A Cultural Carnival: NITRUTSAV 2018

A Cultural Carnival: NITRUTSAV 2018

Disclaimer: All remarks and opinions regarding the events are from the participants’ perspective. Monday Morning does not take any responsibility for their comments.

As the students began to pack their woolly sweaters and hooded jackets to mark the end of one of the chilliest winters the city has ever seen, the Literary Society under the Student Activity Centre(SAC) was busy preparing itself to host one of the largest cultural fests of Eastern India-NITRUTSAV.

Started about thirteen years back in 2005 as an inter-college fete, NITRUTSAV has managed to gain unprecedented popularity ever since. With numbers of participants going as high as 4000 sometimes, NU(as it’s popularly known) has been on the bucket list of every student studying in Orissa.

The cultural extravaganza like always took an arduous amount of preparation by a well-knit team of SAC society regulars, mentors as well as inducted members, making up various teams. The Celebrity Night which is now clubbed with NU was under the purview of the Arts and Cultural Society, whereas the Literary Society was in charge of the rest of the fest. There was the Core Team at the helm—composed of heads of all other teams, which primarily included the Management Team, Content Team, Design Team, Technical Team, Publicity Team, Hospitality Team, Accommodation Team, Decoration Team, Sponsorship Team, Volunteers and more. Besides the entire program was managed by two elected and one nominated Fest-Conveners, secretaries of the two aforementioned societies and mentors who made sure the overall fest was completed without major glitches.

This time the NU Team has managed to bag as many as 9 sponsors, with Coca-Cola, Indian Oil and Paradip Port Trust being the major ones. The allocated budget for the fest was INR 13 lakhs, and that of the Celebrity Night was INR 20 lakhs.. Also as per the Registration Team records, there were as many as 1500 odd registrations, and 325 final check-ins from several colleges like NIFT Bhubaneswar, KIIT Bhubaneswar, VSSUT Burla, IGIT Sarang, Silicon Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Centurion University Bhubaneswar , VikasSoM, BJB Autonomous College Bhubaneswar, ITER SoA Bhubaneswar and many more. The Hip-Hop Championship Auditions and Pro-shows attracted the maximum amount of visitors as the NIT Rourkela(NITR) registration desk went into a frenzy for the first couple of days. All of the boys were accommodated in the VS Hall of Residence, while the girls were accommodated at the CVR Hall of Residence.

As Alice Walker quoted,

Time moves slowly but passes quickly.

Three days of NU 2018 flew by quickly. Artistic decorations, enticing events, creative workshops, striking exhibitions and memorable performances by some of the greatest artists of the country- NU 2018 mesmerized the NITR populace in these three very special days.

Based on the Retro theme, it truly served to bring back the old times. Keeping the feel of pride and enthusiasm high, Team Monday Morning presents an outlook of the roller coaster ride that has managed to stupefy the NITR junta, visitors, students and staff alike.

Day-1 ( 2nd February 2018)

The Inauguration Ceremony

The inauguration ceremony which was held at the Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium (BBA) announced the official beginning of the cultural fest. The ceremony kicked off with a brief introduction on NITRUTSAV by the hosts, Pradhyumna Rao and Sejal Singh. After the ceremonial lighting of lamps, the Dean (Student Welfare), Prof. Simanchala Panigrahi delivered the commencement speech in presence of the Director Dr Animesh Biswas, The Registrar Mr S.K. Upadhyay, The President of the Student Activity Centre (SAC) Prof. Snehashish Chakraverty, the fest convenor Mr. Yash Soni and the Guest of honour Mr. K. Benny Prasad. After speeches from each of the dignitaries and the convenor, the guest of honour, Mr K. Benny Prasad took the dais. An inventor of the Bentar (the world’s first Bongo guitar) and a world record holder for being the fastest man to visit all the countries of the world, Mr Prasad started off with the lines,

I have come here to make a difference in somebody’s life and if I do not fulfil that, there’s no use of me here.

This line lighted up the room and instantly pulled the eyes of the crowd towards him.

With a profound beginning, the crowd was already all ears. Mr Prasad then went onto describe his childhood and the difficulties he faced. He then proceeded to play his instrument and thus captivated the crowd. The ceremony also marked the launch of D361, the official annual magazine of NITR. D361, coming to fore after a gap of two years, acts as a creative outlet for students of the college. The ceremony concluded with a beautiful dance performance by Swati Jain.

In the evening, the focus shifted to the Kathak Dance Programme organised by the Spic Macay Chapter of NITR where the renowned dancer Dr Malabika Mitra enthralled the crowd with a beautiful Kathak performance. Mr Dinanath Mishra then presented the crowd with a classical piece of the tabla.

