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Channel V brings fifth edition of ‘Microsoft VFest’

MUMBAI: Youth GEC Channel V is back with the fifth edition of its youth festival ‘Microsoft VFest 2015’ and has got on board Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan due to his strong connect with the youth.

In its fifth year, the festival has been rebranded as VFest from its earlier title Indiafest. Youth from all over the country are invited to bring out the hero in them, as they compete with the best of the best.

Channel V EVP and business head Ajit Thakur said, “VFest has brought us immense pride every year. Our country is thriving with young talent; however, the avenues to showcase them are few and far between. Hence, the fest was conceived with the aim of providing this energetic and ambitious section of society with an established platform. Year after year, it gives us great pleasure to provide a larger-than-life and much-deserved opportunity to young individuals.”

The finale of the pan-India college festival is slated to take place in Baga, Goa, on 13 and 14 February, 2015. On air, the finale will play out on 7 and 8 March 2015. The title sponsor for the festival is Microsoft.

Registrations for the fest are open to collegians to take up the challenge and ‘Beat the Best’. Aspiring participants can register on the official website of VFest for the event of their choice from December 2014 to January 2015.

All registered entries will be shortlisted by Channel V. The shortlisted participants will be invited to the VFest zonals, which will be carried out in six cities including Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

The zonals will be held in Pune on 19 December 2014, in Delhi on 23 January 2015, in Kolkata on 23 January, and in Mumbai in the third week of January. All zonal winners will qualify to compete at the VFest grand finale in Goa.

VFest is undertaken to create a national-level platform for students from all fields and turfs to congregate. To ensure maximum participation and benefit the best of talent, VFest has no registration barriers in terms of fees for participants.

As an all-India talent pool, the youth festival provides students with opportunities to grow their passion into careers. Students get a chance to showcase their talent across diverse fields of art, literature, music, sports, dance, theatre and more. Gratification includes internships, scholarships, prizes in cash and kind, and career opportunities.

Nokia India Sales Pvt Ltd director marketing Raghuvesh Sarup said, “India’s youth is energetic and brimming with talent; that talent needs to be recognised and given a platform to be showcased. Youngsters today have numerous ideas and even more ways to express them. Microsoft Mobiles has always tried to play the role of an enabler by empowering the youth to showcase their talent at the right platforms. This association will help us be a part of another initiative that recognizes and promotes talent.”

Bollywood actors Sonakshi Sinha, Irrfan Khan and Arjun Kapoor will perform at the zonals.

At the finale, all India zonal winners will come together to compete for the VFest trophy. With over 30 events ranging from sports, art and literature to music, dance, theatre, fashion and more, the finale will feature competitions, workshops, seminars, student activities, engagements and performances by prominent artists.