this series was Mrs. Sneha Mohandas. She's the mastermind behind the "Food Bank" initiative that aims to eradicate hunger in India.
The event was conducted in the Senate Room, like an interactive session between the speaker and the audience. After a small, but informative presentation the speaker revealed that the idea of the initiative was to provide at least one fresh meal a day to the poor and needy. The floor was then opened to questions, where topics like the driving force behind "Food Bank" and the logistical challenges faced, were discussed. On the whole, the first edition of Vox Populi was a promising beginning for the things to come.

Indie Stage
A diverse set of teams came together to enthrall the audience with their performances at the Indie Stage from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, in the Lecture Hall Complex. An Informals event, people from various places went up on stage to show their love for music.

Guest lecture – Nithya Menen
The last guest lecture of Festember’s Carpe Diem series on Day 3 featured the renowned actress and playback singer, Nithya Menen. The guest lecture took place in the Barn Hall at 4:30 PM. She described a film shooting as “90% hardwork and only 10% glamour”. She revealed how demanding an acting job can be. At the end of the mesmerizing talk, the audience were given an opportunity to interact with the young and successful actress. Finally, she was presented with a Festember memento by the director Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas. The Hindi Lits events wrapped up with the finals of Halka Fulka and Extempore happening at Orion G5 from 4 PM to 6 PM. Under Tamil Lits, Kalakkal Kalatta ended with a flourish at the Barn Hall from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The English Lits came to an end with the finals of Extempore happening from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at A2. The Salsa Workshop’s finals session
ended at the Badminton court from 3 to 5. Valediction

The Valediction Ceremony for Festember’18 took place at the Barn Hall. The event began with a prayer song followed by the welcome address by Dr. C. Sathiya Narayanan, the staff advisor. The Cultural report was given by the cultural secretary of Festember ‘18, Akshay Ravi and the Marketing report was delivered by Gautham, the head of marketing for Festember ‘18. The Media Report was given by Rohit PK, the head of Media Relations. Dr. Samson Mathew, Dean
students welfare addressed the gathering which was followed by the presidential address by the director, Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas. In her speech, the director praised the efforts of the students and encouraged them to strive for greater excellence in the next editions.The Valedictory

address was delivered by the Chief Guest, Ms. Sakthisree Gopalan. The memento distribution took place which was then followed by the vote of thanks delivered by the Treasurer for the fest. This brought an end to the ceremony.

Popular Nite:

Popular nite was held at the GJCH at 10 pm. The proshow was performed by the famed singer,
Sunidhi Chauhan . The show saw a population of thousands who filled up the hall with their
whoops and cheers. A multitude of songs in Tamil and Hindi were sung which threw the
energetic crowd into a frenzy. With snazzy beats and foot-thumping songs the proshow ended
by 11:30pm.

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