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Symphony’20, the annual cultural fest of Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC) faced severe overcrowding leading to security issues for the participants along for the organising committee during Jass Manak’s concert performance at the final day of the fest. 

Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC) organised its annual cultural inter-college fest, Symphony 2020 on 8th, 9th & 10th January, 2020. It was one of the biggest events hosted by the college; a three-day extravaganza, power-packed with cultural events & activities. From literature, art, music to dance, street play, to photography, debate stimulations; it was the amalgamation of synergies of various participants from multiple colleges and universities.

On the final day of the fest, 10th January, 2020, popular Punjabi singer and songwriter Jass Manak had a concert performance in the college auditorium, where he enthralled the audience with his popular numbers like Prada and Lehenga. The performance, however, was exclusively for Janki Devi Memorial College students. Due to the pressure of the crowd present at the fest, there were security issues which caused problems for the participants. A first-year student at JDMC explained that she was inside the campus, but the disturbance was caused due to students from other colleges entering the venue to watch Jass Manak, hence creating chaos for the college students present there.

A JDMC student arrived at the campus to attend the concert but was prohibited to enter by the ensuing security staff even though they tried to reason that they were from the college itself. Dr. Swati Pal, Principal, JDMC,  herself later came when chaos erupted at the venue due to the burgeoning crowd, and denied entry to the students, clarifying that the venue was full. The student further explained that outsiders were not informed about the exclusivity of only JDMC students at the concert, which caused these problems.

A student who attended the concert and requested to stay anonymous, shared that many fake enteries of outside students happened in front of them, hampering the entry of JDMC students even when they were on time.

Another member from the organising committee of the fest explained that some of the girls didn’t adhere to the guidelines and instructions of the union, and kept breaking lines, which subsequently created chaos. She acknowledged the college committee’s need to improve the management and logistics on ground, because of the ruckus which was brought about by a larger than life crowd, which proved too hard to handle. She, however, reaffirmed the success of the fest, and the security issue manifesting only as a minor hiccup in the erstwhile grand scheme of things.

Another member from the organising committee, Tanya Tyagi, the social media, head explained, “All the students of other colleges were made quite aware of the fact that students of JDMC will only be allowed to attend the concert as it is printed on our every marketing collateral and poster.” She also added, “All students who were on time were given entry. Students who are accusing us of not giving them entry were the ones who were late.”

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During Sabrang, the annual cultural fest of Deshbandhu College, extreme mismanagement led to disappointment among the participants of the group folk dance event.

On 5th March 2019, Riwayat the folk-dance society of Deshbandhu College organised Ruhaaniyat, a group folk dance competition as part of their annual cultural fest, Sabrang. The event saw extreme mismanagement on the part of the organisers due to which there was a time clash between the folk dance and fashion society’s event. Although, the event saw participation from 11 teams but only nine were able to perform, out of which Ramanujan College was disqualified.

Abhishek, the President of the Bhangra Regiment, the folk dance Society of Ramanujan College stated that the competition at Deshbandhu was cancelled by the teachers due to mismanagement after more than half of the teams had already performed. He stated, “Even our team was disqualified. According to them, we took time in microphone set-up when it was discussed with their co-ordinator before hand.”  Shubhanshi Bharadwaj, President of Nazaakat, the folk dance society of Gargi College claimed that it was one of the worst competitions they took part in. “While we were performing , we were asked to step down during the performance because of time constraints. Fashion societies were also waiting for their event to begin. In all this ruckus, two societies couldn’t perform.”

The Bhangra Society of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College and Bhangra Inspire from Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College even after waiting till 6 p.m, all ready with their outfits, were not able to perform at the competition. The President of Bhangra Inspire said, “The organisers started the fashion show abruptly and told us that we will perform after. But they continued with the fashion show for a long time. We asked them to let us perform since we had been waiting for long in our costumes. But we weren’t allowed.” Post this, the teams had a heated discussion with the teachers and the Student Union where the teams demanded that the event be cancelled.  But the Union opposed this and an announcement to conduct the event the next day was made. However, it became impossible for different societies to return to perform the next day for the competition. A week later, the President of Riwayat, the folk dance society of Deshbandhu College texted the members of Mridang, the folk dance society of Miranda House and Nrityakriti, folk dance society of Maitreyi College that they have secured first and second position respectively.

