5 Indian Cul-fest Themes That Gave Us The Goosebumps

Featuring colleges from around the country

To say that the end of exams is a welcome change would be a ridiculous understatement. The end of exams is synonymous to that teary-eyed moment that plays ‘Let it go’ as an undertone to your life. You’ve lost too much; abandoned the castles in the air built out of countless episodes of tv-shows, movies, games, novels, music… The walls have to come down, And for what, a lousy exam?, you think.

Never fret, not just yet.

Because the call for celebration is resonating in the streets! Or, rather, on the walls of “bphc SHOUTBOXX…! (raise ur voice beyond the campus walls)” and “BPHC_Free_Expression_Group”, at any rate. Shangri La is around the corner! For those who don’t know: Shangri La is the precursor to Pearl. It’s a little sneak peak into what might be, this Pearl. By the end of Shangri La, we expect the Student Union to release the theme for Pearl ‘15 along with the logo, teaser and the website for Pearl ‘15.

The importance of a theme lies in how it brands the fest. It is a determining factor in the decoration and the beautification of the campus, the publicity of the fest, the design of the logo, and the website.

In short, it’s a pretty big deal, yes. In no particular order, here’s the list of the 5 best themes of Engineering college cultural fests in India.

That 90’s Show – Oasis ‘14, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

We’re the 90’s kids! We’ve watched Cartoon network before it was CN and Pogo when M.A.D was a rage. A couple of us absolutely worshipped Animax and Hungama. And then there was the world of Disney (Do not mention Hannah Montana, do not, do not) We can sing along to the title songs of Phineas and Ferb, can pose to Power Rangers, and we definitely loved the occasional Happy Meal toys of Pokemon. Can you possibly find a better theme than this that would connect the entire generation?

Whirlwind of nostalgia, I say. [weeps]


What we loved: The familiarity

source: http://www.bits-oasis.org/

 The Elements – Oasis ‘13, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Let me break this down for you, but wait, this can’t get any more basic than it already is! The power of the earth, the water, the fire and the air.

The theme for Oasis ‘13 was beautiful in how abstract it was and in all the brilliant ways in which it can be interpreted.


What we loved: Simplicity

source: http://bits-oasis.org/2013intro/

Atlantis – Alcheringa ’14, IIT Guwahati 

“But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.”

– Plato

There is magic in the world of fables; one that speaks of realms beyond the reach of the mortal soul, who seeks adventure in uncharted depths of the universe, and beyond. Who wouldn’t love the inspiration that comes from myths? Stories about stories make the universe rich!


What we loved: The magic

source: https://www.facebook.com/alcheringaiitg?fref=ts

Devil’s Symphony – Thomso ’14, IIT Roorkee

Dark and sinister is in, this season. And every other season too! With events like Apocalypse, Wargasm, and Xhileration, the tone of the fest was devious, cynical and powerful- exactly the way we love it! This theme is one that can stick around in the best of one’s fantasies and nightmares. And this soft symphony can definitely lure one in!


What we loved: The Dark Theme

source: http://thomso.in/

World 1-2 – Pearl ’12, Bits Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

Who can forget games such as Mario and Pac-man, or even their title sequence!  (tadata tada ta!) Games such as the ones we played on our Windows XP and Windows 97 dabba computers defined our very childhood and are exclusive to our generation alone. So why not celebrate it?

This was the reasoning behind the theme ‘World 1-2’ of Pearl ‘12, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. World 1-2 is a level in Super Mario Bros and the main focus of Pearl ‘12 was on 16 bit and 8 bit games.


What we loved: Mario (!)

source: https://www.facebook.com/bitspearl?fref=ts

Meghana Yerabati and Arvind AS


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