The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum, organizes Dhanak, an annual cultural festival which is a four-day-long event attended by students from South India and some from North India. The students come together to compete in events that range from music, art and dance to literary, film-making and visual arts. The festival’s mission is to celebrate the popular art which helps students challenge their creative minds and face healthy competition in the process.

Personalities such as IIST’s chancellor and former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Academy award winner Resul Pookuty, National award winner Balachandra Menona and KJ Yesudas have graced the festival with their presence, to interact with the students and enlighten them with their experiences.