Though the sudden rains and the coinciding of the inaugural day of the fest with Valentine’s Day were a big letdown, Antardhvani’s first day received decent participation from students all across the University.
The highlight of the event, like every year was the Flower Show. The event was held on 14th February, starting at 12 p.m. The categories for the flower show were divided into five sections. Section A was further divided into 16 classes- entries ranging from gladiolus to five types of roses. Section B saw participation of DU Teachers’ residential lawns. Section C was dedicated to ferns and foliage- cacti, hanging baskets et al. Section D had students showcasing their talent in categories ranging from Rangoli to Table Decoration. Section E focused on stamp and coin collection.
Participating students did report of difficulties due to the rain. “When we came here, there was no guide or volunteer to show us the way or tell anything at all about the competition. Our table arrangement got spoiled in the process and we had to make the entire thing again. There was absolutely no facilities for adequate space or shade on a rainy day like this.” said Hemul and Priyanshi, students of Lady Shri Ram College for Women who bagged the second prize for table flower arrangement.
Apart from the different categories, several awards were given out for different gardening segments. Overall, Lady Shri Ram College for Women clinched a total of seven cups, including the Green Cup and the Deshbandhu Cup for the best lawns. The Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath Cup for the best herb garden went to Zakir Hussain College along with four other cups. Miranda House received the Vice Chancellor’s Cup from the best dahlia, Diamond Jubilee Cup and the Registrar’s Cup with 10 other cups.
By Mugdha Dúinn