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Battle of Bands’ first round ends at Mecca 2015; LSR wins choreography on Day 1

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Hindu College’s sky covered in dense clouds seems to be relieving the pilgrims who have come for Mecca 2015. As the day began, art work and decorations outside the main lawn and the posters of the classic Bollywood movies around the main entrance prepared the students to celebrate the spirit of competition and cultural events.

The inauguration of Mecca began with the lighting of the lamp by the Dr. Anju Srivastava, Principal and other dignitaries and heads of various departments of the college including Dr Kaul and Dr Kapoor. This was followed by a speech by the Principal and Tushar Soni, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hindu College.

A performance by the Indian classical dance society of Hindu College in a Kathak and Bharatnataym fusion led to the conclusion of the inauguration ceremony and the students moved on to attend the various events.

The first round of the Battle of the Bands began around 11:30 at the small stage near PAM where students assembled to enjoy the different genres of band and their music. 11 bands in total participated in the battle, out of which six bands were selected for the second round which would be held on the second day of Mecca. The judges for this first round were members of the Western Music Society of Hindu College itself – Ravi Kohli and Vidhur Hans.

Lead vocalist performing at Battle of Bands | Image Credits: Kashish Madan
Lead vocalist performing at Battle of Bands | Image Credits: Kashish Madan

The bands gave a dose of Metal, Pop as well as Sufi music in both Hindi and English. The six bands selected are – The Cosmic Truth, Knight Shades, Transmigrate, Rangrez, The Hansraj Project and Paperboat.

Alongside Battle of Bands, Mecca hosted choreography competition in the college auditorium. The judges for this event were Mr. Ankit and Mr. Gaurav who are the ex-choreographers of Hindu College. Seven teams that participated in the competition were Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Hans Raj College, Sri Venkateshwara College, Gargi College, Kirori Mal College, Kamla Nehru College and Lady Shri Ram College.

The teams presented acts on various like personality disorders and other societal norms. Dance performance by the dance society of Lady Shri Ram College was adjudged the best and it revolved around the life of women in Amazon forests. The choreography society of Hans Raj College, Terpsichoreon won the second position.

The competition ended with a feedback round where the judges advised all the teams to focus on knowledge of the subject they are performing on rather than just its information. “Presence of knowledge in any kind of art helps it last longer”, said Mr. Gaurav.

Feature Image by Kashish Madan for DU Beat
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