About River Talks

The land of the mighty Brahmaputra presents River Talks - North East Literary Fest this coming October in a totally new dimension. Conceptualized and started in a very humble manner in 2012 as Literarum, this small time literary fest is spreading its wings to the horizon this year to provide an egalitarian access to individuals especially in a region where this access is a privilege of the few. The fest is a flagship event comprising of debates, workshops, book releases, movie screenings, theatre shows, book stalls and interactive activities with eminent personalities. Indian Wordsworth Sir Ruskin Bond will be our special guest author this year. Sir Ruskin Bond will undoubtedly serve as a treat for the literature enthusiasts. River Talks will be the hub which will conglomerate writers and readers across all genres of writing and generate insightful discussions, readings etc.. designed to provide intellectual and academic focus for groups of writers with the involvement of enthusiasts, especially the youth.

Not to forget,our Musical extravaganza with Local Train will be a cherry on the cake,or rather,a memorable folded page in the book of amazing experiences.

The fest is jointly organized by Royal Group of Institutions, a premier world class techno-management institution, one of the best in the country, and the North East Writers’ Forum.

Starts : Thursday, 20 October 2016, 9:00 AM
Ends : Saturday, 22 October 2016, 5 PM

Venue

Royal Group of Institutions

Betkuchi, National Highway – 37, Guwahati Assam -781035

Access:

From Guwahati Air Port - 22Kms.(20-30 mins) drive

From Guwahati Railway Station – 10.7 Kms(30-40 mins) drive

From Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) – 1 Km.(5-6 mins) drive

Landmarks:

Opposite Tirupati Balaji Temple, National Highway -37

Opposite ISBT , National Highway - 37

ORGANISERS

Royal Group of Institutions

An ideal union of multiple educational disciplines

Sited on the bosom of the grand city of Guwahati, by the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra, in the environs of the land of Maa Kamakhya herself, firmly stands an institute with high virtues of excellence and a humble promise to contribute to the society at large. Located against the picturesque backdrop of the Tirupati Balaji temple on National Highway 37, Royal Group of Institutions (RGI) is India’s first integrated campus with multiple disciplines and is governed by Gyan Sagar Foundation, a registered society which aims to attain high standards and excellence in specialized professional tutoring. Approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) & COA, New Delhi and affiliated to Gauhati University, Guwahati and Assam Science & Technology University, Guwahati, RGI houses four verticals at present viz. Royal School of Business, the premier institute of business studies in the region; Royal School of Engineering & Technology, a hub for all technical industry aspirants which has also been ranked No. 1 in North East among India’s top nongovernment engineering colleges; Royal School of Commerce and Royal School of Architecture. The group also runs Royal Global School, a parallel establishment which endeavors at shaping the young affiliates intoresponsible and yielding denizens of the nation.

As it is believed that an appetizing cuisine is not complete with a single recipe, we at RGI encourage our students to excel in fields beyond academics. The sports and recreational complexes along with the cocurricular modules help our students realize their full potential and outshine the smartest. The superb infrastructure of RGI boasts of all modern amenities conducive for all round development. Since being established in 2009, we have been acknowledged as one of the best in the entire region and with the unfaltering commitment, state-of- the-art technology and the brilliant performances by the Royalites in the past six years, we firmly believe that the institution will make a wholesome contribution towards socio-economic and educational development of the nation in the near future.

Apart from the academic curriculum, our students have also had the privilege of interacting with eminent personalities and novelties as great as Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Lord Meghnad Desai, Padmashree Dr. Nirupam Bajpai and many more. Interactions with such dignitaries have surely left an indelible mark on the lives and career outlooks of our students.

The Royal knowledge park, fashioned by two social entrepreneurs Mr. Ashok Kumar Pansari and Mr. Anil Kumar Modi, has successfully caught the eyes of the populace of this region and beyond, with regard to its ambience, in-campus discipline, outstanding performance and its world class infrastructure. With its purpose set at nurturing and developing raw talents into well balanced entities so as to meet the ever evolving needs of humanity, RGI is the perfect blend of facilities which pave the way for its students leading to open doors towards a bright and successful future. It is like the rich and fertile earth which not just bears a seed but also nurtures and turns it into an ever growing piece of flora, advancing towards the zenith.

