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Ragam (festival)


Ragam (festival)

Ragam is the annual inter-college fest conducted by the National Institute of Technology, Calicut. Ragam blends a series of fine-arts, socio-cultural and literary events, along with a variety of workshops, exhibitions and informal events. The fest attracts thousands of visitors to the campus annually, and is one of the biggest cultural fests in India.


  • NIT Calicut 1
  • History 2
  • Pro Shows 3
  • Events 4

NIT Calicut

Set in a picturesque landscape at the foothills of the Western Ghats, the National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC) is located about 22 kilometers north-east of Calicut. Initially set up in 1961 as the Calicut Regional Engineering College (CREC), it was later renamed in 2002 as the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC). From a college that began with an annual intake of 125 students, the institute has now grown to top rank among the nation’s premier technical institutions.


Over two decades have passed since the inception of Ragam - the annual cultural fest of NIT Calicut. The humble yet controversial beginnings of this festival are well-known due to the famous Rajan case that rocked Kerala in the seventies. Rajan, a student of the then-CREC was taken into police custody during the Emergency period and allegedly died in custody in 1976. In 1977 the All Kerala Rajan memorial music competition was started to commemorate his life. However, the same got discontinued in a few years. Later in 1987 the fest resurfaced as Ragam, an inter-college .cultural fest in remembrance of Rajan. The prestigious ever-rolling Ragam trophy of "Nataraj", the trophy awarded to the overall champions at the fest, is considered as one of the most coveted prizes by the colleges in South India. The 28th edition of the fest was conducted in March 2014. The flame that was nurtured as ‘Ragam’ still burns brightly in the hearts of the NITC’ians as the campus is preparing to raise the standards of the cultural fest even higher this time, with the 29th edition of Ragam being scheduled for March 26th-29th,2015.

Pro Shows

The Ragam pro-shows have always been noted for the celebrities who have performed at NIT Calicut. The shows are staged in the institute OAT (Open Air Theatre), with a capacity of over 6000 spectators. Presently the Ragam “nites” include four cultural nites - ‘the inaugural nite’, ‘the highlight pro-show’, ‘the popular nite’ and ‘the rock show nite’.

For the highlight pro-show, NIT Calicut has previously hosted some of the biggest singers in the country including popular youth icon Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Shaan, Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK), Farhan Akhtar, and most recently for Ragam'15, Ankit Tiwari.

Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer, Ranjith, Suraj Jagan and many more have taken the stage for the ‘Popular nite’, where a group of two or more singers perform for the crowds.

Notable bands that have visited the fest in the past are Parikrama, Silk Route, Whitenoise and Motherjane along with tribute bands like Higher-on-maiden, Breathe the Floyd and Jail break.In 2011, Ragam witnessed a breathtaking performance by the 'Jai Ho' team. In 2009 Ragam became the first stage in Kerala to host a foreign band, with Breathe the Floyd, a tribute band to Pink Floyd. In 2015 Ragam truly went international, with Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie performing for the 'nite'. Sunburn Campus featuring DJ Diego Miranda for the first time in India took Ragam to new heights.

Year Bands Celebrities
2015 Eluveitie Ankit Tiwari, Diego Miranda
2014 Lagori Farhan Akhtar, Benny Dayal
2013 Skrat, Jhanu Shankar Mahadevan, Tanvi Shah, Haricharan
2012 Jail Break (Tribute band to Guns N' Roses) Sukhwinder Singh, Suraj Jagan, Ranjith, Ranina Reddy
2011 Junkyard Groove, Jai Ho (Stephen Devassy, Suvi Suresh, Vijay Prakash, Blaaze) Sunidhi Chauhan
2010 Higher-on-maiden KK, Naresh Iyer
2009 Breathe the Floyd Shankar Mahadevan, Benny Dayal
2008 Whitenoise, The Raghu Dixit Project Karthik
2007 Evergreen Shaan
2006 Parikrama, Silk Route Balabhaskar


Ragam offers a plethora of over 50 events – literary, musical, dance, dramatics and more. Popular literary and oratory events include Extempore, Jest-A-Minute(JAM), Debate, Twist in the tale and Mock Court. The musical events include a wide range of both solo events and group events like Swara Raaga and Amplified. The fest also includes a comprehensive set of artistic events extending from pencil sketching to mehendi design and face painting. For the dramatically-inclined, mime, streetplay, mono-act and drama are major crowd-pullers.

The Choreo Nite (Inter-collegiate dance competition) and Couture Boulevard (Fashion Show) are two of the biggest and fiercely contested events at Ragam. Mr.&Ms.Ragam is one of the signature events of Ragam, aimed at testing the persona of the contestants through a series of professionally scrutinized rounds.

The ‘Take One’ short film competition is one of the most prestigious events of Ragam, with the competition being judged each year by prominent film-makers in the industry with the winners getting golden opportunities to interact with some of these brilliant minds.

Every year, thousands of the finest talents in the country compete for the lucrative cash prizes on

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