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Top Performers at DU: Shivash Chagti (Hans Raj) and Hanita Bhambri (SSCBS) for Western Music

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Every year, individual performers from colleges across the campus compete neck to neck and put up spectacular performances during the fest season. This year too, saw certain performers shine a little brighter than the rest. We present a series with performers who in their respective fields took home the top prizes at various cultural fests of Delhi University.

The best individual performer in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top positions at various competitive events this year. Number of 1st positions at various fests were  considered to draft the winners’ tally. Note: Only the fests of Delhi University were considered for the same. 

For the Western Music category, Hanita Bhambri from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Shivash Chagti from Hans Raj College scored the maximum points in the tally.

The Winning Performers at a glance

Hanita Bhambri, SSCBS

Hanita Bhambri is a IIIrd year student of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, who has also been featured in Most familiar with folk music, Hanita chose Nobody Sees Me Like You Do by Yoko Ono to perform in the fests this year along with House Of The Rising Sun and Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

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When asked about why she chose these songs, she says that it’s not about whether or not a song makes the cut in terms of technical difficulty. “It is about the song making some difference and if it means something to me. More than a listening experience, it’s about bringing them into your life, showing them a part of your vulnerable self. The whole act is nothing short of extraordinary”, she says.

Hanita feels that participating and achieving numerous accolades here at various Delhi University fests has been a great experience. “It’s almost like finding your place in the world. I’ve met and worked with a lot of talented musicians being a part of this circuit. It gives you a new found appreciation for music and builds a sense of community” she adds.

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Winner’s Tally- Hanita Bhambri:

1st Position: Nexus 2015 (Sri Venkateshwara College), Surmanjari 2015 (Kirori Mal College), Mecca 2015 (Hindu College), Syncopation 2015 (SGTB Khalsa College) and Ullas 2015 (Kamala Nehru College)

3rd Position: Reverie 2015 (Gargi College)

Apart from the fests mentioned above, Hanita Bhambri has also secured Ist position at IIIT Delhi’s music competition.

Check out the SoundCloud profile, here.

Visit the Facebook Page of Hanita Bhambri, here

Shivash Chagti, Hans Raj College

Shivash Chagti, a first year B.Com Honours student from Hans Raj College has outshone with his exceptional performances in the fest season 2015.

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His choice of songs include ‘I get a kick out of you‘ by Louis Armstrong and ‘Fly me to the moon‘ by Frank Sinatra. These are supported by the fact that they suited his voice and the enjoyment he experienced while singing them surpassed everything else! Towards the end of the season he sang his own rendition of ‘Baby‘ by Justin Beiber because he wanted to experiment and try something new.

Shivash believes that all he has achieved is more of a collective effort and commitment. He says, “I don’t have a secret mantra or anything as such. My friend Anirudh Varma who accompanies me on the keys has been playing a major role in helping me perform well in some of the competitions. We just have fun while we’re performing and in the process of it we make others enjoy too.”

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Winner’s Tally- Shivash Chagti:

1st Position: Reverie 2015 (Gargi College), Tempest 2015 (Miranda House) and Symphony 2015 (Janki Devi Memorial College)

2nd Position: Surmanjari 2015 (Kirori Mal College), Mecca 2015 (Hindu College) and Crescendo 2015 (SSCBS)

3rd Position: Tarang 2015 (Lady Shri Ram College for Women)

Apart from the fests mentioned above, Shivash Chagti has also secured positions at music competitions of AIIMS, JDMC and SSCBS.

Check out the SoundCloud profile, here.

Visit the Facebook Page of Shivash Chagti, here.

Kartikeya Bhatotia [email protected]

Kritika Narula [email protected] 

Images featured in the article were provided by the winners themselves!


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