St Xavier’s inter-college festival ‘Malhar’ to kickoff on Sunday

St Xavier's inter-college festival 'Malhar' to kickoff on Sunday
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Sunday will mark the beginning of Malhar, the inter-college festival hosted by Mumbai’s St. Xavier’s College.

Malhar, which was inaugurated in 1979, is one of the most renowned college festivals in the city. Every year, it witnesses participation from a plethora of colleges, with thousands turning up to compete or experience the event.

The theme of this year’s festival, which starts on August 14 and culminates on August 16, is ‘The Junction’. It will entail various events, discussions, debates and workshops across innovative concepts and topics.

Malhar is also going completely paperless this year, with the digitalization of everything from registrations, schedules and announcements.

The fest will start with the annual Conclave, featuring an opening address by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Other prominent speakers like actor Nasseruddin Shah, actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sharmila Tagore and author Amish Tripathi will also speak at the Conclave. There will also be an interview session with ISRO chairman A.S Kirankumar, titled ‘Cards on the Table’.

A panel discussion on ‘Darwinism in Democracy’ will feature personalities like Nalin Mehta (consulting editor, Times of India), Anu Aga (ex-Chairperson, Thermax and Chairperson of Teach for India), Arunoday Mukharji (associate editor, CNN-IBN), Kanchan Gupta (Commissioning Editor and Commentator at ABP News TV) and Madhu Kishwar (professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies).

The events line-up includes a mix of innovative concepts like Cataclysm (revolving around crisis management) and The Curtain Call (experimental theatre event) along with conventional ones like singing. Workshops on food tasting, chocolate tasting, forensics and bottle designing will also be conducted.

The Yardsale will also follow a more philanthropic approach with contingents expected to donate the amount, collected via the sale of second-hand everyday items, for a cause. The proceed will go to Pehchaan NGO, which works for the upliftment of homeless and underprivileged in the city.

Underprivileged kids will be fed a meal on campus as a part of Food Junction and a drive will be organized to collect food items for the less fortunate.

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