As the events at the BBA concluded, the crowd began to advance towards the Dilip Tirkey Stadium (DTS) where the inter-campus fashion show Fashionista was scheduled. This year the guest list was nothing less than glamorous as the event was graced and judged by Miss India Odisha 2017 and Miss India finalist Christeena Biju.  With seven participating teams including four from out of our institute, dazzling the ramp, the event ended at around 8:30 PM with Cosmic Singularity from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) declared as the winner.

As the event concluded, the crowd proceeded to witness the last and final performance for the day- MAKTUB, a captivating and melodious song presentation at the packed lawns of the Lecture Annexure(LA). Heartbeats, the fusion band of NITR gave the crowd some of the greatest hits of both contemporary and classical Hindi, fusion and sufiyana songs which enraptured the restless crowd that had gathered to cheer the college band.

With that, the first day of the cultural fest came to an end.

Day-2 (3rd February 2018)

Day 2 of NITRUTSAV saw a host of attractive events and workshops going live. After minor hiccups, as the day progressed, a number of notable venues were thrown open and quickly grew abuzz with a throng of revellers. The guest talk was one of the notable mentions of the day. The speaker of the talk, Mr Bharadwaj Dayala engaged in a friendly conversation with the audience, sharing his experiences as he travelled around the globe on his motorbike.

Team MM presents you a detailed account of all the events that were held on the second day in a tabular form.

Name of the Event

Description of the Event



No. of Participants

Participant’s Comments

Jounce 1.0


A quiz event which consisted of 2 rounds. People participated in groups of 2 or 3.

9 AM to 1 PM

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Around 35

It was a tough quiz yet I enjoyed thoroughly.


A team event where the participants played with cards and engaged in guessing the name of the movie written on the particular card.

9 AM to 4:30 PM

9:00 AM
to 4:30 PM

227 teams
(454 participants)

It was a quick, short and simple event. Quite innovative.

Stranger Tales

Participants solved crossword puzzles. Depending upon the number of words they found, they had to frame a story.

9 AM to 4: 30 PM

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


It was a little brainstorming yet I enjoyed it.

Game of Cards

A Story to be formed from cards.

9 AM to 4: 30 PM

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Very organised and supportive.Initially, the event was slow.

NU Journalist

The participants needed to find out the culprit of a crime based on newspaper articles provided and by interrogating the suspects.

9 AM to 4: 30 PM

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


It was new and innovative. It was a cordial event.

Tug of War


It was a fun event where participants casually joined in.

9 AM to 4:30 PM

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM



Simple and relaxing.Reminds me of one of my childhood picnics.

Match the Stash

A fun word game where the participants engaged in finding the counterpart of a particular word by searching across benches in a room.

9 AM to 4:30 PM

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


It was really fun being a part of the event.

Home and Hope stall

A stall selling items such as candles, vases etc. made by differently abled children.

9 AM to 4:30PM

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Very pretty items.

It is unbelievable to see so much hard work being done for making these items.

Blind Date

Couples were formed based on a chit system. Then they were given some time to spend and know each other. Following this, they were tested in 3 different rounds.

1 PM to 4: 30 PM

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

80 boys and 38 girls registered thus only 38 couples (76 people) participated.

Really enjoyed the event. It was quite interesting as I realized that I had a lot in common with my date.

Mr and Miss NU

 Several rounds such as quiz, ramp walk, judges questionnaire were used to test the contestants with the winner being declared as Mr/Miss NU

2PM to 5PM

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

6 (boys)


It was quite fun watching ourselves getting judged on the basis of these factors.

The Scribbled Stories

A creative writing workshop which focussed on writing our hearts out in the form of micro tales, poems and stories

11 AM to 1 PM

11:30 AM to1 PM


Interactive and enlightening session.
It was very creative and was worth the time


A pani puri eating competition where one had to feed the maximum number of puris under minimum time.

9 AM to12 PM and 3 PM to 7PM

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM


It was really fun and also filled our stomach.
Winners even got coupons to Jo’Z and Hexagon

Set to Rise

An analysis of different celestial bodies using a telescope

Nightlong event

Nightlong event


It was an amazing view from the telescope. It was a great experience seeing the objects for the first time.

Paper Dance

Participants participated in groups of 6. They went through 4 rounds until the paper was folded to its minimum limit.

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

4 PMto 5:30 PM

116 participants

It was a really interesting event. It was fun being a part of it.


























Day-3 (4th February 2018)

The third day of the annual day of the fest, though being short had the most to talk about. From the guest talk of Ms Candida Louis to the mind-blowing performance of Papon, it was indeed a long day!

