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Heart to Heart – #AlegriansSpeak | Experiences

Now that Alegria is just a few days away, the enthusiasm and excitement for Alegria is palpable throughout the campus. February has become synonymous with Alegria for all Pillaites. It’s not surprising that the students absolutely love this festival and nothing can stop them from enjoying this most awaited part of the year which brings with it a variety of feelings- joy, madness, fun, competitiveness and hard-work.

On this occasion, here is what some of our students have to say about their experiences of this much-awaited festival:

 

“Alegria has outgrown itself. It is no more just a college festival. It is a melting pot of talent and calibre. It has become a shared sentiment, a medium for self-expression.”

– Diksharth Jage

 

“It is a carnival of emotions. From the theme to the end note of the festival, everything has a certain backdrop to it. It is full of colours, noise and fun. I love the atmosphere of Alegria. It brings people together, new friendships are formed, and petty grudges forgotten.”

–  Prerna Khanolkar

If you are a part of Pillai’s, you are damn lucky!  Having witnessed Navi Mumbai’s biggest college fest, I can definitely say it truly justifies its name as the festival of JOY. The aura of the college is so enthralling. Hundreds of events to participate in and to showcase our talents: where else would you find such an opportunity?

Sakshi Satpute

“Who said we can only fall in love with people?  I am in love with Alegria!!! Proud to be a Pillaite!

Kriti Kumar

“The annual college fest is supposed to be the silver lining after all the hard work of an academic year; the time to enjoy and let go of all stress. But Alegria is much more than just the silver lining, it is pure gold!! Alegria manages to surpass its own previous records and just gets bigger, better and so much more fun! The excitement is infectious and you’ll experience just how fast the joy spreads.”

Tilby Thomas

“Where can you find talent storehouses like Farhan Akhtar or Nucleya performing? Where can you see celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor shake a leg to their latest songs? The answer is- it happens only at Alegria.”

Vidhi Rajput

These days where college fests run out of energy after a day or two, the spirit of Alegria is truly amazing. Alegria is undoubtedly one of the biggest college events not just in Navi Mumbai but all over Mumbai.”

Shravan Raikar

Talent in every field is equally valued and facilitated, nobody goes back disheartened. It’s the most thrilling experience ever. In its 5th anniversary this year, is surely one of the most anticipated college festivals.”

– Birjis Patel

“The excitement and energy in the air is contagious. From the numerous varieties of events and competitions to the rocking concerts, Alegria is a roller coaster ride!!”

Aditya Naik

It’s the perfect outburst of joy and happiness that every Pillaite patiently waits for; and Alegria never fails to impress. All my non-Pillaite friends are pretty jealous of the grand scale of Alegria.”

Sooraj Nair

“If someone were to ask me about ALEGRIA, the answer would be, that it Exceeds Expectations. Yes, and it is not an overstatement. This feeling cannot be explained in mere words. You have to be present at this festival to feel the liveliness that engulfs you, the crazy energy, and the jaw dropping performances, the dazzling appearances, the plethora of colours and the sheer magnitude on which it is set up.”

Abhijit Prakashan

“Alegria has everyone clutching their seats in excitement. The adrenaline rush and euphoria is unmatched. Best college festival ever!!!

– Greeshma Valath

The best part about Alegria is that the students from different streams unite together to organise and participate in all the events. The passion is fired up, the energy is re-fuelled and the smile just gets broader. The ambience during the whole festival is beautiful.

Bhoomi Jaswant Ratani

The entire committee (organizing team, creativity team, graphics team, web, publicity team, etc.) is worthy of praise. Certainly, Alegria raises opportunities for each individual to enhance their skills in diverse fields and build their own castle of hope and joy.”

Jennifer D’silva

Alegria is an emotion. It brings people together. It is only going to get better and bigger this year.

Mark your calendars now….

Do not miss it!!!

