How MIT Celebrates
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The few things you are bound to miss when you bid adieu to your school and head over to college are the Annual Days and inter-school competitions. These little competitions and fests helped add a lot of colour to your academic life while at school and MIT promises to do the same with its cultural and technical fests. Here’s a look at how MIT lets loose and celebrates during the time of its fests and what these fests embody.
As a student preparing tirelessly for engineering entrance exams, an exciting college life is something that is eagerly awaited. As the month of June approaches, the fantastic world of the college student—as constructed by movies, TV shows, teachers, parents, and extended family—feels like it’s within an arm’s reach.
Nothing really prepares you for the torrent of new experiences that the first semester itself has in store for you, though. Descriptions of college life—and fests especially—rarely manage to do adequate justice to the real deal. The electrifying atmosphere that lasts for the entire duration of a college fest and the liveliness of the campus at that time is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated. Fests are the time MIT is at its prettiest and loudest, with murals painted onto campus walls and roads, and meticulously created, larger-than-life works of craft adorning every nook of the campus.
Tech Tatva is a fresher’s first glimpse of a college celebration. The annual technical fest of the college takes place in October and is something that leaves spectators in awe. The numerous registration counters at the Food Court, the huge banners, the music, the workshops, the food counters, and the charged atmosphere give it a very celebratory feel. A hardcore technical fest, Tech Tatva is a brilliant platform for a student to hone their skills. There are abundant opportunities to learn and create. As is often the case, students are enthralled by the prospect of building robots and cars from scratch—things that remain, for the most part, theoretical in school education.
A week before Tech Tatva commences, daily workshops are organised. From helping one learn the Arduino board to building new programming skills, these help in setting the right mood for the tech fest. Unique competitions are held every year, and much to the joy of the students, there is prize money to be won. Apart from this, the food stalls lined up near the Innovation Centre and games organised by the Informals category create the perfect festive atmosphere. So, even if one isn’t interested in the technical events, there’s always the option of playing a game of In-Your-Face, getting pictures clicked, and tucking into a juicy roll.
One of the most awaited events of the even semester is the annual cultural fest, Revels. From events catering to the field of arts and music to fashion shows and poetry competitions, these four days are undoubtedly the best time to be at MIT. No one is a mere observer here, with something to cater to everybody’s taste. The campus during Revels is a sight to behold, with everyone even remotely related to the college out on the streets, soaking in the hubbub of the fest. Cultural and sports events are organised meticulously and feature skilful performances, with heavy participation from outstation teams. The cultural competitions, not restricted to dancing and singing, ensure that there’s a niche for all talent. Debates, poetry competitions, street plays, and a variety of other artistic media are offered a platform here.
The sports events begin from as early as seven in the morning and go on till late into the evening. The distinction between day and night fades as Revels turns the college into a bustling scene of activity and action for 96 hours at a stretch. The food stalls, a staple of the fests at MIT, reappear near the Innovation Centre, drawing large crowds to pizza, ice cream, and more, in a scene reminiscent of a carnival.
The highlight of the fest, however, is the Pro Show, with each day of the fest featuring a different professional artist at the Quadrangle. In 2019, Vir Das’s Alien Chutney began the celebrations with their unique and humorous brand of comedy-rock. Femina Miss India Supranational 2015, Aafreen Vaz enthralled the audience with her beauty and grace while serving as the judge for the Fashion Show. Popular comedian, Atul Khatri, won people over with his simple yet infectious humour while The Local Train and Ritviz kept students thumping their chests and swaying to their beats the day after. The event was headlined by Divine, of Gully Boy fame, who belted out hit singles from the movie, and the electronic music duo The Progressive Brothers who have played at prestigious events such as Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic.
Fests are a huge part of college life—and while academics, social life, and the ever-present underlying feeling of homesickness can be tough to handle—the fests come with a promise of relief from the monotony of daily life, exchanging it for the most exhilarating events one would witness in their four-year stay at MIT.