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IIT Madras Celebrates 50 Years of Saarang: A Golden Jubilee Extravaganza!

In a resplendent display of culture and creativity, the students of Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) are gearing up to commemorate the 50th edition of Saarang, the iconic annual cultural festival. From 10th to 14th January 2024, the campus will transform into a vibrant hub of talent, art, and festivities, with an expected footfall of 80,000 enthusiasts.

IIT Madras

A Journey Through Time: Mardi Gras to Saarang

Since its inception in 1974 as ‘Mardi Gras,’ the festival has evolved, embracing the cultural fabric of South India. In 1996, to pay homage to its Indian roots and the presence of the spotted deer on the campus, the fest was rebranded as ‘Saarang.’ Now, after five glorious decades, Saarang stands as a testament to the creative spirit and rich traditions of Tamil Nadu.

Events and Schedule

Explore the diverse offerings of Saarang through the Event Schedule. The festival is not just another college event; it’s a celebration of South India’s cultural scene. From an Adventure zone to a skateboard workshop, Saarang caters to every taste.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, expressed, “For the Golden Jubilee year, we dedicate Saarang to the rich culture and traditions of Tamil Nadu.” Nearly 850 students are tirelessly working to make this edition a grand success.

Cultural Fusion: Saarang Village and ‘Incredible India’

The newly introduced Saarang Village promises a dedicated space showcasing India’s diverse cultures. The initiative ‘Incredible India’ aims to leave an indelible mark of Indian heritage on spectators’ hearts, celebrating the unity in diversity.

From Students, For Students: A Symphony of Talents

Saarang offers a unique platform for rising young artists across various art forms, including freestyle dance, photography, acapella, graphic designing, stand-up comedy, and more. The fest is a melting pot of creativity, with events hosted by cultural clubs covering oratory, fine arts, writing, and the newest addition, the culinary arts club.

Professional Shows and Spotlight Lecture Series

The crowning jewel – Professional Shows – features established and emerging artists, promising a mesmerizing experience. The ‘Spotlight Lecture Series’ welcomes esteemed speakers from various cultural domains, including Mr. Nassar, Mr. Gautham Vasudev Menon, Ms. Rukmini Vijayakumar, Ms. Usha Uthup, and Mr. Manoj Bajpayee.

Urjam: The Social Campaign

Saarang’s commitment extends beyond entertainment with the social campaign ‘Urjam,’ focusing on energy conservation. In collaboration with workshops and panel discussions, ‘Urjam’ aims to create awareness about the judicious use of fuel and electricity.

A Symphony of Diverse Talents: A Mesmerizing Experience

Mr. Abhinav P S., Student Sponsorship and PR Core, Saarang – IIT Madras, invites everyone to witness this symphony of diverse talents, assuring a memory to cherish.

Join the Celebration!

As Saarang’s 50th year strives to make an unforgettable mark, join the celebration from the 10th to 14th of January at IIT Madras. From its humble beginnings as Mardi Gras, Saarang has grown into an international collaboration, transcending generations. Come, be a part of this cultural marvel!

About IIT Madras: Established in 1959, IIT Madras is an ‘Institute of National Importance’ offering various programs and recognized as an ‘Institution of Eminence.’ Ranking No. 1 in the ‘Overall’ Category for the fourth consecutive year, IIT Madras continues to excel in education and innovation.

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