Sri Venkateswara College’s annual cultural fest, Nexus flagged off on the 23rd February 2015. The fest was inaugurated by celebrated Bharatnatyam dancer and Padma Shri awardee, Geeta Chandran and Prof. Dr. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Secretary, University Grants Commission.
The day kicked off with the vibrant nukkad natak performance by the Asmita Theatre Group, who enacted their self directed and self written skit Mard. Asmita Theatre Group, which is nearly 22 years old, has been performing regularly at the Shri Ram Centre in Mandi House. The street play projected the various edicts of the current social issues and mindset of the people towards women in general. The play kept the crowd entertained till the competitive events started.
Technical glitches delayed the start of Western Music (Trio), hosted by Crescendo, the Western Music Society of the college and caused teams to rely purely on acoustics. The external judge for the event was Garima Aneja, the lead singer of Constellation Project. With 90’s as the theme, teams performed songs by pop stars from their childhood. Gargi College won the first prize, closely followed by Lady Shri Ram college.
According to the judges, the girls from LSR displayed beautiful transition between songs, from Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears; but the team from Gargi took it away thanks to their dynamics and balance of voices. They sang Hallelujah, which the judge said has the potential to go very wrong, but they performed it exceptionally well.
The Folk Dance event was judged by well known Bharatnatyam artist, Kodhai Narayan where SGTB Khalsa stood first here. Teams from Gargi and Mata Sundari came in second and third respectively. The Indian Vocal(Group) competition concluded with Miranda House bagging the first prize. The second prize was won by Kamla Nehru College. The event was judged by a panel of three judges which included Avinash Sharma, an awardee of V. Bani Ram Medal & Tushar Pandey Gold Medal. The other two judges were Ms Surabhi and Dr Sudhakarna Karakoti, Faculty of Political Science, Sri Venkateshwara College.
Nexus also hosted renowned Sufi artists, Nizam Bandhus for the Sufi Night. The trio of Chand Nizami, Shadab Faridi Nizami, Sohrab Faridi Nizami performed on Day 1 with their Quwwali group. They sang their famous numbers like Kun Faya Kun, Dama Dam Mast Kalandar, Allah Hu among many more.
They were seen indulging in shayari sessions with both students and teachers. With their sufiana andaaz, Nizami Brothers gave the valuable messages of belief in god, importance of partents and love.
Ria Malhotra from Gargi College says, “Events like these are different and they are nothing less than the star nights that Delhi University’s colleges host. Performance by Nizami Brothers was the best experience till date.” Sufi Night ended with Nexus’s crowd dancing to the final few songs of Nizami Brothers and Vice Prinicipal, R.P Singh saying a few words for the Quwaali group.
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