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About 150 participants from colleges all over Delhi joined the movement against discriminatory hostel rules against women on October 8 in a night procession that encouraged students to take a night leave from their PGs and hostels to claim the night. The group marched from Vishwa Vidyalaya metro station to various women’s hostels, especially those with a known history of repression, such as Miranda House, St. Stephen’s College, and Ramjas College to name a few, with powerful posters, slogans, and songs. Alumni from various colleges shared testimonials about their experiences of being locked in their rooms or campuses. The procession that lasted for about 5 hours and ended at 11:30 at night, also had a sabha in solidarity with the Delhi Rent Control Movement by Right to Accommodation.

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From the Pinjra Tod Facebook Page

What is Pinjra Tod? Pinjra Tod: Crusading for liberty of women

Below is an account by a member of the movement, Subhashini Shriya on the journey so far and what’s to come next:

The journey of Pinjara Tod has been exhilarating to say the least. In the short span of a few weeks, we have met, heard, connected to hundreds of women across the city and also some from across the country. The most striking of the many insights we have gained from the campaign is just how widespread is the feeling of discontent and disappointment among young women, coming to the city in the hopes of discovering a new life, and finding themselves repeatedly pushed back into pigeonholes and cages at every step. Yes, the most exhilarating is the feeling of being not one, but one among so many. Having come together, having grown from a few to many, having faced the aggressive political climate on campus, having fought to assert ourselves as an autonomous collective of women we are now approaching the Jan Sunwai, to be held on the 10th of October, 2 PM at Jantar Mantar, where women students and alumni from universities and colleges across Delhi will come together and speak of the daily challenges, of the rules, attitudes, basic lack of resources and biases that they face in negotiating their life as students; work out demands to be made of the DCW, their university administrations, and society at large. We hope that the Jan Sunwai will see this collective that we have been feeling pulsating under the skin everyday commonsense take shape, in the body of a diverse collective of women, with a diverse set of concerns, experiences demands, across lines of caste, class, region, religion and so on, to converge at the aspiration of breaking out of all cages that lock us in as young women students in the city. We hope to find you there with us on the 10th, with your story and your voice, joining with ours to make us all collectively stronger and a step closer to breaking some of the many cages that surround us!” 

Universities from all over the country have spoken up in support of Pinjra Tod. Student political group, All India Students’ Association, or AISA has also been seen handing out pamphlets of the Jan Sunwai to students in North Campus. Although the group welcomes all the support that’s coming their way, they have very clearly stated that they are independent of any political affiliations. The charter of demands as is to be presented to the Delhi  Commission for Women is as follows:

  1. Extend the curfews of all women’s hostels and PGs till half an hour after the time any University resources, such as libraries, labs or sports complexes remain open or half an hour after the approach of the last metro at the closest metro station, whichever is later.
  2. Abolish the concept of local guardians for students, while keeping a provision for an emergency local contact number and discontinue requirement for parental or guardian’s permission for late nights or night outs for all students above 18 yrs of age.
  3. No cap on night outs and late nights taken with prior notice. The utilization of a night out or late night should not be dependent on the discretion of the warden or any administrative authority.
  4. No arbitrary restrictions on the entry on female visitors into women’s hostels.
  5. Ensure availability of secure, non-discriminatory accommodation for all women students. Chart out and publicly announce time bound plan for construction of women’s hostels.
  6. Announce a list of PGs and private accommodations regulated by the university in nearby areas and make the list available to all students with the university administration setting up mechanism for grievance redressal with regard to such accommodation. Implement the Delhi Rent Control Act 1995 to regulate rising rents in these areas.
  7. Provide a clear breakup of the components of hostel fees, with a minimal infrastructural rent and maintenance cost beside the cost of food, electricity and water. Introduce provision for payment of hostel fees on a monthly basis rather than in a lump sum per semester or year.
  8. Set up ICCs against sexual harassment in all colleges and universities as elected, representative bodies and in the spirit of the Vishakha judgment and make provisions for anti-discrimination policy in accordance with the UGC Saksham Committee Report and SC NLSA judgment.
  9. Accommodation of all PwD women students in university hostels on priority basis.
  10. Need based allocation of hostel accommodation.
  11. Fixed allotment of hostel seat for the entire period of the student’s course including academic vacations.