NORTHEAST WRITERS’ FORUM

 

North East Writers’ Forum comprises members, mostly writing in English from the seven north eastern states of India, namely, Agartala, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal and Assam as well as Sikkim. Formed in 1996 this literary body promotes original writings in, and translations from the regional languages to English, and vice versa. Under the Forum’s overall umbrella each state maintains its own literary nomenclatural identity. It is ‘Matrix’ for Arunachal Pradesh, ‘Confluence’ for Manipur; ‘Words’ for Nagaland; ‘Hills Talk’ for Mizoram; ‘Ensemble’ for Meghalaya; ‘Converse’ for Sikkim, ‘Expressions’ for Assam; and ‘Interface’ for Tripura. A literary journal, ‘Newfrontiers’ reflecting literary efforts by its members and others is published annually. The Forum holds its annual general meeting on a rotational basis among the eight states.

Eminent literary personages from India and abroad are invited during the AGM for literary interaction spilling over to several days. Jayanta Mahapatra, Ron Price, Arthur Flowers, Amit Chaudhuri, Bernice Chauly, Linda Christanty, Anisul Haque, Narayan Wagle and Mark Tully apart from others have been feted. The Forum has also held several literary festivals. In 2010, in collaboration with Penguin India a three-day international literary festival was held at Guwahati where writers from six countries participated, a first of its kind. The Forum has also, together with the well-known Delhi based publishing house, Katha, brought out several translated works comprising novels and short fiction from the north east of India.

In a region where multiplicity of languages and cultures often turn out to be a barrier in reaching out eclectically to one another, the Forum remains a beacon for bringing under one umbrella the various literary effusions even as each culture’s distinctive ethos remains intact.

ADVISORY TEAM – NORTH EAST WRITERS’ FORUM

Dhruba Hazarika

Swapnil Bharali

Rashmi Narzary

Dr. Shrutimala Duara

Mitra Phukan

SATTYAKEE D’COM BHUYAN

SPEAKER NELF

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Bibhash Choudhury

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Geeta Dharmarajan

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Jayanta Mahapatra

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Jerry Pinto

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Mamang Dai

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Pankaj Thapa

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Patricia Mukhim

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Preeti Gill

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Rashmi Narzary

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Shinie Antony

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Tayenjam Bijoy Kumar Singh

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ARUP KUMAR DUTTA

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BANDITA PHUKAN

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Bhaskar Dutta Baruah

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Dr. Srutimala Duara

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WASBIR HUSSAIN

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Sanjoy Hazarika

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Jahnavi Barua

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Dr.Rakhee Kalita Moral

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Dhruba Hazarika

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Anuradha Sarma Pujari

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  • DAY 2 (21 ST OCTOBER)

    Grand Opening

    In conversation with

    Ruskin Bond 10.00 am

    Poetry out loud 12.00 pm

    Gigamind (Quiz Sr.) 12.00 pm

    Panel discussion 12.00 pm

    Children's Literature: Fairy Tales or Reality

    (Panelists: Ruskin Bond, Arup Kumar Dutta, Geeta Dharmarajan, Bandita Phukan, Shinie Antony, Rashmi Narzary

    Moderator: Dr.Srutimala Duara)

    Panel discussion: 03.00pm

    Fictionalizing Facts

    Panelists: Jerry Pinto, Shinie Antony, Dhurba Hazarika, Tayenjen Bijoy Kumar Singh, Mamang Dai

    Moderator: Asesh Gupta

    Book Release

  • DAY 3 (22 ND OCTOBER)

    Panel discussion 10.00 am

    North East Perspectives: the insider or the outsider

    Panelists: Sanjoy Hazarika, Patricia Mukhim, Jahnavi Baruah, Anuradha Sarma Pujari, Wasbir Hussain

