Incident (festival)

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Type Student Run, Non-Profit Organization
Genre Cultural
Founded 1980
Place Surathkal, Mangalore, India
Institute National Institute of Technology Surathkal

Incident is the annual cultural festival of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) in Surathkal, Karnataka, India. The fest is a five-day-long event during the even semester of the NITK Calendar held in the month of March. The fest brings together students from different colleges all over India and is composed of several competitive events as well as pro-shows by big artists including Sunidhi Chauhan, Salim-Sulaiman, the duo of Vishal-Shekhar and Javed Ali.


The fest was started by the students of the college led by Umar Teekay during the 1980s,with a budget of Rs. 10000, and has been continued and amplified every year since.By 1985, Incident events were split between the SAC and the SJA. By the beginning of the 1990s, the fest had become a legend among the Mangaloreans. In 1992, one of the biggest industries of Mangalore then – PVS beedies Pvt. Ltd. Sponsored Incident when it created history by holding Fashion shows contests for the first time.

Incident in the 2000s was Gen Ys Incident where new cultural norms were arising everyday.However, the biggest revolution happened in Incident 2005 with the introduction of “Pronites” that took celebration to a whole new level with the Parikrama playing their groovy tunes to the cheers of the students. Incident 2006 marked the first “Beach events” that were held. Incident 2009-2015 were Incident's golden years where the fest went country wide. Participation from colleges around Karnataka and around the rest of country were at a new high. Appearances by the biggest celebrities of Bollywood like KK, Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal-Shekhar were just one night of the extravagant five day fest held in the blistering heat of Mangalore summer. Musicians and bands of exquisite caliber and the concepts of world fest made Incident the largest fest of South India. [1]


Incident hosts a variety of events and workshops over the course of 4 days.[2][3]

Haute Couture[edit]

Having been the flagship fashion event of Incident for many years, Haute Couture has risen up the ranks to become one of the biggest event of its kind in India.

Musical Events[edit]

Amateur and Semi Professional bands are provided an opportunity to showcase their talent in the various competitive musical events. The most popular events are Bandish, the Eastern rock competition and Pulse, its western counterpart. These events have seen the rise of many famous bands in the Indian Rock scene such as Dark Lights, The Down Troddence, Phlegmatic, Mount N' Do, Pure Veg, BRIXITI, Churmuri chai to name a few.[4] Other events include solo singing, acoustic and instrumental events in classical eastern and western genres.


The competitive dance events at Incident include solo dance, duet, street dance, Tandav and Promenade (western group dance).[2]

Beach events[edit]

NITK's private beach hosts beach volleyball, beach football and Sandemonium[clarification needed] events. The 2012 edition also included adventure sports like zorbing, rappelling and parasailing.[2]

Slam Dunk[edit]

Slam Dunk is the college level basketball competition which hosts over 100 colleges from all over the country in an event that spans all five days of Incident.


The literature program includes several quizzes as well as word games, spelling bees and short story contests, held in English, Kannada and Hindi. Quiz events include general quiz, India quiz, lone wolf (individual quiz event), potpourri, sports quiz and entertainment quiz. The general quiz is hosted by a guest quiz master every year and has been sponsored by Myra school of business and Nexus consulting. A variety of Kannada and Hindi events [2] are also organized including Antakshari, debates, and Dumb Charades


A variety of workshops are held during Incident about various subjects such as juggling, B-boying,[clarification needed] Bhangra, martial arts, theatre, balloon modelling, HDR photography and portraiture in 2012.[2] Previous editions included workshops on kite flying, Salsa, Jive, chocolate making, tai chi, kick boxing, wildlife photography and animation.[citation needed]

The 2012 event included a vintage auto expo[2] for the first time, including more than thirty vintage cars, motorcycles and mopeds.[citation needed] as well as a Marathon run.[2]

Incident also hosts gaming events including DOTA, NFS, FIFA and Counter-Strike.[citation needed]


Incident Proshows feature various national and international artists spanning various genres of music including rock, heavy metal, pop, electronic and Sufi music. The festival's Pro-Nite event has featured top Indian artists including Parikrama in 2005,[citation needed] Euphoria in 2006,[5] Raghu Dixit[citation needed] and Indian Ocean[6] in 2007, KK in 2008[citation needed] and again in 2010,[citation needed] Nikhil Chinapa and Kunal Ganjawala in 2009,[citation needed] Motherjane in 2010,[citation needed] Sunidhi Chauhan in 2011,[7] Javed Ali in March 2013,[8] Salim Sulaiman,in March 2014 [9]


Incident 2012 was powered by Namma Metro as title sponsor, and associate sponsors, NICE. Reliance[citation needed] led Incident 2014 as title sponsors. Incident has had several other sponsors including, Himalaya Herbals, Quest, Syndicate Bank,, KPCL, Tata Tea, KSFC, T.I.M.E, 98.3 Radio Mirchi, City Center, Channel [V], ONGC MRPL, AIRCEL, Chevrolet, Cocacola and The Ocean Pearl.[citation needed] The Hindu supported Incident as media partner in 2011.[10]


  1. ^ "Students Rock as Incident begins at NITK Surathkal". Deccan Herald. Surathkal, India. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Events at Incident". Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Extra Curricular". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Incident'12, the Annual Cultural Festival of NITK Surathkal from Feb 29th to March 4th". Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Top honours for NITK at Incident 2006 India Quiz". The Hindu. 4 March 2006. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Babu, Savitha Suresh (24 February 2007). "All for fun and frolic". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "NITK hosts 'Incident 2011'". 
  8. ^ "DJs and music bands will perform at National Institute of Technology". 
  9. ^ "Salim Sulaima". 
  10. ^ "NITK Hosts "Incident 2011"". The Hindu. Surathkal, India. 25 February 2011.