• 21 Feb
  • 3 min read
Festival NameInsomnia
College NameIISER, Mohali
WhereKnowledge city, Sector 81, Manauli PO, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Punjab 140306
FootfallAround 10k
Celebrity VisitsSpunk Band,  DJ MYRIS, The Local train, Guthrie.govan and many more.
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Gateway to a dreamy reality, Insomnia, has set forth on its seventh-year voyage this year. Since its kick-off in 2013, it has been one of the biggest and most awaited fests of Chandigarh Tricity. It is a panorama of music, dance, art, drama, literature, quizzing, and gaming with a footfall of 10,000-12,000 every year.

They say, “Insomnia will put you in a trance. Dreamers, this is your place to be in!”

This year, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali’s annual fest, IISER INSOMNIA 2019, will be held from March 1-3. Its soul lies in the celebration of cultural brilliance and vibrancy with a passion to connect. A host to musicians from pan India and the world, the major highlight of the fest is its live performances.

They have hosted:

  • Parikrama – INSOMNIA 2016

  • Guthrie Govan, Mohini Dey, Gino Banks, Murray Molloy – INSOMNIA 2017

  • The Local Train, Angad Singh Ranyal, Tyson Sidhu – INSOMNIA 2018

  • Swastik – The band on Fusion Night, SPUNK! for Livewire, and planning is in full swing for a surprise performer at the PRONITE – INSOMNIA 2019


Established in 2007, by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, IISER – Mohali is a premier science institute. On the recommendation of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, IISER was constituted as an ‘Institute of National Importance’ in 2010. This institute is home to over 1200 Int. Masters’ students, 400 Ph.D.’s, and several research scholars.

What must you attend?

ARIA: A musical fantasia, comprising of Crescendo (the Battle of the Bands), which hosts the best bands from the country playing the best of their tunes. It also has Sargam (solo vocal competition), Resonance (instrumental competition-solo), Make Some Noise (group vocal competition). Drop-in on the battle-grounds to hear some banger music.

ITEHAD: The dance show comprises of three events, Encore (the dance battle), Solo and duet dance, and Bhangra Fever, that’s the most attended. The best of the dance troupes from throughout the country come to show their moves.

DARPAN: As is a dash drama important in life, the dramatics’ events keep up the spirits with their panoramic performances in different events. They have Nukkad (street play), Dhiti (stage play), Stage Craft (theme based, extempore mono acting).

Take a look at the other events and a range of informal events here.

Gala Nights

The musical nights are of major action and attraction at IISER. They host three musical events on all three nights. As mentioned above, the first night during IISER Insomnia 2019 is going to be a night of fusion, the second will be Live Wire, and the third, as always, would be PRONITE.

Fusion Night

The headlining act will be by the Rock-band ‘Swastik’. The band has Rohit Joshi as the songwriter and on the Guitar, Hardeep Singh and Vipul Chopra on vocals, Paarth Koser on drums, and Pankaj Sharma on bass, and Flute is played by Madusara Liyanag. Their influence lies in the Indian Classical and alternative Rock. Their breakthrough song ‘Kuch Bhi Kar‘ stayed in the top charts on MTV Indies. Another single ‘Jogi’, with a new line-up, crossed over two million views on YouTube.

Here, see one of their trending music videos.

Live Wire

SPUNK! the Hindi Alternative Rock band will be headlining the night of Live Wire.

Seedha Palaat Udhar Nautanki Kahike formed as a side project by members of Cynical Recess, one of the most famed Rock bands in the country. The USP of this Mumbai-based band is providing an edge to both old and modern Bollywood songs, reviving them in a way to make it relatable to all. Within six months its kick-off, they bagged fame throughout the country.

They have headlined various school/college events and corporate parties across the country. Its band members are Abhishek, Rahul, and Abhinandan on vocals, Abhishek and Jojo on the Guitars, Abhinandan on Drums, and Rahul on bass. This band is about to release their debut album AARAMBH very soon.

Quoting Times of India about SPUNK!, “Perfect blend of quality melodic Rock with Pop Rock desi flavors… I’m spunk’d!

Here, look at one of their best music videos.

The artist headlining the Pronite is EDM artist DJ MYRIS. He will be headlining 9xM Bharat Bass Festival.

Therefore, be ready to live a dreamy reality and experience IISER INSOMNIA 2019 like never before.

Want to know more about the sizzling college cultural fest !! Here is an index of all the major upcoming college festivals of India.

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