The final day of Montage’15 opened with Stagecraft, the stage play competition organised by Troubadours, the English Dramatics Society of Jesus and Mary College. The first team, and eventually the winner of the Best Direction award, was the team from Ramjas College with ‘The Open Couple,’ which dealt with sexual politics in a marriage. Lady Shri Ram with ‘Smell of Lemons,’ Sri Venkateswara’s much acclaimed theatre group, Verbum with ‘The Hothouse,’ Hans Raj with ‘Metro’, and SRCC with ‘Rumours’ completed the event, with ‘Metro’ receiving the prize for the Best Play. With relatable characters and hilarious quips, the Hindi play kept the audience engrossed till its very end.
After 2 western music events on the first day, Madrigal on day 2 kicked off with the Western Solo singing competition that saw participation from 15 participants performing covers of artists like Elvis Presley, Bruno Mars and Janet Joplan. The first prize went to Shubham Mahajan from SSCBS and the second prize went to Satwiki Adla from LSR. The first band up on stage for Battle of Bands was Paperboat, which is an acoustic-rock band with experimental fervour, and they performed two originals and one cover of Papon’s redition of Tokari which got the crowd engaged. The next was Stable Flux, a progressive/post rock band from CVS followed by Nomadic Jam, a Hindi- rock band. Vaibhav Ahuja, the President of the music society and member of the winning band, The Hans Raj Projekt, said that this was his last performance with the band. He said,’we have been together since the beginning and I hope my juniors bring more success to the college. I’m proud of them and may they win many more prizes.’
The last competitive event was Chimera, the Western Dance competition hosted by Mudra, the western dance society of JMC, who had also hosted Day 1’s Choreography Competition. It began with teams scribbling on the ‘Wall of Dance’, where the teams praised each other on the finer points of their performances. The first on stage were Mudra themselves, being the inaugural performance of the evening. Chimera in association with Delhi Dance Fever 10.0 saw a unique round called the North vs South, where the students from north and south campus colleges came to face off against each other in the battle of dance. The IIT Delhi boys took the first prize for the main competition home in a tie with GTBIT college followed by Mata Sundari College in the second position. Though one of the memorable moments from the evening was when Misba, SSGGS college threw a boy high into the air and caught him just in time , making the crowd go wild with applause.
Montage 2015 ended with a bang thanks to the Sunburn night featuring DJ Chryses. With hits like ‘Turn Down For What’ and more, the DJ kept the packed crowd at the college’s main ground dancing till their feet hurt!
Ishaan Sengupta, Tarushi Varma, Isheeta Sharma and Vani Vivek
Photo Credits: Greta Khawbung, Abhay Makhija and Abhinav Arora