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ZEST 2019


How to Zestify - An interview with the students council about the upcoming interclass culturals -ZEST 2019 by Trupti Priya


  • 1. ZEST 2019, is almost here. How are the preparations going?

Parvathy: I think the preparation is going quite well - although we’ve been on a tight schedule this time! Fortunately, as the event nears, everything has been falling into place and I hope this year’s fest will be as successful as the previous years

Namrata: We're halfway through the literary events and are hoping to complete them in the next couple of days. Looking forward to the upcoming events.


  • 2. What are the new elements in ZEST this year?

Parvathy: We’ve tried to introduce a few new games and events this year - some of which are Art Relay, Hindi debate and Confluence. The Fashion show this year has 5 new rounds and we hope to see the students at their creative best! But of course we’ve also retained all the old classics - such as rangoli, dance, variety, shipwreck, etc. as these have always been quite popular among students.

Vikram: We were open to suggestions from both students and staff and tried to incorporate as many of it, in the best way possible. We have modified the rules of certain events to make it a level playing field. For example Upcycling, previously Best out of Waste, is now more about eco-friendly and utility, and not merely show pieces. P.S. I am personally excited for art relay.

Aquib: Another important initiative this year are the two new teams : IIIyr old VCI and the PGs. Both the teams are preparing themselves to give tough competition to the rest. The t-shirt for this year was designed by Moatoshi of 3rd year, with zest and silver jubilee as the theme.I am happy we were able to get the t-shirts ready on time and at a reasonable price.


  • 3. Did you face hurdles along this process? And what are the factors that catalysed your progress?

Parvathy: Of course, as in the planning of any event, one is bound to face a few hurdles here and there, but thanks to the help of a strong and supportive student council - not to mention our amazing associate patron Dr.Ajay Kumar- we’ve been able to pull through. I also want to mention Josika and Ahan -last year’s cultural secretaries -who have been super helpful and given me guidance on many occasions.

Carmel: The unexpected off days in the past one week and the culturals getting postponed, made coordinating with staff and planning a little difficult. But it also gave us time to prepare better and finish off the literary events.

Sandeep: It was a hard job to find judges for cooking and fashion show, given the change in dates. However we were able to find judges who are exceptionally good in their respective fields.


  • 4.Describe your experience working to make Zest happen? How do these responsibilities feel?

Parvathy: This is my first time in the council and I have truly grown to appreciate the efforts made by students in the previous years.

Sahithyan I’m learning a lot through this. Group work and organisational skills for instance. Council members are very responsible in sharing ideas and sweats which makes work smooth and neat. I surely have improved as a person.

Namrata: It has been busy, but a lot of fun too. These responsibilities and work all add up to watching our peers having a wonderful three days, and that’s what makes it worth it.


  • 5.Finally, why according to you is ZEST a must every year?

Sandeep: Zest is the most awaited event of every academic year. Given the hectic and rigorous academic schedule we have, zest is that time of the year we discuss costumes, songs, dance and dialogues for a change ; a much needed break.

Sahithyan: I would put it as “ Zest, nests us together”. Its where all the beaming faces are found embracing the wide cultural diversity and the hidden creativity and brainiacs are brought to the light. Hence an yearly Zestification is a must.

Are you ready to be zestified ?



Dean, RIVER, and Patron, Students council has approved the executive committee of the student’s council for the year 2018-19. The list of council members are given below…


No
Name
Position
1 Dr. S. Ramkumar,
Dean, RIVER
Patron
2 Dr. V. J. Ajay Kumar,
Associate Professor,
Department of VPE, RIVER
Associate Patron
3 NamrataPai (V BVSc&AH) Speaker
4 Tiruvarur Vikram (IV BVSc&AH) Deputy Speaker
5 M.B. Sahithyan (IV BVSc&AH) General Secretary
6 Aaqib Javed Ansar. A (III BVSc&AH) Joint Secretary
7 Parvathy Balakrishnan (IV BVSc&AH) Secretary-Arts.Lit. Cul.
8 Gangasani Sandeep Kumar Reddy (III BVSc&AH) Joint Sec- Arts.Lit.Cul.
9 Mohit Sami (IV BVSc&AH) Secretary-sports
10 Prashanth. P (III BVSc&AH) Joint. Sec –sports
11 Shaik Roshan Mohiddin (IV BVSc&AH) Treasurer
12 TruptiPriyaLenka (IV BVSc&AH) Student Editor
13 Dr. Martin Devarayar (II MVSc)
Dr. Hariharan. R (I MVSc)
Mohamed Hasif. G (V BVSc&AH)
Guttikonda Sreepooja (V BVSc&AH)
Deepan .G (IV BVSc&AH)
Manju. A (IV BVSc&AH)
Harivarman.S (III BVSc&AH old VCI)
Padalavahini (III BVSc&AH old VCI)
Dhanvanthini. B (III BVSc&AH new VCI)
Vignesh. M (III BVSc&AH new VCI)
Carmel prins (II BVSc&AH)
Rajkumar. M (II BVSc&AH)
Darshini. S (I BVSc&AH)
SaiBhargav. B (I BVSc&AH)
Manimaran. V (I BVSc&AH)
Student Members (CRs)

The activities of the council for the year 2018-19 are given below

ZEST 2018 – An Interview with the Cultural Secretary…

  • Since the culturals are right around the corner, so how is the preparation going?

