Fun Sunday in the offing

Kalimpong, Aug. 25: An unlikely combination of music and muscles is expected to make for an exciting Sunday in the hill town this weekend.

The fun begins at 9 am with the Second Annual Inter-School Marching Band competition at Mela Ground here. And at 1 pm, the focus will shift to the nearby Town Hall, where the Second Gorkha Hill Classic Bodybuilding Championship will be staged.

Only into its second year, the marching band contest, to be organised by Sasonian Alumni Association, has already generated tremendous interest. Eleven schools of the town will take part in the event, where they will be judged on the basis of their musical performance, display, turnout, marching and tuning of instruments. “Apart from awards for the top three bands, there will be a consolation prize and a special award for the best band leader,” said association member Neal Akash.

The judges will all be army officers from the local Durpin station. “The army has lent us tremendous help in organising the contest,” said association secretary Sandip Jain.

The cynosure of the event will be the band from Mary Scott School for the Blind, which will lead the march past from Thanadara to Mela Ground. “The idea is to give the school bands the exposure they so richly deserve,” said Neal.

All the major schools in town boast of a marching band, which is unique in the hills. Despite the slushy ground condition, some of the bands were seen practising at the venue today. An army band, which will demonstrate its skills at the event, was also doing their rounds.

Just around the time the bands sound their last notes on the D-Day, the bodybuilding contest will begin at Town Hall. In all, 48 participants from the hills and Sikkim will take part in four different weight categories (55 kg, 60 kg, 65 kg and 70 kg and above).

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