 

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This talented Punjabi Bloke, who has an array of big hits in Bollywood as well as his own singles had come to perform during Alegria. Although he arrived a little late, he was absolutely worth the wait. He was energetic and played out all of our favourite tunes. And thus his name got added into the list of Alegria’s glamourous list of celebrities!
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2013 was the year which laid the strongest foundation for one of the biggest college festivals in India. Every heart of Alegria swooned to the tunes of Akcent, when they graced the first edition of Alegria in 2013. The ‘ True Believers’ mesmerised every soul with their foot tapping and soulful music and had everyone dancing their heart out.
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Parvathy Omanakuttan
Miss World, Miss India, Miss World Asia and Oceania
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The stage was truly set on fire when a Miss World, Miss India, Miss World Asia and Oceania, the ever gorgeous Parvathy Omanakuttan graced the first edition of Alegria in 2013. The gorgeous queen was here to judge the Mr and Ms. Alegria contest, then known as the personality contest. The crowd was awestruck by Parvathy’s aura, stage presence and beauty!
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Baichung Bhutia
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The foundation of Alegria was laid strong as Baichung Bhutia graced The Festival of Joy in 2013. The ‘Sikkimese Sniper’ was present to inaugurate the Multipurpose Synthetic Turf of Pillai College on the second day of the festivities. Amidst loud cheers and fancalls, Baichung truly lived up to his fame with a splendid display of some skills from his plethora of talent.
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Rannvijay Singh
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Rannvijay Singh
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When a dynamic personality like Ranvijay Singh came to Alegria, the rage was nothing unexpected. He highlighted the festival with his charismatic appearance, intelligent views and witty sense of humour. He had the students transfixed throughout and the girls were captivated by his presence. He interacted with the students in the best way they could ask for, keeping the session highly entertaining. He had nothing but kind words for the college and Alegria and seemed to have a blast. The upbeat atmosphere definitely lifted everyone’s spirit.
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Ranbir and Deepika
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Ranbir and Deepika
Tamasha
Movies and their promotions have always been wildly celebrated and enjoyed at Alegria. When two of Bollywood’s most popular and talented actors Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone came to the festival of joy to promote their cinematic masterpiece ‘Tamasha’, the experience was no different. The crowd was overwhelmed by their presence and they graced the stage with their charm and spontaneity. They were amazed by the energy of the students and were humbled by the love. The event was an out and out riot and vibe was supremely joyous.
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Candice Reddings
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Candice Reddings love, passion, interest, life has always had an ultimate desire to shine.
 From modeling and singing, to dancing and entertaining massive crowds with her selective music.

She was very persistent then and she is even more so now, with experience, and the ambition to move forward, nothing and no one holds her back.
 Its her love for the art of music and sound that has taken her so far.

At the age of 17, her interests grew as her crowd got bigger. Booking artists world wide for events locally and internationally, she brought a certain flavor to every event lacking soul and vibe.

She broke free when she based herself around Asia, with sounds of groovy based trendy house and branching into other genre’s such as Electro House, Progressive, Deep Techno house and Techno. Her love is Tech House and Techno ♥ EDM
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another tinsel town celebrity who spread her sparkle to Alegria was Sonam Kapoor. While promoting her inspirational movie Neerja, Sonam sure lit up the entire festival with her joyous vibe and magical smile. She engaged and motivated the students and become easily the biggest highlight of Alegria 2016!

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Vishal and Shekhar
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Alegria and its Bollywood/DJ nights are always something to watch out for. And the fun just reached its optimum when musical duo Vishal and Shekhar came to Alegria and rocked the stage. They were energetic, their performances were mesmerising and they left no stone unturned to keep the audiences engaged and enthralled. They grooved on the best tracks keeping the mood lively. The college saw a huge turnout of audiences and crowd surely had a blast. What a night it was!
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Elli Avram
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Swedish actress Elli Avram who made her Bollywood debut through “Mickey Virus”, graced the Alegrian stage. She was here to judge the Mr and Ms Alegria event!
She was completely taken and mesmerised by the audience’s energy. She loved the show put up by all the contestants and picked the best out of the lot.

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Farhan Akhtar
Rockstar in Rock On
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After playing a role of a rockstar in Rock On, the multi talented Farhan Akhtar is one in real life for fronting one of India’s leading edge live rock band Farhan Live!