Shubhashini also stated that teachers were being extremely disrespectful towards the teams. She added “When the presidents of different societies went to talk to the teacher, she told them she will slap them or ask the bouncers to throw us out. It was so disrespectful and  disheartening to see a teacher behave this way.”

The President of Riwayaat accepted the occurrence of mismanagement. She said, “The event began extremely late because of the inauguration. Everything got delayed and the fashion society started demanding the stage to conduct their own event. All this led to a huge ruckus.” Talking about their decision to release the results a week after the even she said, “Other teams who had performed demanded that the results should be announced. We understand it was a mistake on our part  but it was our duty to disclose the results.”


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As the fest season concludes, the alarm of upcoming semester examinations starts beeping.

Even semesters are filled with zest and euphoria. They bring with themselves numerous events and fests which keep the students across the colleges on their toes. Unlike the odd semesters, the lectures are less, bringing in more fun. Colleges are a sight to behold during the months of February and March as they gear up to present their extravaganza of talent. For societies, this is the most crucial time as they put their yearlong hard work on the stage and compete rigorously with other colleges. From attending numerous fests, struggling for passes, witnessing celebrity performances, and meeting new people, fest season fills the students with energy and exhilaration.

With fest season and the mid-semester break coming to an end, the same monotonous life of college awaits the students. The fear of upcoming semester examinations fills all of us with gloom and tremendous amount of pressure. The farewell and entrance examinations further accentuates the sadness as the third-year students start preparing themselves to bid adieu to the institution which shaped their last three years and gave them a head start for their future. The reality that there won’t be any more events to attend, competitions to take part in and academics will take the front row is a bit hard to sink in.

If you think this semester was only fun and games, then it would be utterly disappointing to learn that continuous strikes and numerous fests have left us with only few days to cover that huge chunk of syllabus lying unattended catching dust. Coming out of the zone of fun and party isn’t an easy task too. But well, not all is bad after all. There’s still over a month left for those dreaded days of exams to begin.

With the month of March coming to an end, it’s high time we gear ourselves up for the next two months and put our heart and mind in studies for the upcoming semester examinations. We need to fix our focus back to academics which we had been conveniently ignoring for the past three months.

Fest season this year was a totally enthralling time to be in and its end is sure to bring some gloom. But, let’s look beyond the gloom, cherish the memorable moments and get into action mode for the coming two months.

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The opening day of Reverie 2019 commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest and actor, Sushma Seth, followed by her speech. Performances by Professor Ruchika Sharma, Euphony – Western Music Society, and Enliven – Western Group Dance Society ensured of the fun that is to follow at Gargi College’s Annual Cultural Fest, Reverie. The theme of the fest: “A brave new world; an ode to Diversity” works on the basis of 3 C’s- Choice, Consent, and Conservation. These cover broad topics like LGBTQ empowerment, sexual harassment, female empowerment, equality, wildlife preservation, and protection.



Dhanak, India Group Folk dance competition organized by Nazakat saw a participation by 11 teams who had cleared their online prelims. The event was judged by Mrs. Swagata Sen Pillai, who gave the third position to Delhi Technical University, 2nd position to the Bhangra Society Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, and Annhad, Daulat Ram College came 1st .



The day came to a magnificent close with The Local Train’s performance, which swept the crowd off its feet. With songs like Choo Lo, Dil Mere, Aaoge Tum Kabhi the band ensured that the crowd didn’t lose their energy.


Day two of Reverie 2019, the annual cultural festival had an enthralling start. Aabhas, the street play competition was organised by Khistij, the street play society of Gargi College. The event witnessed 11 teams delivering power-packed performances. Kunal Arora and Pallav Kumar judged the event.



The second day at Reverie 2019 ended with an enthralling and euphoric showcase by DJ Zaeden. Students from across SU, DTU, and IIT came to enjoy the DJ night and were seen dancing to the tunes of DJ’s famous remixes of  Magic, AnimalsDon’t Wanna Know, and Love Yourself. It was a glorious close to an eventful day full of soaring talents and dreams.



