“Cold winter evenings. Crimson – teal hued lights. Deafening beats. One man performing on stage, like a fireball. Innumerable enthusiastic spectators. Dancing to every line, singing along every stanza, cheering with praises, crying with joy, shouting in ecstasy and smiling with lips and with eyes. Flash of cameras to capture the moment and relish it for a little long, for in a few hours, it’ll all be gone.” What if not this, was the scene at the fun replete star nights that we attended and enjoyed? Delhi University college fests have always been like a carnival. The year 2014, was no less. Amidst the competitive air, star appearances added further to their charm and glamour quotient. Not only did Indian and international singers visit for star night performances, but leading Bollywood actors also have routed their movie promotions through platform of these fests. So before all of us get engrossed with semesters preparations, and some of us eventually walk away from being in the DU ambit, here is an endeavor to remind you of all the amazing fest star nights you’ve been to (or you missed) this year. So go through what we call, ‘the timeline of memories’ , catch hold of a thread and maneuver to your moments. Happy flash-backing guys! Featured Image Credits: Kartik Lav for DU Beat.]]>
Known for being one of the concluding fests of Delhi University’s fest season of 2014, Ambrosia, the cultural festival of Delhi College of Arts & Commerce kick started on the morning of Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014. The festival began with a guest lecture by Ms. Vidushi Chaturvedi, Education Director, NDMC. The learned lady stressed upon the real meaning of education, asked the youth to successfully challenize their untapped potential and powerhouse of energy for the best of society. ” Stay intoxicated. Stay aware.” Ms. Chaturvedi added, as she stressed upon the need of youth to forgo the corporate MNC culture and step in the arena of public services.
The Winner’s Tally [Events Scheduled for Ambrosia Day – One]
1. The Rangoli Designing competition
Theme – Dance of Life.
Winner – Kaushal ( Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences)
Runner Up – Vijay Sharma ( Sri Venkateswara College)
Judged By – Mrs. Madhu Maheshwari, Mrs. Sunita Yadav & Mrs. Neeru Ailawadi ( Professors, DCAC)
2. The Quiz Competition
First prize – Gokul S & Balasubramanyam P. (ARSD College & Hans Raj College)
Second Prize – Shubham Prakhar & Kritin Gupta (N.S.I.T.)
Third Prize – Saumya Sagar & Althaf Majeed (A.I.I.M.S.)
3. The Solo Dance Competition
First Prize – Akriti ( Belly Dancing)
Second Prize – A tie between Sakshi ( Contemporary) & Shashi ( Urban)
4. Nukkad Natak: The Street Play Competition (presented by DCAC’s Leher)
Winners: Trinity College
Runners Up: Hans Raj College ( Rehaayi)
Judged By – Eminent theatre and cinema personalities Mrs. Beena Singh & Mrs. Poonaam Mathur
5. The Battle of Bands
Winners – Hashtag Projekt
Judged By – Mr. Jagtinder Singh ( lead vocalist in Indian Saber)
6.The Weight Lifting Competition
Under 80 kilograms
First Position – Gaurav (Bhagat Singh College)
Second Position – Jagtar Singh Dhillon ( Delhi College of Arts & Commerce)
Above 80 kilograms
First Position – Harsh Yadav ( Delhi College of Arts & Commerce)
Second Position – Sumit ( Dyal Singh College)
Best Team – Shashank & Anju ( ARSD College)
Runners Up – Srijana Upadhyaya & Monica Pradhan ( Delhi College of Arts & Commerce & Motilal Nehru College)
Best Speaker – Salil (Delhi College of Arts & Commerce)
Best Interjection – Prashant ( Hans Raj College)
8. The Fashion Show
First Position – P.G.D.A.V. College
Second Position – College of Vocational Studies
Third Position – Dyal Singh College ( Evening)
The day ended with exhilarating musical performances by two famous bands playing altogether different genres catering to the taste of all people. While one performance was by the alternative rock band ‘Circus’ the second performance was by the Sufi music band ‘ Centrifugal’. As people threw their hands in air with the former performance, the latter was rather a delightful soul touching one. This musical note was further carried forward with the DJ night.
