Bhangra Inspire


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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Sakshi Arora

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Every year, societies from colleges across the campus compete neck to neck and put up spectacular performances during the fest season. This year too, saw certain teams shine a little brighter than the rest. We bring you a series with college societies that put their heart and soul into their respective fields and took home the top prizes at various cultural fests.

With Indian Folk Dance being one of the most awaited events in all DU fests owing to its energetic, vibrant nature, societies from various colleges go head to head competing in the different fests. Although there is no doubt that all teams put up outstanding performances, this year, we were once again witness to one society whose performances outshone all the others. We bring to you a series featuring college societies that put in their blood and sweat, crafting exceptional productions for their respective fields to bag that prize at the end of the night. We present to you a list of societies that emerged as champions and took home the winning title at various cultural fests.

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. In this way, a tally system was devised as a means to choose the team that had secured the maximum number of points in events across colleges belonging to one particular category.

For the Indian Folk Dance (Group) category, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College scored the maximum points in the tally. Bhangra Inspire of SGTB Khalsa College and their energetic Bhangra dance performance bagged a total of 12 points, followed by Nrityakriti of Maitreyi College that secured 11 points and Nazaakat of Gargi College with 7 points.

The Winning Society at a glance

Bhangra Inspire, SGTB Khalsa College

This year, SGTB Khalsa’s Bhangra Inspire won hearts with their rendition of the energetic Bhangra form of folk dance. Using traditional steps in a unique manner, the society’s vibrant performance was widely appreciated at various dance events, with the society emerging victorious as the winning team of the tally.

The President of the society, Saranjeet Singh, shares their motto “Do, even if you die” and lists “dedication, hard work, focused and strategic training “as reasons behind their successful performance.


Names of performing members:

  • RupeshArora
  • Saranjeet Singh
  • Ramandeep Singh
  • Dilpreet Singh
  • Gagandeep Singh
  • Janmeet Singh
  • Kiratpal Singh
  • Jagtaj Singh
  • Analjeet Singh
  • Daljeet Singh
  • Harpreet Singh
  • Prithvipal Singh
  • Hakam Singh

Winners Tally

Nine college fests were referred to while evaluating the top societies tally this fest season which were: Tarang: LSR, Ullas: KNC, Tempest: Miranda House, Montage: JMC, Mecca: Hindu College, Reverie: Gargi College, Nexus: Sri Venkateshwara College; Confluence: Hans Raj College, Crossroads: SRCC. Out of the fests listed, only 7 had conducted a competitive Folk Dance Competition.

The society emerged victorious at the following fests:

1st Position: Tempest, Ullas

2nd Position: Mecca, Confluence, Nexus

(Hover on the icons below to know more about their victories)

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Anahita Sahu
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