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A group of Delhi University students under the banner of Right to Accommodation have been on an indefinite strike outside Arts Faculty, North Campus for 42 days now, protesting against the issue of unregularised rent control for the students of the university.

DU Beat had reported  the strike last month:

After having received no due recognition from the University authority or the Delhi Government, the students have now decided to go on a hunger strike from 2nd October. The issues they hope to highlight and some of their demands are-

1. Implementation of Delhi Rent Control Act.

2. To provide accommodation to Delhi University students. To be provided with compensation in the form of scholarship, till they find a hostel/ PG.

3. Availability of a library 24*7

4. A no profit- no loss canteen or mess in Delhi University colleges, departments and faculties.

The press release announcing the hunger strike with effect from Gandhi Jayanti has been signed by Praveen Singh, convener of Right to Accommodation, Ajay Singh from Ramjas College, Bhupendra Yadav, Ambedkar College and Jitendra from Law Faculty.

The issue of rent regulation is not new to DU. It has been a key, and perhaps, a winning agenda for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections for the past two years. But seeing no actual progress on the matter, the group has decided to take matters into their own hands. Interestingly, Right to Accommodation had held a 7- day hunger strike last year too. Read about it here.  

Related reading: What is rent regulation and why it’s a big deal

Hailing from Chandigarh, Divya Beniwal of Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, has been playing Fencing for four years now. We spoke to this Political Science student about her offbeat sport of choice:

1. Fencing is quite unheard of, especially in Delhi University. How would you describe the sport to someone who has never heard of it, in one line?

Fencing is basically a royal sport of sword fighting. It has three events (Epee, Sabre and Foil) with different rules and techniques depending on the body target area. The sword is blunt and there’s protective clothing so there are minimal chances of injury.

2. What made you take up Fencing over the more commonly played and watched sports like Tennis or Badminton?

The fencing practices in my hometown, Chandigarh, are held in the school my mother was the Principal of; so every time I went there, this game fascinated me. One of the reasons is that it involves swords and another that it’s unique. Even though it’s not so popular in India, but in Ivy League colleges abroad it’s quite famous. With little practice people can mostly play other games and Fencing is something which requires proper training, equipment and coaching.

3. For someone who wants to learn Fencing, who are the athletes one can look up to?

As such I have no knowledge of the famous athletes from across the globe, because fencing is something which does not have consistent results at the Olympics or other international championships. The results tend to vary every year. While playing, one requires stamina, tactics, physical strength and mental focus all at the same time. For me, the inspiration has always been my coach and the senior players from other states.

4. What is the scope for the sport in India? Do you see it improving in the coming years?

This sport is gradually becoming popular and a lot of people find it quite interesting. There are a lot of fencers and coaches in India who have been involved with the game from the past 20 years. Every year a lot of them participate in National and International Championships. The results have started improving and 3 medals were bagged by India at Junior Commonwealth Championship in Cape Town recently. But still, Team India lags behind in terms of facilities and provision of foreign coaches for improvement in techniques.

There’s also a quota in defense services for fencing.

Another thing that hinders good fencers from playing at the international level is the availability of funds. The Sports Ministry of India should be more encouraging towards other upcoming sports as well. They should provide with better infrastructure so that athletes can perform better at international level.

5. Does DU provide you with sufficient sports infrastructure? How can DU bring more attention to offbeat sports like Fencing?

Personally, I’ve never faced any problem regarding the infrastructure and other related facilities. And the support of the sports teacher has been incomparable. But I would like to add that students in other colleges that do not rank high are not vested with the same opportunity, which is very unfair on the part of the management. I just hope that the increasing awareness changes the “game” for them as well.

The equipment and sports kit of this sport are expensive which hinders participation. This is one of the reasons that fencing has not gained popularity among the students. I think if other colleges of DU take the initiative of promoting the game and providing equipment and coaches then only fencing can be on a broader platform.