Altogether, Day One at Ambrosia was replete with numerous fun packed events. Day Two too, has some interesting events like bad singing & dancing, self composed poetry,scavenger hunt & tug of war lined up. The festival shall culminate with Punjabi singer & ‘Rap da Badshah’ Bohemia performing at DCAC live.
See what Bohemia has got to say before his performance, to all his fans!
Photography Credits: DU Beat
The annual cultural festival of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (DDUC), Kalrav took place on the 27th and 28th of March after getting postponed frequently. The festival was scheduled to take place in February but got cancelled due to internal issues.
The event was exclusively for the students of DDUC. The college held its Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony for the year 2013-14 on the same day. Mr. S.P. Dixit, IAS Officer and Mr. Ravi Chaturvedi, an eminent cricket commentator were the chief guests for the event.
An exhibition of photographs clicked by the members of the DDUC photography society was put up. A very distinct event, Mera Gaon, Mera Ghar, Mera Bachpan was also held. Different departments of the college showcased memories and artifacts from their childhood. This event was especially designed for outstation students to portray the traditions and culture of their home state. The fest also saw a Grafitti contest whose theme was “The Blissful Life”. Students of B.Com (Hons) won the top spot. This was followed by a concert- Satvik Heights by Ankit Batra , an internationally acclaimed singer, an enthralling performance by the Delhi Drummers and also by the band, Solfege.
The second day began with Satvik chants recited by the Music society. Inter department contest was held for traditional games like pithoo, stapoo, rassi kood and lattoo; most of which was won by the Department of Zoology.
Exult-the dance society and Rhythm-the music society mesmerized the crowd with their performances. Yavanika- the theatre society’s performance was appreciated by all. “Their spirit was superb”, said Aashima Sharma, a volunteer at Kalrav. This was followed by the performance from Rock Veda, a fusion band that has also featured on MTV’s Coke Studio. The fest came to an end with the lighting of the sky lanterns by the college students.
The two-day cultural festival of College of Vocational Studies (CVS) concluded amidst drizzles on the evening of 28th March with Hardy Sandhu performing on a makeshift platform as showers restricted the use of electrical equipment on the main stage.
The first day of the festival began with an English debate event. Teams debated the topic, ‘The result of the coming elections rests in the hands of the youth’. Arvind and Anuj won the 1st and the 2nd position respectively. Karil was awarded the Best Interjector prize. All winning participants were from the host team. The debate was followed by rangoli and poster-making competitions held in classrooms.
After a short delay, The Thespian, the street-play and most awaited event of the day, commenced at 1:00 pm. It was organised by Dramanomics – the Dramatics society of CVS. The event saw participation of 7 colleges with each college putting on display a social issue of the country. Shivaji College with their play Bas Samajhne ki Baat hai depicted the ill-treatment and abandonment of the old in our society, was adjudged the best play of the evening. Gargi College’s Joota and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce’s Chidiya ki Kahaani were the 2nd and 3rd prize winners respectively.
Manthan, the fashion society of CVS organised a fashion competition which was won by the team from Maitreyi College. The award for best costume went to Tarini Singh and best model went to Samiksha Jain, both from Lady Irwin College, whose team was adorning the Cleopatra look.
The second day of the fest began with a Hindi debate on the topic, ‘Bharat se bhrashtachar hatana asambhav hain’. Soon after the debate, the main stage was taken over by rock bands for the Battle of Bands, which was won by Kazaryth.
