Every year, one of the most eagerly awaited college festivals comes up with three days of pure fun in mid- August. It is not by chance, then, that Malhar, the annual cultural festival of St Xaviers College, Mumbai, is such a hit with students, no

t only across the city, but across the country, with as many as 30,000 participants. It is no longer about just cultural activities, there are social causes attached to the festival, which are very dear to the committee membersalt39 hearts.

Keeping this in mind, this year, the student committee feels that Conclave 2012 is out to raise the bar set by its predecessors. Says Vice- Chairperson ( Conclave), Nikita Kohli ” While there will be structural changes, the underlying theme and spirit will remain intact: to discuss and debate what really and truly matters to us today”. And this year Malhar promises to be everything youalt39ve hoped for and more.

As Chairperson- Malhar 2012, Aadi Vaidya puts it ” the aim is to retain and enhance the glory of Malhar through better participation, improved quality of events, transparent results and a sustainable coordination with the autonomous system of education in the college.” The theme ” In between the sips of cutting chai, the banter of fisherwomen, the blaring of car horns; in between the slew of packed trains, the haggling of sweaty street markets; in between the flowing of a dirty river, the navigating of jam- packed roads, and playing of the latest Bollywood hit… at some vague point of time, you realize that you have arrived somewhere youalt39ve always belonged. Amidst all these sights, smells, and sounds, the team welcomes you to the Malhar Local.

Vice- Chairperson ( Management) Vishakha Acharya says “alt39 Malhar Localalt39 represents the city of Mumbai and all that it has to offer – right from the crowded local trains, to the breathtaking seafront views, to the glamour of Bollywood! There is something about this city that instantly makes you fall in love with it and this year, we want to celebrate that. Satisfy the wanderlust of your inner Marco Polo or Ibn- e- Batuta, without travelling even half the amount.

The mascot of the festival remains Puddles, the ever green frog, marking the start of the monsoon, and some fun and frolic in the rain on the Mumbai local – sorry, the alt39 Malhar Localalt39! This year, the season of college festivals begins on a city- centric note. So climb on to the alt145 Malhar Local alt39to experience a Mumbai train ride On campus

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