Cultural Festivals

Dance: The Highlight of Mecca Day 1

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Celebrating nostalgia with the hashtag #PhirWahiDilLayaHoon, Mecca: The Annual Festival of Hindu College organised by the Hindu College Parliament commenced to a great start today.

In its 43rd cycle, Hindu College’s Mecca day 1 was all about dance and celebrating art and aesthetics. Day one saw participants contesting for their respective titles in various competitive events organised by the societies.

The college auditorium witnessed the inauguration by the principal in the morning. A classical dancer presented a graceful act to mark the commencement of Delhi University’s one of the most highly anticipated fests. Faculty memvers and students displayed their talents as they sang their favorite songs and narrated their poems to the audience.

One of the first events to begin, although not without some delay was the Beat Box Battle organised by Aria: The Western Music Society. As the President Bharg Kale of the society mentioned, the event sought to celebrate a highly undermined form of music. In the 90 seconds given to the participants, many of them gained a popular mandate amongst the listeners. The event host’s Gully Boy beatboxing performance was a highlight.

Although delayed by a couple of hours, the auditorium also saw various dance societies contest for the title of the winner of Arangam: Group Folk Dance Competition. Being the first event in Dasstan-E-Dharma, the dance fest of Hindu College saw 10 teams from across the varsity representing folk dances of India.
The winning team from SGND Khalsa College presented a charged Bhangra. The energy that all the societies displayed was contagious and had everyone among the audience swaying to folk beats. Miranda House’s team finished second with their scintillating performance of Kalbeliya from Rajasthan. The third position was awarded to Maitreyi College’s team who performed an energetic folk dance from Haryana.
Abstractions- the Fine Arts Society, of Hindu College organised its Poster Making Competition on Day 1 of Mecca, 2019. The theme for this event was ‘Binaries’, left open to interpretation. Six students from three colleges- Hindu, College of Vocational Studies and Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College participated and gave a tough competition.
Abstractions- the Fine Arts Society, of Hindu College kickstarted day 1 at Mecca, 2019 with its Graffiti Competition. The theme for this competition was Disguise in Colour. Two teams participated in the first round of this competition. One team was from Croydon- Arts Society of Indraprastha College for Women and the other comprised of students from Hindu College. The second round is going to held on 15th March.

The star-night of the first day of Mecca’19 had Saurabh and Co perform in the sports grounds of Hindu. They performed various Bollywood songs, Ek ladki ko dekha, lamberghini, and ghaata among others. This event happened when it was still daylight, and dusk brought with it the flashy stage and Progressive Brothers, along with DJ NYJ who played their DJ and self-compositions. This particular event was arguably more popular and packed with energy – both on the performers’ and the audience’s side. Closer, Let Me Love You, and some of their originals were performed.
Besides the actual performances, the stage was what caught the attention of people. With impeccable lighting and graphics, the Progressive Brothers said, “it is the best stage in Delhi.”

Feature Image Credits: Rishabh Gogoi for DU Beat

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