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Type Student Run, Cultural Event
Genre Cultural
Founded 2008
Place Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Institute Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Hyderabad

Pearl is the official National Annual Cultural Festival of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. The fest usually involves many enthralling events with music, dance, theatre and literary activities. The festival is wholly student run, right from getting the funding to the organisation. The Students' Union of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus is closely involved in the administration of the fest.

It has been organized annually since the year 2009 till the present year and has been headlined by major artists such as Dark Tranquillity, Strings, Benny Dayal, Thurisaz, David Deejay, Amplifier (band), Nikhil D'Souza and Nikhil Chinapa.


The festival started out as an intra-college event in 2009 and then went on to become a city level inter-college cultural festival in 2010, which saw several colleges from Hyderabad participating in more than 50 unique events encompassing the cultural diversity of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.

2011 saw it becoming a national level event with universities sending teams from many major cities in India. The three day festival was headlined by Dark Tranquillity and Strings.[1][2]

2012 saw Pearl act as an outlet for the display of both cultural and technical events. The artists Thurisaz, Benny Dayal, Ela Rose and David Deejay performed on days two, three and four respectively. The footfall was immense and there was media coverage from many national newspapers. The very same year saw the birth of Atmos, the Technical Festival of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, TEDx BITS Hyderabad and Verba Maximus, the Literature Festival of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.[3]

Pearl 2013 saw performances by 'Amplifier', an international rock band from the United Kingdom, Nikhil Dsouza, Indian rock band 'Junkyard Groove' and DJs Nikhil Chinnapa and Rohit Barker.[4][5]


The list of events routinely held at Pearl is given below. Along with the events listed here, there occur a variety of informal events organised by the Department of Informals as well as blood donation camps. The events listed here also do not include pro nights.

The official Pearl '11 logo
  • Till Deaf do we Part
  • Indiana Tones
  • War of the DJs
  • Gandhaara
  • Pearl Jam
  • iTuned
  • Terpsichore
  • Glitterati
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Literary Marathon
  • Spelltrix
  • Treasure Hunt
Parikrama performing at Pearl '10
  • Goof it up
  • Stage Play
  • Xpresso
  • Pixelated - A photography exhibition
  • Antimage
  • Photog Race
  • Touchup - A photo editing competition
  • Photography workshop
  • Art Effect
  • Avant Garde

Professional Performances[edit]

Dark Tranquility performing at Pearl '11
Nikhil D'Souza live concert at Pearl '13


  1. ^ "Dark Tranquillity to perform at BITS Pilani in February". MetalIndia Magazine. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Pearl 2011 - Cultural Festival @ BITS-Pilani". 
  3. ^ "Pearl 2012: Unseen Underground". Unseen Underground. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Pearl 2013: Unseen Underground". Unseen Underground. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Pearl-2013 Tickets, Event Tickets, Other Tickets". Book My Show. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 

External links[edit]

Category:Birla Institute of Technology and Science Category:Recurring events established in 2008