When the going gets tough, one definitely needs a stress buster. India’s BBA and Fashion Design colleges host some of the most extravagant festivals one could ever think of. BBA is one of the most sought after streams to pursue, with popular names such as NMIMS coming to mind. Fashion Design is another popular stream chosen by today’s youth and has a wide scope. These colleges host celebrations ranging from cultural to academic and are attended not only by the youth of the city but all over the country. Listed below are the best of the best that promise to deliver a memorable experience.
Starting off the list with a BBA college, SSCBS’s Crescendo focuses on embracing cultural diversity. As such, the festival is attended by a wide variety of people hailing from different universities and colleges across India. Many cultural events are in store at Crescendo such as Star Night, Comedy Night, EDM, dance performances and even literature! If you’re interested in gaming, they also have PUBG and Counter-Strike competitions. Each iteration of this beautiful festival also comes with a motto, which has a very apt social message.
The Queen of All Fests, Cul-Ah is the annual cultural fest of Mount Carmel College. It is an extravagant national level festival that sees a footfall of 10000 people each day. It is a three-day fest that hosts over 80 events – all equally exciting and enthralling. If you really are in a mood to party and dance your worries away, there is the EDM Night, where Cul-Ah invites popular national and international artists, such as Raviator to give you a night to remember. It is a grandiose platform to showcase your talent and also win large amounts of cash as prizes if you are able to prove yourself!
SCMS Pune has always gotten their hands full around January when one of the biggest college festivals in Pune takes place – Sympulse. Since its inception in 2009, Sympulse has attracted students from junior and undergraduate colleges with a footfall of over 52000 people and over 5000 participants. This grand college festival hosts over 50 events such as business simulations, Model United Nations, dance performances and even sports competitions. There’s something for everyone at Sympulse and that defines the brilliance of this festival.
Since its inception in 2015, Invictus has been growing steadily and quickly towards becoming one of the biggest college festivals in all of India. Hosted by the J. D. Birla Institute Department of Management, Invictus attracts a footfall from over 30 colleges and encourages the youth to participate in over 30 events. This grand festival is also not a stranger to popular celebrity appearances. Bollywood playback singer, Amit Mishra as well as one of the greatest comedians of India, Abhishek Upmanyu are few of the many great talents who have graced Invictus with their presence.
A 3-day festival for students, there is an infinite number of opportunities for students to show their talents at Infinity. Witnessing a footfall of over 5000 students from all across Pune, Infinity hosts over 30 different events that will definitely interest you. There is a ‘battle of the bands’ for those who want to show their musical skills. Have a creative side? Face painting is for you. Infinity also hosts quizzes based on pop culture, something surely everyone will look forward to. There is an infinite number of ways of enjoying yourself at Infinity.
Srishti is Ethiraj College’s 2-day cultural extravaganza that hosts a multitude of fun and exciting events and also invites famous personalities to help spice up the festivities. Sponsored by popular brands such as Nestle, it invites youth from a varied range of cultures across India to participate and enjoy the festival. It is one of Chennai’s most awaited festivals every year. The main reason for all this excitement is the events which are creative and varied. You can take a friend along for a dual dance competition or find out who is the most talented in ‘Tussle for Title’!
Now let’s move on to fashion design college festivals; you know something good is in store. You will be hard-pressed to find any other college fest as stylish as Spectrum. It is the annual cultural festival of NIFT which attracts in and around Delhi to participate in the various events hosted. There are traditional dance competitions, fashion shows and even unconventional events such as arm-wrestling competitions and eating contests. It is the perfect place to be if you want to showcase your talents and be appreciated by a crowd of cheering people!
Wait, didn’t we just do this one? No, you would be wrong to consider Spectrum to be the same in both cities as NIFT Mumbai provides a completely different experience with its own take on the cultural festival. Founded in 2002, it is an exciting festival with a wide range of aspects that define it as a unique college festival. There are a plethora of activities to enjoy such as art, literary, culinary and, of course, fashion based competitions. The footfall at spectrum reaches the high thousands each year, with students hailing from the various renowned colleges of Mumbai.
Pearl Academy is one of India’s most popular fashion design colleges. With such popularity, the same can be said for its extravagant college festival – Pearl Utsav. Over 2500 college students from various colleges across Delhi join in on the celebrations. Pearl Utsav is an extremely energetic college festival with a mesmerizing atmosphere amidst all the fashion shows, music and dance competitions. If you thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, the festival invites popular artists such as Sukhe and DJ Zaeden to make the night even more memorable.
Finally, you have Reverb – Symbiosis Institute of Technology’s annual techno-cultural festival. Founded in 2010, Reverb attracts crowds from all over India to enjoy this grandiose extravaganza. There is a long line of exciting events waiting in store for those who really want to have a great time. There are typical events such as ‘Battle of the Bands’ and dance competitions. There are even competitions judged by popular personalities such as Rohit Khandelwal. Lastly, Reverb’s DJ Night ends the 2-day festival with a bang.
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