7 awesome inter-collegiate fests to count on this December

Mood Indigo, Detour, We Are The World should be definitely on your checklist

7 awesome inter-collegiate fests to count on this December

College is that part of life where every academic boundary diminishes and the horizons of talent prevail on a whole new level. It’s that time where you get to celebrate life to the fullest with a lot of activities going on around the campus, throughout the year. Fests are obviously the most awaited patch of college life and no student dares to overlook them!

Mumbai, with all its finest colleges, is a cradle to dozens of college festivals that are celebrated with an overwhelming zest and enthusiasm. They attract students all over India to participate in various events and contests hosted by these college fests. It’s a given fact that fests are an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their skills on a wider platform and seek appreciation for their talents. They bring out the latent potential in students, motivate them to set their inhibitions free and also enunciate team spirit.

A bunch of the most popular colleges in town will most definitely set the show on fire and bid 2017 a grand farewell in their own respective style! So, if you’re a student and looking to have a party, you must definitely check out these fests that are right around the corner!

1. Pratibimb

Pratibimb is the annual national level open-stream cultural festival of VJTI. Held in the month of December and spread over four days, this mega-fest attracts a colossal crowd. Among a variety of performing arts and other events like the fashion show and flash mob, their signature 'Mumbai’s Got Talent' leads the show.

This paradigm of youth culture that captivates and binds a humongous crowd at once is here once again to mesmerise and enchant all the hearts and minds!

Rising by degrees for the past three decades, Pratibimb has enthralled young minds and now aims at taking the 2k17 edition of Pratibimb to the zenith of success, this being their 30th take!

Their theme for the present edition is — LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! From Illuminati-Inter-department wars to EDM nights, they have it all! The screening begins on December 21. Make sure that you don’t miss it!

2. We Are The World

With a footfall of over 4000 people and 25+ fun-filled events over two power-packed days driven on a massive sponsorship coming in from a crazy number of partnership packages, that’s We Are The World in a nutshell, for you!

We Are The World is the Annual Inter-School Festival organised by the Rotaract Club of H.R. College. In the 17th year of its existence, this fest promises to get all the top elite schools under its roof in a mission to glorify talent, be it performing arts, literary arts, fine arts and other crossover events in an international theme. Over the years, it has been graced by the presence of renowned celebrities like Aamir Khan, Boman Irani and Salman Khan to name a few and also associated with the best media outlets like Channel V, MTV etc for extending its reach.

The 14th Edition of We Are The World will bring Music to Life at St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra on November 29 and 30 2017.

Catch the party there!

3. Megahertz

This fest might be a novice in the world of inter-collegiate events but has worked on many aspects to present itself as a platform where media talents converge, compete and collaborate. Megahertz is a two-day inter-college media festival organised by Bachelors of Mass Media department of K.J. Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce and in its fourth year of existence.

What set Megahertz different from other colleges is the unconventional themes which its various participatory events revolve around. These events are designed to be an exciting combination of fun elements and media-oriented skill-sets. Through its theme, this year, it attempts to acknowledge the subcultures, or rather ‘Urban Tribes’ across the world, thus called, ‘Age Of Millenials’. A minimum of 20-30 colleges are expected to participate in Megahertz this year and a good number of professionals will be dropping in to judge various events during the fest. 

Here's the trailer for Megahertz 2017 

The chairperson of this edition, Harshil Padada is all charged up and on the edge for last-minute prepping, “We believe that in a field like that of mass media, a platform like this for upcoming professionals is an essential part of college exposure,” says Harshil, recalling a promotional event arranged by Megahertz that took place in August visited by Swapnil Joshi and Rucha Inamdar.

Curtains to be upturned on December 4!

4. Visions

Visions is the inter-collegiate fest of SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion (W). The 26th edition of Visions is about to kick start with a blast on December 12. And to mark the year, it has decided on the theme 'Fusion'.

'Visions' has always been a mix of hard work, friendship, creativity, and fun. Their core team felicitation function is something that makes them stand out from the rest of the crowd. This year, it is planning to match the key elements of the fest to the theme, Rhapsody.

Why? Well, Visions 2017 is their Rhapsody. It is the outcome of their enthusiasm and an outlet for their expression. Together, they’re ready to create an unforgettable season. Mix, match, create!

Visions had organized its CL meet at Kaama, Lower Parel which was attended by more than a dozen colleges.

This year Visions will have a band event called Thunderstorm featuring for the first time. It will also have successful events from previous years like Visions Got Talent (for special students), Hostage Hijack (a thrilling game with multiple rounds) and Rink Football.