Ms Candida Louis, one of the most prolific female bikers in India received huge appreciation from the crowd during her guest lecture. Ms Louis, who has been on the road for almost eight years, has created a niche for himself in the domain of biking of the Indian arena.

Here is the table which describes the day, crisp and short!



 Time (Planned)

Time (Actual)

Number of participants

Participant’s comments

Face painting

One of the team members gets his face painted by the other team member.

9 AM to 12 AM

9 AM to 12 AM

10 teams

The event was fun but they had no prizes. Also, judges did not evaluate every contestant as they seemed eager to enjoy other events.


Participants competed against each other in a pseudo-combat game.

9 AM to 4: 30 PM

9 AM to 4:30PM

1800 participants across two days

It felt great, lots of participants were there. We all had lots of fun.


A fun event which aimed at exploiting the literary aspect of an individual. The event included a written round, a Pictionary round and A literary quiz.

9AM to 4:30 PM

9AM to 4:30PM

152 participants

The event was very well organised. It was more fun than literature. Had an amazing time.


Participants were provided with Karaoke and they had to sing the song.

9 AM-4: 30 PM

10AM to 4:30PM


It was a good experience trying out singing for the first time with a karaoke.

Water Polo

Two teams compete against each other and try to score goals through the pool. The team with more goals wins.

9 AM-4: 30 PM

9 AM to 4:30 PM

15 teams

This event was really fun and it’s sad that it had to end!




Standard International FUTSAL rules were followed. The games were held in 30x15m court.

9 AM to 4:30 PM

12 PM to 4:30 PM


The event was well organised, including arrangements and court, even at this hour of the day.

Ad Mad Show

, The participant would be allotted with an article and they would perform an advertisement for it.

9 AM to 4:30 AM

10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

4 groups and 1 solo participation

It was an exciting and unique event. Would have loved if we had more audience.

Cherir Jager

An event consisting of 6 levels with questions based on topics of TV series, novels and general knowledge.

9 AM to-12 PM

10 AM to 1 PM

51 participants

I found the questions a little difficult, but the paper was compiled in a way that I never lost interest.

Boston Legal

The participants had to present their assigned case acting as the prosecution or the defence, in front of the judges.

9 AM to 4: 30 AM

9 AM to 4: 30 AM

60 groups( two members each)

The topic chosen was indeed a hot topic and I found the session a lot informative.


An event consisting of a quiz and a treasure hunt.

9 AM to 4:30 PM

12 AM to 4:30 PM


Was a good and interesting event. Questions were challenging and we enjoyed a lot.

Graff E Spruzzi

A painting competition based on a theme (provided on the spot) using only a single colour.

9 AM to12 PM

10 AM to12 PM

13 participants

Their concept was wonderful because painting with one colour is very challenging.

Troupe Hunt

The participants need to perform an act (drama/dance) to attract people. The one who gets the largest audience wins

12 PM to 4: 30 PM

1 PM to4: 30 PM

7 teams

It was little difficult to keep the people interested but I loved the challenge.


A rap competition followed by EDM.

3:30 PM to 5: 30 PM

3 PM to 5: 30 PM


I loved the idea of the event but the turnout was disappointing. EDM was amazing.

Prom Night

A fun event for people to dance and enjoy. Competitions were held to decide the best couple.

5:30PM to 7:00PM

6 PM to 8:30 PM


It was really a great experience being at a prom night for the first time.

Flagship Events


In this battle of Nukkads (street play) 4 teams participated including our very own RITVIC and Pantomime clubs. Performed in front of the SAC, on the second day of NU, it witnessed a footfall of around 100 odd students after the crowd calling by the teams “Aao Aao Natak Dekho”. As the teams passed on valuable messages to the society through their mesmerising acts, the air got filled with positive vibes. The contending teams left no stone unturned to captivate the audiences as well as the jury. The battle ended at around 12:30 PM with VSSUT, Burla declared winners while RITVIC club of our institute taking the runners-up position.  


This time, the organisers had partnered with the Indian Hip-Hop championship 2018 to host the Odisha legs of preliminary auditions at NITR. With coveted rewards, a prestigious judge and, stellar performances by talented dancers, the crowd at BBA was overflowing and exuberant with madness when the show started at 3:45 PM. The already impatient crowd satiated their excitement to their heart’s content by loud cheering, whistles and claps to the tune of the swaying moves of the participants. In fact, due to some relaxed entry rules and immense popularity of the event, coupled with lack of plenty of volunteers, crowd control became precariously impossible; as the crowd poured out into the aisles and stood up on the seats in the excitement of catching a glimpse of the stage. The event moved on from solo to duet to troupe performances over various rounds as the best of the best battled it out for the Hip-Hop crown. The event ended around 6 PM passing on the dais to Bhubaneshwar Komedians.


