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A culfest or cultfest is an annual event organized by college
A college is an educational institution or a constituent part of an educational institution. Usage varies in English-speaking nations...

s in India
India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...


General format

Most college culfests last from two to five days. The events in a culfest can be broadly classified into three sections:
  • Literary events
Literary events usually include quiz
A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players attempt to answer questions correctly. In some countries, a quiz is also a brief assessment used in education and similar fields to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and/or skills.Quizzes are usually scored in points and many...

zes, word game
Word game
Word games and puzzles are spoken or board games often designed to test ability with language or to explore its properties.Word games are generally engaged as a source of entertainment, but have been found to serve an educational purpose as well...

s, creative writing
Creative writing
Creative writing is considered to be any writing, fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, and technical forms of literature. Works which fall into this category include novels, epics, short stories, and poems...

 and some form of public speaking
Public speaking
Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners...

 or debate
Debate or debating is a method of interactive and representational argument. Debate is a broader form of argument than logical argument, which only examines consistency from axiom, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn't the case or rhetoric which is a technique of persuasion...

  • Cultural events
These include such competitions as music
Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch , rhythm , dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture...

, dance
Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting....

, fine art
Fine art
Fine art or the fine arts encompass art forms developed primarily for aesthetics and/or concept rather than practical application. Art is often a synonym for fine art, as employed in the term "art gallery"....

s and drama
Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word meaning "action" , which is derived from "to do","to act" . The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a...

  • Professional events
One or more professionally staged entertainment programs may be scheduled.


  • Mood Indigo
    Mood Indigo (culfest)
    Mood Indigo, popularly known as MoodI or MI, is the annual cultural festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. It is a four-day long event held towards the end of December every year. It draws a footfall of about 75,000 students from more than 500 colleges from across the country...

    — IIT Bombay
  • Symbhav
    Symbhavis the annual culfest of Symbiosis Law School, Pune. It is a three-day long event held every year towards the latter half of February. It attracts more than 5000 students each year from all across India as well as other countries...

    — Symbiosis Law School, Pune
    Pune , is the eighth largest metropolis in India, the second largest in the state of Maharashtra after Mumbai, and the largest city in the Western Ghats. Once the centre of power of the Maratha Empire, it is situated 560 metres above sea level on the Deccan plateau at the confluence of the Mula ...

  • Aarohi
    Aarohi is the annual youth festival of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India.It is organised every year during winter in February. Students from undergraduate institutes in the city take part in many of the events organised....

    — VNIT, Nagpur


  • Srijan
    Srijan is the annual cultural festival of the Indian School of Mines. It is a three-four day long event held in the first week of March every year. It draws a footfall of more than 5,000 students from more than 100 institutes across the country...

    — ISM Dhanbad
  • Spring Fest
    Spring Fest
    Spring Fest, popularly known as SF, is the annual social & cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur held during the month of January in the spring semester...

    — IIT Kharagpur
  • Sanskriti
    Sanskriti is a Sanskrit word for "culture." It may refer to:* Sanskriti Kendra Museum, New Delhi* Sanskriti , a cultural festival held by students at Jadavpur University, in Kolkata, India...

    Jadavpur University
    Jadavpur University
    Jadavpur University , is a premier educational and research institution in India.It is located in Kolkata, West Bengal and comprises two campuses - the main campus at Jadavpur and the new campus at Salt Lake...

  • Alcheringa
    Alcheringa (festival)
    Alcheringa, popularly known as Alcher, is the annual cultural festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. Alcheringa is generally held around the first weekend of February and lasts for three days and four nights. It consists of several competitions, informal events, workshops...

    — IIT Guwahati
  • EuphuismGirijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management and Technology
    Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management and Technology
    Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management and Technology is the first institute offering degree level technical course in the State of Assam in the non-government sector established by Shrimanta Shankar Academy Society...

