Rendezvous (festival)

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Rendezvous, IITD
Type Student Run, Non-Profit Organization
Genre Cultural
Founded 1976
Place Delhi, India
Institute Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Rendezvous, famously known as RDV is the annual Cultural Festival of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. It is a four-day-long event held at the end of October every year, is a student-run non-profit organisation. It was started in 1976, and in the past 40 years, it has established its name as to be the best cultural festival in India. On the Ruby Anniversary in 2016, Rdv hosted 225 events, and had a footfall of over 70,000, 13,000+ participants and 170+ artists from more than 20 countries.[1][2] The team of Rendezvous consists of student volunteers who work to promote creativity and intellectualism, and it symbolizes a place to be together and celebrate, as its name suggests.[3]


Open Air Theater Event in Rendezvous 2010

Rendezvous, the cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, is North India's largest college cultural festival. This four-day-long annual festival held towards the end of October every year, is a student-run non-profit organization which caters primarily to the youth. Rendezvous sees participation from a large number of students from over 350 colleges all over Delhi and nearby states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan with a footfall of over 50,000. Rendezvous boasts of performances by the stalwarts of the entertainment industry, from India and abroad. In the past, celebrities like Rabbi Shergill, Javed Ali, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Imran Khan, Tania Sachdev, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Tom Alter have come and been a part of the events in this festival. Performers like Farhan Akhtar, Kailash Kher, KK, Mohit Chauhan, Papon, Shilpa Rao, Shubha Mudgal, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan and Surinder Sharma have performed in events here to entertain the crowd. Bands like Hoobastank, Malefice, Textures, Mindsnare, Rockfour and Mynta have come from abroad to perform here in musical events. Indian Bands like Parikrama, Agnee, Advaita, Prestorika, Vayu, Faridkot and Thermal and a Quarter (TAAQ) have also performed in this festival. Rendezvous has attracted major sponsors and extensive media coverage over the years. The team of Rendezvous consists of student volunteers who work to promote creativity and intellectualism, and it symbolizes a place to be together and celebrate, as its name suggests.



Spectrum, the Group Dance Competition

Rendezvous organizes four Mega Events, one on each of its evening in the Open Air Theatre(OAT), which has a capacity of over 8,000 people.[4] These big wigs include Spectrum which is an Inter-College Group Dance Competition, Kaleidoscope which is an Inter-College Fashion Show and Choreography Competition, Blitzkrieg the Rock Band Competition cum Concert and Dhoom the Indian Musical Performance by renowned artists. RDV’15 witnessed over 300 bands from across the country participated in the Rock Band competition, with preliminary rounds being held in major cities in India.

Pro-nites have brought out artists from different cultures together. It has been the main star attraction of the festival with performing artists ranging from the famous Indian musical trio, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy[5] to the famous American Rock Band, Hoobastank,[6] having performed here. Dhoom, in the past has staged popular performances like Javed Akhtar,[7] Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Medonsa, Javed Ali[8] in 2015, Falak Shabir and Arjit Singh[2] in 2014, Farhan Akhtar,[9] Hoobastank in 2013, Coke Studio@MTV (Papon, Shilpa Rao and Advaita Band)[10] in 2012; Rabbi Shergill,[11] Rohit Deshmukh;Kailash Kher, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Mohit Chauhan, KK[12] in 2010. The Pro-Show Spectrum has maintained the legacy of hosting star casts of popular Bollywood movies like Chakravyuh (Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpai, Esha Gupta) in 2012, Band Baaja Baaraat (Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh)[10] and Break Ke Baad (Deepika Padukone, Imran Khan)[13] in 2010. Blitzkrieg has staged several international headliner bands like Cypher16 in 2012, Textures in 2010, Malefice[14] in 2009, and Mindsnare in 2008; and Indian Rock Bands like Parikrama,[12] Thermal and a Quarter, Prestorika, Decibel, Faridkot and Vayu.

All of these Pro-Shows go under an elimination process to choose the finalists. Blitzkrieg holds its preliminary rounds in 4 different cities Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi.

