Ramjas college, in lieu of completing a hundred years has been alive with celebrations and events, keeping the cheer in the air, all year round. Recently the college came with another extravaganza, the Grand Centennial Carnival which was a two day show in the campus. Bringing out the voices that often go unheard and sharing the joys of the centennial year by supporting the artists who need it, was the spirit of the Carnival.
DAY ONE – OCTOBER 25th, 2016
The Two-day Carnival commenced with the inauguration of the Centennial Parade by the Chief Guest, Shri Raj Kumar Gupta, chairman, Managing Committee, Ramjas Foundation, led by Acid-Attack Survivors. It was led by transgenders, bagpiper bands from Patiala, jugglers and acrobats, stilt-walkers, folk performers – all belonging to Purani Delhi. The parade portrayed the ethnicity of each state and culture, concocted by dhol and nagada beats. Teens, from the NGO Sankalp Foundation, ranging from the age of 12-14 presented a mind- dance performance. The foundation aims to uplift the social status of the students and supports them economically and emotionally.
An exquisite Mughlai cuisine was served at the food court: Zaika-e-Dilli with delicacies from every corner of the capital: Shahi-Tukda to Kebab, from lachhedar-Parathas to Rabdi and Kulfi Faluda to devour on. Biryani, chicken korma, kheer, chicken tikka, khamere roti, kebab roll topped the list of mouth-watering platter of various cuisines.
Sanchit Mahajan, founder of start up ‘Artysan’ and also an alumnus of the college, went ahead with the graffiti works, to paint one of the 40 feet long walls of the college. The event was in collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD).
The fun didn’t stop here, Life-sized Games (Ludo and snakes & ladders), rides and paintball, laser tag were some of the most indulged-in by the students. Ramjas was a host to students from colleges like Lady Shri Ram, Miranda, Hansraj, Hindu, Stephens, SRCC, Gargi, PGDAV and many more.
World-famous Sahitya Academy awardee Puran Bhatt presented a Life-sized Puppet show that left the audience mesmerized .The First day culminated with dazzling Street Performances by fire-dancers and acrobats who enthralled students and teachers alike. Day one ended with the promise to keep the same level of energy, fun and enthusiasm going strong the next day.
DAY TWO- OCTOBER 26th, 2016
The second day of The Grand Centennial Carnival began with the speakers blaring up high to the final stride of Youthoria: a series of open-street fitness drives, with the zumba trainers giving it a kick start. It was followed by a skit presented by the students of RVS-4, Roopnagar spreading a wonderful message of a pollution free Diwali which was well received by the audience. Inauguration of Life-sized games by the chief guest commenced the board games and the adventure camp where students got an opportunity to escape the approaching exam stress and to showcase their best foot in Paintball, life-sized Ludo and snakes & ladders.
Extravaganza – a club of slam poetry session by Wordcraft – The Literary Society, was held which took everybody on a poetic tour of refreshing thoughts and memories which was followed by a jaw dropping performance by the dance society of Ramjas College: in step.
Fashion Show by Transgenders in collaboration with Ramjas Chapter of Enactus, was an inspiration to the crowd showcasing the confidence that the LGBT society has in itself. The show went on merrily, with the promise that Ramjas will never step back from its support towards making the country a transgender friendly hub. The rainbow flag, representing the desires and dreams of the neglected transgender community, was hoisted by Ramjasites, giving it all a powerful boost. It was urged to be a reminder of the Ramjas alumnus, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah’s verdict on section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Mystery painting followed by Sand Art, by a collaboration of Artysan and Melange: The fine Arts Society reminded the audience of the sacrifices of the untold stories of the heroes at the border-front.
After this came the much awaited part of the day, Dandiya Night – the main highlight of the day. It witnessed a foot-fall of 4638 students from all over the university. Celebrating ethnicity and cultural heritage in the most colourful way, everyone grooved to the dandiya mixes of Bollywood.
The Carnival culminated with the release of fire-lanterns symbolising ever-burning light and knowledge. The celebrations in Ramjas lit up the whole college and took everyone in its stride.
Image credits: Ramjas Centennial Team