Alma Fiesta

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Alma Fiesta
Type Student Run, Non-Profit Organization
Genre Cultural
Founded 2009
Place Bhubaneswar, India
Institute Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar
Major events Euphony, Perspective, Face Off, Topsy Turvy, Alma Fiesta Youth Quiz, Blind Strokes etc.
Slogan Redefining Festivity
Website http://www.almafiesta.com

Alma Fiesta is the Annual Socio-Cultural Fest of Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar. It is a three-day long event usually held during the second week of January every year. The first edition of Alma Fiesta took place in 2010. It was inaugurated by Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Orissa.[1][2][3]

Introduction[edit]

Alma Fiesta, the socio-cultural festival of IIT Bhubaneswar is one of the largest fests of India. It is conducted solely by the efforts of the students of IIT Bhubaneswar and caters primarily to the youth. All the activities of the fest such as Marketing, Publicity, Events management, Design and Decoration, is managed by the students. Alma Fiesta sees participation from a large number of students from over 300 colleges all India with a footfall of around 21,000. In the past, bands like Agnee, Indian Ocean, Bandish, kryptos, Ganesh Talkies and Wajud, and celebrities like Dr. Kumar Vishvas,Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt,Pt. Bhajan Saporee, Krishna Beura, Ira Trivedi and many more have experienced the essence of this fest. Alma Fiesta has attracted sponsorships and associations from various companies due to a huge crowd pullout from various parts of the country. It also has had extensive coverage by the print media.

Events[edit]

Star Nites[edit]

Alma Fiesta organizes three mega starnites, one on each of the three evenings of the fest. The three shows include :

  • Leela

Leela is the Indian Classical Music/Dance show. It celebrates the rich cultural heritage of our nation. It is an event known for its aesthetic event.The inaugural edition of Alma Fiesta witnessed a performance by Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt,a renowned Grammy awardee and Dr. Kumar Viswas. Pandit Bhajan Saporee, the famous santoor player graced Alma Fiesta 2013. Alma Fiesta 2014 saw a "Gotipua Dance" performance by the Gotipua dance group in association with SPIC MACAY.

  • Head Bang

Headbang is the heavy-metal starnite. The inaugural edition was graced by a performance by the band Kryptos. The subsequent editions witnessed amazing performances by Cynical Recess, Ganesh Talkies and Wajud.

  • Lamhe

Lamhe is the Bollywood musical night of Alma. It is the show-stopper of Alma Fiesta. Usually enjoying the highest footfall among all the events in Alma Fiesta, it has played host to a lot of bands popular with the youth of India .Alma Fiesta 2011 played host to Krishna Beura and the next edition witnessed a performance by Bandish. In 2013, it was Indian Ocean who amazed the crowd. Last year saw a performance by Agnee, a band synonymous with Indian Rock.[4] renowned Hindi poet Kumar Vishwas.[5]

Alma Fiesta Star Nites
Inauguration of Alma Fiesta 2011 by Prof. P. Rama Rao 
PT. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performing at AF 2010 
Krishna Beura at Alma Fiesta 2011 

Competitive Events[edit]

Competitions are the backbone of any college fest. At Alma Fiesta, competitions cover all the genres of art - Music, Dance, Literary Arts, Dramatics, Fine Arts and Visual Arts. Euphony, the band competition witnesses bands from all over the country and is one of the biggest event during the fest.

Musical Events[edit]

  • Euphony - A band competition
  • Track The Track - A solo singing competition
  • Antakshari - A classic antakshari event
  • Unplugged - Instrumental Music competition

Dance Events[edit]

Dramatics Events[edit]

  • Face Off - The stage play competition
  • N Circled - The classic street play competition
  • Mute On - The dumb charades

Literary Events[edit]

  • Perspective - The social case study competition. Presented in association with the SNSMT. The winner is awarded the prestigious SNSMT-IIT BBSR Social Change Maker Award.[6] The award was won by Ipsit Bibhudarshi and Barsha Behera of IGIT Sarang for the year 2012.[7][8][9]
  • Litspree - Anagrams, charades, extempore, spelling bee and crosswords
  • Gone in Sixty Seconds - The Alma Fiesta version of the single minute extempore

Fine Arts events[edit]

Other events[edit]

  • Alma Fiesta Youth Quiz - A general quizzing event
  • Run against the AIDS - A youth marathon to spread awareness against AIDS

Social Impact[edit]

Being a socio-cultural fest, Alma Fiesta fulfils its commitment towards the society with its various innovative events creating awareness. The fest has taken up social causes in the public domain so as to create more awareness in the society about these subjects. Perspective, the social-case study competition of Alma Fiesta has also raised issues like "Youth,Truth and Politics", "Earth vs. Industrialization", "Innovations for Protecting the Environment". Another way in which Alma Fiesta has been able to raise large-scale social awareness is through the medium of youth marathons. The Youth Marathon in Alma Fiesta 2012 was to raise awareness on the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles. The Youth Marathon in Alma Fiesta 2013 had the theme "Women Safety".

  • Prayatna

The fifth edition of Alma Fiesta, saw the inception of a social movement known as 'Prayatna'. It aims to raise awareness about the various social issues prevalent in the community. Under the banner of Prayatna, Alma Fiesta 2014 aimed to encourage and support the use of greener ideas and technologies in everyday life. It was basically a social campaign to inculcate a sense of social responsibility among the bright minds of the 21st century. It focused on the school students and provided them a platform for their development, as these students would be the pillars of our community in the coming years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Naveen Patnaik inaugurates Alma Fiesta cultural fest of IIT Bhubaneswar". naveenpatnaik.com , official site of naveenpatnaik. 
  2. ^ Abraham, Priya (January 15, 2011). "Alma Fiesta kicks off in capital". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 
  3. ^ "IIT Bhubaneswar plans biggest cultural fest". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Mar 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bands can’t beat Bollywood". The Times of India. 15.01.12. Retrieved 20 August 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "IIT Bhubaneswar plans biggest cultural fest". The Hindu (Chennai, India). March 22, 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "IGIT emerges SNSMT-IIT Social Change Maker". The Pioneer. 15.01.12. Retrieved 20 August 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ http://www.newsweb.co.in/news_article_en.php?article=12854
  8. ^ http://orissadiary.com/Bhubaneswar/ShowCityNews.asp?id=31403
  9. ^ http://orissadiary.com/Bhubaneswar/ShowCityNews.asp?id=31403
  10. ^ http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110115/jsp/orissa/story_13442051.jsp

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