    Moderator:Dr. Rakhee Kalita

    Megamind (Quiz Jr.) 10.00 am

    Block & Trackle (Sr.) 10.00 am

    Panel discussion 02.00 pm

    Graphic Novels and Comics as tools for imaginative learning

    Panelists: Pankaj Thapa, Champak Borbora

    Moderator: Sattyakee D'Com Bhuyan

    Verve (Street Play Sr.) 01.00 pm

    Live performance by 06.00 pm
    The Local Train

FUNCTIONAL TEAM

BANANI DAS

INDRAKSHI BORPUZARI

RITU BATRA

KAUSHIK DUTTA

PRANJAL NATH

MANPREET KALSI

NIYANGKU RANEE KAMAN

MRIDUSMITA DAS

PRANAB JYOTI DAS

MD. MAHMUDUL HUSSAIN

KESHAV TODI

HRIDAY PRATIM BARMAN

BEDANTA DEKA

DEWAN AKTAR MOZIB

BIPROJYOTI BHATTACHARJEE

DHRUBAJYOTI ROY

SIDDHARTHA BHARADWAJ

RIVER TALKS COMPETITIONS

OBJECTIVE:

To provide a platform so as to enlighten the students in the aura of literary knowledge.

RIVER TALKS JUNIOR: Open for students from VIII to XII (all streams)

“It’s not about being the best,
It’s about being better
than you were yesterday…”

Your greatest competition is, well, “YOU”. If you have the knowledge about things happening around the world, tiniest & largest, oldest & newest discoveries; test your boundaries at the MEGAMIND and let “more knowledge” be the gift you take along with you.

Rules:

  • The team should consist of three members.
  • There will be a written preliminary round if required.
  • Replacement of any participant of a team is not allowed after registration.
  • No cross teams are allowed i.e. both the participants have to be from the same school/college.
  • The participants will not be allowed to use mobile phones or any other electronic devices.
  • Decision of judges and organizers will be the final.
  • The rules are subjected to change without any prior notice, if necessary.

Date: 22-10- 2016
Time: 10:00 A.M.

For query, contact:

AAKASH CHATTARJEE (7086020247)
PRANJAL NATH (9706609966)

E-mail id: rivertalksjunior@gmail.com

“DESIGN IS THINKING TURNED TO VISUAL”

Unfold your talents by letting the picture in your mind, come alive on paper. Confine your thoughts no more to your mind, express them in a creative manner through COLOR-O- GRAPHY and let them inspire others.

Rules:

  • The team will consist of two members.
  • Any one or both can design.
  • A brief description of the design is to be presented.
  • The topic will be provided on the spot.
  • Time limit: 2 hours.
  • All the participants have to bring their own drawing/painting stuffs which include pencil, crayon, water colour, paint brushes, oil paint, colour pencils etc. Photographs, computer graphics, wires and other 3D objects are not allowed.
  • The theme of the design is “CONSERVE WILDLIFE”.
  • Drawing sheets will be provided in the event by the organizers.
  • The drawing/painting must not represent any particular individual, organization, or brand name and must not depict any religious theme.
  • Decision of judges and organizers will be the final.
  • The rules are subjected to change without any prior notice, if necessary.

Date: 20-10- 2016
Time: 11:30 A.M.

For query, contact:

AAKASH CHATTARJEE (7086020247)
PRANJAL NATH (9706609966)

E-mail id: rivertalksjunior@gmail.com

Grandma’s tales… something very heard of? Right? Why not bring out the creative ‘YOU’ who has got this unleashing imagination and jolt them down to create a tale out of pictures! Come out and experience the PIX-A- TALE where you can create your own fantasy world connecting the pictures that’ll be given!

Rules :

  • Word limit: 500
  • Time limit:
  • (1) Writing: 1 hour.
  • (2) Narration: 10 minutes.
  • Maximum two participants per team can participate.
  • Only one submission per team will be accepted.
  • Pen, pencil, eraser, ruler etc. should be brought by the participants.
  • If any story is found to be plagiarized, copied or unoriginal, the participation will be disqualified.
  • Disqualified entries will not be entitled to any certificates of participation.
  • Submission received after the stipulated time limit will be disqualified.
  • The story must not mention any particular individual, organization, religion, race or brand name.
  • Decision of judges and organizers will be the final.
  • The evaluation process will entirely depend on the judges.
  • The rules are subjected to change without any prior notice, if necessary.

Winning participants will be given an opportunity to present their selected narrative passages in a reading session to be commenced in front of the distinguished guests invited from the literary domain.

Date: 20-10- 2016
Time: 11:30 A.M.

For query, contact:

AAKASH CHATTARJEE (7086020247)
PRANJAL NATH (9706609966)

E-mail id: rivertalksjunior@gmail.com

“What words, what phrases,
Are at hand for our use!
Such a spectrum of feelings
Can be freely let loose.’’

