The most awaited chapter of the Delhi University’s calendar is finally here! The fest season is kicking off this February.
It’s been only three weeks since the University reopened after the winter vacations and the colleges are already buzzing with preparations for the fests. Like every year, fest budgets have soared up and the student unions are putting in all efforts to ensure they put up the best show in campus. While every college tags its fest as the ‘best’ in campus, it’s Shri Ram College of Commerce’s fest Crossroads, Hindu College’s Mecca, and JMC’s Montage that take away the crown of drawing huge crowds every year.
The new trend that’s being seen this year is cultural societies walking out of main union fests to organize their own fests. It all started with theatre festivals and with KMC’s music society Musoc’s fest Surmanjari and its Fine Arts and Photography Society’s (FAPS) fest Perceptions running successfully. This trend seems likely to stay. But that doesn’t mean the union fests lose out on crowd or aren’t looked forward to. They still continue to prove their mettle every year.
Surmanjari is scheduled for February 28 – 29 this year. “Along with the various music competitions, the fest would see a concert by the Musoc. The Musoc concert is a big hit among students and draws crowd from across the campus,” says Parth Sharma, a vocalist in the society.
The FAPS’ fest Perceptions is scheduled for February 8 – 10. Claimed by its organizers as the biggest visuals arts festival in campus, Perceptions is getting bigger this year. “We’ve invited photographer Raghu Rai to inaugurate the fest. The Fine Arts event ‘Dhunn’ in which participants will be provided with a piece of music and they’ll have to transfer the emotion on paper through any medium will be the most challenging competition this year,” says Parthiv Goel, a member of FAPS. The fest will also witness an exhibition of the works of the society members.
While Ramjas’s theatre fest will be held in the last week of March, Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce’s theatre fest Udaan is scheduled for February 1 – 3. SRCC’s sports fest is scheduled for February 1 – 4.
SRCC’s fest Crossroads has been tentatively scheduled for February 15 – 18. As per the plans of SRCC’s student union, either KK, the Vishal-Shekhar duo or Sonu Nigam will be headlining Crossroads this year. “Depending upon the dates these stars are available, the dates, if required, might vary by a day or two”, says Sudarshan Thapuriah, Head Corporate Communications, Crossroads 2012. Crossroads is known for bringing to campus the biggest musicians and stars and this year it’s getting even bigger. “If all goes as planned, we might have two of these stars performing at Crossroads this year. We’ll ensure that Crossroads is better planned and organized,” he adds. A comedy show will also be held during the fest. (www.srcc-crossroads.com)
If SRCC’s Union is trying to ensure that this edition of Crossroads is a big hit, then other colleges are not far behind. JMC’s fest Montage scheduled for February 23 – 24 has a budget with a significant increase from previous ones. This time a national level debating competition will also be held during the fest. “Montage 2012 would be bigger this year with more rides, stalls for games like dart, bowling and a number of walk-in fun events like paintball, food eating competition, t-shirt painting competition, and others”, says Monica Gupta, Vice President, students’ union Jesus and Mary College.
Kamala Nehru College’s fest Ullas, scheduled for the February 1-2 will be followed by Lady Sri Ram College’s fest Tarang, scheduled for February 3 – 5, which promises to be no less. Hindu College’s fest Mecca is scheduled for February 2 – 4. The first night would see performances by Sufi musicians, a DJ would make the crowd dance to his music on the second and the third night, the star night would most probably see a performance by RDB. This will be followed by Gargi College’s Reverie, scheduled for February 9 – 11.
With three major fests clashing, February 15 – 18 slot is the busiest and would lead to a division of crowd. CBS’ Crescendo is scheduled for February 15 – 17, while Miranda House’s Tempest and IP College’s Shruti will be held from February 16 – 18. This hasn’t gone down well with the participants, who are the affected lot. “Three major fests clashing means running around performing from one college to another. It’s pretty challenging for us, participants”, says Kunal Arora, member, Ankur, Dramatics Society of SGTB Khalsa College.
Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus will round off the fest season with the slot of February 23 – 25, clashing with JMC’s Montage.
While the organizing committees put in their best efforts to organize the fests, we wait to see who takes away the crown this year. So register for the fests or buy your passes, because the University’s party season is going to be bigger this year.