Qurios is the annual quizzing event of the official quiz club of NITR, Inquizzitive. Earlier being held as a standalone event, the team had decided to merge it with NU on its third edition. The competition consisted of 2 rounds-a written preliminary round from which the top 7 teams were selected to enter the final round. The event saw an amazing group of contestants who shared knowledge from all domains of study and played hard to emerge as the winners. The top 7 competing teams were selected into the final rounds where a team with Swayambodha Mohapatra, Prathamesh Dash, and Arindum Roy as members were declared as the winners. The winners and runners-up were awarded prize money of INR 9000 and INR 6000 respectively along with certificates. The event was conducted quite smoothly without any notable problems

United Youth Conference 2.0

United Youth Conference (UYC) saw its second event being conducted this NITRUTSAV. The event started off at about 11 AM on 4th February and witnessed a batch of seven teams participating against each other. On the basis of a theme of 'Human Trafficking and Abuse’, two or three delegates were assigned to represent a particular country. After which they were required to qualify three rounds with the aim of scoring the maximum. The participants were judged on the basis of discrete limits like public speaking skill, content and presentation skills. The event turned out to be quite successful with the only glitch that it commenced a day late.

Voice of NU

The event which lit up the Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium on the afternoon of 4th February was Voice of NU. An event which encouraged all the budding singers in the campus, Voice of NU saw a crowd of 200 turn up to watch their friends sing. The number of singers was also a surprise with about 26 students reaching for the stage and singing at their best.

Pro Shows

Comedy Night

The audience laughed their stomachs out as Bhubaneswar Komedians, Bhubaneswar’s first and finest stand-up comedy group filled the room with fun and frolic with their impromptu jokes on life, relationship and to top it all, the lights in BBA. The evening ended around 8:30 PM and the audience left the auditorium with bright and cheerful faces.

DJ Night

The DJ performance was the highlight of the second day of the three-day cultural fest. The event started off with DJ Paranox opening the performance with a mind blowing piece of EDM which instantly lit up the entire DTS. The cheers grew louder as DJ Zephyrtone joined and made the crowd go nuts. The show ended at around 10 PM as the crowd dispersed the stadium after being thoroughly satisfied..

Musical Night

It is not often that a star falls upon the grounds of NITR, and a better metaphor couldn’t be possibly apt for what the huge festive crowd saw on the last day of NITRUTSAV at DTS. True to what all the teasers said, the singing sensation Papon rocked the ‘retro’ stage and carried the audience off their feet as the NITR populace had a once-in-college tryst with fandom.

The preparations began early afternoon, as rigorous light and sound checks were done and security arrangements made to ensure that the flagship event went without a glitch. Crowds already started pouring in from 7 PM as the entire DTS-Scholar’s Avenue area decked to its brightest to welcome the fan-loved star. The event finally lit up the waiting audience at 9 PM amidst resounding cheers from all sections of the gathering.

Papon in his flamboyant and fabulous form began by dishing out soulful Bollywood number smacking the audience both swaying and swooning all over. From Labon Ka Karobar’ to Gulabi Aankhen, he sure did keep his crowd well-entertained. As the evening moved on to peppier numbers, the crowd almost lost all control, with people climbing over chairs, speakers, fences, water tanks and almost anything they could find to catch a glimpse of the maestro.

The show ended with Papon delivering his best song ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ to an enchantingly mobile flashlight audience and then dancing away with some ‘crazy’ Bihu and Assamese Folk songs—as he himself described its magic before all. Lastly, Papon also introduced his talented crew members, who individually played some wonderful instrumentals before bowing out. The larger-than-life celebrity was felicitated by Dean (Student Welfare) Prof Simanchala Panigrahi and SAC President Prof S Chakraverty as he thanked profusely for all the love and warmth that NITR gifted him on this visit. The show ended with some unruly, but successful demands of a Holiday by the crowd, which was promptly accepted to by the Director at the request of the Dean on the stage itself.

The night finally came to a close, as the hosts for the night took leave and the three-day long extravaganza drew its curtains for one more year. Nevertheless, the stellar performance that NITR witnessed this night will live long in the minds of the NITR populace.

Team MM congratulates the NITRUTSAV team for successfully conducting a fest that impressed the majority of the crowd and wishes it good luck in all its future plans that would glorify this beautiful campus.


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