The day three of Reverie’19 witnessed eight western dance societies which cleared the prelims on 24th January performed with great enthusiasm and set the stage on fire at Zenith, the western dance competition organised by Enliven, the western dance society of Gargi College. Adjudged by Mr Anand Singh the event saw powerpack performances in which Crunk from Sri Aurobindo College was awarded the first position. Vdefyne of IIT Delhi came second, while Electra of Motilal Nehru College came third.



The last day of Reverie 2019 came to an end with a melodic and beautiful performance by Prateek Kuhad. The over-enthusiastic crowd went silent and enjoyed his soulful love ballads. He sang some of his famous songs like Tum Jab PaasTune Kaha, and 100 Words and ended his enthralling performance with his most loved song ‘cold/mess’.



Stay tuned for the fest season has just begun, DU Beat will go on to cover the largest fests of Delhi University.


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Here is a re-cap of Day 1 at Reverie 2019, the annual cultural festival of Gargi College. 

The opening day of Reverie 2019 commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest and actor, Sushma Seth, followed by her speech. Performances by Professor Ruchika Sharma, Euphony – Western Music Society, and Enliven – Western Group Dance Society ensured of the fun that is to follow at Gargi College’s Annual Cultural Fest, Reverie.

Events and competitions began soon after the inauguration. Students participated in the Talent Recognition competition and showcased their prowess in the form of dance, singing, slam poetry, and more. A number of students also participated in the English creative writing competition organised by Quilluminati, the English Creative Writing Society.
The first event in the seminar hall, Khayal, the classical solo singing competition, was supposed to begin at 11 a.m., got delayed due to the late arrival the two judges; Sriparna Nandi and Arundhati Bhatacharji, the total number of contestants that took part in the event was 11 from across University of Delhi (DU) colleges. The contestants had to perform one classical piece each and the participants were allowed to bring one instrumental player to accompany them. The minimum time limit was 4 minutes per performance. The winner of the event was Chinmay from Kirori Mal College, Abdul from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College bagged the 2nd place, and Daksh from Zakir Husain College came third.
The second event if the day in the seminar hall, featuring The same jugdes as before, Jugalbandi the semi classical duet competition saw, a total of 6 teams with two participants in each team performing a piece with one additional instrument player. The winners of the event were Minatullah and Rupanshi from Kirori Mal College, Sukriti and Sukprit tied from SGTB Khalsa College tied with Yugandha and Sakshi from Lady Shri Ram College for Women for the second position and Abdul and Hardik bagged the third prize.
The final competition of the day in the seminar hall also had the same judges with an additional judge, Mr. Debu Bhatacharya. Vadaan, the instrumental solo competition saw only 4 participants playing various different classical instruments like the tabla, harmonium, dhol etc. They had to present an instrumental piece within a maximum time of 5 minutes. The results for the same were: Anant Raman from Dyal Singh College in first place, Nabeel Khan from Zakir Husain College in second and Sarveshwar from PGDAV (morning) College in third place.

The Western Acapella competition was conducted by Euphony in Gargi’s annual cultural fest Reverie. A total of 16 teams from across different colleges had passed the online prelims competed to win the cash prizes. The event saw delay and the management had to shift their venues from the Auditorium to the seminar hall after the 11th performance owing to the demands from Sparx, the choreography society, for them to begin their own competition. The competition was judged by Mr. Joshua Peters and Mr. Maker Kashung. The acapella society from Sri Venkateshwara College came first, there was tie for the second place between societies of Jesus and Mary College and Lady Shri Ram College for Women, St Stephen’s College came in third.

