After the first day at the Hans Raj Annual Cultural Event focused on dance and drama, the second day turned out to be a musical one.
The event was attended by few guests and dignitaries. Dr. V.K Khwatra – principal of the college, Mrs. Sonal Gupta – ECA Convenor, Mr. M.P Sharma – Dramatics Head and Sports Faculty, Dr. Mahasweta Saika and other faculty members of the college were present.
Swaranjali – the music society of college had the present as well as alumni bands performing. The function also witnessed some solo performances by members of the society.
Jasleen Kaur – member of Swaranjali started the event with her solo performance. She sang two songs for the audience which were both punjabi folk tracks. Aisian Nighwan originally sung by Richa Sharma for Coke Studio was her first song and is about the joyful feeling one experiences in love. Charkha by Wadali Brothers, on the contrary is about separation and pain in love which she sung next. Jasleen is a well known classical and sufi singer and she has featured on various channels like Zee Punjabi, Fateh TV, PTC Punjabi and more. She was the only one from the university to perform a solo at Mood Indigo, IIT – Bombay’s classical concert where she opened for famous Pandit Ronu Majhumdar and secured the third position.
Raagleela – last year’s Indian Band of the college performed its five original productions. The band has opened for Salim-Sulaiman at Mood Indigo 2012 and was also shortlisted in top 100 bands of country to compete for a slot at MTV Coke Studio.
Freewill was also an alumni band that performed for the event. It was a western band of the college for the year 2012-13. The members reunited after a year to perform in the college. They performed one original production and two cover productions.
Sagar Chawla, who is the keyboard player for both Freewill and Raagleela said, “I feel really nostalgic to come back to the place from where it all started. But at the same time we all miss the presence of Rachna Ma’am. This all couldn’t have been possible without them.” Members also dedicated a song to Late. Rachna Sharma, who was the ECA Convener of the college.
Nirupan Sinha, a western vocalist of the college band and also part of Freewill also gave a solo performance. Nirupan performed two songs which were Dreaming and Make you feel my love. He had bagged the first position for western solo singing at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Kamala Nehru College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and ISBF. At Mood Indigo, he was adjudged the second best singer.
Last for the day was the current band of the college – Hansraj Projekt. The band performed it’s four original productions namely Batiyaan, Dil Se, Tarapa & In and Out. The home crowd at Hans Raj cheered for their band and the guests also enjoyed the performance.
Hansraj Projekt with it’s four productions this year has bagged various prizes at different competition like other societies of the college. They won the battle of bands at IIT Bombay where they also opened for Mohit Chauhan. The band was awarded an recording contract with T-SERIES there. It also recorded the track Kaisa Hota for the album Sounds of Freedom’14. The band participated in the band competitions all over the country and were awarded first positions at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, IIT Delhi, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and ISBF.
Sajal Sharma, the president of Swaranjali and also a member of Hansraj Projekt and Freewill told DU Beat, “This was a mission for us and it was accomplished. It was great to have the alumni members coming in and taking part in this small celebration of music.”
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