A bundle of enthralling competitions and a string of musical charm, such was the cultural spectacle at Kamala Nehru College’s annual fiesta, Ullas!
Ullas, Kamala Nehru College’s annual cultural fest, being held on 22nd and 23rd March 2017, began with a power-packed morning on its first day. There was an air of hustle bustle, along with several attendees who gathered within the college premises to give this much-anticipated fest an energetic start.
The fest was inaugurated by Ms. Shikha Sharma, the CEO of Axis Bank, accompanied by the Principal, Dr. Kalpana Bhakuni. The inauguration consisted of lighting the lamp, followed by a keynote address by the chief guest and the Principal. After the fest was declared open, a variety of cultural events were all set to take place and enthral the audiences. The solo Indian classical dance event, hosted by Nupur, the Indian dance society of Kamala Nehru College, was one of the first events wherein the audience witnessed mesmerising dance forms from all across the nation, be it Oddisi or Mohiniattam. Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College and Suryansh from Maharaja Agrasen College shared the first position. Nimisha from Janki Devi Memorial College stood second, and Sharanya from Indraprastha University stood third.
Next in line were the riveting performances in the group Indian folk dance competition which was also held by Nupur. The performances were packed with the power of Bhangra from Punjab and the charm of Kalbelia from Rajasthan. The first position was bagged by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College for their enthralling Bhangra performances. The second position was bagged by Nazakat, the Indian dance society of Gargi College for their ‘Badhai’ (dance form of Madhya Pradesh) dance performance, and the third position was bagged by Nrityakriti, the Indian dance society of Maitreyi College for their mesmerising Haryanvi folk dance.
Simultaneously, the Indian music society of Kamala Nehru College, Sangeetika, held the Indian choir competition, which was a treat to the ears for all those who attended this musical morning consisting of ragas and taals. The first position was bagged by Tarkaas, the Indian music society of the Institute of Home Economics, the second position was secured by Samranjini, the Indian music society of Gargi College and the third position was held by Alankar, the Indian music society of Hindu College.
The evening of the first day of Ullas had several highlights. After the Indian dance events were concluded, the western group dance event was conducted. A thrilling event as always, it had the entire auditorium packed to the brim, with students cheering for the participating teams. Misba of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce won first place, with Verve of Sri Venkateswara College and Zeal of Maitreyi College winning the second and third prizes respectively.
Day 1 ended on a note of musical high with three endearing performances. First, Hamsa Band got the audience all geared up and had them singing along to their renditions of popular Bollywood songs. Some of these included latest hits such as “Humma Humma” as well as some nostalgic numbers like “Hum Kis Galli Jaa Rahe Hain”. Next up, Dhruv Sangari started the Sufiana Night with dim lights and soft sounds. After his soothing performance, the day was finally concluded by a performance from the renowned Nizami Brothers, who left the audience feeling calm and relaxed after such a full day. Ullas 2017 was off to a great start on its first day!