Dhanak, India Group Folk dance competition organized by Nazakat saw a participation by 11 teams who had cleared their online prelims. The event was judged by Mrs. Swagata Sen Pillai, who gave the third position to Delhi Technical University, 2nd position to the Bhangra Society Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, and Annhad, Daulat Ram College came 1st . In her speech, she said that Bhangra Society of SGND Khalsa could not win because they exceeded the time limit, whereas according to the members of the society they had not exceeded the time limit at all. While talking to DU Beat, Jaskaran Singh, President of the Bhangra society of SGND Khalsa College said that it was cleared with the organisers beforehand that their time would be counted once the dhol beats begin after the sher but somehow the judges had counted their time just after the sher began. It is to be noted that the teams from SNDT, SSG and DTU almost backed out from the competition when an allegedly intoxicated guard misbehaved with them at the entry early in the morning.

9 teams across different colleges participated in the Choreography competition organised by Sparx, called the Creative-iti. The event began after a 3-hour delay because of a domino effect of all the previous events being delayed. Capella, NSUT won the competition while the second and third place was awarded to LSR and Sparx, of Gargi College respectively. The event was judged by Ms. Surya Sharma and Deva Smita.

Day 1 of Reverie witnessed power packed performances by the participants in the Talent Show event, organised by the Students Union of Gargi College. Both solo and group performances were allowed. Students performed on latest Bollywood hits. The show also witnessed solo and duet singing. The theme of the fest: “A brave new world; an ode to Diversity” works on the basis of 3 C’s- Choice, Consent, and Conservation. These cover broad topics like LGBTQ empowerment, sexual harassment, female empowerment, equality, wildlife preservation, and protection. Individually these are significant and necessary issues of today’s world but interlacing all of them together as a theme for one of the largest annual cultural fest of Delhi University brings down its gusto.

The day came to a magnificent close with The Local Train’s performance, which swept the crowd off its feet. With songs like Choo Lo, Dil Mere, Aaoge Tum Kabhi the band ensured that the crowd didn’t lose their energy.


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DU Beat brings to you the highlights from a day full of music and art at Oasis’18, BITS Pilani.

Immense creativity was seen oozing at Oasis’18 as hand painted structures, instead of store-bought festoons, adorned the campus. A band of handmade life-size minions, displayed playing outside the BITS Pilani auditorium became the most popular photo booth. Other Instagram-friendly hot-spots were- an ‘Oasis’ display, letters of which were adorned with paintings of malicious women from pop culture, and a gory arrangement of Satan crying a continuous stream of blood. Overall, The artworks complimented this Oasis’ ‘evil’ theme for the year.

The Stage Play competition, primarily organised by the Department of Theatre, BITS Pilani, had eight participants including the team from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. The competition was adjudged by actor and theatre artist Shilpi Marwah, a well-known name in the Delhi Theatre Circuit. Teams performed bilingual plays in Hindi and English, with limited props and a time allotment of 16 minutes.

After two teams backed out from the theme-based contemporary dance competition, choreography finals were performed by the remaining six teams. Sensation from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, gave a sensational performance of their production, ‘The Wonder’. The participants were allotted a time limit of 10 minutes, excluding the 7 minutes allowed for the pre-performance set up. Among the other Delhi University Colleges were, College of Art, Gargi College and Lady Shri Ram College.

The classical dance competition, Tandav was open for participants trained in art forms Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kathakali, Mohiniattam and Sattriya. Dancers had the entire SAC hall to present their piece.

 “Prepare to use all your resources and brain power to fetch the most ridiculous, unfathomable and extraordinary things possible from a list of items given to you. Each object on this list earns you specified points and the team with the highest points wins,” says the description of an event, Beg Borrow Steal, on the Oasis’18 mobile app. Organised by the Department of Informalz, the event took place in FD2 QT of the BITS premises.

Ten teams participated in an event called Cocktail, organised by the Oasis Hindi Press in which participants gave their opinions on questions, such as whether hostels should be co-ed. Organised by the Public Policy Club, the Turncoat was adjudged by BITSian’s and club members, Mohit and Anshul, and saw more than 40 individual participations.

The Tango Night saw performances by the Argentine Embassy in the open stage area of the BITS premises. Dancer Alejandra Caceres, a delegate from the Argentina Embassy, informed that their well-rehearsed piece comprised mostly impromptu steps, since they danced the way they felt at that moment.

