Day 3 of Mecca’18 began on a with a number of traditional singing and dancing competitions lined up. The audience had geared up for the enthralling performances since 9:30 a.m. and for the most-awaited concert of Amit Trivedi.
Mr. Diwakar and Ms. Bohara judged the Arangam, the folk group dance Competition, organised by Adhrita, the folk group dance society of Hindu College. The power-packed and vigorous performances of eight Delhi University colleges upped the energy levels of the audience. The judges, as well as the spectators, highly enjoyed the cultural extravaganza. The third position was shared by Nazaakat of Gargi College and Annhad of Daulat Ram College. Nrityakriti of Maitreyi College was declared the first runner-up and received immense praise the judges. The most dynamic Bhangra performances by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College won them both the winner trophy.
The first competition of the day was Harmony, the Indian music competition organised by Alankaar, the Indian music society of the host college. Soumitra Thakur, a Bal Shree Award winner, and Pt. Bholanath Mishra, an eminent vocalist of Benaras Gharana, judged the competition comprising of 10 participant teams. Alaap of Sri Venkateswara College emerged as the winner and Swaranjali of Hansraj College scored the first runner-up trophy. Harmony was followed by Indian classical solo competition.
The second event of the day under the canopy of the auditorium was Lasya, the classical dance solo competition. Participants from across the University exhibition their expertise in various Indian dance forms. The judging panel of Gauri Diwakar and Kalyani Bohara adjudged Raghav Monga from Shri Venkateswara College as the winner while Abhinav Priyadarshi from Hansraj College emerged as the runner-ups.
The second half of the day saw the Battle of Bands between the bands of Ramjas College (Backbeat) and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Common Thread). The judges, Upamanyu Das and pianist Anirudh Verma were noticeably impressed by the performance of both the bands although Backbeat was victorious.
Aria, the Western Music Society of Hindu College alsoorganised Tone Wolf, the instrumental solo competition. The event was adjudged by Mr. Upmanyu Das, an alumnus of the society and college who also founded the college band. Each performance in the competition was asmesmerising as the other, and all the pieces were either self-composed or adapted. The first position was bagged by Sanjay Menon from Delhi Technological University. Aashay Bhatnagar of Ramjas College won the second spot, while Denis from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College was placed third.
It was time for the much-awaited star night. Indeed, Mecca had saved the best for the last. Following a small delay, Amit Trivedi arrived on the stage with four additional singers. The concert kicked off with the song “Dilli”. The four other singers accompanying Amit Trivedi were Arun Kamath, Meghna Mishra, Divya Kumar and Rashita. Meghna Mishra was a 16-year old artist who had won awards for “Secret Superstar”. The team said that they divide their performance into two halves where the first half was for the ears while the other half was for the legs. The songs they performed included hits like “Maanjha”, “ Gulaabo”, “Shandaar” and “ Ud-daa Punjab”.
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