Its College Festival time in Mumbai and guys and gals from all over are running from one campus to another showing off their talent and in some cases more than that. This is obviously the best time to make friends.
Here is the LIST of College Festivals in Mumbai (not all but the major ones…feel free to add some.)
1. Malhar Festival at St Xaviers College: Probably one of the biggest and most popular College Festivals in Mumbai. Malhar is the intercollegiate youth festival conducted by the students of St Xavier’s College for almost 30 years now!!! Normally held in the week around Independence Day, 15th August. It hosts almost every college in Mumbai and has almost 60 events with a number of performing arts, literary arts and fine arts events, alongside informal audience games and many interesting exhibitions and workshops. Malhar is also normally the 1st college festival in Mumbai. Whats also great is that the entire event is managed and and arranged by students and gets more than 20 – 30,000 guests every year. It does get a bit crowded but its always fun. This year to mark its 30th year, Malhar is going international for the first time. Students from Lahore and Dhaka Universities are participating in various events like fine arts and ad film making. Another attraction was the Malhar exhibition which was a walk down memory lane, featuring photographs, passes and T shirts given by the ex-Xavierites. Bol Bachpan, an event organised in collaboration with the NGO Childline, will be hosting events and workshops for 35 children between eight and 12 years. The Heritage Walk, an event launched this year, will rediscover the old joys of Mumbai, with a walk that will cover places like the Horniman Circle, the Asiatic Library and the Saint. Thomas Cathedral.
2. Umang at NM College: Umang is another popular event arranged and organized at the NM College in Juhu in Mumbai Suburbs. Umang is probably the biggest college festival in the western suburbs and colleges from all over congregate to have fun. This year Umang is from 15th August to 19th August. The fest has an impressive list of celebs like Shiney Ahuja, Carol Gracias, Kelly Dorjee, etc who are slated to judge the events this year. Umang Night on August 15 had rock band Parikrama performing two originals that have never been performed before. From model hunts to guitar wars, from courtroom trials to umbrella painting are all part of Umang’s activity calendar. Workshops are a big draw At Umang. This years highlight is the reading by Chetan Bhagat of his latest book, The 3 Mistakes of My Life. Coffee and chocolate addicts have a workshop dedicated to each aphrodisiac. For the career-minded, RJing and photography workshops, for dance lovers capoeira, foxtrot, street dance and belly-dancing workshops. For adventure lovers, rock climbing and archery workshops.
3. Mood Indigo at IIT Mumbai: Moodi (as it is lovingly called) is held at the end of December every year. Mood Indigo or Moodi attracts almost 60,000 – 75,000 students from approximately 500 colleges all over the country. Moodi was started in 1973 by a bunch of enthusiastic IITians, the fest has now probably become Asia’s largest college festival. Mood Indigo, held for about 4-5 days from 20th December onwards and is packed with a series of unending competitions, workshops, exhibitions, talent shows, live performances and games. With huge sponsor backing, the organisers of Moodi go out of their way to offer something new every year, making sure that Mood Indigo goes that extra mile. Competitions at Mood Indigo encompass a wide range of talent; there’s room for everyone here, be it musicians, dancers, orators, quizzers, actors, artists or photographers.
4. Kaleidoscope at Sofia College: Kaleidoscope is the intercollegiate festival at Sofia’s College in Mumbai. Kaleidoscope is organised by students of Sofias and is today one of the most popular youth festivals of the city. Kaleidoscope – 2007 attracted more than 20000 students from colleges in and out of Mumbai. The theme of Kaleidoscope – 2007 was â€˜Global warming’ and all the souvenirs, charts, hoardings and gift items were made out of recycled material!!! The college took the cause to the next level by even the meetings were organized at the college staircase without utilizing electricity! Kaleidoscope in hosted some exciting events like Electrocuted, Symphonique, Rhydhun, and Mr.& Ms. Kaleidoscope. In Hard Mock CafÃ© the participants of this event were some of the most sportive and creative people. Them Clones was the headlining act for the rock show.
5. Brouhaha at Sydenham College: The Sydenham College festival dates back to 1985, it was called Rainbow Lane then. And in 1993, it was Brouhaha. Over 20 colleges from the city participating nine departments of the festival: sports, workshops, gaming, fine arts, literary arts, performing arts, management, telematters and informal events. The festival will culminate with the crowning of Mr and Miss Brouhaha, who will be the students excelling in all departments. Besides the above mentioned events, the festival has events like rock art, movie set designing, script writing, body tattoos, fashion shows and a number of impromptu games. Last year there was a treasure hunt, Bhool Bhulaiyya that was held between Borivli and Churchgate stations. The event managers for the festival normally manage to rope in big names as sponsors and partners.
6. Symphony at KJ Somaiya College: Symphony, the inter-collegiate cultural festival of KJSCE, has created its name and popularity among Engineering and Management institutes under Mumbai University for the last decade. Every year about 75 institutes and 5000 students participate in the programme. The main aim is to promote, encourage and exhibit the talents of the students on a common platform and create interest in the classical, vocal and instrumental music.
7. Harmony at RAIT: RAITs inter-college cultural festival – Horizon is among the top college festivals in Mumbai. It draws participants from all over the country and can be described as three days of fun and excitement. The events at RAIT include: Literary Events-Quizzes(Sports, Math & Logic, Film & Music), Treasure Hunt,
Computer Events, Web Designing. Fine Arts Competitions – Fabric Painting, Mehendi Competitions, Face Painting. Musical Competitions-Solo and Duet Singing, Antakshari Competitions, Amateur Rock Competitions. Informals – Mock Fashion Shows, Personality Contests, etc.
8. Kshitij at Mithibai College: Kshitij is a 4 day college festival that came back after a few years gap to Mithibai college. The events at Kshitij 2007 included competitions, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, amateur shows and professional shows which were conducted in Bhaidas Hall, Jashoda Rang Mandir, Santokba Hall and classrooms of Mithibai College. Mr and Ms Kshitij, Treasure hunt, Fashion Shows and Rock Bands Events were part of the celebrations.
9. Euphoria at NMIMS: Euphoria is NMIMS, a leading management college in Mumbai’s college festival. The 4 day event brings all the leading management institutes and other students together in the usual celebrations of a college festival.
Obviously many more colleges in Mumbai have festivals. Write about these festivals in the comments sections below and share with the readers.
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