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Top 12 College Festivals in India

In the monotonous life cycle of a student, which mainly includes eating, sleeping, lectures, and repeating, college festivals show a degree of fluctuations in the excitement levels of students. College festivals give students a platform to showcase their talents, leadership, and organization skills.

College festivals give students a platform to showcase their talents, leadership and organization skills.

Here are the best college fests that take place annually across all over India.

Alegria – The Festival of Joy

Panvel – Navi Mumbai

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Alegria boasts the status of being one of India’s largest cultural festivals. Alegria has risen rapidly with the support of sponsorships, collaborations and hard work of students. It reinforces a wonderful platform for students to showcase their talent and expertise. It saw a record number of students from across the country participating in the events and competitions. The campus gleams with creative props to portray the aspirations of the youth to dream and explore themselves in line with every year a new theme for the festival.

Competitions on: Performing Arts include Algerian Hustle, Classical, Solo Singing, Rapping, Beat Boxing, Standup Comedy, Mono Acting, Open Mic, War of DJs, Duet Dance, Skit, Music Band, Freestyle Group. Sports including, Futsal, Box Cricket, Kabaddi, Volley Ball, Basket Ball, Tug Of War, Air Riffle Shooting, Badminton, Table Tennis, Shot Put, etc. Technicals including, Hackathon, Coding Competition, Technical Paper Presentation, Circuit Debugging, Typing Competition, CPU Assembly and many more. Informals comprise of Mr. & Ms. Alegria, Influencer Competition, Fitness Physique, Photography, Fastest Finger First, Fashion Show, Short Film, Treasure Hunt, Food-A-Thon, PTV Rowdies. Gaming consists of FIFA 20, CALL OF DUTY, NFS MOST WANTED, LUDO KING, POCKET TANKS, PUBG MOBILE, OCULUS VR FRUIT NINJA. And Literary Arts include Elocution, English Debate, Poetry Writing, Creative Writing, Word Box, General Knowledge Quiz.

Concerts by: Mike Candys, Quintino, DJ Allure, DJ Yves, DJ Chetas, DJ Suketu, DJ Rink, DJ Dev, Sultan, Shepard, Vishal, Shekhar, Candice Redding, DJ Aqeel, ‘Bass Raja’ Nucleya, lost stories, Teri Miko, Divine, Guru Randhawa, Ayushmann Khurrana, DJ Shaan, Olly Esse, Mariana Bo YoYo Honey Singh and many more.

Artists at Alegria : Govinda, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Jacky Bhagnani, Suresh Menon, Rakul Preet Singh, Elli Avram, Ashwini Ponnappa, Murali Kumar, Pallavi Sharda, Ganesh Acharya, Monica Dogra, Shibani Dandekar, Varun Tejwani, Sidharth Malhotra, Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Zakir Khan, Lauren Gottlieb, Varun Sood, Divya Agarwal, Shraddha Das, Warina Hussain, Jim Sarbh etc.

UBER-RANG: The talent show aims to encourage students to get involved in community service and at the same time provides them a platform to showcase their abilities.

Alegria will take place from the 4th of February to the 8th of February this year.


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Mood Indigo is the annual cultural fest of Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. It takes place in the month of December every year. It was started in 1971 by a group of music enthusiasts and has captivated significant media attention had various sponsors over time.

Competitions consist of Literary Arts, Speaking Arts, Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Design and Digital Arts, Lifestyle and Dramatics.

ProNight in Moodi: Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, Katatonia, Simple Plan, Asha Bhosle, R D Burman, Salim Sulaiman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, and Mohit Chauhan, EDM Night, Livewire Night and Popular Night with artists like Zakir Hussain, Hariharan, Raghu Dixit, Karsh Kale Collective, Papon, and the East India Company, Euphoria, Indian Ocean, Akcent, DJ Lyold, have performed at Mood Indigo.

Also there are workshops for nearly everything creative.


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Oasis is a 96-hour festival organized in the month of October by the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Began as a small fete in 1971, Oasis is now known to obtain participation from all over colleges in the country.

Tournaments comprise of Exposure, which is the photography competition cum exhibition, Rocktaves, one of the best rock competitions in the country, Choreo as well as Mr & Ms. Oasis as well as dance, music, stage shows, drama, fashion shows, and treasure hunts.

It boasts of being the only fest that organizes Rap Wars, where skillful rappers from all over the country come to compete.

Artists like Good Shoes, The Shakey Rays, and Kailash Kher, TAAQ and Neeraj Shridhar have performed.


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Saarang is a yearly artistic festival organized by the students of IIT Madras. This festival was previously called ‘Mardi Gras’.

For music, there is NxG Rockstar and Tarang. Others include, Dance Events, Speaking Events, Design Fests, Classical Arts, Media Events, Online Events, Quizzing Events, Workshops, Lectures and Demos, Fine Arts, Carnival, Thespian Events, Unwind Events and Music Events.

Performances from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Parikrama and Anathema, alongside a Kathak Yatra, featuring work of Pt. Birju Maharaj.


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Incident is the annual fest of the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka(NITK)

Various events such as modeling (Haute Couture), eastern classical music competition (Bandish), western heavy metal competition (Pulse), group dance (Promenade), solo singing competition (Leading Note), Acoustic, Fine Arts, Literary Arts, Kannada Events ,and Gaming Events.