J: It’s actually going pretty well, I think it’s coming together slowly. There are a lot of new events this year so we’re working hard on those.

A: The preparation is in full swing – from inviting judges to booking dj’s. Honestly the last week went by in a flash and the coming week is even more packed with things to do. After all, it is the most awaited event of the year and everyone on the council is working hard to make sure it goes smoothly.


  • As cultural secretaries what events are you particularly excited about?

J: I’m actually kind of terrified and excited at the same time about the whole event. But some of the events I’m most excited about would probably be the fashion show. I think the fashion show really just brings out people’s creativity and individuality. The dances in our college are always just spectacular and Rangoli because we’ve tweaked the rules this time from the usual theme to technique where you have to make the rangoli in the double stroke technique, I’d really like to see how that turns out.

A: Most definitely the fashion show. Also since there are some changes in the rules of the cooking competition which makes it even more challenging than it was before, I’d like to see what the masterchefs of our college come up with. The debate is always riveting to watch, there’s something really entertaining in watching your classmates channel their inner Arnab Goswamis .


  • This time around what sets this cultural apart from the previous years?

J: We have more filler games this time – Besides dance off which was introduced last year we have an additional filler game called Robot. The fashion show rounds are more complex and would in turn be more challenging to create costumes for such as the Paradox round for instance. The rules of Rangoli and Cooking have been changed. The participants now have to create dishes according to the cuisine they picked by lots, such as French or Italian – a separate cuisine for each course of meal.

A: One big change this time we made was to make the Zest t-shirts available to not just the council but everyone. Glass painting is a new addition to the list of competitions and I am really excited to see how that goes.


  • As the vice chancellor will be inaugurating the culturals this year, what are the aspects of our college would you like to impress upon?

J: Yes, he will be attending the inauguration, I would really like for him to see the Rangoli, flower carpet and dance competitions of our college. Also the Variety as there is so much creativity involved in it and it always leaves an impact.

A: I’d really like to show him the cultural diversity of our college. The first day is designated as traditional so I think that would really highlight the different cultures and regions of our college. I would also like to show him the impressive talent pool of this college.


  • And lastly, slightly personal question what would be your advice to the next cultural secretaries?

J: Always try and set a higher bar than the previous culturals. Don’t be afraid to bend the rules, in fact use the previous set up as guidelines and not rules s such. Everyone is going to have a different opinion so listen to everyone but it’s your decision if that opinion is valid or not. It’s okay to compromise and meet opposing opinions halfway. Stay strong and don’t lose your interest or your integrity. Start organizing as early as possible. But mostly just enjoy your job and the view from it. I’d also like to thank our extremely supportive Dean Dr Ramkumar and our associate patron Dr Ajay Kumar who is helping us every step of the way and most importantly my team which is possibly the best team I could ask for.

A: When you take up the post bring something new to the menu- introduce new events or change the rules to really challenge the students and keep it fresh and interesting every year. Be ready to receive criticism for it. But do not be disheartened; just consider it as an occupational hazard.

By Aishwarya S. Habbu & Arya Nair

Rahman Night ‘18

“What cannot be put into words can be expressed through music” – The Mozart of Madras

By Esther

In honour of A. R. Rahman’s 51st birthday, celebrated on January 6th, 2018, the Students’ Council of RIVER organized an inter-class solo singing competition. The judges for the event were Dr K. P. Mini, Dr P. K. Mandal and Dr Balagopalan. It was held in the college gymnasium. As always, the programme started with a bang: a crowd-pleasing number group dance. In total there were 13 constants each bringing something with delight after every performance. The contestants managed to capture the hearts of the audience with the most soulful, unique and exhilarating performances.

The results were declared as follows: in the boys’ category, Ashish Tiwary (III year) bagged the first place followed by Manimaran (V year) and in the girls’ category, Reanne Carvalho (IV year) took home the gold while Prajna Bhatt (II year) followed second. Lastly, an impromptu performance from our very own professor Dr Balagopalan ended the evening on a harmonic note.

Truly a good start to the year.

