Tarang 2017, the annual cultural fest of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, was the first in a list of University of Delhi fests this year. One of the biggest extravaganzas in DU, this year’s three-day fest took place over the weekend of 3rd to 5th February. The event saw an impressive celebrity lineup, as well as a number of society-specific competitions and programmes.
The college campus was fully decked with decorations from the fine arts society, Hive. With this year’s theme of ‘redefining rhapsody’, quirky art pieces such as treasure chests and innovative exhibitions of wheels and umbrellas were an eye-catching start to the fest. The vibrant atmosphere provided an unmistakeable aura of energy to the campus.
The umbrella painting competition on the first day of #LSRTarang left us stunned! Image credits: @vegh_daswani for DU Beat A post shared by DU Beat (@du_beat) on
Some of the major events that drew huge crowds were organised by the music, dramatics, and dance societies. On Day 1, a non-competitive stage play event, Yavnika, allowed teams from five colleges around Delhi to showcase their annual productions, without any pressure of winning.
Izzaz,the choreography group dance competition led the audience enthralled by the skills of the dancers and the concepts behind the performances. The first prize went jointly to Gargi College and Hans Raj College, while Kirori Mal College bagged the second position
On Day 2, A Cappella – Pitch Please entertained the audience with contemporary arrangements of popular songs by Coldplay and Twenty One Pilots. Kamakshi Khanna, a renowned artist, was one of the judges for this event. The western music societies of Gargi College, Jesus and Mary College, and Hans Raj College came out on top.
On the final day of the fest, the ever-energetic nukkad natak or street plays were performed non-competitively, in the same spirit of the stage plays. Issues such as casteism and child abuse were brought into the open by the bold scripts and acting of the participants.
Perhaps the most awaited event, Baila, the western group dance, had the entire auditorium packed and buzzing with energy. Maitreyi College emerged victorious, while Jesus and Mary College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce came second and third respectively.
Maitreyi College won first place at Baila, the western group dance at #LSRTarang Congratulations also to Jesus and Mary College for their second place prize and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce for their special mention. Image credits: @alex.arthur.7 for DU Beat A post shared by DU Beat (@du_beat) on
Apart from these major events, there were also various side events that drew participation. These included musical interpretation painting, slam poetry recitation, parliamentary debate, quizzes, and mystery rooms, along with an Alice In Wonderland themed exhibition. There were also beatboxing and pottery workshops, as well as a number of exciting stalls for hair braiding and temporary tattoos. The variety of eatables available was truly a treat for all the foodies at the fest. There was never a moment to waste at LSR as a plethora of events going on simultaneously provided both excitement and entertainment.
The star nights on all three days were busy affairs. Prateek Kuhad brought the first night to an end with his soothing voice and acoustic compositions.
— DU Beat (@du_beat) February 3, 2017
In contrast to this, the second day saw Anish Sood get the crowd jumping with an EDM show. On the final day of the fest, Kenny Sebastian had the audience in splits with his relatable jokes and casual manner.
@kennethseb was his usual hilarious self on the third pro night at #LSRTarang Image credits: @soogerush for DU Beat A post shared by DU Beat (@du_beat) on
He was followed by Lucky Ali, who concluded Tarang 2017 with an enthralling performance of some of his biggest hits.
All in all, Tarang was a magnificent start to DU’s fest season of 2017. Starry pro nights and dynamic events, coupled with the energy and vibrancy throughout the three days added up to an unforgettable fest.
Image Caption: Lucky Ali serenading the audience at Tarang 2017
Image Credits: Alex Arthur