Alcheringa , the annual cultural festival of IIT Guwahati, this year shall enter it’s 18th edition. The fest is the largest in the north-east and as thus far seen a participation of over 350 colleges and a footfall of over 70,000. Over 70 events are conducted in a span of four days (January 30th – February 2nd ). Every year, Alcheringa has a theme; this year the theme is “Atlantis”. Based on the ancient legend, the theme is one that provokes imagination and a sense of adventure.
The major highlights of the fest are it’s pro-nites. The four nights each correspond to a different genre :Saaz – The Classical Night, Blitzkreig – The Surprise Night, Crescendo – The Bollywood Night , Juggernaut – The Rock Night.
The Mexican trio – The Villalobos Brothers is all set to play at the opening night of the festival on January 30. the Villalobos Brothers is a group of multi-talented virtuso violinists, songwriters and composers With many accolades to their credit ( Winners of the Vox-Pox Award at 2013 Independent Music Awards, Champions of “2013 Battle of Boroughs” , etc)
Undying Inc and Lucid Recess are the latest names to be added to the 2014 Alcheringa festival lineup. Both these bands will be playing the stage of “The Red Bull Tour Bus” on January 31.
Following up on Mohit Chauhan, The Bollywood Night this year shall feature the rising star- Shilpa Rao. Known for many blockbuster hits among youth for songs like ‘AnjaanaAnjaani’ , ‘Jazba’ , ‘Allah MaafKarein’ , She is also famous for deeply emotionalnumbers like ‘KhudaJaane’, ‘Manmarziya’ , etc. Her latest song ‘Malang Malang’ is the most famous song of 2013 and the costliest song till date. Shilpa Rao won the best playback singer award in 2008 at the Star Screen Awards and featured in many TV Shows like The Dewarists, MTV Coke Studio, MTV Unplugged, etc.
The final night of IIT-Guwahati’s Alcheringa Atlantis 2014 will be headlined by Michael Angelo Batio, the former lead guitarist for the popular American glam metal band “Nitro” on February 2.
Batio was voted the “No. 1 Shredder of All Time” by Guitar One Magazine in 2003. He is also the inventor for one of the most famous guitars in rock “The Quad Guitar” and “The Double Guitar”.
During the day, the fest has numerable pro-shows to boot. This includes BETTY – an alternative rock group from New York City. Activist entertainers, BETTY is as well known for their performances at rallies for causes in which they believe (including equality and rights for women and girls) as they are for their 7 T.V. theme songs, film appearances and commercial jingles.“71mm Productions” , the famous comedy theater from Hyderabad, will be performing the play “The Open Couple” – a satirical take on open relationships.FranzinneBrothers , from Italy, will also perform their internationally renowned comedy entertainment act..
Major addition to the events are Femina Miss India Auditions , Model United Nations & The Quiz Fest.
The Femina Miss India Auditions shall be judged by Miss India-Earth 2013 ShobitaDhulipala . Winners of the event get direct entry into the final round in Mumbai. the concept of IITG MUN is guided by a set of values and goals that seeks to provide every individual “a hands down” idea of the intricacies of the decision making process at international level, in an effort to provide holistic development of society as a unit. The Quiz fest covers a wide range of topics conducted by renowned quizmasters like J.N Ramanand, Vijay Menon &AryapriyaGanguly with prizes worth 1 lakh to be won. Theseare all in addition to our flagship events like Rock-O-Phonix , the rock band competition which has amassed a participation of 450 bands this year, Crossfade – the DJ Competition, Mr. & Miss Alcheringa and Roadiez. Another event sporting prizes worth 1 lakh is the Parliamentary Debate which follows the Asian 3 on 3 format.
Alcheringa is also famous for its campaigns on on major movements that it supports.
Udaan is a social initiaive taken by the students of IIT Guwahati which aims on delivering hope, to those who never had the privilege of opportunity. During winter vacations , IIT Guwahati students would reach out various under-privileged children (orphanges,villages,slum etc.) in their locality and spare a weekend to give flights to their hopes with the help of various documentaries,presentations,games and motivation.
Alcheringa also supported G Plus , the weekly infotainment paper of Guwahati, in their campaign on ‘Human Trafficking’ which was an attempt to spread awareness on the abduction of children and women who were sent in for the sex trade. The students conducted streetplays in many localities of the city to show their support.
‘North-East Unveiled’ is a major campaign that aims at bringing the entire north-east in the forefront for the country to witness. Considered by many to be the neglected part of the country, the campaign focusses on the importance of these states and why they are truly inherent part of India. This includes major workshops , talk shows and performances from the 8 states.