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AIT Culture Show ’16 – Stellar Student Performing Arts

The AIT Cultural Show 2016 organized by the Student Union Culture and Gender Committee under the theme of “Colours of Life” saw over one hundred student performers and volunteers captivate a standing-room-only crowd at the AIT Auditorium on the evening of February 20.

Performing artists representing ten countries took to the stage in competitive and non-competitive categories. The eight-hour extravaganza included 45 unique performances, many reflective of the mosaic of cultures found on campus.
 
Magicians, fire eaters, dancing puppeteers, a multi-part video and thought-provoking live theater underscored a dense programme of music and dance that kept the judges busy and the AIT Community audience undeniable entertained.
 
Children singers and dancers from the AIT International School, accompanied by their teachers Mrs. Marichu P. Lawas, Ms. Sarita Pinthong Mrs. Vinita Mrs. Joemarie Bandejas, opened the show.
 
Chief Guest Vice President for Academic Affairs Prof. S. Kumar and SU President Jayasingam Adhuran delivered the welcome remarks, handing off to charming student MCs Ms. Naw Thwee Htoo, Mr. Abiral Pant, Mr. Susith Salgado and Ms. Subina Shrestha.
 
Chief organizer Ms. Ashruti Adhikari, Chairperson of the SU Culture and Gender Committee, credited the small army of 38 Student Union behind-the-scenes volunteers for the show’s success.

Myanmar was crowned the night’s overall champion when the total votes were tallied. Category winners included Competitive Dance (Myanmar), Solo/Duet Singing (Philippines), Group Singing (Sri Lanka), Drama (Sri Lanka), Talent Show (Thailand), Fashion Show (Nepal), and Mr. and Ms. Miss. AIT (Sri Lanka).
 
The Culture Show was livestreamed over the internet and branded as ‘SU TV’. Judges included AIT staff members Ms. Laarni Roa, Dr. Anil Kumar Anal, Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe, Ms. Sireeshapaul Bantu and Mr. Shawn Kelly.