Priyadarshani 2016, The Annual Cultural Festival of Dyal Singh College (Morning), University of Delhi was held on 4th, 5th and 6th February, 2016. Ranjana Gauhar- Padmashree Awardee, Odissi, Kathak and Manipuri dancer and Associate in National Academy of Natak, Author of book, Odissi — The Dance Divine was the Chief Guest and Uma Shankar – Student Union Leader and Social Activist was the Guest of Honour for Priyadarshani 2016. Roots – The Music Society of Dyal Singh College (M) inaugurated the event on a musical note followed by Kathakali, Odissi and western duet dance performances that awed the audiences.
After the inauguration, the Day 1 events of Priyadarshani 2016 started off with Natsamrat 2016 – Street Play competition by Astitva – The Department of Theatre. The team of Institute of Home Economics (IHE) won this competition with their play ‘The Middle Class Family – Na Iddhar ke Na Uddhar ke’, portraying the daily struggles and life of typical middle class families. On the other hand, Sursadhana 2016 by ROOTS saw some great musical performances in their Western Solo, Indian classical solo, Light solo, Indian Duet and Tarana – Indian Classical Group song competitions. Alankar – The Indian classical group of Hindu College bagged the first position in Tarana with their breath-taking performance.
Patkatha – The script-writing competition by Xposure – The Photography Society saw participants weaving stories around a single picture and on the other side, they had a photography exhibition with pictures telling a thousand stories. The Day 1 ended with Footloose – The dance competition by Zest – The Dance Society which had western solo, duet and street dance competitions. Sri Venkateshwar College dance group and Zorks battled to bag the first prize in the Street Dance competition, Zorks won this competition.
Day 2 of Priyadarshani 2016 was filled with vibrant colours as Jamini – The Fine Arts Society organised ‘Artism’ under which poster making, painting, mehandi designing and sketching competitions were held. Where Jamini added an artistic flair to the festival, Spilled Ink – The Creative Writing Society brought poetic angle by Lafz-e-mehfill – Hindi/Urdu poetry competition. While one side of the college was echoing with beautiful poetry, the other side was dancing on the beats of Western Group Dance Competition where Jesus and Mary College won the first prize. Also, a workshop by Nikon mentor, Aman Wilson was organised by Xposure which included the tips and tricks to polish one’s photography skills. It was not only DSLR centric, but included tips for mobile phone camera users as well. The success of the workshop could be seen by the crowd it had attracted, which included the students from different colleges. This day ended with Deshbandhu College bagging the first prize in the Dyal Singh Majithia Memorial Debate organised by Cognito – The debating society.
Day 3 of Priyadarshini kick-started with Bandish – Battle of Bands where Stable Flux from College of Vocational Studies won the first prize. This event was followed by Tres Chic – Fashion Show by Glamoratti – The Fashion Society. Institute of Home Economics bagged the first position with their theme of mirror, with Lady Irwin College as the runner-up. Simultaneously, the Film-making competition by Xposure; Rangoli making, Best out of waste and cartooning competitions by Jamini; General Quiz by Cognito were held. Delhi Technological University (DTU) won the General Quiz competition.
The most awaited event of Priyadarshani 2016 was the performance by Astitiva – The Band. This performance was cancelled when the band claimed to have not been provided with suitable sound system. This left the students heart-broken. This cancelled gig was followed by an online sparring between the students and band. According to the Priyadarshani 2016 Organising Committee, due to the miscommunication between the band and the event management company the college and the students suffered.
“We were in touch with the event management company as well as the manager of Astitva a night before the performance and the event management company told us what all we’d need for the performance, the basics and we DID arrange all that exactly according to what the company said. If there has been a miscommunication between the band and the company, it is not our fault. We are merely victims of their shenanigans.” – Team Priyadarshani 2016
(For full official statement of Team Priyadarshani 2016 visit – https://www.facebook.com/dscpriyadarshani/?fref=ts )
Image Credits: Xposure – The Photography Society of Dyal Singh College (M).