Spring Fest, popularly known as SF, is the annual social & cultural festival held at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur during the month of January in the spring semester. The Spring Fest is held for 4 nights and 3 days on the last weekend of January.
During the fest, students from IIT Kharagpur and from different colleges all over the country participate in a plethora of socio-cultural activities. Most of these are day events which involve dramatics, music and dance competitions, fine-arts contests, quizzes, and other literary events. Other non-competition based events include Star-Talk which involves talks/conferences by eminent personalities from a variety of fields. The number of these events is particularly large and serves to cater to the very large number of participants — both local as well as from other colleges all over the country.
There are other "just-for-kicks" events that are kept on running throughout the day and usually provide entertainment to the partcipants in-between the main events. Some of these events, such as "Perpendiculars" (which runs throughout the 4 days), are so popular that they are able to attract students away from the main events.
The official website of the fest is www.springfest.in
Star Nites Edit
Other notable events Edit
Other events include the annual fashion parade which includes apparel designs by the students of the participating colleges. This event also attracts a large audience and has been a cause for concern in the past when some of the designs were a bit too revealing compared to Indian norms. Also featured is Indian classical music in the form of some event during the four days. SF has traditionally been started off with a live concert by IIT Kharagpur's own eastern musical group — the Eastern Technology Musical Society (ETMS). This event is held in the Netaji Auditorium (IIT Kharagpur's main indoor auditorium), and being the first event of SF, is very popular.
A notable event is Wildfire which involves a competition between rock bands from various colleges. The event culminates in the finalists playing in an all-out live concert on the last night of SF. Another such event for fans of Indian music is Sargam.
SF is notable for being the second-largest student event in the country. Due to this, SF is often cited as one of the prime example showcasing the management skills of IITians in general. The fest is also able to attract a reasonable amount of coverage from the electronic and print-media (MTV India and The Telegraph, Kolkata). The core-team, known as the Action & Publicity (AP) team, is formed around seven to eight months before the event. This team consists of student representatives, student team heads and members, appointed by the respective B.Tech halls, on suggestion from the hall president and senior Sf people of the hall. The team is largely responsible for garnering sponsorship for the event from external agencies, such as companies in India and also conducts publicity of the events throughout colleges in India during the year. During SF, the AP team performs coordinative tasks to make sure the events run smoothly and the guests and sponsors are catered to.The treats of the core team is a major talk of the town every year, which happens mostly in kolkata, the nearest metro, covering some of its major five stars and other outlets.
The individual events are handled by event-specific teams managed by student heads, sub-heads and volunteers. The pre-event tasks, like putting-up of banners, internal publicity, security, student accommodation, transportation, guest reception, and arena design, are distributed among other student teams.
Influence on IIT Kharagpur Edit
The regular academic sessions at IIT Kharagpur are known to be intense due to the large number of courses and topics involved which are taught during an extremely short duration. This is taxing for both the students as well as the faculty members and assistant staff. SF provides a welcome respite to the residents of IIT Kharagpur by being rejuvenative and recreational as well as by acting as a mid-session break. Acting as the ultimate wind-out time for KGPians, SF is known not only for its events but also for the general atmosphere of student revelry surrounding the institute. Even after SF ends, casual chats between students regarding the various events and speculations regarding the participants/artistes for the coming year are very common throughout the rest of the academic session.