Day 2 of Ullas, the annual cultural festival of Kamala Nehru College started with Swaranjali, an Indian music competition organized by Sangeetika, the Indian music society of the college. The event started with choir performances and saw participation by 8 teams.
The event was judged by Shri Avinash Kumar and Srimati Deepti Pandit both of whom are Hindustani Classical vocalists. Samranjini of Gargi College took home the first prize followed by Swaranjali of Hans Raj college and Alaap of Sri Venkateswara College.
This event was followed by Sarang, the Instrumental Solo competition. It saw participation from eight students. Megha from Miranda House and Aditya tied for the first position. The second position was bagged by Naman followed by Kartikeya from Hans Raj College.
In her vote of thanks, Smt. Deepti Pandit mentioned that all participants sang very well and by pursuing classical music were taking the Indian culture and heritage forward.
Taking musical notes on a new high, Zephyr- The Music Society of KNC organised the Western Solo Vocals competition under the umbrella event ‘Rhythm in Blues’ on Day 2 of Ullas.
With 8 participants, the event was adjudicated by an esteemed panel comprising of Ms. Sharmila Banerjee Livingston, a soloist and Delhi based musician who has also been a conductor of the famous ‘The Capital City Minstrels’ alongwith Panvi Poddler, a celebrated vocalist who holds a diploma in Contemporary performance from Rockschool, UK.
Despite the cut throat competition, Kishor from Amity University, Noida grabbed the top spot as he sang the rendition of the song ‘Listen’ by Beyonce, supported by his accompanist Felix.
While Sparsh from Lady Shri Ram College recreated ‘Pirate Jenny’ a Three Penny Opera presentation with her accompanist Ashrey Goel, won the second prize, Nisha Chakravorty from Gargi College stood third as she sang ‘And I am telling you ‘ by Jennifer Hudson. She was accompanied by Anirvan from Diva Kera.
Judge Sharmila Banerjee shared her experience of judging the event as she remarked, ” When you are competing, it is important to connect with the audience. A song that you perform must be a song that you own and deliver and that is what a judge looks for.”
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