New additions have also been made with some brand new, exclusive events like ‘Suicide Chess’ and ‘Run Baby Run’ to excite the participants. Registrations for these events as well as other performing arts events like Swaranjali, Pentatonix, Man in the Mirror etc have already begun. Though the guest line-up of this year still remains a secret, you can expect the same level of glamour and charm that was ever bound with Visions! 

5. Detour

While there are open fests, there are fests that are marshalled by a single department as well. One popular name amongst mass media fests in the city is Jai Hind College’s annual mass media fest, Detour. It’s an exhibition filled with immensely talented and vivacious young students from 30 colleges all over Mumbai.

Detour boasts of a footfall of 2500-3000 students each year and has had a long guest-list including Sajid Khan, John Abraham, Imran Khan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Gul Panag, Nandita Das, Malaika Arora, Zayed Khan, Shaan etc. The core team, as well as the volunteers, are very dedicated to the cause of building a better world and hence organise social activities like beach cleaning drives, street plays which receive a lot of media coverage.

This year the launch of Detour ’17 took place at 1 Above, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, which was marked by the presence of 30 contingents from different colleges, all over Mumbai. It has a wide range of events under the streams of journalism, photography, advertising, literary arts, scriptwriting, film, cultural, etc which have been planned for exploiting the participants to their full calibre.The theme for this year’s festival is Legends. It is about all the individuals who have excelled in their respective fields, Elvis Presley, Amitabh Bachchan, Micheal Jackson and so on.

Have a look at the theme-revealing video of Detour 2017!

The dates have been declared! The festivity starts on December 15!

6. Brouhaha

If one was to judge college festivals simply by the nature of how fast they grow, Brouhaha would probably stand unparalleled in Maharashtra. Ever since its inception in 2013, it has grown to become one of the biggest and highly anticipated college festivals in the region.

Organised by a committee of 100 students in Sydenham College, Churchgate, Brouhaha is an ultimate feast one can experience. Rink Football, Radium Cricket, War of DJs and Street Dance are the highlights every year. Other popular events include Fashion Show, Management World, and Fusion Dance, etc. It is the full force of Aamchi Mumbai, brought down to a single location through a variety of stalls and performances, previously having witnessed the likes of Taufiq Qureshi, Shalmali Kholgade, Abhanga Repost, Kabir Cafe and DJ Candice on its stage.

That's not all, many esteemed alumnus and celebrities like Aditi Govitrikar, Manasi Naik, Swapnil Joshi, Dipali Sayyed, Vijay Patkar, Suresh Kotak, Snehal Mazoomdar, Atul Joshi, etc have entertained and enlightened the crowd at Brouhaha with their presence. Brouhaha constantly strived over the years to include diverse events so that students from all over the country could participate and make it a grand success. The theme for the celebration is 'The Royal Era', and shall take place from December 12 to 16, this year. Come and be beguiled by the Brouhaha chaos!

7. Mood Indigo

IIT Bombay is gearing up to host the 47th edition of Mood Indigo, Asia’s largest cultural festival which has opened its gates for more than 1,39,000 students in its previous seasons.

Having showcased the indomitable spirit of Amchi Mumbai last year, the 2017 edition is slated to be a celebration of celebrations itself. With the theme, La Fête Carnaval, the festival is going to bring in elements from carnivals all around the world to provide a near-magical experience for the senses. This year will also mark the debut of the Illusion Fest, where magicians and illusionists from all around the world will converge at the Powai campus to enthral the audience. The use of beautiful motifs from the world of carnivals in the official Mood Indigo website is sure to please the aesthetic eye of visitors.

Having proved their mettle at the regional level, the four days will see the best college teams from all over India vying it out for top honours and prizes worth INR 8,50,00. The competitions are spread across various cultural genres such as literary arts, dramatics, music, dance, and various other performing and non-performing arts. With the perfect combination of poise, elan and panache, 'She's Got The Look', Mood Indigo’s beauty pageant will provide its winner with a direct entry to Miss India 2018 State Audition. The flagship fashion competition, ‘Vogue’, that has seen participants and mentors like Parvathy Omnakuttan, Neeta Lulla and Wendell Rodricks, is all set to go bigger, better and bolder this time. Eloquence, Mood Indigo’s literary fest shall be moderated by Faye D’Souza, Executive Editor of Mirror Now.

Mood Indigo 2017 is all set to be a celebration of joy, art, and culture, straddling different genres and breaking the walls of language and nationality. If you are in town, do not miss out on this four-day carnival. Mark your calendars for December 22 till 25.

This month is surely going to be a gala time for all college-goers in Mumbai! Make sure you also make it a memorable one for life!

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