College cultural fests create a significant moment in every student’s life. It gifts the students an ecstatic time to enjoy with friends. There are more than 680 universities and 37,000 colleges in India. Despite this unimaginable number, there are a few cultural fests that have created a strong bond with student community, which makes them want to never miss the event. In fact some fests always have registrations and audiences from different parts of the country and sometimes from different countries too. Here we provide you India’s top 15 college cultural fest.
Mood Indigo- IIT Bombay
Mood Indigo, the annual cultural festival of IIT Bombay, has transformed into Asia’s largest college cultural festival. Mood Indigo has more than 200 events being organized and conducted effectively every year. With a footfall of more than one lac people in its previous editions Mood Indigo is without doubt the best platform for any competitive student to showcase his talent and also for students to enjoy the time of their college life. Apart from extravagant shows like star night and “Pro shows” where international and national artists (actors, singers and stand-up comedians) perform, the various competitive events conducted at the fest and the heavily rewarding cash prizes, tend to attract not only huge audiences but also many participants. Abbreviated as MoodI, it is conducted every year during mid-December. The year 2016 would mark the 45th edition of MoodI.
MoodI is conducted in the month of December every year.
Incident- NIT Karnataka
Incident is the annual cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) in Surathkal, Karnataka. The fest is a five-day-long event during the even semester of the NITK Calendar held in the month of March. The best part of the event is the private beach with a light house, where different events like beach volleyball, beach football and Sandemonium (sand + pandemonium) events. The previous editions also included adventure sports like zorbing, rappelling and parasailing making the event the best of its kind. Incident is India’s 2nd largest fest and hosts breathtaking events, attracting a huge audience.
Incident usually takes place in the month of March every year.
OASIS- BITS Pilani
Started as a small fest in the year 1971, Oasis has grown into a National level cultural extravaganza. A 96 hour continuous cultural festival, events happening day and night, grasping your attention tight, keeping you awake literally, assuring immense fun and zero percent sleep. All these phrases best describe Oasis. Over 200 colleges participate in the innumerable events conducted in this cultural fest. The title event Mr. & Mrs. Oasis is a much awaited event every year where the best talents showcase their skills and rewarded with handsome cash prize.
Oasis sually takes place during the end of October or the start of November.
Saarang- IIT Madras
Saarang, the annual cultural festival of IIT Madras, is the biggest of its kind in India. It has been witnessing a footfall of over 50,000 since the last few editions. ISO certified and attracting a demographic diversity that few can boast of, Saarang remains an unrivaled platform for showcasing the energy, talent and creativity of the youth. Saarang, in the past, has been the stage for popular performers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sonu Niigaam, Kay Kay, Shaan and Zakir Hussain and also for internationally recognized bands like Opeth and Hammerfall. It has also witnessed the likes of Kamal Haasan, Gautham Menon and Arun Shourie. Saarang features a variety of events and competitions spread over five days. It is a cultural extravaganza like none other. In the year 2016 Saraang witness over 50 Events, 20 Workshops, 5 Professional shows and a series of well acclaimed lectures and video conferences.
Saarang takes place in the month of January every year.
Milan- SRM University
Known for its extravagance, Milan this year witnessed the famous Bollywood actor John Abraham at the inaugural function as the chief guest, addressing the students. The national level cultural fest conducted by SRM University, is an annual event which is marked by a confluence of talents from all over the nation. At the time of its inception in the year 2008, Milan marked the beginning of an era in the cultural history of SRM University. Started out as an idea, Milan culminated into a full-fledgedendeavor to provide a holistic cultural experience to students. Through the due course of the last 8 years, Milan has churned 8 miraculously successful editions that have progressively evolved in terms of the number of events as well as the participants in attendance. With a footfall of over 15,000 students and over 100 events, SRM University’s 9th edition of Milan was a grand success.
Milan takes place every year during the end of January.
Riviera- Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
Riviera is VIT University’s ISO certified Annual International Sports and Cultural Carnival. This festival is an endeavor to provide a platform to all individuals to showcase their skills and develop their potential via arts, sports, music, dance, drama, debate or fashion. The four day extravaganza sees participation of students from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and cultures. Reliving the Era, abbreviated as Riviera witnesses a participation of above 4000 students coming from all over the country, and around 45000 VIT students themselves. The debating tournament witnesses a participation that is from across the nation and from other countries. Riviera also organizes a marathon, thus one of the few fests of the country that organizes a sports and cultural fest together. Riviera is renowned for its popular Star Night event that attracts an enormous crowd.
Riviera usually takes place in the month of February every year.
Alcheringa- IIT Guwahati
Though quite young as compared to most established festivals in the country, Alcheringa witnesses a footfall of 4000 students coming from 400 colleges to participate in over 70 events battling for a prize money worth 11 lakhs. With its seamless blend of competitive bout and incessant exuberance, Alcheringa provides the perfect platform to budding artists to show their mettle and also extol their euphoria. Alcharinga is renowned for not only the start studded nights and the amazing performances but also its campaign on major movements such as North East unveiled.
Acheringa takes place in the month of January every year.