6. How do you manage to strike a balance between being a sportsperson and a student?

I think in today’s time being good only in academics is not enough, one has to give in extra efforts to stand out in life. Being involved in sports enhances leadership qualities, physical fitness and improves one’s confidence. I have been involved in sports since class 5. I used to play roller hockey earlier and then started fencing in class 10. Since then I have always been regular in my practices. But I have always made sure that I do not miss my classes and have been a regular student. It is only during my tournaments that I am unable to attend classes. I have been as passionate about my game as I have been for my studies. I hardly studied at home after school but am always attentive and regular in school and college.

7. How does being a sportsperson give you an edge over others?

I have learned a lot because of fencing, I got the opportunity to interact with athletes from all over the country, almost all the states take part in the national championships, I became independent, self-reliant and learned how to travel and accommodate without the comforts of AC and good food. I think it has given me a unique identity and I’m very proud of it. It just feels good to be different.


Divya credits her coach, Mrs. Charanjeet Kaur, parents and sports teachers for being a constant source of motivation and providing her with the opportunity to play 13 nationals and 1 international championship, the Senior Asian Fencing Championship, so far. She is all set to start training interested students from JMC in fencing very soon.


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How do you think that story ends? What does a scantily clad man even look like? Would the story have ended differently if the person in question was a girl? What does gender have to do with this at all?

How we cover our bodies has been defined by ages of social conditioning- years of dictated conformation to “fashion,” years of being told to “cover our modesty”- clothing has gone from protecting the human body to enslaving it in subtle yet disastrous ways for both sexes. Historically, culturally enforced clothing items like corsets and lotus shoes were seen as being beautiful, but resulted in lifetimes of bone crushing disabilities- all for the sake of dressing according to the norms that prevailed. Today, the widespread norms are heavier on the mind than on the body.

The scantily clad woman in the aforementioned case will probably be shamed and have her morals questioned, the man will eventually become the butt of all homosexual jokes, after being given disgusted puzzled looks and having his gender identity ridiculed.

We call ourselves a generation of liberals, but how liberal are we really? While we may consider the right of a woman to wear a top that shows her bra straps to be ‘empowerment,’ we scorn at a man wearing his jeans too low or his shorts too tight. The point isn’t to contest which gender has it worse- the point is to accept that in some way or the other, we’ve all given in to what we’ve been told is normal and acceptable.

Even in colleges, the cornerstones of developing young mindsets, dress codes prevail and often perpetuate the very ideologies we claim to stand against today. From barring boys from wearing shorts and capris in SGTB Khalsa College to telling girls off for wearing off- shouldered tops in Bhaskaracharya College for Applied Sciences, these regulations still insist our compliance with certain clothing ethics defines our morality and qualifies us as civil members of the society, instead of our conduct and how we treat our fellow beings.

Like in all other aspects of life, change in this attitude begins with you. The next time you see a scantily clad lad walk into a bar, tell him he’s rocking that outfit!

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Working late nights as a DJ may seem like a glamorous job to have, but it requires just as much hard work as any other career! We spoke to Samar Benipal, or DJ Chryses about what it means to be a DJ/ Music Producer in India today:

Q 1. When did you first start DJing? Your Facebook page says that you’re an electrical engineer by education, what encouraged you take up music as a career, specifically as a DJ/ Music Producer?

A1. DJing came gradually to me. I am an Electronics Engineer from Thapar University Patiala. I’ve always loved music and it was very fascinating for me to look at the DJ playing with music. That feeling never left me and while studying I started teaching myself how to mix music on Virtual DJ, a computer based DJ software. The desire to learn more kept growing and I ended up going to SAE Institute in Oxford, England and did a degree in Audio Production to learn the technical side of music. Music has been a source of contentment for me so I just couldn’t give it up during my engineering and now I am as happy as I can be.

Q 2. What, in your opinion, truly differentiates a DJ from a Music Producer? With the abundance of remixes, remakes, and samples doing the rounds, what do you have to say about the importance of respecting original sources?

