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Antardhvani 2015 commences with dreams of making DU the Takshashila of today

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th February, 2015 with an inaugural ceremony at the University Stadium. Prof. Dinesh Singh, the Vice-Chancellor, addressed the packed-to-capacity hall, applauding the efforts of the NCC cadets. He further thanked the Chief Guest Dr. Chandan Mitra, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha for his incessant support to the university. The VC revisited the independence era, and then traced the glorious roots of the university to those times, and inspired the students in the audience to “march to the drumbeat of his or her inner calling” as the name Antardhvani goes. Following his speech, the book on Gyanodaya- DU’s educational expedition was also released by the Chief Guest, and the team that put it together, including Mr. Vipul Tiwari and Mr. Anil Taneja, was called onstage. The inauguration was followed by a plethora of cultural performances. The Music Faculty put up a soulful rendition of Mangal Dhwani, a performance prepared especially for Antardhvani. The audience also had a visual treat in the solo Kathak Performance by Malvika from Janki Devi Memorial College. The Innovation Plaza was also inaugurated on Day 1; the plaza displayed all the innovation projects displayed of the university. Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Edinburgh, U.K., was the Guest of Honour. “The conception of the Innovation Projects was done last year only and the Innovation Plaza is an outcome of the innovation projects of different colleges. In its first edition itself, it had received more than 100 applications, shattering all apprehensions the research center had about research at the undergraduate level,” the Chairperson of the Research Council informed the audience.  

  The Folk Dance Competition had thirteen participating teams six of which danced to the energetic beats of Punjabi folk songs. Garba and Lavani were the other popular forms. The competition concluded with a combined performance by two teams from the North East performing the traditional folk dance of Assam- ‘Bihu’ and one of the many graceful Manipuri folk dances. Up next was the Choreography Competition which saw three participating teams take up vital social issues as their themes. The first performance was by Sri Venkateshwara College which dealt with the taboo around homosexuality. The second performance was by Bharati College on how Bollywood music has been influenced by Western music. The students of Shyam Lal College put up an emotional last performance on female Infanticide. The first position went to Sri Venkateswara College, second to Shyam Lal College and third to Bharati College. Arindam Goswami [email protected] Kritika Narula [email protected] Image credits: Kashish Madan]]>

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