Alcheringa at IIT Gauhati,┬ánow in its 19th edition, is the largest cultural festival of North-East┬á In a short span Alcheringa has grown exponentially and enjoys a mammoth footfall of over 60,000 and participation from over 300 colleges across India.
This year the theme is ÔÇ£Magnum OpusÔÇØ. It seeks to explore the varieties of art and culture from various ages, and concludes how each of the phases of art are different, but equally beautiful ÔÇô each a Magnum Opus on its own. It is these masterpieces that have taken the human race forward, believes the festival.
The major highlights of the fest are its pro-nites. The four nights each correspond to a different genre : Saaz ÔÇô The Classical Night, Blitzkreig ÔÇô The EDM Night, Crescendo ÔÇô The Bollywood Night, Juggernaut ÔÇô The Professional Band Night.
Ustad Shujaat Khan, one of the most notable North Indian classical musicians of his generation, is all set to play at the opening night of the festival on January 29. Shujaat Hussain Khan is a sitar player of the Imdadkhani Gharana, has recorded over 60 albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for his work with the band Ghazal with Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor.
International DJs ÔÇÿDzeko and TorresÔÇÖ with an opening act by the Indian DJ Zaeden are the EDM highlights of Alcheringa 2015. Both these DJs will be playing the stage of Sunburn on 30th January.
The Bollywood headliner of the festival is one of the biggest names in the Indipop industry – Lucky Ali.
The final day will be headlined by the Australian symphonic death metal band Ne Obliviscaris,ÔÇØ
Major additions to Alcheringa this year are Anime Con India ÔÇô a celebration of the extremely trending Japanese-inspired anime culture, Model United Nations ÔÇô that simulates actual councils of the United Nations, The North East Social Entrepreneurial Summit ÔÇô to provide a platform for social entrepreneurs to share and discuss ideas that affect the North-Eastern states & The Quiz Fest, attracting notable quizmasters such as Major Chandrakant Nair.
Alcheringa feels proud to associate with Freshy as the Official Beverage Partner of the festival as the part of the North East unveiled.