The weather had become overcast as the musicians of CVS played and growled to the tunes of Metallica and AC/DC, entertaining the crowd that was waiting for Hardy Sandhu’s performance, but as the evening progressed, it started raining and Hardy’s performance was delayed. Finally, the rain subsided and Hardy performed on a makeshift platform near the Student’s Desk instead of the main stage as it was wet and could not accommodate electrical equipment.
replaced Amit Trivedi for the star night. Advaita, a Delhi based rock and fusion band took on the stage at 7:45 PM. The band was a team of seven members and they performed eight songs from their own albums. The band was welcomed by team Moksha with bursting fireworks up in the sky. Advaita fused in Indian classical with western rock music. Their songs were accompanied by beats of the tabla and notes of a sarangi, along with the usual acoustic guitar and keyboard. The Hindustani vocals with variation in the notes created euphony for the listeners. [caption id="attachment_21531" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Ishaan Gambhir for DU Beat[/caption] The highlight songs by them for the evening were Miliha which means ‘extremely beautiful’ and Durga. Another song that left the audience almost silent was WHY which questiones the happenings in the world on account of time and age. The lead western vocalist engaged the crowd well by saying out the lyrics slowly for them and then asking the audience to sing and join him. During one hour of their performance, all hands were seen up in the air, dancing or waving to the band. [caption id="attachment_21530" align="aligncenter" width="640"] DJ Lloyd with the dancing crowd. | Image Credit: Iresh Gupta for DU Beat[/caption] Five minutes after Advaita’s exit, Bollywood’s DJ Lloyd started with his dance numbers changing the Sufi mood of band’s last two songs into the party mode. People were seen up on the chairs and some on shoulders. DJ Lloyd who came all over from Mumbai to play at NSIT, mixed up the tracks according to the changing environment within the dancing groups. “Baby Doll and Party All Night were the craziest numbers for the evening. DJ made up well for Amit’s absence”, said Kartik Rishi who was there to attend the musical evening. The last day of Moksha also witnessed Oorja, the western dance competition. Team from Sri Venkateshwara College, Verve was declared the winner. Jesus and Mary College’s Mudra and Indraprastha College for Women’s Afroza bagged the second and third positions respectively. Featured Image Credit: Ishaan Gambhir for DU Beat]]>
Moksha, the cultural festival of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, recently hosted the international Romanian dance pop act Akcent, whose dance tracks brought an exciting end to the second day of the festival. The evening, which started off as a presumable No-show, culminated in what was probably one of the biggest ‘selfies’ of 2014.
With clusters of people flocking in and around the main arena, many Akcent fans were soon disappointed to hear the news of the Romanian singer’s late arrival. The evening however did not seem to wait on him, and soon burst into energy as another DJ took to the impatiently waiting crowd. Courtesy of DJ Monty, along with his collection of Bollywood and Bhangra numbers, Akcent suddenly did not seem to matter that much. However, the above statement could probably also be termed as a misjudgement. The hoots and whistles with which Akcent was later greeted on, definitely took the event to a whole another level.
The non-stop hoots, cheers, and roars were well received as the international DJ played to the requests of the students. The concert was also kept engaging and interactive as the Romanian sensation would often urge the crowd to complete the chorus for him. For some of his better known international hits such as That’s My Name, Stay With me, Kylie, the crowd would occasionally sing along with the DJ. The 1 hour riveting performance finally ended with what Akcent termed as ‘Delhi’s biggest selfie performance ever’.
After the first day featuring a range of dance competitions along with the Bollywood night, the second and final day at Crescendo – the Annual cultural fest of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS) ended with a bang. On the 11th of March, the day started with Octaves – the music competition comprising five categories and culminated with Sunburn.
The results for Octaves were as follows:
Battle of The Bands – The Hansraj Projekt (1st position), SSCBS’ Dhwani (2nd position) and Conundrum – (P.G.D.A.V based alternative rock band) (3rd position)
Western Music (Group) – Lady Shri Ram College for Women’s Western Music Society (1st position), Kamala Nehru College’s Zephyr (2nd), SSCBS’ Dhwani and Sri Venkateshwara College’s Crescendo (3rd position)
Western Music (Solo) – Shreya Adhikari from Sri Venkateshwara College (1st position), Chong Norbu Sherpa from Aurobindo College(2nd position) and Abhilasha Sinha from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Nirupan Sihna from Hans Raj College (3rd position)
Indian Music (Group) – Daulat Ram College’s Ahalya and Sri Venkateswara College tied on the first position followed by Kamala Nehru College’s Sangeetika placed at the second.