Photograph by Mr. Balagopal (3rd Yr)

Freshers’ Day – 2017-18

A Day that ushers Newbies into College Life and Provides an Opportunity to break the Ice

By Lavanya

To an average first year student, the freshers’ day is a very important day to look forward to. Considering the fact that new students who begin their college life are from varied backgrounds, their confidence levels also vary substantially. Those from the rural backgrounds, not very articulate when it comes to expressing themselves, tend to retreat into a shell. On the other hand, their urban counterparts, though as jittery, are more at ease handling their difficulties and challenges on hand.  However, the Freshers’ day affords a wonderful opportunity for the juniors to come out of their cocoons, shed their inhibitions and gel with the seniors and the teachers alike as never before. It is truly a time for breaking the ice and exploring the world ahead.

It is with this very intention that the Students’ council organized the freshers’ day at our college.

The function began when our dean, Dr Ramkumar, welcomed the first years and  assured them  that he and his dedicated team of staff will do everything possible to equip them so they can face the challenges that lie ahead. Some of the seniors also made short but inspiring speeches where improving intellectual capacity, character building and inculcating social values were touched upon.

This was followed by giving each new student a sapling, (sponsored by the Rotaract Club) that they later planted in the main campus.

After this came the much-awaited cultural events which featured a group dance, a group and a solo song. The biggest winner was the college itself because it could take credit for unearthing a whole chunk of talent in a single group of freshers, in a single day, drawn from all across the country. As for the freshers themselves, each one found an able ally in a senior and a long-term mentor in a teacher of their choice to prepare them for the challenges and the hard realities of life.

 

Photograph by Mr. Balagopal (3rd Yr)

 

Mattu Pongal Celebrations


 
 

 
 

ZEST 2018 – An Interview with the Cultural Secretary…

Since the culturals are right around the corner, so how is the preparation going?
J: It’s actually going pretty well, I think it’s coming together slowly. There are a lot of new events this year so we’re working hard on those.
A: The preparation is in full swing – from inviting judges to booking dj’s. Honestly the last week went by in a flash and the coming week is even more packed with things to do. After all, it is the most awaited event of the year and everyone on the council is working hard to make sure it goes smoothly.


As cultural secretaries what events are you particularly excited about?
J: I’m actually kind of terrified and excited at the same time about the whole event. But some of the events I’m most excited about would probably be the fashion show. I think the fashion show really just brings out people’s creativity and individuality. The dances in our college are always just spectacular and Rangoli because we’ve tweaked the rules this time from the usual theme to technique where you have to make the rangoli in the double stroke technique, I’d really like to see how that turns out.
A: Most definitely the fashion show. Also since there are some changes in the rules of the cooking competition which makes it even more challenging than it was before, I’d like to see what the masterchefs of our college come up with. The debate is always riveting to watch, there’s something really entertaining in watching your classmates channel their inner Arnab Goswamis .


This time around what sets this cultural apart from the previous years?
J: We have more filler games this time – Besides dance off which was introduced last year we have an additional filler game called Robot. The fashion show rounds are more complex and would in turn be more challenging to create costumes for such as the Paradox round for instance. The rules of Rangoli and Cooking have been changed. The participants now have to create dishes according to the cuisine they picked by lots, such as French or Italian – a separate cuisine for each course of meal.
A: One big change this time we made was to make the Zest t-shirts available to not just the council but everyone. Glass painting is a new addition to the list of competitions and I am really excited to see how that goes.


As the vice chancellor will be inaugurating the culturals this year, what are the aspects of our college would you like to impress upon?
J: Yes, he will be attending the inauguration, I would really like for him to see the Rangoli, flower carpet and dance competitions of our college. Also the Variety as there is so much creativity involved in it and it always leaves an impact.
A: I’d really like to show him the cultural diversity of our college. The first day is designated as traditional so I think that would really highlight the different cultures and regions of our college. I would also like to show him the impressive talent pool of this college.


And lastly, slightly personal question what would be your advice to the next cultural secretaries?
J: Always try and set a higher bar than the previous culturals. Don’t be afraid to bend the rules, in fact use the previous set up as guidelines and not rules s such. Everyone is going to have a different opinion so listen to everyone but it’s your decision if that opinion is valid or not. It’s okay to compromise and meet opposing opinions halfway. Stay strong and don’t lose your interest or your integrity. Start organizing as early as possible. But mostly just enjoy your job and the view from it. I’d also like to thank our extremely supportive Dean Dr Ramkumar and our associate patron Dr Ajay Kumar who is helping us every step of the way and most importantly my team which is possibly the best team I could ask for.
A: When you take up the post bring something new to the menu- introduce new events or change the rules to really challenge the students and keep it fresh and interesting every year. Be ready to receive criticism for it. But do not be disheartened; just consider it as an occupational hazard.