-Paul Holmes

If you have the voice to bring life to words, come and enlighten us with the poet in you! POETRY OUT LOUD is the right opportunity to showcase your poetry skill.

Rules:

  • Participants must memorize and recite the poem.
  • The title of the poem and the name of the poet should be clearly mentioned at the time of recitation.
  • The participants have to select any one of the poems.
  • Decision of judges and organizers will be the final.
  • The rules are subjected to change without any prior notice, if necessary.
  • To download the poems, click here

Date: 21-10- 2016
Time: 12:00 P.M.

For query, contact:

AAKASH CHATTARJEE (7086020247)
PRANJAL NATH (9706609966)

Email id: rivertalksjunior@gmail.com

RIVER TALKS SENIOR: Open for students of UG and PG (all streams)

-let your voice be your weapon…

About the Event:

History bears witness to the fact that a conflict of ideas has always led to the discovery of new paths which have raised the humankind to newer levels, as long as the debate is timed, civilized and ‘parliamentary’. Tug of Words provides a ready platform to all those who have an opinion and the faith in those opinions to argue and convince an audience of their contemporaries prepared with arguments against them. One either argues for or against the motion of the House and is judged on their arguments. This is not an event for the faint-hearted but definitely for those who are passionate enough to put their point across the floor no matter what.

Rules and Regulations:

  • The motion for the debate is:
    “THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THAT THERE CAN NEVER BE GENDER EQUALITY ON THIS PLANET.”
  • The debate will be conducted in both Assamese and English.
  • Each participating institution can be represented by a maximum of two teams; the teams comprising of two members each.
  • Each team should comprise of two participants- one speaking in favour of the motion of the House [Treasury Bench] and the other speaking against the motion of the House [Opposition Bench]. This must be decided by the team members themselves.
  • Although the debate will be conducted in two languages, each participant must choose to speak in either of the languages. An individual participant must not attempt to switch languages while debating.
  • A team representing an institution must choose between Assamese or English to debate in. Thus, both the participants in a team must argue in the same language. (However, if an institution wishes to send two teams, they may send one team to debate in English and the other to debate in Assamese, if they wish to do so.)

Rules of Procedure:

  • The order of speakers will be chosen by the lottery system.
  • Each participant will be awarded five minutes to speak either in favour or against the motion. A warning bell will be rung the end of the fourth minute, warning the speaker of the remaining one minute.
  • The use of unparliamentary language will be ground sufficient for the immediate disqualification of the participant.
  • The decision of the judges will be final and binding on all the institution holds right to change
  • Online registrations will close on 18 th October, midnight.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to change any rule(s) without prior intimation to individual participants.

Student Coordinators –

Kahaan Mehta – 7086087677
Mona Bhati- 7896331087

"Unlocking knowledge at the speed of thought"

About the Event :

Let your intellect shine, let the rolling of brain race with every passing of minute. Gigamind,the game of mind, intelligence, interest, power and joy. Be a part and find out which typology is your best match.

Rules and Regulations :

General Rules :

  • For UG and PG students only.
  • Online, offline and on spot registrations are available
  • Any number of teams from a particular college/ institution can register.
  • Only team entries are eligible
  • A team shall consist of two persons only.
  • The decision of the quiz master/ organizing committee will be final and will not be subjected to anychange.
  • The participants shall not be allowed to use mobile or other electronic instruments.
  • Preliminary Round:
  • (A) The information regarding the preliminary round shall be notified to the participants on the spot on the day of the event.

    (B) Competitors shall not take any hints or clues from the Audience.

    (C) Replacement of any participant of a team is not allowed after registration

    (D) No cross teams are allowed i.e. both the participants have to be from the same college.

    (E) In case of tie between 2 or more teams, further 5 questions would be asked for the final selection.

    (F) In case more than two teams from the same institution/college are selected for the final round(i.e stage round), there will be a lottery system to decide which two teams will be the part of the final round.

    (G) The selected teams shall have to appear for the final round.

