Nexus, the annual cultural fest of Sri Venkateswara College began on 8th February 2018. The fest saw a decent turnout despite being right after the mid-semester break. The three-day extravaganza began with a lighting of the lamp ceremony held at the college grounds.
In her speech Ms. Hemlata Reddy, Principal of Sri Venkateswara College, briefed the audience about the achievements and initiatives of the college. She also remembered Durgabai Deshmukh on the occasion of women’s day and informed the audience that the upcoming metro station near Sri Venkateswara College will be named after Durgabai Deshmukh. She concluded her speech by thanking the students and the council members for giving her an opportunity to pass off their (student’s) achievement as her own.
Mr. S.C. Batla was the guest of honour. In his address, he spoke about the importance of creativity and congratulated the council members for hosting Nexus. Eminent Odissi dancer and Padma Shri awardee, Ms. Ranjana Gauhar, was present at the ceremony as the chief guest. In her speech she said, “ Wherever there is a celebration there is dance and rhythm. Dance connects, like all arts connect. Hence, art must be pursued with sincerity.” She further acknowledged the occasion of women’s day and asserted, “Without honoring feminity one can’t know God.” With these words, she officially declared Nexus 2018 open.
Nirityangana, the folk dance society of Sri Venkateswara College, hosted Thirak, the folk dance competition. Disha Rawat, an eminent Kathak dancer, and Kalyani Behra, an Odissi dancer were the external judges while Professor Neeti Mehra acted as the internal judge. The competition saw colourful, energetic, and diverse Indian dance forms ranging from Bihu to Haryanvi. In the end, the members of Nrityangana gave a fun and power packed performance in which they incorporated sequences from every society’s performance. This performance was appreciated and applauded by all. Nrityakriti, the Indian dance society of Maitreyi College, bagged the first position in Thirak.
Petrichor, the creative writing society of Sri Venkateswara College, conducted Dil – e – Kalam, a bilingual creative writing competition.
Participants were given one hour to write anything from poems to essays on four topics that were given on the spot. The competition saw the participation of 30 students. Professor Debarati Sen from the English Department was the judge for the English entries while Professor Antasha of Sociology Department judged entries that were in Hindi.
Conquiztadors, the quiz society of Sri Venkateswara College held a the general quiz. The contest which witnessed the participation of 40 teams encompassed an array of topics like music, politics, geography, arts, etc. The first position was given to Gaurav and Arnav of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Business Studies and Campus Law Center. Second prize was secured by Rabin and Abhishek from Anthropology Department, the University of Delhi.
Leonci Art Society, the art society of Sri Venkateswara College held an advertisement designing contest. The participants had to design a promotional poster for any television show
Razzmatazz, the western dance competition was the most popular event of the day. Organised by Verve, the western dance society of Sri Venkateswara College, the competition saw best teams from across universities strive for the first prize. Misba, the western dance society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce bagged the top spot. Spardha, the western dance society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College got the second prize. While special mention was given to Zenith (Daulat Ram College), Inertia (Amity School Of Engineering and Technology, Amity University), Crunk (Sri Aurobindo College), and Western Dance Society (Lady Shri Ram College for Women).
The crowd at the fest was in for an eargasmic experience with Crescendo, the western a capella competition. Pop songs like Feeling Good, Lolita, Toxic, Believer, and Hips Don’t Lie were performed. The event was judged by Kamakshi Khanna, a well-known singer-songwriter. Maintaining their winning streak, the western music society of Lady Shri Ram College won Crescendo, the a capella competition hosted by the western music society of Sri Venkateswara College. Echo, the western music society of Jesus and Mary College came second.
Adding to the musical retreat, Jugalbandi, a duet vocal and instrumental music competition took place. Upasna and Padmaja from Indraprastha College for Women were placed first. Rohan Prasanna and Aditya Madhavan from Hansraj and Kirori Mal College were placed second.
To end the day on a high note and leave the Nexus audience eager for the next day, Unplugged the Band performed their enchanting set filled with classic English and Hindi Songs like Shape of You, Rolling in the Deep, Dil Chahta Hai and Roop Tera Mastana. The eventful first day of Nexus came to an end with a groovy performance by the Unplugged Band. The band enthralled the crowd with hit songs like Kabira, Gulabo, and O Mere Dil Ke Chain.
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