Saarang, the annual cultural festival of IIT Madras, without any doubt is one of the many things that defines Chennai and the 2008 edition of this fest begins tomorrow, bigger and better than before as the students of IIT M always promise.
Apart from the usual events (Lits, DumbC, dance, music, dramatics, debate etc.) this time they have introduced four new events including Solo dance and Short Film Making. Short film making was actually introduced last year, but it didn’t take off as expected and hence it has been re-introduced this year.
But what takes the cake this year is their impressive workshop line-up, from hairstyling to cookery with Sanjeev Kapoor to animation workshop with Soundarya Rajnikanth (who is right now working on the animation film ‘Sultan’ presenting Superstar as a 3-d avatar) to DJing to dance to Kalaripayattu workshop.
I am impressed with their efforts to showcase an ancient Indian martial art form, Kalaripayattu, at their cultural festival. And oh! I am not going to forget to highlight the heart of every Saarang ‘Pro Shows’. This time they are flying down Lucky Ali on Saturday night.
Now enough of writing/reading about Saarang, it is time to experience it.