Fests are the time when students break out of the monotonous routine of college and showcase one’s talent. Here are the 5 best college fests that happen every year across the country that you should try and attend!
1) MOODI, IIT Bombay
Mood Indigo is the annual cultural fest of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. It was started by a group of music enthusiasts with a small budget of Rs.5000. Now, Moodi is a full-fledged fun fest since it was founded in 1971. Moodi takes place from December 26-29 every year.
They have competitions on literary arts, speaking arts, fine arts, music, dance, design and digital arts, lifestyle and dramatics.
Concerts: Contemporary Night, EDM Night, Livewire Night and Popular Night with artists like Zakir Hussain, Hariharan, Raghu Dixit, Karsh Kale Collective, Papon & the East India Company, Euphoria, Indian Ocean, Akcent, DJ Lloyd, Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, Katatonia, Simple Plan, Asha Bhosle, R D Burman, Salim Sulaiman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Sonu Nigam, Shaan and Mohit Chauhan.
ProShows: IMF, Theater Fest, Illuminati, Fringe Fest, Humor Fest and Afternites, whereas there are many activities organized for the adrenaline and sport junkies too!
2) OASIS, BITS Pilani
Oasis is a 96-hour festival. It is organized in the month of October by the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Started as a small fete in 1971, Oasis is now known to receive participation from over 200 colleges in the country.
Events: Exposure, a photography competition cum exhibition, Rocktaves, one of the best rock competitions in the country, Choreo as well as Mr & Ms Oasis (MAMO), dance, music, stage shows, drama, fashion shows and treasure hunts. It boasts of being the only fest that organizes Rap Wars, where talented rappers all over the country come to compete.
Pro Shows: Artists/groups such as Good Shoes, The Shakey Rays and Kailash Kher, TAAQ and Neeraj Shridhar have performed in the past.
3) SAARANG, IIT Madras
Saarang is an annual cultural festival organized by the students of IIT Madras. This festival was formerly called ‘Mardi Gras’.
Events: Choreo Night is the biggest inter-collegiate dance competition in South India. There is NxG Rockstar and Tarang for music. Then there are Design Fests, Dance Events, Speaking Events, Classical Arts, Fine Arts, Carnival, Thespian Events, Media Events, Online Events, Quizzing Events, Workshops, Lectures and Demos, Music Events and Unwind Events.
Artists: They usually have performances from names like, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Parikrama and Anathema, alongside a Kathak Yatra, featuring work of Pt. Birju Maharaj.
4) INCIDENT, NIT K
Incident is the fest of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) in Surathkal. This fest is considered to be the second best cultural fest in South India. NIT K owns a private beach where students chill out or compete in sports events like beach volleyball, football etc.
Events: Haute Couture (modeling), Bandish (eastern classical music competition), Pulse (western heavy metal competition), Promenade (group dance), Leading Note (solo singing competition), Acoustic, Fine Arts, Lit Events, Kannada Events and Gaming Events.
Workshops: Qi Gang, photography, salsa, cartoon movie making, self-defense for women, soft toy making, mural art, mural art, and DJ-ing.
ProNites: Performances from artists like Sunidhi Chauhan, KK, Javed Ali, Kunal Ganjawala, Indian Ocean, Raghu Dixit Project, Led Zepplica, Breathe the Floyd, Jailbreak, Eccentric Pendulum and MoherJane.
5) RIVIERA, VIT
Riviera, or reliving the era, is the cultural and sports fest of Vellore Institute of Technology University, Vellore. Every year Riviera is known to have more than 4000 students from different colleges of the country in addition to about 45,000 VIT students. It holds more than 100 events in the fields of dance, music, literary arts, fine arts and debates. The debating competition has students from all over the country participating and Star Night at Riviera is famous and attracts a huge crowd.
Performing Artists: Euphoria, Parikrama, KK, Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan have performed at VIT Vellore’s fest in the past.
Events: Mixed Bag, Outspoken, Inquizitive, Wordsworth, Game-a-thon, Rock On, Fun Arena, Dance and Dramatics.
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