As vibrant as the city is, the college festivals of Mumbai too are vibrant, where highly energetic students toil to win appreciation for their talents. College festivals are the most effective way of bringing youth under the same platform, enhance social interaction and facilitate exchange of cultural ideas and thoughts. Although college festivals are an 'only students' zone, hard working students from every college, collaborate with their teachers and faculty members too in their efforts to make their college festival the best in the city. Let's take a look at some of the upcoming and most popular college festivals organised in Mumbai.
1. Malhar ( St. Xaviers College, Mumbai)
The annual Malhar festival is a prism, where college students find an array of events and activities to participate in and get valuable recognition. The festival is undoubtedly the most sought after festival by college students in Mumbai. Named after an Indian Classical Music Raga, 'Malhar', which symbolises the rains, the name of the festival suits itself aptly, as the festival begins during the monsoons. Students are nominated from within their colleges for participation in the Malhar festival on the basis of their merit and talents.
St. Xaviers' Malhar Festival has something for everyone. Ranging from competitions like Indian Classical Music Singing to theatre the festival also encourages, latest in trends, by organising fashion shows, bollywood dance, folk opera, ultra violet dance event, film making, junkapella (an event where junk items are used as musical instrument) and many more. The Malhar festival boasts of unique creativity, passion and vibrancy.
2. Umang ( N.M College, Vileparle, Mumbai)
N.M College's Umang festival is a vibrant roof under which many upcoming talents have showcased their skills and abilities. However, over a period, this college festival became extremely predictable. Thankfully this year, the much talked about Umang festival, comes with a brand new theme where students, expect the unexpected.
The three day festival which began on 14th of this month brings a new theme, titled, 'Samhains's Hallowed Dream'.
This year, Umang also explores a whole new culture which remains unexploited while resurrecting the traditions practiced since eons, thus opening new vistas to a festival celebrated with great 'clat worldwide. Whether, the dress code will be Halloween themed, or the events will be ghost like, is not yet clear. However, what is clear is that 'Umang' definitely looks the most interesting festival to attend and explore, this year, among college festivals in Mumbai.
3. Mood Indigo (IIT, Bombay)
Mood Indigo, the annual college festival organised by the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, is a festival where, sharp intellectual engineering students, take a four day break from their daily curriculum to indulge into a four day fiesta of live music, enchanting and enriching exhibitions, workshops and competitions. Mood Indigo of IIT Bombay enjoys the maximum corporate sponsorship and is also rated as Asia's Biggest Cultural College festival. It has been one of the oldest college festivals in Mumbai and definitely the most attended festival by students anywhere in India. Last year, a record 75, 000 students had attended this college festival from all over India. Mood Indigo is one festival that surely leaves a lasting impression because of its vibrancy.
Penetrating drum beats, captivating bass lines and the melodious strings of guitar create a refreshing aura. The festival also has classical music nights for connoisseurs of Indian Classical Music and boasts of maestros like Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Pt. Hariprasad Churasia, Nilambari Pandit, as its past performers. There are also fusion nights in this festival where the mature elements of Indian Classical music blend with the melodious tunes from the west creating a mystically ingenious outcome. Many popular personalities like Asha Bhonsle, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Lucky ALi have been performers at Mood Indigo.
Mood Indigo not only facilitates the interaction of stressed students, with refreshingly melodious music but also gives exemplary opportunities for students to build confidence among themselves, about their talent. The festival also boasts of spectacular displays of biking, sumo wrestling, fashion shows, band performances, synchronised swimming shows, G. K. Quiz etc.
This festival also enjoys massive publicity and popularity and is a true delight for every college student because of its refreshing experience.
4. Mumbai University's Youth Festival
The Mumbai University also conducts its youth festival every year in the month of August where, colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai participate in their endeavours to win the maximum number of competitions and thereby win the title of the best college in Mumbai. Students are selected from within college, to represent the college at the university level. They are also groomed well, to be competent enough to combat the talents from other colleges. The Mumbai University, conducts various competitions to promote culture among students such as dance, theatre, miming and the college that wins the maximum number of competitions is selected as the best college of the city for that year. For the past many years, at the youth festival, St. Xaviers College and Ramnarain Ruia College have been battling for the number one place with St. Xaviers having the maximum number of wins till date.
Along with annual college festivals, there are faculty based festivals such as Media Festivals and Management festivals that are becoming hugely popular in Mumbai. The Bachelor of Mass Media festival Conducted by Wilson College: Polaris and Jai Hind College's Detour are among the popular ones to name a few.
College festivals also attract a large number of corporate sponsorship, as the festivals are an excellent platform for the leading brands to target the youth. Clothing brands, cool drinks, mobile, magazines, eating joints, etc are among the leading sponsors of popular college festivals. College festivals also have room for the star struck students, as they get a chance to meet their favourite celebrities ranging from actors to musicians.
College festivals are very precious to every student, as it is in the prime youth that students get excellent opportunities to enjoy and display their talents.
Abhishek Kumar,RNU Mumbai