Vande Mataram on its grounds. Though the unexpected rain proved to be a hindrance, the event went on as planned, with the Organising Committee doing its best under the circumstances. The competition started with the Principal, Dr. S.K Garg addressing the participants and the audience, followed by speeches by the chief guests, Dr. Suchitra Gupta (Deputy Dean, Culture and Youth Affairs, Delhi University) and Dr. Kamlini Dutt. After the lighting of the diyas, the stage was set for the performances to begin. The first segment was that of the inter college solo classical dance, which saw a participation of 11 dancers performing styles like Kathak and Bharatnatyam. The event was judged by Dr. Kamlini Dutt, Ms. Harindri Kaur and Dr. Sadhna Mal. Janki Devi Memorial College stood first, followed by Deen Dayal Upadhaya College and Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Science for Women. The winners were awarded cash prizes of Rs. 2000, Rs.1500 and Rs.1000 respectively. The second segment was the Indian classical choir competition, with 6 groups participating. The performances were centred around the theme, “Songs of Hope” and judged by Ms. Manikuntala from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Dr. Vandana Sharma and Ms. Gaganjeet Kaur. Sri Venkateswara College’s choir took the first prize, with Bharati College and Shaheed Rajguru College coming second and third respectively. The winning team was awarded Rs. 4000. The event came to a close with lunch and the prize distribution ceremony. When asked about the event, Kriti Mehta, a Commerce student from DDUC and Chief Coordinator of Vande Mataram said, “This year we added to the competition by introducing food stalls in campus. The event was focused on the classical styles in India whereas last year, we received semi-classical and folk styles as performances too. This year however, everything from the performances to the costumes was strictly classical and it was great to see the participants rising up to the occasion. Had the rain not been a deterrent, the event would’ve been bigger, but I’m very happy with the effort of the organisers and the performers too!” Image credits: Poornima Puri]]>
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