  • Online registrations will close on 18 th October, midnight.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to change any rule(s) without prior intimation to individual participants.
  • Note: Participants are requested to bring their own stationaries i.e pen, pencil, eraser, etc. Only the stationeries required for the final round (stage round )will be provided by the institution

Student coordinators:-

Nilotpal Goswami (8486172544)
Ashim Deka (9085948274)

-Every picture in its heart has a story of its own…

About the Event :

Do you love penning down your thoughts and emotions on paper? Does the profound beauty of books make your heart leap with joy? If yes, then here’s a platform to unleash your hidden talents. Give the pictures displayed to you a whole new dimension and rediscover the Shakespeare in you.

Rules and Regulations :

  • It is an individual event and will be based on the writing skills of the participants.
  • There will be four random pictures displayed on the screen. Participants have to observe the displayed pictures, imagine a short story and write one on their own.
  • Sequencing of the pictures can be done according to the participants. They are free to start and end with any of the four displayed pictures, however, the story should relate all the four pictures displayed on the screen.
  • The participants can write their story either in English or Assamese.
  • The participants will get a time limit of one hour and the word limit should not exceed 1000 words.
  • Participants should carry their own stationeries.
  • Online registrations will close on 18th October, midnight.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to change any rule(s) without prior intimation to individual participants.

Student Coordinators:

Krishnika Kashyap (9854689895)
Kamakshi Barman (8876175269)

Let your words be few, and exposures many

About the Event :

Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Because you don’t take a photograph you make it. So look and think before opening the shutter and let your heart and mind be the true lenses of your camera.

Rules and Regulations :

  • The competition is open for all Undergraduate and post graduate students.
  • Only 1 team (of two each) per college will be eligible to register for the event. Registration will be on the basis of first come first serve.
  • Participants have to click pictures during all the days of the event and submit 20 photographs per day to concerned volunteers of the event at the end of each day (by 5 p.m.).
  • The photographs have to be clicked within the college premises within the allotted time.
  • The contestant have to select the best five photographs at the end of the final day of the festival which will be uploaded in the website for getting online likes and shares.
  • Winner will be decided on basis of 40% weightage on online likes and shares and 60% on the judge’s result.
  • After the submission of photo it will be displayed online to get maximum likes and shares for 6days ie till midnight of 28 th October, 2016.
  • Images of not more than 10 MB in size must be submitted online and the organizer may request for higher resolution images subsequently. The original images should be at least 3 MB in size as winning images will be printed and exhibited.
  • Image submission to the competition is through our online portal. Images must contain the hashtag #RiverTalks and a short caption of at least 10 words (or of not more than 40 words) that describes the image.
  • (A) Submitted images should be in JPEG format and at least 1,600 pixels wide for a horizontal image or 1,600 pixels tall for a vertical image.
  • (B) Each participant can submit up to three (3) images.
  • Digital manipulation that distorts the reality of the images will not be allowed. Only basic enhancements such as sharpening, contrast adjustment, or simple cropping will be allowed.
  • The organizer reserves the right to reject images with incomplete details required under the photo submission page. All submitted images are non returnable. The file name for each image should be clearly labelled with the participant’s name. E.g. “SasankaBorua"
  • By submitting an image for the competition, the participant will be regarded as having granted the organizer the right to use the image in print, broadcast and/or electronic media without any fee payment, for the purposes of promoting the competition or areas related to the organizer’s work including promotion, marketing and gallery exhibitions.
  • The organizer reserves the right to change or replace the competition prizes and/or modify the rules and regulations of the competition as and when necessary, without prior notice.
  • The panel of judges will evaluate the images based on the following criteria:
  • (A) Artistic/visual appeal.
  • (B) Extent to which the photograph captures the essence of the theme.
  • The judging panel reserves the right not to award the prizes if the images submitted do not meet the requirements stated in this document.
  • Results of the competition will be posted on the “River Talks” photography competition website and winners will also be notified via email.
  • By submitting an image for the competition, the participant will be regarded as having accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules and regulations of the competition.
  • While the organizer will exercise due care during the collection, selection and storage of images, it shall not be held liable for any loss, theft or data corruption of the images.
  • The “River Talks” photography competition is organized by Royal Group of Institutions- Guwahati.
  • Online registrations will close on 18th October, midnight.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to change any rule(s) without prior intimation to individual participants.

Student Coordinators:

Rashaad Nicky Saleh (9508444344)
Ravi Kant Tiwari(8721054795)

for those who can put their thoughts on ice.

