With the advent of River Talks the first event Pix-a-tale started right after the inaugural ceremony. It is a junior category event wherein some photographs were displayed and the contestants were asked to pen down a tale which relates to all the displayed pictures. A total of 20 participant teams from over 15 different institutions participated in this event. The event was judged by Dr. Baishali Rajkhowa and Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. The team from St. Mary’s Maligaon bagged the first prize with Royal Global School being the close second. The third prize was surprisingly won jointly by three teams of the same institute, Assam Valley School.
The competitors for the Bard’s corner were all set to convert their imaginations into the form of writing, awaiting for the 4 photographs to be displayed which were to be employed for making the story. The event was judged by one of the renowned dignitary Dr Darshana goswami Deka. More than 30 participants from over 25 institutions competed amongst themselves to outshine others and emerge as the winner. Putting their best performance up for evaluation the contestants left the room with their minds full of uncertainties and expectations, awaiting the results which are to be declared the following day.
As the name suggests “Head & Hands”, was a poster making competition with its name implying the use of ideas from the head and flawless strokes with the hand. It is said that “Art speaks where words are unable to explain”, so to express those thousand emotions this competition with the theme “Save Environment” was organised by Royal group of Institution along with the North-East Writer's Forum at the literary fest River Talks 2016 wherein all the participants very beautifully portrayed their imaginative ideas on the canvas. Posters that depicted the theme beautifully without the use of any words or slogan came out as the output of this event.
Mr. Ranadhi Sharma was the esteemed judge of the event. Mr. Sharma is presently the head-Marketing, PR and branding of the Assam tribune group of newspapers.
Colour-o-graphy, one of the many events organised on the first day went on to witness success which was far greater than expected. This event basically emphasised on putting thoughts and ideas beautifully and skilfully in the form of art on paper. As a junior category event, it had attracted a total of 48 enthusiastic students divided amongst themselves into 24 groups coming from a number of schools in the city like Kendriya Vidyalaya, Royal Global school, St Mary's school, Axel public school, St Francis and St. Stephens. The theme of the event was Conservation of Wildlife’ and as one could see from the work of the different participants engrossed in their masterpieces , the creativity and artistry of the students were surely in their best form . The judges of this event were Ms Tulirekha Deb and Mr Koushik Hazarika . Ms Tulirekha Deb being a very talented artist had been recognised for her notable work and dedication by the Assam Science and Technology & Environment council as well as by the Ministry of HRD, government of India and is currently working as a fine arts teacher at RGS Guwahati. Mr Koushik Hazarika has been the editor at G plus since May 2013. A very spontaneous and hard working person, he has been actively involved with marketing, creatives as well as editorial activities. The winners of this event were both students of RGS with Dristiron Saikia in the first position and Pratish Paban Patwari along with Siddeshwari Ranawat as a team in the second position.
A debate competition with the topic stating that “The house believes gender equality can never be achieved on this planet “, Tug of Words was an event worth watching. The event was judged by Mrs. Aparajita Bhuyan , Mr. Deepak Sharma, Dr. Bidula Sharma with Mr. Amlan Das being the speaker of the house. The heated arguments put forth by the contestants certainly raised the temperature of the house by a few degrees. Towards the end the judges and Speaker put forward their views on the performances put up by the contestants and pointed out the pros and cons, wishing the contestants a good luck for their future. The winners were:
The programme was initiated by Juri ma’am and the host of the event, Swapnil Bharali sir. The stage was then taken by the first speaker Shinie Antony ma’am, who read out a story about a woman in a married life, facing problems with her husband. The second reader was our very own Dr. B. Banerjee sir, who spoke a bit about himself and his life during his time in Jorhat Engineering College. He spoke about how life is a game of 53 cards and not 52 with the joker being very much in play. He went on to read about his teenage years and how he feels about his family, and the things that make a man. After this Monalisa ma’am took the stage with her funny self, speaking about the dynamics of culture and society and about Mizoram University. She then read about destiny and about Dylan, on how he won the Nobel Peace Prize for literature. The fourth reader was Surajit Sir, who read out three poems translated from Assamese to English. The 1st was by Hembaruah (1915), the second by Prabin Phukan, and the third poem was by Nabakanta Baruah (1926). It was about the different masks worn by people during their lifetime. The fifth reader was Shrutimala Duara ma’am, who read out a short story about a spiritual journey of a women and how she feels about it. Then the stage was taken by Indrakshi ma’am who too read a short story. Like this many more readers came and read some of the most beautiful writings and poems.
For the screening of the documentary “Rambuai’ Mizoram’s ‘Trouble’ years”, all the guests were escorted to the Royal Global School where they were greeted by Banani Hazarika ma’am. The producers Sanjay Hazarika sir and Preeti Gill ma’am were felicitated by Anuradha Devi ma’am. After that Moli Senapati, Bikash Kumar Dutta and Hiten Thakuria, all noted personalities, were felicitated and honoured. The documentary showed that because of the flowering of a species of bamboo, there was an increase in rat population. This caused destruction of crops and other basic amenities. The villagers were hungry and the hunger turned to resentment. All this turned into an anti-Indian insurgency. The documentary revolves around this topic. It truly was heart warming and was a pleasure to have such a beautiful piece being screened at the end of Day 1 at River talk.