  • PyrokinesisAssam Engineering College
    Assam Engineering College
    Assam Engineering College established in 1955 is located in the Jalukbari area of Guwahati city. It is the premier technical institute of North East India. It is the first undergraduate engineering college in northeastern India and today is a premier technical institute of the entire country...


  • MOKSHA — NSIT Delhi
  • OASIS — BITS Pilani
  • Rendezvous — IIT Delhi
  • PECFESTPunjab Engineering College
    Punjab Engineering College
    PEC University of Technology, formerly known as Punjab Engineering College , is an engineering institute located in the city of Chandigarh, India...

  • Pulse
    Pulse (The annual festival of AIIMS, New Delhi)
    Pulse is the largest annual cultural, literary and sports festival of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India held for Medical Undergraduate students in India. It is held in the second half of September, usual dates being September 16–22 or September 17–23...

    - AIIMS
  • Antaragni
    Antaragni is the annual inter-collegiate cultural festival of IIT Kanpur, held in October/November, and is one of the most popular college festivals in India. The name of the festival was changed from Culfest to Antaragni in 1993, Culfest was the first college cultural festival of its kind in India...

    — IIT Kanpur


  • Techofes
    Techofes is the annual inter college social and cultural festival of College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University. It is usually held in mid February. Techofes is held for four nights and thee days and draws students from nearly 100 colleges...

    College of Engineering, Guindy
    College of Engineering, Guindy
    College of Engineering, Guindy in Chennai, India, is India's oldest engineering and technical institution, having been established in 1794. Today it is one of the four constituent colleges of Anna University, Chennai....

    , Chennai
    Chennai , formerly known as Madras or Madarasapatinam , is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is the fourth most populous metropolitan area and the sixth most populous city in India...

  • Saarang
    Saarang is the annual social and cultural festival of IIT Madras. It is a five-day long event held towards the end of January every year and is attended by around 50,000 students. Called Mardi Gras when it was started more than thirty years ago, the fest has gone on to become an integral part of...

    — IIT Madras
  • Pearl — BITS Pilani Hyderabad
  • Unmaad
    Unmaad is the flagship annual cultural festival of IIM Bangalore. Spanning a period of three days, Unmaad draws participants from across India and features events like dramatics, music performances, dances, quizzes, debates, street plays, professional concerts and the grand Unmaad fashion show...

    — IIM Bangalore
  • Festember
    Festember is the national-level cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. It is held annually in the third week of September when college students from all over India participate in various cultural, literary and artistic events to compete for the coveted...

    — National Institute of Technology, Trichy
  • Ragam (festival) — National Institute of Technology, Calicut
  • Spring Spree — National Institute of Technology, Warangal
    Warangal is a city and a municipal corporation in Warangal district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Warangal is located northeast of the state capital of Hyderabad and is the administrative headquarters of Warangal District. This district is a combination of three cities: Warangal,...

  • Spandan
    Spandan (JIPMER)
    Spandan is the annual intercollegiate cultural, literary and sports festival of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, India. It is held during late August and early September.It runs over five days...

    Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research
    Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research
    The Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research is one of the top five medical schools in India. It is located in Pondicherry , a union territory town in southern India on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. JIPMER is an Indian central government funded institute with autonomy...

    , Pondicherry
  • Felicity
    Felicity is an American prime-time television drama that was produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB Television Network...

    — IIIT Hyderabad
  • Deep Woods
    Deep Woods
    Deep Woods is the inter-collegiate Cultural Festival of Madras Christian College, Chennai, India.It is normally held in the 1st week of December. It is a three day event with various colleges from all over the country participating...

    Madras Christian College
    Madras Christian College
    The Madras Christian College, commonly known as MCC, is a liberal arts and sciences college in Madras , India. Founded in 1837, MCC is one of Asia's oldest extant colleges. Currently, the college is affiliated to the University of Madras, but functions as an autonomous institution from its campus...

  • Kuruksastra—Sastra, Thanjavur

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