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College fests are here again

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With city colleges almost concluding their admission procedures, it’s time for collegians to prepare for the coolest parties of their lives! Yatin Ingle tells you about the top college festivals hitting the town this monsoon

As the admission queues dwindle, students gear up to follow the trend of making their college fest, the best and the biggest in town. Considering the number of students, colleges to be invited and making the events glamorous, students have begun forming festival committees. As the festive message is spread around college campuses, it’s time to wear your creative mindset even as the essence of fun reigns all around. Pulling up their socks, senior students are guiding their juniors with a mission to ‘rock’ their fest. From finding sponsors to having a marketing team, the students are in action mode, not even hesitating to clean their college campuses themselves.The ADC toured some of the festival venues:

Malhar 2014 - A Renaissance
Along with fun and cultural events, the Malhar conclave looks the most promising as always. Malhar will be graced by renowned personalities who will share their views on various issues. The festival aims to provoke thoughts among the youngsters regarding the system, corruption, displacement and migration. Apart from the intellectual conclave, Malhar is a lot of fun with other events too. This festival kick-starts the season of college fests and is known to be the most popular college festival across the city. With more than 60 competitive events across the fields of fine arts, performing arts, sports and animations, Malhar will host an ‘Am night’ - a non-competitive event for students to showcase their talents. Students this year will not have to struggle for passes as there is now a system to get the passes on malharfest.org by filling up just one form. The festival will be held from August 14-16.
Place: St. Xavier’s College
Date: August 14 to 16
Contact: malharfest.org

Umang 2014 - Urban boulevard – street culture
Umang is the festival of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics. The festival has become popular only recently, but has been giving an enriching experience to college students for the last 14 years. This year, the most exciting event in the fest seems to be ‘Urban Boulevard’ wherein the street culture of  western countries will be experienced. Umang will also offer the usual dance competition, modelling competition (‘Mr and Miss Umang’), and then there will be a pro-nite for the youth to just enjoy and let their hair down. There will also be events such as DJ war, along with concerts and performances of the famous celebrities and artists.
Place: N M College, Vile Parle (W)
Date: August 14 to 17
Contact: nmumang.org

Polaris 2014 – World Mythology
Wilson College’s Mass Media festival, Polaris, is now in its 14th year and will take place over July 18, 19 and 20. The festival, this year, will follow the theme of 'World Mythology'. Wilson College’s Bachelors of Mass Media Department has now geared up for 'Polaris 2014’. The theme of the fest has put the focus on the story-telling essence of the media. The fest will host various events from the fields of fine arts, literature and performing arts. Software and creativity will have a tough fight to bag the winning medals of advertising events. The fest has given competitive code names to colleges based on mythology.

The war of mascots:
Representing the fest, stand the most attractive element of the fests – the mascots. To stand out tall amongst the crowd, the mascots play the role of splashing the festival mood amongst the students. Following the name of the fest and even the central themes of the initiation of the festival, colleges have formed their mascots which also work like the popular endorsers of the fest.

Puddles: The omnipresent Xavierite at Malhar, Puddles, the frog, is no ordinary amphibian. He embodies the very spirit of the fest. Having seen as many as 35 Malhars, he has watched it grow from a small event to the extravaganza that it is today. Puddles has donned many hats through the years as he has adapted to the theme of that year. He was seen skateboarding previously.

Uma, the cow: Uma’s name is taken from the festival name itself. Like every year, this year too, she will be prominently featured in all their creatives and promotions.

Polly, the cow: Polly, the purple cow, is the mascot of Wilson College’s Polaris.

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