GS Cult Review: Deepak Sharma

InsIghT presents a review of the work done by the current GS Cultural Affairs Deepak Sharma over the course of his tenure till date. The General Body Meeting, or GBM, for the Institute Cultural Council will be conducted on the 8th of November 2013 from 10:30 PM to 11:55 PM.

**A brief summary of the advances in each sub-field has been provided. Please click on particular manifesto points to know more about the work done on each of them.

Opportunities to Learn

Visible progress has been made so far in terms of expanding the scope of Summer and In-Semester School of Cult (Paathshala) which have been restructured from last year. This tenure saw an overall increase in participation and the number of sessions organized for each genre. The sessions were also spaced across the entire semester for the first time. A proposal for introducing NSO Culturals (apart from the regular NSO Music) has been approved by Dean SA and Dean AP. However, the First Stage platform has not kicked off so far.

School of Cult: Introduce semester long cultural classes with a monthly feedback system
First Stage: Provide a platform to the School of Cult attendees to showcase their learning
NSO Culturals: Propose to extend NSO to cultural activities, for both UGs and PGs

Talent Recognition

IITB’s Got Talent was one of the major highlights of the work done by the Cutural Council this semester. The idea was introduced for the first time and was implemented quite successfully. The ‘Live your Passion’ initiative was introduced in just one genre and efforts are being made in order to provide similar opportunities to the other GC-winning entries as well.

IITB’s Got Talent: Promote the unrecognised acts and talents through a dedicated open entertainment stage structured as a competition
Live your Passion: Propose to reward the GC winning entries through professional opportunities

Giving Back to Society

The ‘Make A Difference Initiative’ has been modified completely and will now remain limited only to Workshops. The Cult Council could not collaborate with any NGOs and no institute performances which may be used to collect donations will be conducted because the proposal was rejected by Dean SA. However, efforts are being made in collaboration with the GRA (Group for Rural Activities) wherein students from the nearby slum areas will be brought to IITB campus on the weekends for cultural workshops. The proposal has been approved by Dean SA and is pending for approval by the GRA head.

Make a Difference: Propose to collaborate with various NGOs in their social campaign via institute performances and help them with donations obtained from the same
Workshops: Conduct workshops for the underprivileged.


The current council has made little progress as far as administrative reforms are concerned. Genre-wise Committees which comprise of the Hostel Secretaries of a specific genre and the Institute Secretary have been established with the aim of promoting cultural activities at the hostel level. Monthly Work Reports of the Council Members have not been made public. Also, an online feedback forum was planned by the GS which has also not been implemented so far. The GS however insisted that feedback was taken informally by council members at every event.

Online Booking Portal: Ease booking SAC Cultural Rooms and issuance of cultural inventory
Genre Wise Committees: Teaming up with hostel secretaries in conceptualizing and executing GCs and hostel events
Monthly Work Report: Public log of accomplishments of each member of the cultural council
Feedback Forum: On-the-spot and online mechanism for constructive feedback

Social and Cultural Exchange

Commendable progress was made in terms of promoting social interaction among the inmates of IITB through cultural activities this semester. Also, several platforms such as Norwegian Opera, visits to Prithvi Theater, NCPA, Jehangir Art Gallery etc. were made available for the students to expose them to the professional scene. The council is also working towards sorting out issues that have hindered the Institute Box Office and movie screening initiatives.

International Cult: Expose students to foreign cultures through professional showcases and workshops; explore possible involvement of foreign exchange students in the same
Cross-over Weekend: Foster cross-genre interaction through events involving multiple art forms
Organise visits to renowned production houses, cultural showcases and art festivals
Revive the culture of weekly screening of popular/unique movies
Celebrate prominent festivals through institute-wide social events to promote interaction

Online Media & Publicity

The responsibility for the Android App as was proposed by GSCA, GSSA and GSAA in their manifestos has been taken up by InsIghT. Three high preparation events – Surbahar, Main Dramatics General Championship and Gyrations were professionally recorded this year. The website for IITB Culturals has improved significantly and has been re-designed to improve functionality. A common Cult Calendar has been uploaded on the website for the convenience of students. Cultopedia which is essentially a collection of videos that can help students in self-learning have been put up on the website. Publicity methods remained mostly the same and the common monthly calendar (a flex listing down all the important events happening in the month) could not be used because of budget constraints.