Indian Music (Solo) – Shreya Adhikari from Sri Venkateswara College was adjudged the best singer.
The day progressed with various informal events like Rangoli making and the English Sitcom Quiz. To add to the cheer and put a befitting end to the high-energy fest, Sunburn performed for the rest of the evening. Post a few security glitches of the previous day, the security was tightened and entry was strictly regulated to prevent the situation from getting out of control. Inside the main stadium, Sunburn put up it’s set up, complete with LCDs, LEDs and spotlights to give the entire fest the feel of an authentic concert. The concert started on schedule and witnessed sunburn’s signature electric music. The invigorated reception it received sealed it as a success.
An elated and tired Saumya Shoor, one of the crescendo organisers had the following to say, “The kind of response we have gotten is truly is heartening. We had some high expectations to match this time. And with the amount of work we put in, we are glad that the event was received so well.”
As expected, SRCC’s ‘Crossroads’ came, it amused, conquered hearts and the ‘last party before forty‘ culminated leaving people with amazing fun filled memories of four interesting days. Apart from the exhilarating star appearances, the fest was also garnered with numerous formal and informal events,games, variety of stalls and great footfall.
Here’s what all happened in the most sought after cultural festival of DU, take a look!
The festival kick started its first day with the ‘shaan’dar performance of the singer cum stage performer Shantanu Mukherjee, commonly known as ‘Shaan’ at Encore. Shaan took a heroic entry singing the famous lines ‘mujhko pehchaan lo, mai hu kaun?’ This was followed by a number of his soft romantic melodies including ‘Tune mujhe pehchana nahi’, ‘Chand Sifarish’ and ‘Jabse tere naina’. Acknowledging the new talent in industry, Shaan sang the chart buster Arijit Singh song ‘Tum hi ho’ from the movie ‘Aashiqui 2′ on public demand and referred it to be one of his favourite songs too. Not only did he entertain audiences with his melodious voice, but with frequent jokes, digs and audience interactions. The event concluded with announcement of Bewakoofiyan star cast – Sonam Kapoor & Aayushman Khurrana coming to SRCC on fourth and final day of Crossroads.
Crossroads brought together Slovenian rock/folk artist Vlado Kreslin and Hindustani classical musician Sharat Chandra Srivastava as part of Random Collisions on 7th March,2014.The duo was also accompanied by Gyan Singh, an accomplished Tabla player.The event began quite promptly and created a mellow atmosphere all at once, quite different from the rest of musical nights taking place in DU fests. As the violin and tabla notes worked magic, it was certainly music to all ears.
After enjoying soft romantic numbers with Shaan and blend of western and classical music at Random Collisions, Crossroads brought the audiences to savour the taste of PLUR i.e. Peace Love Unity Respect with VH1 Supersonic bringing their unique EDM music to Crossroads,SRCC. With renowned artists like Audiogramme, Dualist Inquiry and Nikhil Chinapa performing, the crowd was seen throwing hands in air, feeling completely content and enjoying. The gigantic screen, flame throwers, pyrotechnics and confetti, all added to the night,making it the most happening and memorable one for SRCC as well as DU.
Day Three : Crossroads welcomes international DJ Jennifer Rene
The third day at Crossroads saw Jennifer Rene, a DJ star of international fame mixing EDM tracks. The night began with the song ‘Wake me in’ and what followed were numerous numbers from her own discography. The performer soon got into grooves with her famous tunes and people, specially patrons of this genre of music cheered for Rene and had a great time.
