The annual cultural festival of Miranda House, Tempest 2017, being held on 23nd and 24th March, began on an energetic and colourful note as the beautiful college campus was filled with attendees from all across the University of Delhi. Excitement, hustle-bustle, and charm were sewn into an atmosphere of celebration.
The fest began with a power packed dose of energy provided by various theater societies of Delhi University, who went all across the college campus, filling the air with calls of ‘Aao aao, naatak dekho!’ The non-competitive nukkad naatak event, ‘Halla Bol,’ was attended by the prestigious theater mentor, Ms. Shilpi Marwah of Asmita Theatre Group. The participating colleges included Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Morning), Kamala Nehru College, Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, Lady Shri Ram College, Deshbandhu College and Daulat Ram College. The plays were based on social issues which are of contemporary relevance like human trafficking, child sexual abuse, gender discrimination, mistreatment of service providers, hyper-nationalism and poor conditions of refugees and internally displaced people. These plays aimed at addressing these issues and bringing them before the eyes of the society.
With heart pumping beats and rhythmic moves, ‘Burlesque,’ the Western Dance Competition at Tempest 2017 quickly became a crowd pleaser at Miranda House. A total of 15 dance societies from across Delhi University performed at the event that was organized by Tanz, the western dance Society of Miranda House. The energetic dance performance by ‘Verve’, the Western Dance Society of Sri Venkateshwara College won them the first position while ‘Misba’, the western dance society of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce were declared the runner-up by the judges, Sonu Sharma and Sarthak Chaudhary. The home team, ‘Tanz’, also put up a show for the crowd with an exhilarating extravaganza of a dance.
Unique to Tempest 2017, was an event organised by the Foreign Society of Miranda House, which brought together foreign students from different Delhi University colleges to showcase their culture and share the varied experiences that they’ve garnered while studying in India. Ranging from power presentations to various songs sung in Afghani, Nepali and native languages of Africa, the event was truly a special one.
After a plethora of exciting events including quiz competitions, an art exhibition, debates, and many more, the first day of Tempest’17 ended on a musical high with performances by DJ Ankit, DJ Carnivore, and DJ VanMoon, who made the crowds dance to the beats and renditions of some the biggest Bollywood, Punjabi, and English hits and left them in high spirits.
After a great first day, we are definitely looking forward to an even better second day at Miranda House!
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