Day 1: Inauguration, Western Dance and Dance Workshop with Shakti Mohan:
The day one of Kamala Nehru College’s annual cultural festival Ullas began with an inauguration ceremony where eminent dancer Padmashree Madhvi Mudgal performed. Amidst first events was Indian classical solo and Folk Dance event organised by Nupur, the Indian Dance Society of KNC.
The Indian classical solo event saw Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College as the winner. In the Folk Dance competition, the Bhangra Group from SGND Khalsa College emerged as the winners. Maitreyi College and Sri Venkateswara College bagged the second and third prize.
The much awaited dance workshop by ace celebrity dancer Shakti Mohan took place at Day 1 of Ullas, which refreshed the fest comers despite the wave of heat. Performing as a part of MTV driven Nescafe’ Labs-Dance Challenge, the event witnessed the participation of a selected bunch of students from various colleges.
Nrityakriti organized by Adagio, the Choreography society of Kamala Nehru College, was a solo choreography competition which saw Vipin from IGNOU bagging the first position. Post Nrityakriti was hosted ‘Ol That Jazz’, the Western Dance Competition wherein V-Defyn of IIT-Delhi declared as the winner of the event, followed by Misba of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Afroza of Indraprastha College for Women as second and third.
Soon after this event, the crowd flocked towards the main ground where the band Astitva had already taken over the stage. They enthralled the audience with popular numbers like ‘Aa Raat Bhar’ and ‘Gulaabo’.
Day 2: Music Events and showdown with Sona Mohapatra
Day 2 of Ullas started with Swaranjali, an Indian music competition organized by Sangeetika, the Indian Music Society. Samranjini of Gargi College took home the first prize in choir followed by Hans Raj college and Sri Venkateswara College at second and third spots.
This event was followed by Sarang, the Instrumental Solo competition. Megha from Miranda House and Aditya tied for the first position. Zephyr- the Western Music Society of KNC organised the Western Solo Vocals competition under the umbrella event ‘Rhythm in Blues’. Despite the cut throat competition, Kishore from Amity University, Noida grabbed the top spot. The society also hosted the illustrious Western Choir and Western Duet competitions. Dhwani of SSCBS stood second, while LSR managed to bag the first position in choir category; Kunal Singh and Anahita Dawar stood first in duets.
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A Battle of Bands was also hosted on the college ground where the band Hans Raj Projekt emerged victorious. Thereafter, The Fashion Society of KNC, Glitz, hosted La Vogue. Amity College emerging as the winners for their production ‘Shaitaan’.
The star performer of the day, Sona Mohapatra, took over the stage at dusk and performed songs like ‘O Ri Chiraiya’ and ‘Mujhe kya bechega rupaiya’ presenting the social message of a healthy body image and embracing your sexuality.
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She ended the day with a powerful performance of all of her hits including ‘Ambarsariya’ and ‘Bedardi Raja’.
Ullas 2016 in a glimpse
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