Alcheringa (festival)

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Alcheringa, IIT Guwahati
GenreCultural festival
VenueIndian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Location(s)Guwahati, India
Inaugurated1996 (1996)
AttendanceMore than 100000 (in 2018)
Organised byStudent-Run, Non-Profit Organisation

Alcheringa, also known as "Alcher", is the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati. The festival was started in 1996 by a group of students of IIT Guwahati.[1] Spread over 3 days and 4 nights, Alcheringa is conducted towards the end of January every year. The 22nd edition held from 1 - 4 February 2018,[2][3] witnessing 80 events.

The festival features the rock music contest Rock-o-Phonix.


Alcheringa, derives its etymology from an Australian aboriginal mythology and translates to "The Eternal Dreamtime".

Shankar Ehsaan Loy at Alcheringa 2010
Sonu Nigam performing at Alcheringa 2009

In 2002, ‘Alcheringa: Yin and Yang’ the concept of four pro-nites was first introduced. ‘Alcheringa: Navras’ in 2006, hosted the festival’s first international act.[4] In 2011, Alcheringa’s social initiative ‘Udaan - Giving flights to hope’[5] was started. 'Alcheringa: Echoes of Innocence' (2018) was the twenty-second edition of the cultural festival.

Year Theme Headlining Performances
2006 Strings.
2007 Remo Fernandes.
2008 Revel in Retro Shaan[4] performed at Crescendo and Juggernaut had Pin Drop Violence. Raghu Dixit Project[4] also performed.
2009 Around The World In 3 Days Sonu Nigam[1][4] performed at Crescendo.
2010 Xtreme Shankar Ehsaan Loy[1] at Crescendo and Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie[1][6] at Juggernaut
2011 Lights.Camera.Action RDB performed at Blitzkrieg, Crescendo had KK and fusion band Advaita at Saaz.
2012 Urban Odyssey Saaz had Anoushka Shankar,[1][7][8][9] Crescendo had Javed Ali[9] and Juggernaut had the Israeli death metal band Orphaned Land.[10][6][7][9][11]
2013 Parallel Paradise Mohit Chauhan[12] performed at Crescendo Blitzkrieg had Sunburn Live and Juggernaut had Irish rock band Frantic Jack.[13]
2014 Atlantis Juggernaut had Michael Angelo Batio,[1][14][15][16] Saaz had the Mexican Villalobos brothers,[17][12][18] Crescendo had Shilpa Rao[14][17][12] and Blitzkrieg had Undying Inc on the Redbull Tour Bus.[17][12]
2015 Magnum Opus Crescendo had Lucky Ali, Juggernaut had the Australian death metal band Ne Obliviscaris[1] and Saaz had Ustaad Shujaat Khan.
2016 Gamescape Crescendo had Mika Singh[19][2][20] and Juggernaut had the Finnish folk metal band Korpikilaani.[19][2][3][20] Saaz had Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan[19][2][3][20] along with The Indian Jam Project.
2017 Eternal Sands Crescendo had Sajid-Wajid,[21] Blitzkrieg saw performances by Javed Ali[22] and Canadian metal band All Else Fails.[23][24] Juggernaut had EDM performances by Carl Nunes and Marnik.[25] Saaz had performances by Grammy Award winner Vikku Vinayakram.
2018 Echoes of Innocence Vishal-Shekhar, Diego Miranda, Mashd N Kutcher, The F16's, Ganesh and Kumaresh, Shahid Parvez.
2019 The Ethereal Conquest Sachin-Jigar, Mariana Bo, Danny Avila, The Order of Chaos, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Akram Khan, Ajay Prasanna.


Mohit Chauhan performs at Alcheringa 2013


Mika Singh performing at Alcheringa 2016
Meta Stasis performing at Alcheringa 2016
Korpikilaani performing at Alcheringa 2016

Some notable Indian artists who have earlier performed in Alcheringa are Mika Singh,[19][2][20] Lucky Ali, Sonu Nigam,[1] Shaan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy,[1] K.K,[4] Mohit Chauhan, Shilpa Rao, Javed Ali, Anoushka Shankar, Vir Das, Kalki Koechlin, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, The Indian Jam Project, Grammy winners Ustaad Shujaat Khan and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt,[1][4][26] Undying Inc, RDB, Remo Fernandes,[4] Raghu Dixit,[4] Euphoria,[4][26] Indian Ocean,[26] Vaayu,[26] Motherjane.[10][6]Parikrama[4][26]


A performance during the finals of Electric Heels at Alcheringa 2016

Alcheringa hosts over 80 competitions. Some of the competitions held at Alcheringa are Electric Heels,[19] the group dance competition, Voice of Alcheringa, the solo singing competition, Halla Bol, the street play competition, Rock-o-Phonix,[19][1][17] the rock band competition, Mr. and Ms. Alcheringa,[19] the personality contest, Crossfade, the scratching competition and Haute Couture,[19] the team based fashion designing event.

NBA Jam at Alcheringa 2016

The Campus Princess is another beauty pageant of Alcheringa which started in its 20th edition, was conducted in association with the Miss India Organisation.[27] The Auditions for Campus Princess were judged by Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Ms. Srishti Rana. Mute, the Mime competition was judged by Mr Moinul Haque, the winner of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award.

During the performance of Algeria Dance Company at Alcheringa 2015

World Carnival[edit]

Israeli psychedelic rock band Ouzo Bazooka perform at the World Carnival, Alcheringa 2016.

World Carnival is an initiative by Alcheringa to promote cultures from across the world here in the North-Eastern part of the country. Alcheringa has had artists like Ciorras and Fastest feet in Rhythm from the USA, Ne Obliviscaris and poet Omar Musa from Australia,[2][20] Fasta Duo and Murray Molloy from Ireland,[3] beatboxer Rizumik from Portugal, rock bands Ouzo Bazooka,[2] Tiny Fingers and Orphaned Land from Israel.

Alcheringa has also had the jazz band Tropic Green from Singapore,[3] the Portuguese horn player Mickael Faustino,[3] the Algeria Dance Company from Malta, Hungarian flutist David Simon and pianist Janos Palojtay, the German Classical jazz performer Mito, alternate pop music band BETTY[14] from the USA[17] and English hypnotist Andrew Newton and extreme technical metal band Meta Stasis.[2][3][20]


Udaan: Giving Flights to Hope[edit]

Udaan is a social initiative by Alcheringa[20] wherein the students of IIT Guwahati visit underprivileged children in various corners of India. Udaan reached 52 cities in 2016.[5][28][29] In Alcheringa 2018, "Desh Ka Sandesh" was organised under the umbrella of Udaan.

North East Unveiled[edit]

The underlying idea of the campaign North-East Unveiled is to promote a shared identity of this part of the country with the rest other parts of the nation while promoting its tourism, food, general practices and removing any stereotypes about North East India. This was done by releasing a series of videos highlighting the above. The North East Social Entrepreneurship Summit and The North East Townhall Discussions were held during Alcheringa 2016.[2][20]

Sponsors and past associates[edit]

Alcheringa has in the past associated with freecharge, Swiggy, OnePlus, Hero MotoCorp, Wipro,[2] State Bank of India, Indian Oil, Maruti Suzuki, Ola, FastTrack, Daikin, Viber, Coca-Cola, KitKat and Baskin Robbins.

In the media sector Alcheringa has been associated with the RED FM, The Telegraph, The Assam Tribune, Business India, North East Today, Metalbase India etc.


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