Udghosh the Annual Sports Festival of IIT Kanpur aims to propagate the spirit of sports. Started in 2002 by a bunch of enthusiastic IITians, its inaugural version witnessed participation from just 15 native universities. Udghosh has now snowballed to become the Largest Inter Collegiate Sports festival of India. Held towards the end of September every year, it sees hordes of academicians and students transform into raving sports fanatics and in in the year 2013 attracted a crowd of over 1500 students from more than 75 colleges all over the country. UDGHOSH offers a platform for students from all over India to showcase their talent and compete with the best upcoming sport persons in the country in a highly charged and competitive ambience with highly equipped sports facilities. A festival of this magnitude requires a vast and diverse infrastructure, and that is the reason why an institute of the stature of IIT Kanpur has taken the onus of organizing Udghosh.
The festival comprises of a plethora of events being organized over a four day period from Motivational Talks to various sports events like Mini Marathon, Gymnastic Shows and Sport Quizzes to various sports events like Athletics, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis and Weightlifting. Apart from all this, several workshops are also organized to make the festival a complete package. These included fencing, wall climbing, figure skating, boxing etc. To provide talent the right push forward with elements of inspiration UDGHOSH also plays host to some of the renowned sports celebrities of the nation. From the likes of Piyush Chawla, Ritwik Bhattacharya to Ashwini Poniappa, eminent athletes have graced this stage.
Various entertainment shows are organised druing this four day fest. Stand up comedians like Vipul Goyal, Bicycle and Roller Blade Stunt Shows and musicians like Sukhvindar Singh are a few examples which add to the non sport attractions of this festival.
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