Qi Gang, Photography,Salsa, Cartoon Movie-making, self-defense for women,soft toy making,mural art, muria art , and DJ-ing.

Artists like Breathe the Floyd, Jailbreak, Eccentric Pendulum, and MoherJane, Sunidhi Chauhan, KK, Javed Ali, Kunal Ganjawala, Indian Ocean, Raghu Dixit Project, Led, Zepplica.

NIT K owns a private beach where students chill out and play sports events like beach volleyball, football as well as sandemonium.


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Riviera (reliving the era) is the artistic and sports fest of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Vellore. It is known to have more than 4000 students from colleges of the country in addition to 45,000 VIT students.

It has more than 100 events in various fields like Dance, Music, Literary Arts, Fine Arts, and Debate. Students from all over the country practiced in the debate competition. Star Night at Riviera attracts a huge crowd.

Euphoria, Parikrama, KK, Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan have graced the fest with their presence.

Mixed events like Mixed Bag, Outspoken, Inquisitive, Wordsworth, Game-a-thon, Rock On, Fun Arena, Dance, and Dramatics.

UNMAAD, IIM Banglore

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Some of the events held are Dance, literature, music, fine arts, dramatics and flagship events like Mr and Mrs, Unmaad, B-school of Rock and Haute Couture. Online events like quizzes and sher-o-Shayari are also conducted.

Workshops like film making, defence for women and, clay making are also hosted.

Performances by the Divine Raaga concert and Murray Molloy, comedian, sword swallower Farhan Akhtar, DJ Suketu, the Miss India auditions, Flash Run with Milind Soman followed by the amazing rock band lagori and contortionist were staged over the years.

MALHAR, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai

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Malhar is hosted annually by the students of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Puddles is the official mascot of Malhar. The festival includes events cultural contests in literary, performing arts and fine arts categories, entertainment, theoretical, Comic Katha, Regal Rendezvous, In focus, cover story, along with a number of workshops on different themes.

The festival was held during August where keynote was addressed by Dr. Raghuram Rajan and Dr. Shashi Tharoor. It included council meetings and orations on music and theatre and film screenings.

The event was enjoyed not only on the campus but also in its outskirts. Chaka chak a beach clean up drive is organised every year.


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The annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is called Rendezvous. This annual festival takes place in October.

Several competitions are held, where everyone gets the chance to showacase their talents, some of the competitions are Quizzing Club, Graffiti Competition, Stand-up-comedy, Open Mic Poetry, Mono Act Competition, DJ- Competition, Dance Solo Competition, Beatboxing, and Western Solo Competition. Various clubs have been created that allow students to explore their interests and enhance their skills. Clubs like Literary Club, Hindi Samiti, Photography and Films Club, Debating Club, Dramatics Club, Fashion, Fine Arts and Craft Club, Music Club, Quizzing Club exist.


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IISC Banglore conducts its annual culture, technology and science fests called Pravega. The students get an opportunity to indulge in various activities during the festival like exhibitions, tournaments, workshops, events, and discussions were held during a Spanish of 3 days.

The departments of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, and Engineering had their separate events. It also included cultural events, lecture series, council conferences, and talks from top executives from numerous industries.

Students from IITs, NITs, IISERs, the central and state universities as well as all the Bangalore’s best colleges participated in the festival

The numerous events held were R&D exhibition, workshops, and quizzes. One of the important aspects was that the fest focused on technical challenges like Nanoscience and technology, clean energy, urban planning and sustainability, climate science and the challenges offered by climate change.

Waves, BITS Goa

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Waves is the annual college festival of BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus. It was formerly organized in 2006.

Competitions like “Show Me The Funny”, where Stand-up Comedians compete from all over India along with paintball, blackjack, poker, doughnut-eating competition, Limca Book of Records attempt, Guinness World Record attempt, Wall Street fete, Ratatouille, Housie, All Night Treasure Hunt and Last Entrepreneur standing etc. are held in the campus.

Waves have been hosting events like sunburn and Miss.Femina. It is also famous for the Moot Court Event by the name “Lex Omnia” where participants from several Law schools all over India take part.

Waves BITS Goa arranges impromptu flash mobs, promoting Virtual Reality set-ups, food challenges, Natyanjali, Fashion Parade, and Mr. and Ms. Waves. The number of events in Waves BITS Goa has increased with several new tournaments like “Sizzle” and “Vices Quiz” coming to be very prominent among the partakers.

Thomso, IIT Roorkee

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Thomso is Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee’s annual college festival. It is comprised of remarkable history, glorious culture and prosperous heritage of IIT Roorkee. Acknowledging this festival of huge proportions, the Government of Uttarakhand declared Thomso IIT Roorkee as the “Annual Youth Festival of Uttarakhand” in 2005.

The festival includes competitions like Jam, El Castillo, Paint Fiesta, Umang, Enigma-X, Quiriosity, Show The Strip, Spin a Yarn, Rap it Up, 16 Frames and many more.

Celebrities like Farhan Akhtar, Sonu Nigam, KK, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan among others have graced the event with their presence. Also rock Bands like The Indian Ocean, Jal-The Band, Euphoria, The local train, Benea Reach from Norway have performed at the event.

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