Apart from competitions, some of the Indian top bands are also invited to perform. 2016 witnessed the presence of the Junkyard Groove and Spud in the Box.[15] These have been judged by prominent judges like Shiamak Davar[10] (Choreography Competition 2012) and Shahnaz Husain(Fashion Show 2015).


The Stunt Mania in 2010

Rendezvous organizes a lot of fun and adventure filled events for the students, which include Go-Karting, Couple Dance, Laser Tag, Zorbing, Blind Dating, Street Dancing, Podium, Mr. and Ms. Rendezvous, Salsa Workshops and a lot more. These events are participated in large numbers. A Section of these events, called Melange, are focused on showcasing traditions and folk artistry of India. These include Art Exhibitions, Professional Plays, Movie Festival, Fire Shows, Qawwali Night, Folk Dances and lot more. These events are held throughout the four days of the festival. Informal stage has also been the honoured by the presence of many eminent Bollywood personalities including Anushka Sharma, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone and Piyush Mishra.[16]

The commencement of the “RDV’s Got talent” has given students a platform to showcase their skills.[17] Since its start from 2014, it has been a huge success. At the informal stage, beat boxers, B-boys, rappers and illusionists[18][19] are able to get hold of a large section of the crowd during the 4-day festival. Several “Minute to Win it” games challenging enough for the older kids and adults, but still simple enough that the younger children could play as well are also organised on the Informal stage.

Confluence - International Music Festival[edit]

Confluence is a series of Musical performances from bands across the globe, varying across different genres.[20] Year 2016 saw performances by the famous band Saskia Laroo and Limor Ballas, Israeli Singer and Geronyom, Portuguese musician. In association with British Council, RDV’16 organised the event of the famous English Band, Natty. Apart from bands and musicians, Murray Malloy, an Irish artist famous for his life-threatening artistic activities such as sword swallowing and fire shows, made the audience bite their nails. In 2015, Celine, Taiwanese Belly Dancer made everyone dance to her steps, an event by Russian Dance Troupe was organised in association with Russian Center for Science and Culture. Nadine Beiler, Austrian R&B Singer, essentially proved that music has no language and left everyone impressed by her astounding performance. Apart from these performances, 2012 saw performances by Solstice Coil a progressive rock band from Israel, Irish rock band The Riptide Movement, Tal Kravitz and Spanish Raga. In 2011, Hungarian Information and Cultural Center presented the Indo-Hungarian Fusion Concert by Agnes Herczku (Vocal), Róbert Sinha (Classical Guitar) and Johar Ali Khan (Violin). Six performances were held in 2010, witnessing bands from different European countries and the Middle-East: Mynta a fusion band from Sweden, Rockfour a psychedelic rock band from Israel, Francesca Cassio & Simone Schiru from Italy, jazz quartet Maria Anadon from Portugal, DJ Destro from Spain and a violinist trio from Czech Republic. These events were attended in large numbers and became the most successful events of Rendezvous that year.


Duo Dance Competition

A lot of competitive events are held throughout the four days of Rendezvous. Competitions are held pre-dominantly in the genres of Dance, Dramatics, Music, Fine Arts, Indoor Sports, Film and Photography (Digital), Literature, Debating and Quizzing. Teams from various colleges participate in these events to win prizes and showcase their talents. Some of these events have been very popular and attract a lot of participation from various colleges due to huge prizes and celebrity judges involved. Some of these are Street Play, Stage Play, Western and Eastern Group Song Competition, Cue Games, Street Painting, Quizzing Events, Parliamentary debate, Photography and Ad-Mad. There are also many events that are not on an inter-college level, like LAN Gaming, Solo Singing and Dancing, Treasure Hunt, Graphic Designing which attract a lot of participation. In 2012, an art and photography exhibition was set up to give a platform to young college artists all over Delhi to showcase their works along with professional artists.

