Nexus, the annual cultural festival of Sri Venkateswara College, witnessed a plethora of events from March 3 to March 5, 2016. The highlight of the fest was the traditional Sufi rendition by Nizami Khusro brothers, while the much awaited performance by Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan was cast away by a spell of rain, but was brought back on March 7 as part of an extended evening.
Day 1 : Street plays, Indian classical Solo dance, Western Vocals Trio and Battle of Bands
Nexus was off to an enthusiastic start on 3rd March 2016 with a ceremonial inauguration. Day 1 saw many events unfolding simultaneously.
With an overwhelming turnout of students, the highlight of day 1 was Madari, the street play event, organised by Anubhuti, the street play society of Venky. From religion to mental illness, various ideas were explored by the teams with The Dramatics Society of SRCC emerging as the winner, while Vyam, Shivaji College, and Ibtida, Hindu College stood second and third respectively.
On the dance front, Mudra, the classical solo dance event organised by Nrityangana society saw Tejasvini Sharma of Hansraj college bagging the first position while Raghav from Sri Venkateswara Colllege won the second position. The Western Vocals Trio, organised by Crescendo, enthralled the fest comers with foot tapping beats. Out of the 5 participating teams, Gargi College stole both the limelight and the first position, with KMC and CBS tied at the second position.
Day 1 came to a closure with the Battle of the Bands and Choreography competition. While The Hans Raj Projekt emerged as the winners, Night Shades from DCAC were adjudged as the runners up for Battle of Bands. In the Choreography event, Srijya, the Choreography society of Hindu college, and TerpiChorean, from Hansraj College bagged the first and second positions respectively.
Day 2: Acappella, Indian Vocals group, Street dance and Sufi Night
Day 2 at Nexus was a musical affair with a range of music-related events. The Indian vocals group competition, Alaap, saw participation from 13 teams from which Geetanjali, the Indian music society of Miranda House outshined others by bagging the 1st position, followed by Daulat Ram College bagging the 2nd position.
This was followed by the Street Dance competition where Zest from Dyal Singh College were declared the winners while CVS Streets stood second. The Western Choir, in the Acappella format saw Zephyr, Kamala Nehru College grabbing the first position, followed by the Western Music Society of Lady Shri Ram College for Women at the second position.
Day 2 of Nexus drew to a close with a soulful Sufi rendition, with the much awaited performance by the Nizami Khusro Brothers, who energised the audience with popular renditions like Allah Hu, Kun Faya, Kajrare and many more. Sufi night was followed by Razzmataz, the Western dance event, which saw Miranda House’s Western Dance Society, Tanz winning the first spot and Zeal, Maitreyi College, the second spot.
Day 3: Folk dance and brief appearance by Sunidhi Chauhan, as rain played spoilsport
On Day 3, the Folk dance competition saw Nazaakat, the Indian dance society of Gargi College, winning the first position with their unique Assamese dance, while the second position was shared by SGND college Bhangra group and Maitreyi college’s Nrityakriti. Khyati Kalita, the judge said, “The Assamese dance bagged it because their synchronisation was perfect and it was executed beautifully. ”
The star night of Nexus came to an unprecedented end as Sunidhi Chauhan came to the stage to greet fans but couldn’t perform because of the rain playing spoilsport.
Sunidhi Chauhan performed on Monday, 7 March as a part of an extended evening of Nexus.
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