A2. Typically a DJ is a person whose job is to keep the music playing without any pauses and breaks for an audience from either an entertainment or an educational point of view. Music Producer is the person who produces music or takes existing ideas and gives them a personalised touch. Music is exactly the same as any other form of art. There is an empty canvas upon which strokes of melody give birth to feelings and emotions. In today’s times, everything needs an idea that drives a project forward. It doesn’t matter if someone makes a remix or bootlegs; everything requires creativity to enable one to reach their goals. Yes, the original sources are profoundly important as they play a vital role in instigating the producer with an idea for his piece to create something extraordinary from the sounds that we’ve already heard in a completely fresh package.

Q 3. Which artists influenced your work when you started? And today? What are your favourite genres to play/ produce? How do you think your work is different from other DJs/ producers playing similar genres?

A3. In 2011, I was very fortunate to witness Armin Van Buuren live in concert and that changed my point of view of the music industry and DJing in particular forever. I dove into trance and that genre carried me forward. Now I appreciate music more than ever and have started venturing into techno as my food for the soul. Witnessing artists like David August and Nicolas Jaar in performances adds another dimension to the way music is performed. Another artist who has been a mainstay for me is Carl Cox.

Well the only way to sustain in this highly competitive industry is to have a USP, I guess my urge to experiment with different genres gives me an edge as the performance has an air of unpredictability about it. Unpredictable translates to exciting and excitement in turn ensures a memorable time.

Q 4. What challenges did you face when you first started in this field? How did you deal with them, do these challenges still persist?

A4. The challenges are the same for everyone who ventures into a new field and starts from scratch. This industry is very tightly knit and connected. To become a part of this takes time and perseverance. From 2010 onwards from the completion of my degree I started pursuing DJing as a career. It is all about hard work and determination. Now it has been 5 years since my constant struggle and finally things have now started taking shape and falling into place. Yes, these challenges still persist but they are not as unforgiving as they were when I was starting out.

Q 5. What are your favourite and least favourite parts about life as a DJ?

A5. My favourite part of DJing has to be the adrenaline rush that I get while performing in front of an audience. The bigger the audience relates to me getting a bigger rush. I can not really think of anything of DJing that I don’t like as this defines who I am and my life and I am happy with everything that is happening.

Q 6. Run us through what a typical day (or night) at work is like for you?

A6. Well a typical day starts at around 4 pm when I usually wake up. Post breakfast, lunch, tea all rolled into one meal I get on with my gut feel. There are days when I just spent the day listening to music and then there are other days when I prepare a set for my online radio show called Union of Sound Sessions. If that isn’t the case then I’d be in the studio working on new productions or mashups and edits for my sets. The time ends up flying through the night and I usually end up sleeping at about 9 am. I love working at night as there is minimal disturbance and peace. This is usually my typical day.

Q 7. DJing as a career in India is rapidly gaining momentum, would you agree? What advice would you give to students who’d like to take this up?

A7. Yes, a lot of people have started looking at DJing as a viable career option lately. The entertainment industry is booming and now is the time to jump on the bandwagon. DJing as a career is looked at as a very glamorous career but as with any other career there are a lot of facets about this as are with any other career. My only advice for students who wish to pursue it as a career option would be to stop looking at DJing superficially for starters and to pursue it only if you are passionate about music. If you do make up your mind to follow your heart then be prepared for endless practise hours and undying determination to keep honing your skills. It takes a great deal of patience and perseverance to wait for the platform of your dreams. It will come to you only through hard work and a fiery passion and unending love for music.


Q 8. Which achievement so far are you most proud of, is there anything you’re currently working on/ what are your plans for the future?

A8. There have been a couple of firsts that make me extremely happy. For instance, a film I worked on as a sound guy in England made its way to Cannes and earned me my first credit on IMDB. The first time I performed for Sunburn was really a life altering moment.