About the Event :

Rebuttal is all about testing how fast your mind processes information at the fraction of seconds. Just like there are two sides of the same coin, as a rebutter you have to speak on both the aspects of the same topic. It isn’t rocket science but ‘yes’ your thoughts will be challenged to move ‘in favour’ and ‘against’ the topic at the speed of a rocket launch. You may be given a social issue, a product to market, or anything related to our day-to- day activities. The range of topic can be just anything on the earth. It’s a testing ground of your ability to process your thoughts simultaneously on two different aspects of the same topic. Come on all and take the challenge head on!

Rebuttal is a mix of debate and extempore, in which the contestant has to pick a topic at the time of the event and speak on the topic they select in a particular direction. The Participants can choose to speak for or against the topic at the start of the event and later when the judge at his/her own discretion decides to ask the participants to rebut, the participant has to change the direction of his speech accordingly.

Rules and Regulation :

Pattern of the game

Step 1: Each participant will be given a number of domains for selection.

Step 2: Participants will have to select one domain (domains can be environment, politics, India, sports, geography, human resource, education, Olympics, technology, music, fine arts, culture, communication, finance, marketing etc.)

Step 3: Now the participant will have to select a topic by a draw of chance which will be from the domain opted for.

Step 4: Participant will start speaking on the topic either in favour or against the topic.

Step 5: The moderator will ask the speaker to rebut, and on getting the order to rebute, the speaker will now start speaking in the opposite thoughts of the topic.

General rules:

  • Participates will be given a total of 7 mins
    (A) 5 min to speak on the topic (with orders to rebut his/her speech from the moderator)
    (B) 2min to think
  • Participates will be given two attempts for selection of topic.
  • Topic will be given on spot
  • Judging will be done on Spontaneity, Content (both for & against the topic) and Creativity.
  • Online registrations will close on 18 th October, midnight.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to change any rule(s) without prior intimation to individual participants.

Student Coordinators:

Rishab Lunawat (8472004391/9929708494)
Sanket Chabra (8011018005)

-all the world’s a stage…

About the Event :

That moment when you feel you could have performed much better than they did in the theatre, but alas! Where are the opportunities? To tell you the truth… they’re right here! Royal is giving you the platform where you can explore your talent in the field of writing and acting in various creative ways. The spectators await an enthralling story. So, grab this opportunity and leave the audience in awe and amazement.

Rules and Regulation :

  • Size: The size of team allowed is up to a maximum of 10. All participants must be from the same college and only 2 teams per college can register.
  • Participation: All members of the team have to participate in the play.
  • Time limit: Teams should restrict their play to 15 min(12+3) time
  • (A) Warning Bell: 12min
  • (B) Final Bell: 15min
  • (In case participants exceed the time limit, Judges shall be free to allot negative marks)

  • Language of the play: Teams can use English, Hindi, and Assamese as the language of the play.
  • Theme: The theme of the street play should be socially relevant.
  • Please submit one hard-copy of the script along with the characters and their respective names at the time of reporting.

General Rules for the street play competition:

  • The competition will be conducted in an open place.
  • No microphone, speaker, music system will be allowed.
  • Teams can sing/dance by themselves to create the necessary music or sound.
  • Participants have to depend on their natural vocal and physical ability.
  • Use of acoustic instruments like damru, dafli, dholaketc is permitted.
  • Teams using any props/costume/dressing must bring their entire requirement and must be ready well in time as per the instruction of the organizer. No props or any material will be provided by the host institute.
  • The contestants may opt for a suitable dress code, however the name of the college should not be displayed on their costumes in any form.
  • The contestants are strictly advised not to disclose the name of their college/institution to the Jury member/audience while introducing themselves on stage.
  • Use of any offensive word/language is strictly prohibited and the use of which may lead to direct elimination from the competition.
  • Decision of the judges will be final and binding on all the teams.
  • The organizing team has the right to change the venue, time and rules, if desired.
  • Online registrations will close on 18 th October, midnight.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to change any rule(s) without prior intimation to individual participants.

Student Coordinators:

Anupam Borthakur (9706327620)
ParagJyoti Das (8471960918)
Parishmita Bora (8876856640)

- where creativity meets change

About the Event :

Art is not what you see but what you make others see. It is the expression of those emotions that stir the human soul. So, if you have ever felt the pain of nature and thought about the tragedies faced by it, then we give you a perfect platform where you can paint the voice of nature and let the world know how talented you are. So put on your thinking caps on the theme: “Save the Environment” and draw for a cause.

