About the cause
Think back to those good old days, when you were just a freshman, still starry-eyed from high school, and stepping into a concert for the first time - or a dance competition - or any other of the plethora of events at your college’s cultural fest. “Wow. So this is Mardi Gras!” A thought that used to go through every IIT-M alum’s mind in their first year.
Come one, come all, to a bigger and better online version in 2022 - refresh your memory of Mardi Gras, now under the aegis of Saarang.
Saarang; a festival every student looks up to with wonder and joy is IIT Madras’s celebration of culture. For a whopping 27 years it has been the pinnacle of different kinds of events, having seen the likes of Shankar Mahadevan, KK, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, A. R. Rahman, Kamal Hassan, and Pt. Birju Maharaj, to name but a few!
Over the years, Saarang has aspired to grow bigger, and give valuable experiences along with life skills to its coordinators - while maintaining the standard of the largest student-run festival in the country. The 27th edition is set to become the new pinnacle of online college fests, going even further than last year in its scope and reach. This endeavours to create new opportunities and experiences for all of us.
It's been a great journey for this exquisite festival since the days of Mardi Gras. We in the organising team are grateful to all the alumni who left us this great treasure.
With great ideals comes great responsibility - and it is becoming more and more challenging for all of us to organise in this new fashion. Though we are aiming to keep four major professional shows and five to six major events online, we have observed significant depreciation in sponsorship amount.
Our main aim is to pave a way to a Saarang where the quality of talents exhibited and values learned by students is the main takeaway. A Saarang which looks back into the good old days of Mardi Gras, where the celebration of culture was everything.
To reach these illustrious goals, Saarang in the next few years is going to need to evolve into a festival which doesn't depend so much on volatile sponsorship amounts or ticket-sales. Rather, we need to establish a system where the competitive events - the part of Saarang which matter the most - can be made financially independent. This is where you can come in. Having contributed over the years towards making Saarang what it is today, we hope that you can consider helping out one more time, to make this online edition of IIT Madras’s cultural fest grander than ever before.
We have established a crowdfunding campaign enabling alumni to help Saarang grow, and kindly request our alumni to contribute generously.
How the money will be used
Saarang prize money and Title of the prize will be renamed according to the donor's choice and will also be used to fund artist fees for Proshows. Click here
for details on sponsorship.
Token of Love and Gratitude
As a token of love and respect the donors will be given Saarang 2022 merchandise to rejoice the memories of this great culture.