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Tempest 2016 ends with a huge crowd for Miranda House alumnae Neeti and Shakti Mohan

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The third and final day of Tempest dawned rainy and damp with the Western Dance competition, nukkad natak, and the star night with Neeti and Shakti Mohan being the main attractions.

The Indian choir competition by Geetanjali, the Indian music society was the first event for the day. Being judged by Ms. Srimanjari, faculty in the Department of History of Miranda House and associated with SPIC Macay of the college, and Dr. Bharat Bhushan, who is a Ph.D in Music. The choir from Swaranjali, Hansraj College were awarded the first position. They were followed by Alankar, Hindu College, and Alahyaa, Daulat Ram College.

One of most well-attended and energized events of the day was Halla Bol, the nukkad natak event organised by Anukriti, the street play society of Miranda House. When enquired about why Halla Bol was non-competitive this year, Shivangi Tewari, one of the members of Anukriti revealed that the event this year was dedicated to one of their members who passed away recently- Mokshi Wadhera. She said, “Mokshi was a free spirit and also lifted those of people around her. This year, we wanted our event to not only encapsulate her spirit but also be a platform that’s being denied to people right now in light of recent events. We wanted teams to not be bound by expectations or competition, and just traverse the entire genre of nukkad and express freely.” The feeling of solidarity with one another and freedom could be felt as 10 teams performed plays about diverse and often, controversial, topics. The event was presided over by Mr. Kushagra Singh, an artist with the Asmita Theatre Group, and Mr. Fahad Khan, who has his own theatre group.

Burlesque, the Western Dance event by Tanz, the Western Dance society, attracted quite a crowd. It was judged by Tarun Sharma, choreographer of Tanz, Mohit Raj Thapa, a member of Dance Works, and Caroline Prada, an international dancer. Misba, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, won the first position and Verve, Sri Venkateswara College won the second.

Tempest 2016 ended on a high as Neeti Mohan and Shakti Mohan, alumnae of Miranda House, performed to a huge crowd in the college grounds. While Neeti Mohan enthralled with her powerful voice, belting out crowd pleasers like Jiye Re, Jiya Re and Paani Da,  Shakti Mohan danced to foot-tapping tunes like Chiitiyan Kalaiyan. In their enthusiam, the crowd broke the barricades twice. The sisters proclaimed themselves to be proud Mirandians as Tempest was brought to an emotional and fitting end.

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