UNMAAD- IIM Bangalore
The very first edition of the Unmaad festival was held in 1996. And from then on it has witnessed a plethora of creative themes like “Free your senses”, “Lose Control”, “Escape Yourself” which embrace the spirit of Unmaad wholly. Some of the biggest names in the music industry namely Jagjit Singh, KK, Indian Ocean, Parikrama, and Farhan Akhtar have performed live at Unmaad year after year drawing in a huge crowd! During the three days of Unmaad at IIMB, the campus is always inundated with more than 600 participants from 200+ colleges who come from all over the country to participate in 30 odd events including dance, drama, music, fashion and literary events, all of which awaits exciting cash prizes to be won.
Unmaad is conducted in the month of November every year.
Ragam- NIT Calicut
More than 30 years after its inception, the name “Ragam” still ignites the same fire in the hearts of those who know it. An extravaganza of Music, Dance and Arts, Ragam remains and always has been a culture that you can never get enough. The interesting history behind this event is that the festbegan as a memorial to Rajan, the student of the then CREC who was taken into police custody during Emergency and allegedly died in the custody in 1976. In 1977, All Kerala Rajan memorial music competition was started. However, this event saw a revolution and reemerged with all its grandeur in 1987, as an inter-collegiatecultural festival to commemorate Rajan. The fest blends a variety of events and presents to the hundred plus colleges that participate a plethora of over 80 events.
Ragam takes place in the month of April every year.
Rendezvous- IIT Delhi
Rendezvous, the French word meaning ‘meeting’ and pronounced as ron-de-vou, is named aptly, since the event is about meeting, where all the talents across the country meet, participate and battle out at multiple competitions. The four main popular events are Dance, Fashion, Rock Band Music and Indian Classical Music contests. Apart from these the enthralling debates and literary events, drama events is bound to have the audience stick to their seats with a wide gape of jaws in awe.
Rendezvous is set to take place in the month of October every year.
Pravega- IISC Bangalore
Pravega is the annual science, technology, and cultural fest of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc).In its conception, it is the first and the largest of its kind, and is designed to attract those students who are the brightest, most creative, and most passionate about knowledge of any form. It will grow into a platform for the methodical science and experience of IISc to mingle with the exuberant and keen nature of the youth of India. The events are broadly classified into three major domains namely, ‘Science’, ‘Technical’ and ‘Cultural’ thereby giving an opportunity to students with multiple talents to explore and experience the fest.
Pravega is a three day event conducted in the month of January every year.
Waves- BITS Pliani, Goa Campus
Over the years, Waves has evolved into the highest echelons of cultural brilliance, with previous years featuring performances by the entertainment industry’s heavyweights such as Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal-Shekhar, VH1 Supersonic, Blackstratblues, Kailash Kher, Parikrama, Indian Ocean, Junkyard Groove, the Fictitious Dance Group, the Goa State Symphony (featuring musicians from Europe) and more. Eminent personalities such as Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Mani Shankar (Bollywood director), Chandni Sahgal (MTV India ex- Country Head) and VJ Bani (MTV host) have graced the fest. There are 4 major events conducted by Waves, namely, ‘Natyanjali’- art of dance, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Waves’- the title event, ‘FashP’- the fashion parade, ‘Sea Rock’- rock band competition. Other major astounding events such as JAM (Just-A-Minute), BITS Goa Parliamentary Debate etc., from the literary events section transforms Waves into one of India’s major events.
Spring Fest- IIT Kharagpur
Spring Fest, IIT Kharagpur’s annual socio-cultural fest and one of the hottest college fests throughout the country,in its 56th edition is known throughout the country for its prestigious events. With more than 100 events spread out over nine genres, Spring Fest has something for everyone. With 55 years under its belt, the events held at Spring Fest have a rich history. Moreover, Spring Fest promises the biggest of performances across all genres-from fusion to Bollywood to rock. Spring Fest has always been one of the biggest stages to showcase one’s talent.
Spring Fest is conducted in the month of January every year.
Malhar- St. Xavier’s Mumbai
A group of teenagers, wanting to break the monotony of classes and college-life, came up with an idea. A small set of fun and interactive games and contests were planned. Hundreds of visitors were invited. And before anyone could guess, one of the biggest inter-collegiate festivals of the country had kick-started. 34 years down the lane, Malhar is organized by an army of 1200 students and is experienced by over 30,000 people from all over the country. Malhar continues its legacy, getting bigger, better and stronger with each passing year. Today, Malhar features a plethora of diverse events and is involved with multiple Social Causes.
Malhar is conducted usually in the month of August every year.
Festember- NIT Trichy
Ever since its inception in 1975, Festember has shown an exponential growth and has all the hallmarks of an astounding fest. Music, dance, food, arts, celebrities, literary events, quizzes, workshops and music concerts. Illustrious people such as Candice Redding, Benny Dayal, Vishal-Shekhar, Salim-Sulaiman, ShakthishreeGopalan, Agam, Javed Ali, SurajJagan, and so many more having performed at Festember, a certain reputation has been associated with the fest. Every year people look forward to better performances, better events and better food. The crowd never disappoints with their enthusiasm and they just add fuel to the exhilarating flame.
From the very name (Fest + September), Festember is conducted in the month of September every year.