Seven Fests Combine to Create a Mega-Fest at St Aloysius College

St Aloysius College (Autonomous) organized its annual national-level Aloysian Fest from February 1 to 3, 2018. The three-day fest commenced with a formal inaugural programme on February 1. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr K Kishore Alva, Executive Director, UPCL (Udupi Power Corporation Limited)  and Joint President of Adani Groups Ltd. The Guest of Honour was Mr Govind Padmasoorya, actor and TV presenter.  Rev Fr Dionysius Vas SJ, Rector, St Aloysius Institutions, presided over the function.

The Aloysian Fest is an umbrella of seven fests - Artbeat, Composite, Acme, Imprints, Spinout, Aloysiad and Astitva, bringing together several colleges and providing a platform for hundreds of students to exhibit their talents. It is an intercollegiate fest which elevates the spirit and soul of every student.

A cordial welcome was delivered by Rev. Dr Praveen Martis SJ, wherein he quoted the great theologian and mystic Thomas Merton – “Every moment and every event of every human being’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” He also congratulated the students for putting up this mega event.

 “College fests are the most effective way of bringing the youth under a safe platform and enhancing their social interaction, thereby facilitating an exchange of cultural ideas and thoughts”, expressed Mr Alva.  He remarked that the fests are an opportunity to break from a monotonous routine and showcase talents. He recollected his days at St Aloysius College and felt grateful toward the institution. He also enunciated the importance of cultural activities and sports in building the students’ future. Apart from focusing on careers, students must also concern themselves with the development of the society.

Mr Govind Padmasoorya, an alumnus of St Aloysius College and actor, was overwhelmed to be the guest at his alma mater, and deemed it to be his greatest success. In his speech, he gave students five effective points of success - “Fight your fears, be yourself, dream big, choose wisely and be grateful.”

Rev Fr Dionysius Vas SJ, in his presidential speech, acknowledged the success of the two alumni and remarked that the college is humbled by the glorious achievements of the students.The dignitaries present on the dais also included Dr A M Narahari, the Registrar of St Aloysius College, Rev Fr Pradeep Sequeira SJ, the Finance Officer, Dr Mukund Prabhu and Dr Narayan Bhat, Coordinators of the Aloysian Fest, Vice Principals of the various streams, Mr Aman Ahmed, the President of the Students’ Council along with the staff and student coordinators of the seven fests.

The exuberant 3-day Aloysian fest drew to a close on February 3, 2018 with the Valedictory program that was held in the Mother Teresa Peace Park, in the college at 3:30 p.m.

Mr Polali Jayarama Bhatt, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Karnataka Bank was the Chief Guest for the occasion, and Rev. Dr Praveen Martis SJ, Principal, St Aloysius College, presided over the function.  

“Education is not preparation for life, but Education is life itself”, said Mr P. Jayaram Bhatt. He emphasized the importance of education, stating that learning is a continuous and dynamic process that one goes through till the end of his life. Quoting the great Indian philosopher Acharya Chanakya, he said, “If one wishes to seek true education, then he must shun these eight activities – all pleasures that tempt sense; tastes that gratify the tongue; anger and greed; personal beautification; too much entertainment; excessive sleeping and extreme indulgence in anything.”

In his presidential address, the Principal, Rev. Fr Praveen Martis SJ lauded the hard work put into making the fest a memorable one. He congratulated the staff and students, as well as the various colleges that participated and contributed to the success of the fest. He highlighted the significance of the three ‘Es’, i.e. Energy, Effort and Enthusiasm that went into the making of the fest.

There were a total of 30 colleges that participated in the fest. The program concluded with the prize distribution ceremony, where winning colleges were felicitated by the guests present on the dais.

Rev. Fr Pradeep Sequeira SJ, Finance Officer; Dr A M Narahari, Registrar; Dr Mukund Prabhu and Dr Narayan Bhat, Coordinators of the Aloysian Fest; Vice Principals of the various streams; Mr Aman Ahmed, the President of the Students’ Council along with the staff and student coordinators of the seven fests, were also present at the occasion.