KOCHI: The 57th edition of Spring Fest, the annual social and cultural festival of IIT Kharagpur, will be held from 29th January to 1st February, 2016.
The first edition of Spring Fest was held in 1960, making it one of the oldest cultural festivals in India. Over the last 55 years, it has grown exponentially, encompassing the aspirations and enthusiasm of students from all across the country.
With a plethora of more than 130 events covering over 9 genres, Spring Fest offers students a platform to showcase their versatile talent and competitive spirit, a press release said here.
The last edition, Spring Fest 2015, saw a footfall of over thirty thousand people, and participation from over one hundred and fifty colleges. Spring Fest has been successful in raising funds for its activities through corporate deals with companies. The previous edition had over a hundred sponsors and partners.
Spring Fest has also associated with organisations like CRY, UNESCO, Ministry of Environments and Forests and Green Peace to forward its social causes.
Star Nights are one of the biggest attractions of Spring Fest. Previous editions have played host to Bollywood singers like KK, Vishal Shekhar, Salim Sulaiman, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shankar Mahadevan and rock bands of the likes of Monuments and TesseracT (UK), Parikrama and Goddess Gagged. Other notable performances include Advaita, The Raghu Dixit Project, Mrigya, Paradigm Shift and the Indian Ocean.
Owing to the overwhelming participation, Spring Fest organises its nationwide prelims, Hitch-hike which organises five nationwide events - Wildfire - the rock band competition, Nukkad - the street play competition, Shuffle - street dance competition, SF Idol- the solo singing competition and Shake-a-leg- the solo dance competition in seven cities around the country.
With the enthusiasm of the organising team and the palpable excitement in the air, this edition promises to be the biggest so far.