Other Events[edit]

Apart from the Pro-Nights, the Music Festival Confluence, Informals and Competitions, Rendezvous also organizes a lot of other events where people can come and watch the masters of different trades perform at their best. Saaz, the Indian Classical Musical performance is organized as a major event which is attended by people from all ages. Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan (in 2012, 2009), and Shubha Mudgal (in 2011) have performed in Saaz in the past. Fusion Night is an event where Fusion Bands perform, which have combined the genres of Indian Classical and Western Rock into single. Indian Ocean, Advaita and Mrigya have performed in this event in the past. Loat Poat, the hasya kavi sammelan is an event where the laughter kings like Papa CJ, Surendra Sharma, Arun Gemini, Chirag Jain and Shambhu Shikhar have performed and made people laugh. This event is very popular and people from all ages come to see this event. Trendz is the Pre-Elimination Event of Lifestyle, which is held in a place outside IIT Delhi, usually a Shopping mall. Zeitgeist, first held in 2010, is the pre-elimination round of Blitkrieg and was held in four different cities- Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi.

Celebrity guests[edit]

Stars of Band Baaja Baraat in OAT in 2010

Rendezvous has hosted many artists and personalities on its stage in the past. The names include famous personalities from the entertainment industry in India. The list includes Farhan Akhtar, Javed Akhtar, KK, Kailash Kher, Rabbi Shergill, Javed Ali, Anushka Sharma, John Abraham, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Imran Khan,Tania Sachdev, Sunil Chhetri and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Foreign Bands like Malefice, Textures and Mindsnare have performed in Blitzkrieg in the recent past. Indian Bands like Prestorika, Agnee, Parikrama, TAAQ, Vayu, Faridkot have performed in the Pro-Nights as well. Celebrated performers like Mohit Chauhan, Shubha Mudgal and Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan have also performed here to entertain the crowd. Since the beginning of the Confluence at RDV, it has hosted many events in associations with embassies of different countries including the Russian Dance Troupe, Meshinda(Hungarian Folk Trio), Ensemble Gill Ron Shama(Israeli Musician), Celine(Taiwanese Belly Dancer).

Rendezvous boasts of performances by the stalwarts of the entertainment industry, from India and abroad. The events and competitions of RDV have been honoured by the eminent personalities from the entertainment industry. Shahnaz Husain, Padam Shree Awardee and Forbes women of the Year,[21] was the Chief Guest of the Lifestyle during RDV’15.[22]

Bands like Hoobastank, Malefice, Textures, Mindsnare, Rockfourand Mynta have come from abroad to perform here in musical events. Indian Bands like Parikrama, Agnee, Advaita, Prestorika, Vayu, Faridkot and Thermal and a Quarter (TAAQ) have also performed in this festival.

Sponsorship and Associations[edit]

Due to being the major attraction for the youth, RDV provides major audience to the major corporations in all the sector of the market. The recent editions of RDV have been highly sponsored by famous Indian brands. RDV’16 had Vivo Smartphones as the Title Sponsor and was premium sponsors of different events included GAIL, Tinder and Maruti Suzuki. Lava Mobiles sponsored the “Longest Selfie Chain” event which booked itself into Guinness World Record Books. Participants in the event had to stand in a specific formation and click selfies of himself and their neighbor. Each photo had to have a part of the arm holding the phone and two faces clearly visible, and the time difference between two selfies could not exceed more than 60 seconds.

The RDV has previously been associated with The British Council, Hindustan Times, OYO Rooms, Shahnaz Husain and the Embassy of Kyrgyz Republic. All the major companies in all the sectors have been attracted by the heavy footfall in the events, and sponsoring an event is considered very prestigious among the companies.

Publicity and Media Coverage[edit]

Rendezvous has attracted major sponsors and extensive media coverage over the years. It is widely covered by the major media houses and newspapers including Daily Mail UK, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, India Today, The Hindu, The Times of India and Business Insider and other several local dailies. Being Indian, one of the biggest YouTube channel in India shot a video during RDV’15, MTV. The popular events have been covered by MTV in the past years. Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma tweeted thanking Rendezvous team to promote their movie “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. During Rdv’14, World Record Attempt for the Largest Selfie Relay Chain was made and was widely covered.


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