Construct an Android app and browser extension to publicize schedule and results as reminders
Cultopedia: A database of tutorial videos on digital arts, music, theatre and other art forms
Common Monthly Calendar: Highlight institute events through flexes at strategic locations
Relaunch the cultural website as a hub of online competitions and other information
Ensure professional recording of major cultural events and archive them with past content

Revitalization & Innovation

Campus Radio was reintroduced into the IITB Cult Scene this semester and efforts were made to introduce students to new genres such as digital arts, scripting etc by tying up with a professional organization. However, a centralized purchase system could not be built during this semester because the idea in itself was not executable. As far as Sophie Culturals are concerned, the scene was quite similar to last year.

Campus Radio: Restructure to promote speaking skills through live entertainment based shows
Strengthen growing interest in digital arts, sound and lights through professional workshops
Centralize purchases of costumes and FA supplies through yearlong contracts
Expand the wings of Sophie Culturals to include Non-Performing Arts

Inter-Collegiate Fests

The Institute Cultural Council has taken huge steps towards improving and recognizing the performance of IITB students at the Inter-Collegiate level. In order to provide a fair platform to everyone, centralized auditions for Umang and Malhaar were conducted for the first time. A fest calendar was introduced on the Cultural’s website which contained consolidated information about the different college festivals happening in the country. Funding is also being provided by the Institute for various new cultural events this year.

Conduct centralised auditions across genres for representation in various competitions
Introduce Fest Calendar, a comprehensive document of upcoming fests to fuel participation
Propose to recognize winning members of IITB contingent through Semester Felicitation Ceremony
Propose to extend the outreach to more intercollegiate competition; cover TA and DA as per the institute policies


Speaking Fest and Rukhsat were conducted this semester while the Institute Mela has been planned for next semester. The Institute Mela will probably be conducted in association with the Sports Council and other regional clubs in the institute.

Speaking Fest: A weekend dedicated to promote speaking activities with events like RJ/VJ Hunt, GD and JAM sessions
Institute Mela: An event to showcase traditional cultural performances in collaboration with regional groups and other institute bodies
Rukhsat: Organize a farewell event in all genres as a tribute to the passing out seniors


PG Cult League is a championship envisioned to be contested in the odd semester among pools of 4-5 departments each. Phase I of the same has already been conducted parallel to Freshizza Phase II. Phase II of the PGCL hasn’t happened in the ‘odd semester’ as was the plan and is to be conducted next semester. A separate PG Cult orientation could not be organized for each hostel.

PG Cult League: An odd semester championship among pools of 4-5 departments each, to promote inter department interaction and equal opportunities for participation
PG Conveners: Propose to extend the outreach of information and promote participation in PGs by making a team of Cultural Genre Conveners
Conduct a separate hostel based cult orientation for PG freshmen

General Championships & PAF

‘Gem of the GC’ – which was supposed to award extra points to a hostel for an exceptional individual performance by an inmate was rejected by the Cult Co’s and has hence been happening informally for certain high preparation events. A brochure containing the rules and regulations of all the GCs was to be distributed at the beginning of the semester. However, it never happened due to budget constraints. Therefore, a soft copy of the same was circulated during the summers. A PAF brochure shall be circulated around in the next semester. Also, there’s no board at SAC maintaining the records of all the GC and PAF winners.

‘Gem of the GC’: Propose to recognize individual excellence by awarding extra points to the respective hostel
Propose to publicize GCs and PAF and to convey their rules and regulations through General Championship and PAF Brochure at the beginning of session
Maintain a board at SAC to keep a record of Overall Cult Trophy and PAF winners
Ensure selection of quality judges for GCs by prior consultation with cultural committee
Organise an institute-wide orientation session for PAF to foster the enthusiasm of freshmen

Extra Work Done

Major Infrastructural Changes - Recording Room and Mini Theater
Renovation of Current Facilities - Dance Room and Photo Studio
Appointment of Cultural Mentors to help freshmen living in H15
24*7 SAC Library and installation of computers
Establishment of two new clubs - ROOTS and Lifestyle Club