Day Four : ‘Bewakoofiyan‘ star cast Sonam Kapoor & Ayushman Khurrana at SRCC
B’wood celebs Ayushmann Khurrana and Sonam Kapoor, picked Crossroads 2014 as a platform for the promotion of their upcoming movie ‘Bewakoofiyan’, scheduled to release on 14th of March. The duo entertained the crowd with their presence for about 20 minutes. Ayushman Khurrana sang four songs including, “Paani Da Rang” and “O Heeriye”, whereas Sonam took to the traditional ‘Battle of the Sex’s ‘ path. They distributed limited goodies of their upcoming film to the massive crowd and signed off leaving a smile on the audience’s faces.
Catch a short glance of Sonam Kapoor & Ayushman Khurrana, in this recording by DU Beat –
SRCC’s Crossroads’ ‘Last party,before forty‘ came to a befitting end with the internationally acclaimed singer Sukhwinder Singh and his troop performing for about two hours, setting the stage on fire with his zeal, enthusiasm and energetic songs like Chaiyya Chaiyya, Haule Haule , Bidi Jalaile , Dard – e – Disco, Dhan Te Nan, Marjani Marjani, Saki Saki, Lagan Lagi, Chak De India, Ramta Jogi and a few more. The night began with Sukhwinder singing ‘Jai Ho‘ the Grammy award winning song from Slumdog Millionaire and ended with the same song completing the circle and leaving the crowd with refreshed memories of the night.
The Foodie’s Junction at SRCC Crossroads
Much like everything else at SRCC’s Crossroads, the food was in large variety. There was something for every palate and pocket. From Italian to Chinese to Indian Street food, it was hard to find something that was not available.
- Chole Bhature: although they are easily available at various events, SRCC had a variety of chole bhature from different corners of Delhi. Even small, and highly exclusive, eating places like Om Corner had put up stalls there.
- Cup Cakes: And not the ones that look like they are here because no one bought them off the shelf at the bakery. The ones that wanna make you eat them even when you’re on a diet.
- Waffles: When was the last time you ate waffles at any cafe, much less at a fest!
- Rico’s: If you’re a DU student who happens to pass by north campus at least once every few months, then you know what I’m talking about. Rico served almost all their specialties at the fest and they tasted like fresh from the oven.
- Banoffe Pie: Yolo 21 served Banoffe pie that’ll make you want buy one more every half hour. And when I told the stall manager that it was as good as the ones they served in posh south Delhi restaurants for five times the price, he happily said that his was better.
Escapades : Adding adventure
With all the stars that rocked the crowds at night, Escapades made sure that the students were entertained through the day. Bringing the spirit of adventure to SRCC through the four days of Crossroads, the Traveler’s Society truly gave students a chance to ‘forget their limits’. The Xerox lawns were packed through the day with students lining up for the adrenaline rush, a chance to experience the thrill of adventure sports, test their ability and most importantly to have some unrestricted fun. The numerous events lined up under Escapades were the Slow Race, Flying Fox, Zorbing, Paintball, Wall Climbing, Trampoline Volleyball, Dodge Ball & Body Zorbing.
The Winners’ Tally
Fashion Show [by Demeanor, the Fashion Society of SRCC]
Judged by : Ms. Konica Kant, the Winner of Timeless Beauty and Delhi finalist of the Miss Femina 2014 Contest.
First Position : Kamala Nehru College & Lady Irwin College.
Second Position : Amity University
Choreo – The Choreography Competition [hosted by Verve, the Choreography Society of SRCC]
Judged By : Dance India Dance fame Amit Kashyap & ABCD movie fame Vicky.
First Position : Kamala Nehru College’s ‘Adaigo’
Second Position : Hans Raj College’s Terpsi Chorean and LSR’s Choreography Society.
Bass Camp : The Rock Band Competition [hosted by the Western Music Society of SRCC]
Judged By : Moses Khiagte, a vocal coach and a retired musician and Bhanu Mehendiratta, a well known musician, part of bands like Sold Outand Half Step Down.
Winners : Conundrum, an alternative Rock Band from P.G.D.A.V. College.
