Awaaz, the street play competition was organized by Kahkasha, the Hindi theatre society of Jesus & Mary College on day 1 of Montage 2015. The judges for the event were Vishesh Arora, Founder of CurtainCall Productions & Events, Shashank Angiras, a senior street theatre artist and Mr. Vipul, Owner of Gavaah- a theatre group. A total of 9 teams from various colleges performed their thematic plays. The first team to perform was Keshav Mahavidyalaya with their play Kar-Maa which highlighted the plight of the mothers in today’s world. Mr. Arora, one of the judges said, “The teams brought up new concepts with their performances. One thing that I found distinctive was the use of different musical instruments by most of the teams and this somehow enhanced the likeability of their performance.” The competition concluded with the performance by College of Vocational Studies. Vayam, the theatre society of Shivaji College took away the first prize, while Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Technology and Gargi College bagged second and third positions respectively.
The western choir competition was organised as part of Madrigal by Echo, the Western Dance Society of the college, and saw participation from 10 college societies. The winner of the event was Sri Venkateswara College that did a medley of three songs. On being asked about their performance this fest season, a member of the society said, “We started off well, we dropped a little lower after that, but we came back on track today giving this as a tribute for our seniors.” The second position was awarded to Kirori Mal College while the third place went to Lady Shri Ram College. The judges for the event, Dhruv Vishwanath and Timson Thomas, gave a special mention to SSCBS for their performance. The team that won for quartets was Chord and Conduct, they performed “Hello Mary Lou”, which is a Barbershop piece (arranged by David Wright).
The semi classical group singing competition took place on the open stage in the field and despite the sun, much enthusiasm could still be seen among the participants. The judges, Dr Poonam and Ms Mala Banarjee were impressed by the talent showcased by the students from over 12 colleges. In the end girls from Miranda House bagged the first position followed by Hindu College in a close second.
Chimera, the choreography event at Montage’15 organised by the western dance society of JMC, Mudra witnessed a large crowd in the auditorium. Starting off with an introduction to the judges, teams from Sri Venkateswara College, Hans Raj College and more set the stage ablaze. Each team brought a new theme to light, for example LSR portrayed the destruction of Forest Tribes by the Corporate Giants lusting for their lands and destroying everything in the process. The first prize went to Sparx, from Gargi College and LSR received a special mention.
Tarushi Varma, Shaily Sharma, Ishaan Sengupta
Photography credits: Mugdha, Paurush Singh Bhardwaj, Chirag Sharma for DU Beat.