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Festember is the four day annual cultural festival of NIT Trichy, held in the month of September. The festival began humbly as an intra-college affair in 1975, and gradually began to host participants from nearby colleges in subsequent years.
Today, Festember dominates the Indian college cultural scene, having achieved the 'Best Cultural Event of the Year', awarded by the Tamil Nadu Government, in the year 2005. Festember has developed a solid relationship with the corporate world over the years, gaining multiple sponsorships and collaborations. It now enjoys an annual footfall of more than 15,000 students from over 500 colleges across India.
The events and ambience follow a theme that has been decided for the year. This is done to promote creativity, discourage monotony and to infuse uniqueness to every edition of Festember.
The major highlights of Festember are pro-nites with several celebrity bands coming down to rock the campus alive with their soul swaying music.Numerous celebrities have graced Festember with their presence including Illaiyaraja, Punya Srinivas, Javed Ali, Anuradha Sriram Ganesh-Kumaresh, Salim Sulaiman, Bollywood icon Pritam, among others.
Colleges visiting Festember may compete for the Festember rolling trophy, which takes into account their performance in a myriad of events ranging from literary events in the Tamil, English and Hindi to cultural events including those of music, fashion cinematography art and dance, such as Tarangini, Shruthilaya, Fashionitas, Theatrix and much more. The college with the highest amount of points overall wins the Trophy.
Festember also invites experts and dignitaries in various fields to deliver Guest Lectures. Personalities like Sid Sriram have motivated and inspired students in the past.To further enrich participants experiences, Festember also organizes Workshops on various skills and art forms. Some of the popular workshops in recent times have been Salsa dancing, Caricature drawing, and DJing.
To ensure its presence is felt before and after the action packed three days, outreach events are held in cities around Trichy in the months following and preceding Festember. A notable example is the Rolling Reels Film Festival, where up and coming film makers have the opportunity to have their work critiqued by the best in the industry.
Festember also tasks itself with an obligation to society. Since its inception in 2012, Festember Social Responsibility (FSR) has embarked upon various endeavors to benefit the local community. Due to the efforts of the inspired students, FSR has managed to go beyond the college boundaries to various orphanages, schools, and cities. Some of their flagship initiatives are Metrole, The Golden Dustbin, and Cancer Awareness Month.
For further details, please visit the official Festember website: www.festember.com