Exuberance – The Western Dance Competition [ hosted by Panache, the Western Dance Society of SRCC]
Judged By : Meher Malik, famous Indian belly dancer, founder of ‘Banjara School of Dance’
Winners (Duet) : Aseng & Somya from Kamala Nehru College.
Winners (Group Dance) : ‘We-Defyn’, the Dance Society of IIT – Delhi
Judged By : Jatin & Sanchit, famous names in DU dancing circuit
Winners : CVStreets from College of Vocational Studies.
Runner Ups : Drift Up from DCAC.
DU Beat Correspondents in exclusive conversation with the ‘Bewakoofiyan’ star cast – Ayushman Khurrana & Sonam Kapoor after their public appearance at SRCC Crossroads on the final day, March 9th, 2014. We would soon be releasing the same!
DU Beat Correspondent Ishika Gupta in a backstage conversation with Meher Malik, the famous Indian Belly dancer, ex participant of India’s Got Talent & Just Dance, and founder of the ‘Banjara School of Dance’ about her experience at Crossroads, SRCC.
Crossroads through the DU Beat Lens
With Inputs from Akash Pattanayak, Ishan Sengupta, Raghav Chopra and Brij Pahwa
Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS) concluded the first day of its annual fest- Crescendo. The event, being held in Talkatora stadium, kick started on 10th March with various cultural events being held simultaneously. The highlights of the day included a photography debate, an entertainment quiz, Snakes and Ladders and the western dance competition. In addition, a knock out debate was conducted. unique themed debate in which the one who lost the debate was eliminated and the winner then debated with a new debater till only one person was left.
The real attention grabber was Encore, the Inter College Dance competition, which saw societies converging from the entire university. The stage was set up in the indoor stadium with audience cheering to the invigorated dances. IIT Delhi’s We Defyn took away the numero uno position and a cash prize of Rs. 8,000. Jesus and Mary College’s Mudra stood second and won Rs. 5,000. Sri Venkateshwara College’s Verve received a special mention for their performance.
Akshay from Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce emerged victorious in ‘How I Quizzed Your Mother’. The second and third positions were occupied by Udit and Umang and Sahil and Nimit. Both the teams were from SSCBS.
Shaurya Upadhyay of Hans Raj College won the one on one knock out debate, adjudged the best debater by Madhav Mittal, a third year debater from Kirori Mal College. Vibhuti from Kirori Mal College and Udayylok Bangbash from Hindu maintained the longest unbeated streak, each defeating four opponents.
The day ended with a Bollywood Night featuring a DJ playing Hindi songs in the indoor court, late into the evening.
Featured Image Credit: Vishal Soni
Day four of Crossroads 2014 started with Bass Camp, the Rock band Competition organised by the Western Music Society of Shri Ram College Of Commerce. The finals of the Competition started at around 12:30 in the afternoon. The prelims were conducted earlier under the supervision of three eminent judges of the Delhi School of Music. 32 bands had showed up and out of these bands, the best 10 bands were sieved out. The judges for the finals were, Moses Khiagte who is a vocal coach and a retired musician, currently working in three places namely, Bikers Cafe, Punjabi by Nature and 100% rock. He has managed three contemporary rock bands. He is also the ex-music teacher of Delhi Public School, Sonipat. He has also done recording sessions with Parikrama and Black Shades.
The other judge was Bhanu Mehendiratta, a well known musician, who is a part of bands like Sold Out and Half Step Down. This was his second time at judging Bass Camp. He has also won the famous competition 440 yards.
Out of the 10 selected bands, 9 had turned up and they battled it out for the first position. The winning band was to receive Rs. 7000 as the cash prize and a keyboard from Casio. Conundrum, an alternative rock band from P.G.D.A.V College played two of their original compositions and proved their worth. Their music had alternative and progressive rock elements to it that led them to obtaining the winning spot in the competition.
All in all the event provided followers of rock music a wide variety and variation of genres right from Hindi Fusion to Funk to Death Metal and provided the audience a few new independent bands to follow.