Musician, actor, director, writer! What a powerhouse of talent is Farhan Akhtar! 3000+ students were lucky enough to witness him perform for them. His aura and energy was unbeatable. He made everyone move and groove to his tunes and had the crowd going berserk over his stardom. He even played for some extra time after seeing the crowd’s reaction.

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Govinda
AA GAYA HERO
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Govinda
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Govinda is one of the biggest superstars to rule the 80’s and 90’s. He made his debut in Bollywood with the 1986 hit “ILZAAM”. Ilzaam went on to become a huge hit and made him a star overnight. He breakdanced and grooved to the songs in the movie ‘Street Dancer’ thus establishing himself as a dancing star.

However, Govinda decided to majorly work in comedy films. His amazing acting and impeccable comic skills earned him a loyal fan following thus establishing him as a comic superstar. His comic timing and humour creates a laughter riot and always has the audience in splits.

Govinda has over 165 Bollywood movies to his name. He has several Filmfare Award nominations and has won numerous awards for comedy. The opening episode of DID Super Mom Season 2, the reality dance show on which he is a judge, received the highest TRP rating of any reality show opening episode.

He will be joining our very own Algeria 2k17 on February 10th to promote his film ‘AA GAYA HERO’ with all the “Govinda fans” eagerly awaiting his presence.

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Monica Dogra
Voice of Alegria
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Monica Dogra
Voice of Alegria

Raised in Baltimore, USA, Monica formed a two-piece electronic rock band called ‘Shaa’ir + Func’. Realizing the people’s need for something upbeat and funky, they released their first album “New Day” in 2007 which shot them into the limelight.Monica sung a track “Dooriyan” composed by renowned duo Vishal & Shekhar for the film BREAK KE BAAD (2010). She also made a guest appearance in 2008 film ROCK ON!! But her full-fledged acting debut was in the 2011 film DHOBI GHAT directed by Kiran Rao starring Aamir Khan and Prateik Babbar. Thereafter, she went on to act in films like David, Teraa Surroor etc.

Monica Dogra also impressed the audience with her hosting skills as she was the host for ‘The Dewarists’, a musical collaborative show on Star World India. In December 2011, she served as a judge for Rolling Stone’s ‘Never Hide Sounds’ musical talent show. She is currently one of the judges on ‘The Stage’ broadcasted on Colors Infinity.

This year, our fellow Alegrian singers will be judged by Monica Dogra. We are delighted to have her as the judge for the Voice of Alegria.

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Nucleya
Udyan Sagar
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Nucleya
Udyan Sagar
Udyan Sagar, better known by his stage name Nucleya or NUCLEYA, is an Indian music producerHe co-founded Bandish Projekt with Mayur Narvekar in 1998. He is noted for his genre bending productions, combining EDM along with traditional Indian musical instruments & ambient sounds. He has been frequently featured on BBC Radio 1‘s playlists.

 

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Nina & Malika
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They are a female Dj duo. Born to British(Nina) and Australian(Malika) mothers and Indian fathers.
For years now electronic and dance music has been a major obsession, leading them to find their passion which is producing music and Djing. Their electric energy is contagious enough to get any party pumping!

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DJ Chetas
King of Mash-Ups
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DJ Chetas is ranked World No. 59
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  He is the only DJ in Indian History to crack into the prestigious DJ MAG awards. He is the only Indian DJ to host a 2 hour show at prime time on 9XM every Friday and Saturday called House Of Dance. He’s the Official DJ for the Kolkata Knight Riders and also the only Indian DJ with a Mobile Application promoting dance music to the masses. He’s performed alongside leading artists and at some of the countries most prestigious events. He recently announced that he will be entering the Bollywood Music Industry as a Music Composer very soon.

DJ Chetas’ musical journey dates back Eleven Years, when he started off his career just as a passion for the love of music, little did he know that this passion would transcend into an art possessed by very few Artists world over! After eleven years of unmatched and dedicated hard work, his talent was recognized by myfavdj.in wherein voters and music lovers across the nation voted DJ Chetas unanimously as their Favorite Bollywood DJ and got him to the No.1 Spot in India!

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