English Prof Show, the most awaited event for day one of Oasis’18 saw a large audience turn up, for renowned English virtuoso guitarist Guthrie Govan’s performance. The crowd expressed their appreciation by hooting and barricades banging. Jazzy genres and heavy metal rock instrumentals were played through tracks such as ‘Bad Asteroid’, ‘Sevens’ and ‘Furtive Jack’. Guthrie’s bandmate, 22 year old bass guitarist Mohini Dey impressed the crowd with her short solo. Drummer Gino Banks also played a drum solo that reverberated through everybody’s chests. Young music enthusiasts at the BITS Pilani auditorium were thrilled to get clicked in a group selfie with the stars, at the end of the concert.


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Nexus, the annual cultural fest of Sri Venkateswara College was a three-day long affair from the 8th to 10th of March 2018. The fest saw a decent turnout despite being right after the mid-semester break. The three-day extravaganza began with a lighting of the lamp ceremony that was held at the college grounds.

Nirityangana, the folk dance society of Sri Venkateswara College, hosted Thirak, the folk dance competition. Disha Rawat, an eminent Kathak dancer, and Kalyani Behra, an Odissi dancer were the external judges while Professor Neeti Mehra acted as the internal judge. The competition saw colourful, energetic, and diverse Indian dance forms ranging from Bihu to Haryanvi. In the end, the members of Nrityangana gave a fun and power packed performance in which they incorporated sequences from every society’s performance. This performance was appreciated and applauded by all. Nrityakriti, the Indian dance society of Maitreyi College, bagged the first position in Thirak.

Razzmatazz, the western dance competition was the most popular event of the day. Organised by Verve, the western dance society of Sri Venkateswara College, the competition saw best teams from across universities strive for the first prize. Misba, the western dance society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce bagged the top spot. Spardha, the western dance society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College got the second prize. While special mention was given to Zenith (Daulat Ram College), Inertia (Amity School Of Engineering and Technology, Amity University), Crunk (Sri Aurobindo College), and Western Dance Society (Lady Shri Ram College for Women).

The crowd at the fest was in for an eargasmic experience with Crescendo, the western A Capella competition. Pop songs like Feeling Good, Lolita, Toxic, Believer, and Hips Don’t Lie were performed. The event was judged by Kamakshi Khanna, a well-known singer-songwriter. Maintaining their winning streak, the western music society of Lady Shri Ram College won Crescendo, the A Capella competition hosted by the western music society of Sri Venkateswara College. Echo, the western music society of Jesus and Mary College came second.

The eventful first day of Nexus came to an end with a groovy performance by the Unplugged Band. The band enthralled the crowd with hit songs like Kabira, Gulabo, and O Mere Dil Ke Chain.

  The second day of Nexus, the annual fest of Sri Venkateswara College commenced on the morning of 9th March 2018, with several events around the campus. One of them was Goonj, the Indian classical group singing competition.  The seminar hall in which the event took place was given the necessary aura by being decorated with dim fairy lights. Eleven colleges enthusiastically participated in the event, including Kamla Nehru College, Hansraj College, Ramjas College, etc. Though the societies of each college filled the auditorium with great vigour with their voices, the highlight of the event was a special performance by the host team Alaap, the Indian music society of Sri Venkateswara College.

Anubhuti, the street play society Sri Venkateswara College, organised Madari, the street play competition. Natuve, the theatre society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Morning) bagged the first position for their production titled “Depression, Let’s Talk”. DramaNomics of College of Vocational Studies won the first runner-up trophy, and the dramatics society of Lady Shri Ram College followed as the second runner-up. Kshitij of Gargi College received a special mention. Shilpa Marawaha of Sukhmanch Theatre was one of the judges.

Musician Haider Saif closed off the eventful day two of Nexus with his soulful Sufi songs that had the audience on the edge.

The third day saw the star night performance by Armaan Malik, which oversaw a huge audience in hundreds to witness him singing. He sang famous hit sings like Gulabi Aankhein, Kar Gayi Chul, and Vajah Tum Ho, among a plethora of other songs to which the audience grooved heartily. His closing act concluded a yet another successful Nexus!