Rules and Regulations:

Drawing/Painting Rules

  • Drawing/painting sheet of A3 Size (297 X 420mm) will be provided in the event by the organizers.
  • All the participants have to bring their own drawing/painting tools which include pencil, crayon, water color, paint brushes, oil paint, color pencils etc. Photographs, computer graphics, wires and other 3D objects are not acceptable.
  • The drawing/painting must not include words, national flags, or slogans.
  • The drawing/painting must not represent any particular individual, organization, or brand name and must not depict any religious theme.
  • Name and age of participant as well as school’s/college name, address and contact number must be clearly mentioned on the back of the poster.
  • Name and age of participant as well as school’s/college name, address and contact number must be clearly mentioned on the back of the poster.
  • The theme “SAVE ENVIRONMENT” should be the main focus of the poster.
  • No text (including the caption, theme title, etc) should be written on the front of the poster.

General Rules:

  • The participants should carry their identity cards to the venue.
  • The participants have to complete their poster within 2 hours.
  • All posters submitted for competition shall become the property of RIVERTALKS.
  • Top six posters will be printed on a calendar.
  • Decision of the judges will be final.
  • Online registrations will close on 18th October, midnight.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to change any rule(s) without prior intimation to individual participants.

Student Coordinators:

MuskanShyamsukha (9954907935)
LatikaGoel (8752914512)

Panel Discussion

BOOK RELEASE

Ankush Saikia

Ankush Saikia was born in Tezpur, Assam in 1975. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin; Assam; and Shillong, Meghalaya. He has worked in journalism and publishing in New Delhi for over a decade, and was shortlisted for the Outlook/Picador-India non-fiction writing award (2005). He is the author of the crime/thriller novels The Girl From Nongrim Hills (2013),Dead Meat (2015), Red River, Blue Hills (2015), and the forthcoming Remember Death (2016).

WEBSITE: www.ankushsaikia.com

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READING ZONES

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Registration For Availing ACCOMODATION

For more info, contact :
Dhrubajyoti Roy - 9957402336
Or email us at accommodationrivertalks@gmail.com

Terms & Conditions

Competitions :

All on-spot registrations will be closed one hour prior to the event.

Participants must carry their student ID card along with them.

Participants will have to report at least 30 minutes prior to the event.

Depending upon the number of participants, there may be prelims round.

In case of a tie in the final round among the teams, there will be a tie breaker.

The rules are subjected to change without any prior notice, if necessary.

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REGISTRATION

For more info, contact:
HOM BAHADUR KARKI – 8256046877
GAJENDAR SINGH – 9706539048
Or email us at rivertalks@rgi.edu.in

 

REGISTRATION FOR MEMBER NEWF

Chance to avail access to the exclusive lunch and dinner areas and the delegate lounge, entry to two special fringe events at RGI, and other benefits.

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GENERAL REGISTRATION

SINGLE REGISTRATION

Allows access to the festival –session venues, food courts, merchandize stalls, book shop, and Art installation spaces.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE GROUP REGISTRATION

For School/College bringing batches of their students to the festival on - 20 th 21 st & 22 nd October 2016.

PRESS REGISTRATION

Exclusively for media persons officially representing print and electronic media.


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The Purva Tirupati Sri Balaji Temple, located in Betkuchi, Guwahati, spreads this divine message to all. The Complex, located on two acres of prime land, has a clean environment.

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Dipor Bil, also spelt Deepor Beel (Pron: dɪpɔ:(r) bɪl) (Assamese: দীপৰ বিল) (bil or beel means "lake" in the local Assamese language), is located to the south-west of Guwahati city, in Kamrup district of Assam, India .

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Regional Science Centre, Guwahati, popularly known as Science Museum, is one of the units of National Council of Science Museums functioning under the Department of Culture, Govt. of India.

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Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra commonly Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in the Panjabari area of Guwahati, Assam, named after the medieval poet-playwright and reformer Srimanta Sankardev.

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Venue

Royal Group of Institutions

Betkuchi, National Highway – 37
Guwahati Assam -781035

Landmarks:

Opposite Tirupati Balaji Temple, National Highway -37

Opposite ISBT , National Highway - 37

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