The last day of Tempest saw six Bands competing in the Battle of Bands. Each band had 15 minutes to perform including their preliminary sound check. The judges for this event were Mrs. Subhadra Kamath and Mr. Amarthanga Chiru. Mrs. Kamath is a well known indie artist and has worked with Tank Bund (A Music Association). On the other hand, Mr. Chiru is a lead singer and composer for the band called “Blending Chords”.
The shortlisted bands played a variety of genres; some of them even showcased their own compositions. The results were declared and The HansRaj Projekt stood first, followed by Rangrez and PaperBoat ( St. Stephen’s College).
The Debating Society of Miranda House College organised the Shama Kohli Conventional Memorial Debate on the third day of Tempest. The motion of the debate was ‘This House Will Let It Be’ and was open to interpretation. The judges for the debate were Monika Vij and Namrata Singh, members of faculty of the Geography and Political Science Department of Miranda House.
The debate saw few teams but heavy discourse on the interpretations, with the interjectors keeping the speakers on their toes with poignant questions. The interpretations ranged from general to specific issues like feminism.
The team from Miranda House, comprising of Karishma Koshal and Chandni Jain, was adjudged to be the best team. Pritha from KMC won the prize was the best Interjector and Wajahat Jilani from AMU was awarded Best Speaker.
The Vocal Duets and Indian Choir were also held on the closing day of Tempest. The judges for these events were Mr. Avinash Kumar and Ms. Komal. Mr. Kumar is a student of Pt. Tushar Dutt of Agra and Kirana Gharana and is currently pursuing his PhD in Music from the University of Delhi. Ms. Komal is a professor at Maitreyi College and is pursuing her PhD in Sociology from JNU.
The genre for the duets weren’t specified. Divya Sabhapthi and Keerati Ballabh from KMC stood second. They sang Kahe Ched from the movie Devdas. Sagar Garg and Gaurav Gaur were adjudged first position. They sang Raga Shree along with their ‘tabalchi’ Mahavir Chandrawat.
On the other hand, Kamala Nehru College stood first in the Indian Choir Singing, followed by Sri Venkateswara College at second position. The third position was shared by Gargi College, IP College and SSCBS. The judge gave reviews to individual teams and deducted marks for repetition. Mahavir and Manohar (accompanists) received a special mention from the judge’s side.
Sidhant. R Seth