Tempest, the annual cultural fest of Miranda House kicked off today morning with the theme of this year’s fest being “The Future of Fun”. The theme was prominent across all the decorations spread across the college, and the enthusiasm of all cultural societies to organise successful events was applause-worthy. A myriad of events took place today – Indian Music group, solo classical performances, folk dance performances, and more.

The day began with Orpheus, the Western Music Society of Miranda House organising A Capella, the western music competition (group), wherein each team was given 10 minutes to put forth their rendition. Team ‘Echo’ from Jesus and Mary College bagged the first prize, while the second position was bagged jointly by ‘Dhwani’ of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, and the Western Music Society of Lady Shri Ram College. Team ‘Euphony’ of Gargi College came a close third in the same. In their second event, ‘Euphony’s Solo’, Aronjoy Das from SBS triumphed over 12 other participants and bagged the first position, while Gatha Akashmani from Hansraj College and Jannis Joe from Jesus and Mary College bagged the second and third positions respectively.

In the Battle of Bands competition organised by Orpheus, seven teams from across universities competed to gain the top spot. Common Thread, a from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College performed their original composition titled, Rahein. Backbeat, a fusion band of Ramjas College thrilled the audience with peppy jugalbandi of tabla and guitar. Musicians Dan Thomas and Joshua Peter judged the competition.  Backbeat from Ramjas College emerged as the winners. Musoc from Kirori Mal College and Commonthread from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Jigyasa, the Quiz Society of Miranda House organised multiple quizzes as part of Tempest 2018. In the first quiz, which was themed around mythology, the cross-college team consisting of Bishal Kumar, a student of the Department of Buddhist Studies and Durgesh Rai, a student of Dyal Singh College bagged the first position. The second position was secured by a team comprising of Kuchi Sri Harshvardhan and Yatish. The third position was sealed for the rather vibrant team constituting Jignesh M. E. and Nayan Kumar.

In the Cinema Quiz, the team comprising of Tushar Anand and Amit Sinha secured the first position. Ankur Agraj and Priyam’s team came second by a close margin while the team consisting of Amlan Sarkar and Shatabdi Singh bagged the third position.

The Folk Dance Competition was organised by Mridang, the folk dance society of Miranda House. Nrityakriti from Maitreyi College achieved the first prize while Annhad from Daulat Ram College and Etram from Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College shared the second prize.

In Sangam, the Indian Music Competition organised by Geetanjali, the Indian Music Society of MH, the first rank went to Alaap of Sri Venkateswara College, whereas the 2nd position was jointly shared by Alankar of Hindu College and Alahyaa of Daulat Ram College.
Swaranjali, the Music Society of Hansraj College bagged the third place.

Tempest 2018 Day 1 drew curtains on a high note with an electrifying performance by the band Parashara, that enthralled the audience with songs like “Fitoor”, “Rock On”, and “Dil Se”.

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Whine about 8:30 classes Morning classes played antagonists in the sweaty days of the summer, and their peculiar attribute of unhappiness is carried forward to the foggy days of January and February as well. Minds old and young can comprehend the struggle of waking up early in the morning and amassing all perseverance into stepping out of the warmth of the blanket, and the unfortunate result ends up being a sad zero in the attendance record. In the words of everyone, “Dear morning classes, go away, we don’t need you!” Problematise regular wardrobe selection As cute and adorable winter outfits might look and attract us with all their stylish supremacy, it might be a struggle to put together an ensemble of our dreams every chilly morning. The weather variations don’t help either; for a brief while, the mornings are a source of significant shivering and grumbles but the afternoon brings in the very bright sun, and all those additional layers of sweaters could never appear to be more redundant. To wear or not to wear, that is the question! Hog tea and coffees Hot beverages are to winters what F.R.I.E.N.D.S is to a binge-watcher. The perfect embodiment of love and warmth in a cup is what these sources of happiness provide, with the yearning for those plastic cups increasing with the decrease in the temperature! Your love for coffee or tea from Sudama’s during the times of winters can give the Gilmore Girls a strong competition at Luke’s! Bunk classes for funsun-time As the day processes and the sun conveniently moves out of the confines of the clouds, the inhabitants of every college begin their journey from the darkness and cold air of the classrooms to the greenery of the grounds which rejoice under the warmth of the bright yellow sky. Once the residents settle in the designated areas and bask in the rays of comfort, the motivation for attendance in the scheduled future classes is significantly minimised, for the gleaming sun is our personal heater! Schedule the fest timeline plans Fests and winters are synonymous to a Delhi University student. The semester which we have embarked on comes with the woes of attendance issues and incessant internals and assignments. The only saving grace amidst the cold and bleakness can be the bountiful of merriment which resides with the days and times of the fest season, and the abundance of them require planning regarding when to go and where to go! Have you done these yet?  Image Credits: DU Beat Saumya Kalia [email protected]]]>

