Arts & Culture

Top Societies of DU Fest Season 2019-20: Folk Dance Society

A thing that brings all the aspirants of the Delhi University (DU) in this country to a sense of fascination is the University’s engagement with the performing arts. With a plethora of opportunities in fields like dance, music, dramatic, students are exposed to the discipline and the adventure of the arts that interest them. DU Beat brings to you the first of the six installations of its analysis of the top society in DU. The hard work was persistent, and the competition heartening. Let’s delve into who made the cut and how.

Before we immerse into this list, it becomes pertinent to acknowledge the difficulties faced by all colleges and societies this fest season. 2020 came with its obstacles and hardships, which also impacted the year-round dedication of our University’s college students. DU Beat applauds all societies for all the efforts they have in for this year.

Methodology

The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions that could be won at various events. The society that secured the 1st position was awarded 3 points, the society that secured the 2nd position was awarded 2 points, and finally, the society securing the 3rd position was awarded 1 point.

18 college fests were considered in the making of the tally. The selection of these 18 competitions was based upon an analysis done by speaking with members of numerous college societies, and tracking the fests they considered most prestigious. The considered colleges are:

Dhanak- Gargi
Adaa- JMC
Thirak- SVC
Feel the Beat-SBSC
Ulhaas- DRC
LAASYA- Hansraj
DHAMAAL – MLNC (M)
Nrityarpana2020: Lok Rang Tarang-DSC(M)
Malang’20- Maitreyi
Natyarpan-St. Stephen’s
Lehren- Kalindi
Rangarang- PGDAV(E)
Virsha-SSN
Dharohar – Maharaja Agrasen College
Bhrithi – Ram Lal Anand College
Thirak – Mata Sundari College
Lashkara – SGTB Khalsa
Jhoomar – SGGSCC
Rajnigandha – Dyal Singh College Evening

Top Three Positions

NAZAAKAT, the Folk Dance Society of Gargi College, bagged the first position with a robust lead of 26 points. ADHRITA, the Folk Dance Society of Hindu College (SBSC), followed at the second position with 17 points, while MRIDANG of Miranda House was at the third position with 14 points.

Points Tally: Western Music 

Winning Societies at a Glance 

  1. NAZAAKAT- GARGI (1st) 

“Continuing Nazaakat’s legacy, we chose to bring a unique, fresh and challenging folk dance form, this year as well. With the aim of balancing 10 matkas on our heads and pulling off a ‘world record holder’ choreography, the fear of failing was definitely there. And we did fall at times, but I think, what brought us here was our undying spirit and dedication. No matter what obstacles came our way, we always managed to get back up, face them and learn from them, and come out stronger as a team. It took us long practice hours, consistency and a lot of hard work from each member to reach here. To me, this session was not restricted to just winning competitions but also receiving immense love and appreciation from everyone around and I am grateful for that. I believe that the key is to never give up and never lose focus. It was having faith in myself and my team that kept me going throughout. I am also thankful to our choreographer Sanjeev Jimmy Wadhwa sir and PriyankaRoutela ma’am for their constant support and guidance.”

– Arunika Sharma, President, Nazaakat 2019-20

Members

  1. Arunika Sharma (President)
  2. Pratyoosha Singh (Vice President)
  3. MalvikaAggarwal (Treasurer)
  4. Vasundhara Sharma
  5. AnanyaTewari
  6. Shejal Gupta
  7. IshikaSaxena
  8. IpsitaMajumdar
  9. AnshikaTaneja
  10. Revathi R. Nair
  11. Anjana Sunil
  12. Sristhi Sharma
  13. VishnupriyaAjith
  14. SanchitaAmbasta
  15. PallaviGhosh
  16. Shreshtha Bhattacharya
  17. Anishka
  18. MihikaBhowmik
  1. ADHRITA- HINDU (2nd)

“Adhrita is a relatively new Society and hence, it has no legacy as such but now, as we look back to these 3 years in DU’s Indian Dance Circuit it seems like 3 decades of long journey creating a legacy in itself for the upcoming batches. We came in this circuit with only 8 members and apparently all of them were performing. Our very first step in the competitions came off quite like a shock to many established societies as we proved ourselves to be a new strong competitor to them. Naming our first CHHAU production as “The story of a Yodha” was perhaps a coincidence with our actual story but definable. It was an inexpressible experience of being supported and accepted whole heartedly by all major Indian Dance  Societies in DU Circuit. We established ourselves and built our own name in one single year which was a challenging task but our hard work and uniqueness worked out pretty well and gave us respect, we recieved from our own college and from other societies was more than a reward. Keeping in mind all the observations and research we did in past two years taught us alot and that’s how this year, we came up with a very unique folk dance of Telangana “BONALU” which was immensely appreciated and won at most of the places we competed. We have always been a silent observe ,a quick learner and good opportunists and that’s how we learnt the system and  kept ourselves abreast in the circuit. Our culture in the society have never being hierarchical and we have always tried to give each member a comfortable space and have always believed in one team one goal which led us today at this stage.”

Ravi Yadav, President, Adhrita 2019-20

  1. MRIDANG- MIRANDA

“Meaning, the ultimate aim of a dancer should be to direct his/her audience towards the Rasa which becomes the driving force for the dancer himself/herself. With these ideals and belief in our diligence, Mridang embarked upon the session 2019-20; Bid farewell, welcomed new faces and set the yearly targets. It’s a journey to not only test our existing limits but discover new ones as well. The rank in top three is a reward, a pleasing one indeed, but our main aim is to strive towards perfection and come out as an all-rounder. The competition in the DU circuit plays an important role, which not only taught us sportsmanship but also how to handle criticism, both negative and positive. So, our heartiest thanks to all the teams! The rule is to dance a little bit before entering into the real world, because it changes the way you walk and the way you look at things. So, Mridang is not just about getting on stage & winning laurels, but something more than that. It’s about living life to the fullest, filled with meaning &purpose, it’s about reflecting commitment to dance and to the people who share the magic of dance with you. Heil MRIDANG!”

-Aadya, President, Mridang

Story and Feature Image Credits: Ajay Pal for DU Beat 

Data Analysis by

Priyanshi Bannerjee

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Aishwaryaa Kunwar

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Sakshi Arora 

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Shivani Dadhwal

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