For the moment, I am working on a deep house/techno EP and It should be out by July. Alongside, I am sound designing for a film house called Static Airwaves in England and just starting to delve into the scoring aspect of the films as well. Life is all about sounds. The plans for the future are simple. I’ll be doing my thing and keep experimenting with new sounds and hope to bring new music to the masses. 2015 looks like a great year. For the immediate future, I will be performing at Kitty Su Delhi on Wednesday, 29th of April so I hope to meet you guys there.

Q 9. Where can we check out your music?

A9. You can find my sessions and productions on SoundCloud and can follow the updates on the DJ Chryses facebook page.



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Picture credits: Abhay Makhija

The final day of Montage’15 opened with Stagecraft, the stage play competition organised by Troubadours, the English Dramatics Society of Jesus and Mary College. The first team, and eventually the winner of the Best Direction award, was the team from Ramjas College with ‘The Open Couple,’ which dealt with sexual politics in a marriage. Lady Shri Ram with ‘Smell of Lemons,’ Sri Venkateswara’s much acclaimed theatre group, Verbum with ‘The Hothouse,’ Hans Raj with ‘Metro’, and SRCC with ‘Rumours’ completed the event, with ‘Metro’ receiving the prize for the Best Play. With relatable characters and hilarious quips, the Hindi play kept the audience engrossed till its very end.

Hans Raj's 'Metro'. By Greta Khawbung for DU Beat.

After 2 western music events on the first day, Madrigal on day 2 kicked off with the Western Solo singing competition that saw participation from 15 participants performing covers of artists like Elvis Presley, Bruno Mars and Janet Joplan. The first prize went to Shubham Mahajan from SSCBS and the second prize went to Satwiki Adla from LSR. The first band up on stage for Battle of Bands was Paperboat, which is an acoustic-rock band with experimental fervour, and they performed two originals and one cover of Papon’s redition of Tokari which got the crowd engaged. The next was Stable Flux, a progressive/post rock band from CVS followed by Nomadic Jam, a Hindi- rock band. Vaibhav Ahuja, the President of the music society and member of the winning band, The Hans Raj Projekt, said that this was his last performance with the band. He said,’we have been together since the beginning and I hope my juniors bring more success to the college. I’m proud of them and may they win many more prizes.’

The last competitive event was Chimera, the Western Dance competition hosted by Mudra, the western dance society of JMC, who had also hosted Day 1’s Choreography Competition. It began with teams scribbling on the ‘Wall of Dance’, where the teams praised each other on the finer points of their performances. The first on stage were Mudra themselves, being the inaugural performance of the evening. Chimera in association with Delhi Dance Fever 10.0 saw a unique round called the North vs South, where the students from north and south campus colleges came to face off against each other in the battle of dance. The IIT Delhi boys took the first prize for the main competition home in a tie with GTBIT college followed by Mata Sundari College in the second position. Though one of the memorable moments from the evening was when Misba, SSGGS college threw a boy high into the air and caught him just in time , making the crowd go wild with applause.

Mudra, Jesus and Mary College. By Abhay Makhija for DU Beat

Montage 2015 ended with a bang thanks to the Sunburn night featuring DJ Chryses. With hits like ‘Turn Down For What’ and more, the DJ kept the packed crowd at the college’s main ground dancing till their feet hurt!


Ishaan Sengupta, Tarushi Varma, Isheeta Sharma and Vani Vivek

Photo Credits: Greta Khawbung, Abhay Makhija and Abhinav Arora

Awaaz, the street play competition was organized by Kahkasha, the Hindi theatre society of Jesus & Mary College on day 1 of Montage 2015. The judges for the event were Vishesh Arora, Founder of CurtainCall Productions & Events, Shashank Angiras, a senior street theatre artist and Mr. Vipul, Owner of Gavaah- a theatre group. A total of 9 teams from various colleges performed their thematic plays. The first team to perform was Keshav Mahavidyalaya with their play Kar-Maa which highlighted the plight of the mothers in today’s world. Mr. Arora, one of the judges said, “The teams brought up new concepts with their performances. One thing that I found distinctive was the use of different musical instruments by most of the teams and this somehow enhanced the likeability of their performance.” The competition concluded with the performance by College of Vocational Studies. Vayam, the theatre society of Shivaji College took away the first prize, while Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Technology and Gargi College bagged second and third positions respectively.

