Top Seven College Cultural Fest in Mumbai


IIT Bombay's “Mood Indigo” is indeed the biggest college cultural fest in Asia, organized every year, which draws a footfall of about 1.35 lac visitors. Mood Indigo competition based on Music, Dance, Theatre, Film Making, Improvisation, Debate, Stand-up Comedy, Quiz Contests, Poetry, Journalism, and other cultural events. For visitors to enjoy, Mood Indigo also offers many non-competitive art and cultural events. Mood Indigo events include LitFest, WorldFest, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, shows, fringe events, informal, sports, exhibition matches, interactive games, and many much more. Among the most popular events of Mood Indigo are the music concerts which feature well known Indian and international bands and musicians surrounding multiple genres and languages. Mood Indigo is among the oldest college festivals in Mumbai since 1971. The four days Mood Indigo Festival is held in December and is organized by the IIT Bombay.


"Malhar College Festival" is the second-largest college cultural festival in Asia after "Mood Indigo". The “Malhar” includes competitive events like Literary Events, Fine Arts, Performing Arts like Music, Concerts, Dance, Theatre, Films, Talent Contests, Quizzes, and much more. As like most of the inter-collegiate festivals, music concerts at "Malhar" are among the most popular events. "Malhar" has a forum for students named "Conclave" where students get to interact with distinguished persons from different walks of life. Guests at the "Malhar Conclave" includes many eminent personalities like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Naseeruddin Shah, Sharmila Tagore, Anu Aga, AS Kiran Kumar (ISRO Chairperson), Amish Tripathi, Suresh Prabhu and more. The 3-day "Malhar Festival" organized by students of St Xavier’s College is held around 15th of August on behalf of Independence Day.


"Kshitij" is a popular college festival of Mithibai College in west Mumbai. Events at “Kshitij” include Performing Arts like Dance, Music, Bands, Theater and Fashion Show, Fine Arts, Sports, Gaming, Literary Events, Management Events, Photography, Films, and Informals. The "Kshitij" college fest has around 50 events and 500 participating colleges. The most popular event at the "Kshitij" College Fest is the "Pronights"-the music concert. Many famous musicians have performed at "Kshitij". Mithibai’s intercollegiate festival attracts many film stars, especially for those promoting their new films. "Kshitij" College Fest is a 4-day event, usually held in end of November.


"Kaleidoscope" or "K-Scope" is a popular inter-college cultural festival of Sophia College for Women. Set against the majestic Sophia College building "Kalidoscope" has a carnival-like feel. Kaleidoscope is usually held in September. Events at Kaleidoscope include many events for Music, Literary Events, Informals, Performing Arts, Sports, Dance, Photography, Workshops, and many more. Kaleidoscope comes to end with a grand music concert by a well-known Indian band. Based on social themes Sophia College in addition to "Kalidoscope" also organizes a two days college fest called "Ananya".


“Umang” is a popular inter-college cultural festival of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics (NM College). It is estimated that around 50,000 visitors attend the NM College festival making it among the most popular college festivals in Mumbai. Events at Umang include Music concerts, Fashion shows, Fine Arts, Stand-Up Comedy, Dance, Photography, Film Making, Workshops, Panel Discussions, Sports, Gaming, Literary Events, Improvisation Events, Informal Events and Management Events. Umang has over 60 events, held in a month. In addition to Umang, NM College holds another annual college fest called “Drishti”, where the focus is on management events.


"Pratibimb" is a popular annual cultural festival organized by the students of Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI). Of the three day festival, one day is only for VJTI students and the other two days are open to other college students. Events at Pratibimb include many events for Music, Dance, Singing, Debate, Quiz, Fine Art Events, Literary Events, Sports, Games, Theatre, Mr. and Ms. "Pratibimb", Stand-Up Comedy, Concerts, Workshops, Management Games and much more. Along with “Pratibimb”, the other college festivals at VJTI include “Technovanza” (techno-management festival), “Rangawardhan” (Marathi cultural festival) and “Enthusia” (sports festival).


"Sydenham" College of Commerce and Economics college organizes its popular annual event called "Boruhaha". "Boruhaha" includes many events for Music, Singing, Dance, Literary Events, Games, Informals, Film, Photography, Fashion, Quiz, and much more. Brouhaha is held in the month of December. Sydenham’s cultural festival is held every year since 1981 and it is a 5-day event.


Sahil Malthankar