Anwesha is the Annual Techno-Cultural festival of the Indian Institute of Technology, Patna. Started in 2010 as an intra-college fest by the student fraternity of IIT Patna, the fest has exponentially grown to become one of the biggest and most awaited youth festival of East India witnessing participation from all over the country.
Every year, the fest has scaled new horizons with the crowd participating in a range of events and witnessing spectacular pro-nites. It is and has been, as the name suggests, a quest for grandeur, opulence, creativity and perfection. Distinguished luminaries such as the Chief Minister of Bihar, Sh. Nitish Kumar, Former Chairman of the ISRO, Padma Vibhushan G. Madhavan Nair, Veteran actor and Politician Shri Shatrughan Sinha have been a part of Anwesha in the past.
The seventh edition of Anwesha, scheduled from 22nd Jan to 24th Jan holds a pivotal importance in the history of this fest as this is the first time, the fest is going to be organised from IIT Patna’s newly built 500 acre permanent campus in Bihta, Patna. Elaborate arrangements are being made to cater to an expectant footfall of 5000+ and as well as many dignitaries and celebrities. One of the prime attractions is the rock performance on the closing night where, Euphoria will be performing. Auditions were also conducted across the cities of Kolkata, Lucknow and Indore to seek out the hidden talent.
The synergy of an enthusiastic team coupled with a sprawling infrastructure, has put together a bouquet of 75+ events and competitions ingeniously covering the spheres of cultural, literary, technical and management activities.
The cultural delight of the fest brings in a host of events like Heel turn (Dance competition), Maidan-e-Jung (Dramatics), Syngphony (Singing competition), Mr & Miss Anwesha. For the lovers of pen and parchment, the fest brings in events like Darpan (fine arts wall painting competition), Assistente Literaria: the great Indian Literary Wizard, Pic say (story and blog writing) and a range of quizzes and debates.
The technical and management committees holds many competitions like aqua soccer, static rush bridge building, vendre (ad-making competition), stockmart and many other events that test the technical and management expertise of the participants. For those who are unable to come to the fest, there is also a segment of online events like photography competition (clixx and forced perspective photography), telegraphy (short story writing) and many more.
Apart from these events, Pro- nites are also a special attraction for the visitors. Popular Rock bands like Sifar (2011), Faridkot (2012), The Local Train (2013), Kaash (2013), Eka (2014), Swarathma (2015) and Lagori (2015) have enthralled audiences with their live performances in previous fest editions. The previous editions of Anwesha have also seen the performances of artists like Ghazal Singer Shri. Nishant Akshar, Bharatanatyam Maestro Smt. Priya Venkataraman, Hindi poet Shri. Kumar Vishwas and stand-up comedian Shri. Nitin Gupta.
As a witness to the fest from the last three years in different roles of volunteer, organiser and a keen competitor, I feel there has been one thing synonymous with all editions of Anwesha and that is the ‘energy’. The vibe that transcends from the heart of an artist to the circuits of a bot, from the charged debates to the serene performances is simply amazing. The fest is certainly an expression of the talent fuelled by the passion and commitment of students. A three day extravaganza, just round the corner, a bubble of fun, frolic and expression that urges you to live your life, live every moment.
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