Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati, kick-started its 4th Annual Cultural and Literary Festival, Vaomalan, 2018 in a press conference yesterday. The four-day festival that ends on 18 February promises to bring students across institutions together, to learn learn, compete and enjoy.
Vaomalan means ‘a calling from the top of a hill in order to gather people’ and is taken from the Tangkhul tribe of Nagaland. The theme this year is ‘The Unsung Tales’ that celebrates the recognition of myriad accomplishments and the unknown, but extraordinary experiences of people and tales of different lands.
The festival began with a blood donation camp, in association with Guwahati Medical College, and supported by Pay From Heart.
This was followed by interactive sessions by prominent speakers outside the academic arena, to bridge the gap between the conventional learning and extra curricular passion through indulgence in introspection.
The fest has its flagship event of ‘Model United Nation’ that will have delegates participation across India. And an OBR – One Billion Rising – is another event by TISS Propsosed by Himachal OBR in consultation to Assam OBR to raise Social Awareness and mass participation of students, reform groups and organisations top end violence against women.
The fest was inaugurated by PRIA the title sponsor of the literary events of the fest.
The first day had a series of of fun-filled activities and the next three days are lined up with many more literary events such as fandom quiz, debate, film making, elocution, painting and poetry slam.
It will also comprise diverse cultural events called danspiration (dance), a fashion show, etc.
On the last day of fest 18 February, the institute has organised a walk for cause Walkathon in collaboration with Gauhati University and Assam Engineering n College.
And, last but not the least the fest will draw the curtains by rolling and rocking on the floor with DJ Varun Vohra.