Antaragni ’23, IIT Kanpur’s cultural festival, features Rock Night, talent fiesta on its first day

· The festival started with a captivating opening ceremony in the Outreach Auditorium, IIT Kanpur
· Antaragni’23 featured a thrilling “Rock Night” with the headlining band, “The Western Ghats”

Kanpur: Antaragni’23, the much-anticipated annual cultural festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), was unveiled with unmatched zeal and enthusiasm in its complete form. Every year, Antaragni promises a kaleidoscope of events showcasing diverse music, dance, drama, and art talents. This year’s theme, “Glimpse of Empyrean,” invites participants and attendees to experience a glimpse of the celestial, blending creativity with a touch of the divine.

The festival started with a captivating opening ceremony on 19 October 2023 in the Outreach Auditorium. It marked the beginning of a four-day-long celebration of talent, creativity, and culture. The opening ceremony was a momentous occasion, attended by key dignitaries from IIT Kanpur, including Mr. Rajiv Rawat-Deputy General Manager, State Bank of India, Prof. Manindra Agrawal, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Prof. S. Ganesh Officiating Director, IIT Kanpur, Dean of Academic Affairs (DOAA), Associate Dean Student Affairs (ADSA), Associate Dean Hall Affiars (ADHA), and Finance and Analytics Club (FAC) members, emphasizing the university’s commitment to the arts. The event began with traditional lamp lighting and a captivating Ganesh Vandana classical dance performance. Esteemed faculty members delivered inspirational messages on the value of creativity in education, motivating the audience. The ceremony concluded with a unifying national anthem rendition, celebrating IIT Kanpur’s unique and inclusive community.

The first day of Antaragni’23 also featured a thrilling “Rock Night” with the headlining band, “The Western Ghats”, setting the stage on fire. The Ritambhara prelims showcased exceptional talent, judged by a distinguished panel including Anveshi Jain, Payal Sen, Parvati Nair, Ayeesha Aiman, Vicky Sidana, Madhura Naik, Aasma Hussain, Neha Batham, and Kashish Rajput.

The first day concluded with the Talent Fiesta artists, which included musician duo Varun-Sagar and the mimic artist Yash Gupta, adding to the day’s vibrant atmosphere. As Antaragni’23 unfolds, it promises to usher creativity, innovation, and cultural celebration, with a diverse range of events, performances, and competitions lined up. The festival is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and a platform for cultural exchange and artistic expression.

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