Mecca 2018, was one of the most anticipated annual cultural fests in the University of Delhi. The three-day fest that kicked off on the 14th of March, is expected to enthrall fest going students in the University. With a line-up that includes The Local Train, Zaeden, and Amit Trivedi, one can expect Mecca 2018 to be bigger and better than ever. The fest, which attracted a significant crowd during the first day itself, will be a thrilling event including good music, food, and games.
The decorations of the fest were based on the theme “Around The World in 72 hours”. The college was decked in trinkets, maps, and more which divided the college on the basis of countries and cities. The theme could be seen on the graffitis that were made by students as well. Overall, the decor made the college infrastructure come alive, all the while providing fest going students aesthetic backgrounds to take photographs.
The Inauguration ceremony of Mecca 2018 took place in the auditorium of the college. Alankar, the Indian music society of Hindu College has opened the ceremony with a musical gala which was followed by various cultural performances including Kathak and classical music. The performances enthralled the audience and were a collective display of skills of some of the most talented students of Hindu College. Panache, the Fashion Society event subsequently followed the inauguration in the venue itself.
Mecca idol, the solo singing competition, began right after the inauguration ceremony. The winner of the contest will get the opportunity to perform at an opening gig before Amit Trivedi’s performance on the 16th of March.
Panache, the fashion show competition, organised by Nakshatra, the fashion society of Hindu College. The event saw the participation of seven Delhi University teams.
Harsh Khullar, stylish and show director, Rishi Raj, an image consultant, Sawati Verma founder of Glam Veda and, Parina Chopra, an actress, model, a reality show star judged the competition. They judged the competition on the parameters of theme, choreography, walk, and the wardrobe. I Vogue, the fashion society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce secured the first position while Poise, from the Institute of Home Economics, got the second position. The last performance was by the home team Nakshatra which garnered huge applause for their stunning work.
The Instrumental (solo) competition organised by Alankar, the Indian music society of Hindu College and judged by Mr. Nandan Borkar, witnessed a perfect blend of sur and taal by various participants from School of Open Learning, Hansraj College, ARSD, Ramjas College, to name a few. Karthik Balan from Hansraj College who bagged the first prize performed ‘Aditaalam’ on Mridangam, Shikhar from Delhi Technological University performed the raga ‘Hansdhwani ‘on flute grabbing the second prize and Nandu Krishnan from Satyawati College, performing ‘Aditaalam ‘stood third.
Scribe, the Literary Society of Hindu College organised the Slam Poetry Competition. Himel Sarkar from Bring Back The Poets who judged the event, remarked, “Poetry is so vulnerable that it seems wrong to put grades next to it”. He found it a cumbersome task to take out winners from such a talented pool of poets present at the event. Vishal Kumar was declared the winner in the Hindi Category and Chahak Gupta bagged the First Position in the English Category, while Mahesh Krishna and Gurveen Dang were declared the runners-up.
Sumit Anand, a stand-up comedian spirited the Mecca audience in a fit of laughter with his witty and relatable punchlines. With a happy-go-lucky attitude, his jokes were effortlessly funny, leading to momentous hooting from the audience. From RSS, casteism to masturbation, his line-up didn’t leave any area unattended.
The Local Train, a Hindi rock band was invited to close the first day at Mecca. Their songs were peaceful yet upbeat, a combination we never thought could be achieved in a rock performance. Their set featured popular songs like Manzil, Aaftaab, Khudi, and Mere Yaar. The lighting arrangement added to the appeal and brought the audience to their feet, where everyone lost themselves in the moment.
Feature Image Credits: Surabhi Khare fo DU Beat