With musical spirit on a high, Day 2 of Nexus’16 flagged off with music in the air with the Indian vocals group competition – Alaap on 4th March 2016. The competition saw participation from 13 teams belonging to various DU colleges among which Geetanjali, Indian music society of Miranda House out shined others by bagging the 1st position followed by Daulat Ram College bagging the 2nd position.

Follwed by the Indian Vocals was the Street Dance competition, held in the Audi Lobby, which saw many power packed performances. The crowd went wild with applause as the performers pulled seemingly impossible flips and stunts. The judge Mr. Arjun, from PSD – a street dance project, finally declared Zest from Dayal Singh College as the winners followed by CVS streets team in the 2nd position.

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However, the range of events lined up at Day 2 didn’t end with this. Day 2 was full of myriad solo events which also included Western Dance (Solo) Competition. More than 25 participants registered who had about five minutes to present their performances. The event was judged by Mr. Shivank Chauhan and Mr. Sanjay Batra, both professors at the college. Manpreet of School of Open Learning as declared the winner while Sanjeevani of Zakir Husain College and Surbhi of Deshbandhu College were declared as the Runner’s Up.

Following the Western Dance (Solo) event was the Western Music (Choir) Competition which saw nine teams participating from all over Delhi University. The event was judged by Mr. Aftab Bose, a graduate from Swarna Bhoomi School of Music. The event was in the Acappella format where teams were given a maximum of 12 minutes to bring forward their presentations. Zephyr, the Western Music Society of Kamala Nehru College bagged the first position followed by the Western Music Society of Lady Shri Ram College for Women at the second position.

Zephyr-The Western Music Society of KNC emerged as the winners of the Western vocals group competition at Nexus’16.

Rejoicing their win, Raya Dhar, Piya Podder and Kriti Mamgain of Zephyr said, “We were treated as underdogs for quite some time. But we kept working hard and it has finally paid off. The underdogs are now getting recognised!”

On the solo event front, Indian Vocal Solo competition, organised by Alaap, witnessed performances by 8 participants, each accompanied by an instrumentalist. The first position, being a tie was won by Bineet Singh (GTBIT) and Saptak Chatterjee(Hansraj College). Likewise, the second position was shared by Swaradhana (DRC) and Saayon (DTU). Among the variety of events, the film making event saw Alex Arthur from SRM University bag the first position while Effulgence from Venky grabbed the second spot. You can catch up the winning entry here.

A ‘Duo dance based on theme’ event was held with a total of 7 teams participating from various colleges of Delhi University.  Aishwarya and Raghav of Sri Venkateswara college bagged the first position followed by Umesh and Ankita of Satyawati college with the second position. The winning team performed a fusion between Kathak and Bharatnatyam and the event was judged by Mrs. Kodhai Nayarayan,  a Bharatnatyam exponent.

Day 2 of Nexus drew to a close with a soulful Sufi rendition, with the much awaited performance by the Nizami Khusro Brothers, who energised the audience with popular renditions like Allah Hu, Kun Faya, Kajrare and many more. Sufi night was followed by Razzmataz, the Western dance event, which saw Miranda’s Tanz winning the first spot while Maitreyi’s Zeal was adjudged as the runner up team.


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Image Credits: Vegh Daswani, Gerush, Vibhana Kanwar, Uzma Rehman 

Feature image Credits: Gerush for DU Beat 

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