By Mugdha for DU Beat

The western choir competition was organised as part of Madrigal by Echo, the Western Dance Society of the college, and saw participation from 10 college societies. The winner of the event was Sri Venkateswara College that did a medley of three songs. On being asked about their performance this fest season, a member of the society said, “We started off well, we dropped a little lower after that, but we came back on track today giving this as a tribute for our seniors.” The second position was awarded to Kirori Mal College while the third place went to Lady Shri Ram College. The judges for the event, Dhruv Vishwanath and Timson Thomas, gave a special mention to SSCBS for their performance. The team that won for quartets was Chord and Conduct, they performed “Hello Mary Lou”, which is a Barbershop piece (arranged by David Wright).

The semi classical group singing competition took place on the open stage in the field and despite the sun, much enthusiasm could still be seen among the participants. The judges, Dr Poonam and Ms Mala Banarjee were impressed by the talent showcased by the students from over 12 colleges. In the end girls from Miranda House bagged the first position followed by Hindu College in a close second.

Chimera, the choreography event at Montage’15 organised by the western dance society of JMC, Mudra witnessed a large crowd in the auditorium. Starting off with an introduction to the judges, teams from Sri Venkateswara College, Hans Raj College and more set the stage ablaze. Each team brought a new theme to light, for example LSR portrayed the destruction of Forest Tribes by the Corporate Giants lusting for their lands and destroying everything in the process. The first prize went to Sparx, from Gargi College and LSR received a special mention.


Tarushi Varma, Shaily Sharma, Ishaan Sengupta

Photography credits: Mugdha, Paurush Singh Bhardwaj, Chirag Sharma for DU Beat.

This year’s edition of Nexus, the annual cultural fest of Sri Venkateswara College concluded on Wednesday, the 25th of February. The 3 day event saw its fair share of highs and lows, with a few events getting cancelled, constant delays and a packed star night. Here’s a complete round up of Nexus 2015:

Day 1: Inauguration, Madari, Razzmatazz, and Sufi Night

The first day of Nexus 2015 kicked off with a Bharatnatyam themed inauguration, with Padma Shri awardee and acclaimed dancer, Geeta Chandran and Prof. Dr. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Secretary, University Grants Commission gracing the event with their presence. Shortly after, the Asmita Theatre Group performed their production Mard, leading to Madari- the nukkad naatak competition. Over 15 teams participated in this event which continued for the full day and saw some exceptional performances by colleges like Motilal Nehru, SSCBS etc. In the end, College of Vocational Studies came first with their production, ‘90 second ki Red Light‘ whereas I.P. College for Women won the second spot with their production ‘Manmarziyan‘.

Miranda House took home the first prize, followed by Kamala Nehru College for Goonj-Indian Vocals (group), and the Folk Dance competition was won by the dancers from SGTB Khalsa, with Gargi College coming second. The Western Music (trio), though plagued with technical glitches, saw teams from Gargi and LSR winning the top 2 positions respectively. This 90’s themed competition saw teams performing peppy numbers from the past, like ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ by Britney Spears and ‘As Long as You Love Me’ by Backstreet Boys. The Sufi Night happened shortly after the Street Dance competition got cancelled, followed by the last event of the day, Razzmatazz- Western Dance (group). Where on the one hand, Nizami Sandhu entertained the crowd with popular numbers like Kun Faya Kun, Dama Dam Mast Kalandar, Allah Hu, teams from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Lady Shri Ram enthralled everyone with their energetic dance moves to take home the western group dance prizes.


Day 2: Battle of the Bands, Western Vocals (group), and Rock Night

The second day began with all events being delayed by a couple of hours, but the strong performance in the Battle of the Bands soon made up for it. After 6 equally unique performances from bands like The Paper Boat, that used a beat boxer, Alanwesha, that played fusion rock etc., The Hans Raj Projekt and Rangrez bagged the winning positions.

