10 Best College Cultural Festivals In India

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And here come the 10 best cultural fests of prestigious colleges in India. Not only do these fests take a place in the ‘Top 10 List’, but they also guarantee complete fun, a learning and enjoyable experience for a large audience all over the country. Read on to find out the best 10 college cultural festivals…

Mood Indigo

(IIT Bombay)

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Undoubtedly, Mood Indigo tops the list when it comes to cultural festivals. It’s considered to be the largest fest in Asia. Mood Indigo garners a wide range of students coming from over 600 colleges. Mood indigo 2015 witnessed the presence of some great performers like Shaan, Lucky Ali and Pritam. These pro-nites were a huge hit. Especially, the EDM night which was marked by the presence of the sensation Borgeous, was breath-taking. Apart from the pro-nites, the fest had interesting events like the Fashion show, Humour show, Dance battles and Street plays. There is no doubt that the overall footfall was about 1,27,000 students. So what are you waiting for? Come and be a part of this annual event of IIT B which takes place in December end every year.


(St. Xavier’s)

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Malhar, the second largest cultural fest of Asia is also a very popular event of Mumbai. Malhar, typically an Arts college event, concentrates on various literary competitions and events like Debates, Extempore and Elocution. Malhar also has various cultural events like rap battles, beat boxing battles and Dramatics. Malhar has interesting themes every year since its inception. Malhar 2015 had the theme , ‘Malhar – A chronicle’ which was considered to be a big hit. This theme provided the right platform for the participants to share the stories, be it via music, dance, creative writing, workshops or even comic books. So, if you are looking for an unique excursion, then Malhar that usually takes place in the month of September is just the right place…!


(IIT Delhi)

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Rendezvous is considered the largest cultural fest in the North India. Rendezvous garners an audience of about 50,000 students coming from over 400 colleges across India. Rendezvous boasts of performances by the stalwarts of the entertainment industry, from India and abroad. In the past, celebrities like Javed Ali, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Imran Khan, Tom Alter have come and been a part of the events in this festival. Singers like Arijit Singh, Farhan Akhtar, Kailash Kher, Mohit Chauhan have performed in events here to entertain the crowd. Bands like Hoobastank, Malefice, Textures and  Mynta have also been a part of Rendezvous. Indian Bands like Parikrama, Agnee, Vayu and Thermal and a Quarter (TAAQ) have performed in this festival as well. Rendezvous thus guarantees complete fun and enjoyment. So, get going for Rendezvous!


(BITS Pilani)

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Oasis has now emerged as one of the largest cultural fests due to the variety of opportunities it gives to the participants. Events include music, drama, dance, stage and fashion shows and treasure hunts. Professional shows involve singers and bands. Indian singers like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, KK, Kailash Kher, Vishal Shekhar, Vir Das, Ayushman Khurrana, the Rainbow Bridge have been a part of the professional shows at Oasis. Also, in 2011, the British band Good Shoes appeared. The performances at BITS Pilani are definitely a thing of fascination for people attending from various corners the country, and it takes place a week before Diwali.


(NIT Trichy)


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Festember is the cultural fest of NIT Trichy happening in the month of September every year. As the name suggests, it is a fest to remember. It’s a 4 day long extravaganza that has become one of the most popular events in South India. The attraction of Festember is the Festember Rolling Trophy for which the participants compete. Various artists have come down for the Popular Night of the fest namely Vishal Shekhar, Salim Sulaiman, Benny Dayal, Javed Ali and many more. There have been numerous South Indian artists visiting Festember because of its varied events like Shruthilaya, Tarangini, Choreo Night, Gig-a-hertz and Take One. You will definitely get to see a wide range of entertaining events at Festember. Do visit and have the time of your life.


(BITS Goa)

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The annual cultural festival of BITS Goa doesn’t fail to entertain over 30,000 people in its 3 day long fest. In the past, celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Salim-Sulaiman, and bands like Indian Ocean, Parikrama, Raeth, Dead Letter Circus, Lost Stories have been a part of the festival. The theme for Waves 2015 was ‘Escape Reality’. Some of the popular competitions include Step-Up, Indian Rock, Jukebox, Contention, Moot Court, Nukkad Naatak, Word Games and JAM. Over the years, the number of events have increased with several new competitions like ‘Sizzle’ and ‘Vices Quiz’ which now is becoming very popular among the participants. There are more than 40 competitions in total. So if you are looking for a competitive platform, go ahead for Waves.


(IISc Bangalore)

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‘Pravegah’ in Sanskrit, means acceleration. Just like its name, the popularity of the fest has accelerated in recent times. Being a combination of science, tech and cultural fest, Pravega has numerous interesting events for under class 12 students as well. Over 45 competitions were held as a part of the event although most competitions were aimed at the Class 12 and undergraduate levels. Various quizzes and exhibitions are held at Pravega every year. Pravega takes place in January end annually. So, next year, make sure you go for Pravega.


(IIM Bangalore)

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Another event from Bangalore; Yes it’s the famous ‘Unmaad’. It promises non-stop fun and entertainment for whopping 72 hrs at a stretch. The event has hosted performances by artists such as Shankar Ehsaan Loy, KK, Kailash Kher, Lucky Ali and Strings. ‘Unmaad’ derived from Devanagari, stands for lunacy, hysteria, frenzy, mania, insanity or craze. Falling in the month of Jan, Unmaad ensures to provide a perfect outing for you to chill.


(IIT Madras)

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IIT Madras annually hosts Saarang with a new theme every year. It makes to the top 10 lists because of it’s unique and mind-boggling events.  It is a five-day long event held usually in the second week of January every year and is attended by approximately 50,000 students from colleges across South India. Lecturers and demonstrations and world cultural shows are the added advantages of this fest. So get ready for yet another feat!


(Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics)

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Last but not the least, Umang is the event of the renowned commerce college NM from Mumbai. The hype created due to Umang attracts everyone to attend the DJ nites, disco nites and what not! The amazing food over there is the cherry on the cake, and the big celebrities are a thing of attraction. All of you buckle your shoes for Umang!

These college cultural festivals seem to be quite entertaining, and believe me, you would have an altogether different experience when you visit them…

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