Kamala Nehru College

Gargi College and Hindu College wins big at day 1 of Ullas ‘15

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Hoping against all hopes for better weather conditions, Kamala Nehru College kick-started its annual fest, Ullas ’15. The rain turned out to be least sporting since it forced the Union to postpone the star performance of the day- live concert by K.K., the well-known Bollywood singer. However, society events were lined up as per the schedule and the participants faced only a slight delay.

The fest began with the first event- Indian Solo Dance Competition organised by Nupur, the Indian Dance society of Kamala Nehru College. As time passed, the auditorium witnessed increasing footfall and the audience was observed appreciating the beauty of the attires and expressions of the performers. The event was judged by Mr. Tej Prakash and Mrs. Nalini Jain who were seen meticulously observing every movement of the performers. Prathima Ghosh from Daulat Ram College bagged the first position for her beautiful Kathak performance while the second position was shared by Keerti Venkat and Arpita of Gargi College.

In continuation, Indian Folk Dance (Group) competition saw the stage being covered in hues of Bhangara and Garba. The performers were overwhelmed with energy and their exhilaration was apparent in their performance.

“Instead of dampening our spirits, the weather cheered us up all the more. This was our best performance so far. The entire group enjoyed performing and we were extremely confident about it all through.”, said Manisha of Sri Venkateshwara College which brought a glimpse of Gujrati Daandiya to the audience.

The jury was interestingly looking for “the maximum variety exhibited in the folk dance.” Gargi College was declared the winner and Sri Venkateshwara College and Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College were declared the Runners’ Up.

The entire event ran smoothly and within no time, foot tapping beats of western music overtook the audience with the commencement of ‘Nrityakriti’, the Choreography competition organised by the Choreography society of the college, Adagio. Covering various themes, the competition witnessed passionate dancers bringing out the best within them. From the plight of persons with Identity Disorders to the need of valuing one’s individuality, the event showcased it all.

The jury for this event comprised of Ms. Bhavini Misra and Mr. Amit Kumar, both exceptional dancers and choreographers. Gargi College’s ‘Spectrum’ was declared the winner of the competition followed by Lady Shri Ram College at the second position and Hindu College’s ‘The Unparalleled’ at the third. The jury also gave their valuable feedback to each of the participating teams at the end.

Along with this, Swaranjali, Indian Solo and Choir Music Competition was organised by Sangeetika, the Indian Music society of KNC. Amidst substantial participation, Hindu College outshone the rest as it bagged all three positions in the solo category. Rajeev Prasanna was declared first, followed by Soumitra Thankur and Ashutosh Verma at the second and third positions. In the group category, Lady Shri Ram College bagged the first position, Daulat Ram College emerged second followed by Kirori Mal College at the third position.

“KNC managed to pull off its fest and conducted all events smoothly. All measured were taken to be sure that everyone who had come had a good time!”, Harsha Krishan of IPCW commented on the overall atmosphere.

The most awaited event of the day, La ‘Vore, organised by the Fashion Society of the college Glitz, saw the audience’s zeal at a whole new level. Voicing out miscellaneous issues by the uniqueness of their costumes, the fashion show was a huge success all together. The event was judged by famous photographers Mr. Akash Das, Mr. Hemant Sood and Mr. Neil.

Amidst tough competition, Maitreyi College emerged as winners for their performance on the need to conserve the National Animal of India, Tiger. A depiction of the Biblical reference of Adam, Eve and the forbidden fruit brought forward by Amity School of Communication bagged them the second position.

With this, events like Srijan, Hindi Creative Writing Competition and Abhivyakti, Hindi Debating Competition wrapped up day 1 of Ullas ’15 successfully. K.K. is scheduled to perform tomorrow live at 4 p.m. at the college ground.

Arushi Pathak is a (over-enthusiastic) senior pursuing Economics Honours from DU. The Associate Editor at DU Beat, she is an avid debater and can’t refrain from expressing her opinion over everything. Somehow obsessed with New York City (and all sitcoms set in NYC), she day-dreams to live there soon. She is a die-hard Grey’s Anatomy fan and can’t have enough of tragedy-themed novels. She believes that she has got the best of both worlds-Economics and Journalism. Always ready for a pep-talk or a life-changing discussion equally readily, she can be contacted at [email protected].

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