In the Western Vocals Group competition, Lady Shri Ram College was adjudged winner while Jesus and Mary College’s and the home college’s teams were lauded with the second prize. Saarang- Instrumental Music (solo) got canceled, Shubham and Hanita Bhambri, both from Shaheed Sukhdev College Business Studies won the first prize while Chewang from Sri Aurobindo came a close second as part of the Western Vocals (solo) competition. The duo from Miranda House won Malang- Indian Vocals (duet), followed by the home college’s team. In the second half of the day, Gargi College’s choreography society, Sparx was declared the winner for the Choreography event, followed by TerpsiChorean, the choreography society of Hans Raj College. Indian-Pakistani sufi rock band, Raeth took the stage as part of the Rock Night and performed songs like ‘Pichle Saat Dinon Mein’, ’Bhaag DK Bose’, ’Sun Raha Hai Naa’ to end the day on a high note.


Day 3: Star Night with Mohit Chauhan and Sky Lantern Night

The final day of Nexus 2015 featured a performance by Bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan as the fest’s Star Night. The show began at around 6:30 pm with a large audience waiting for the singer to take the stage. Mohit and his band kicked off the show with “Jo bhi main” from the movie Rockstar. This was followed by a series of his popular songs like “Tum se hi” and “Pee loon”. He then took his guitar out to strum along to the song “Dooba dooba” which he’d sung when he was a part of the band Silk Route. The crowd seemed most excited during his rendition of “Sadda haq”, another chartbuster from Rockstar; this was his most power packed song.  After that, the officials from the college congratulated the Student Union on the stage, for the work it had put in to make the event a success. The day came to a close with Mohit’s performance of “Illahi” from Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani. Though the Sky Lantern Night was scheduled to happen post the concert, the weather proved to be a hindrance. Thus, this year’s edition of Nexus came to an end after three days of performances, competitions and crowd attractions.


Photographers: Mughda, Bharat Mohindru, Abhinav Arora, Kashish
Writers: Ishaan Gambhir, Ishaan Sengupta, Geetika Varshney, Sudisha Mishra, Arushi Srivastava, Iresh Gupta, Priyanka Banerjee, Vani Vivek

Along with the Battle of Bands and Western Group Vocals, day 2 also witnessed events like the Western Solo Vocals, Malang, the Classical Duet and more. The western vocals (solo) competition was judged by Ms. Neerja Narayanswamy, who had been a member of the college’s music society in her college days. Shubham and Hanita Bhambri, both from Shaheed Sukhdev College Business Studies won the first prize while Chewang from Sri Aurobindo, who sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston, came second. The duo from Miranda House won the classical duet, followed by the home college’s team.

The western solo dance competition saw 16 individuals battle it out.The theme was ‘western freestyle’ and the competitors danced to popular Bollywood and English songs. Druv Chauhan, a well-known urban hip hop dancer, was the main judge. The other internal judges were Dr. Vandana Malhotra and Dr. Amit Gautam. There was participation from colleges like Hansraj, Deshbandu, SGTB Khalsa, each for 4 minutes.

This year’s edition of rock night at Nexus saw a performance by Indian-Pakistani sufi rock band, ‘Raeth’. The band opened with their famous debut single ‘Bhula Do’ which definitely set the mood for the evening. Other than singing some crowd pumping tracks like ‘Pichle Saat Dinon Mein’, ’Bhaag DK Bose’, ’Sun Raha Hai Naa’ among others, the band also sang a medley of old Hindi songs. Raeth ended their show by performing A.R.Rahman’s Vandey Matram.The choreography event which was the last competitive event at Nexus 2015 saw 7 teams perform. The event was judged by Sanjay Khatri, India’s first male ballet dancer and the owner of Nijinsky Ballet School in New Delhi. Nritya, Venky’s choreography society performed last as a non-competing team. Gargi College’s choreography society, Sparx was declared the winners for this competition followed by TerpsiChorean, the choreography society of Hans Raj College.

Image credits: Anubhav Arora for DU Beat

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