College Fests 2014


The final day of Crossroads 2014 ended with Woodstock. After three days that featured performances by Shaan, Dualist Inquiry and Jennifer Rene, the last day had Sukhwinder Singh performing at the main stage. The popular singer decimated the whole crowd at Shri Ram College of Commerce with his extreme vocal range and melody.

The internationally acclaimed singer performed for around two hours at one of India’s biggest college fests.
He was accompanied by his team of spectacular musicians and dancers to add some flavour to the night. Just before Sukhwinder Singh was about to start, his Microphone Tech and his Female accompanist sang two songs each to get the crowd going.


Sukhwinder Singh finally started his performance at 6 30. His first song was Jai Ho, the Grammy Award winning song from Slumdog Millionaire. His set also included 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.

Every song that was sung, was accompanied by the dancers who were dressed in vibrant colours. Often, in the middle of songs, he would start a vocal – instrument jugal bandi between himself and his musicians. There were also times with songs like Bidi Jalaile, when he would ask the audience to clap while he sang and the audience would blissfully oblige.

He finally ended with a repetion of the song Jai Ho, bringing the concert to a befitting full circle and then signed off at around 9 15 in the night. Apart from the whole Parking lot, a third of the whole college ground was occupied by students who couldn’t stop dancing. And with that, Crossroads came to an end.

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On the third day of Crossroads 2014, Demeanor, the Fashion Society of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) organized the Fashion Show Competition. The event commenced with the performance of Sri Aurobindo College at 4 p.m. on the main stage. The competition was judged by Ms. Konica Kant, who has been the Winner of Timeless Beauty and was the Miss Femina 2014 Delhi finalist. Each team was given 10-12 minutes for its performance. A total of eight teams participated in the event, the performance of Demeanor being the non-competitive one. After the performance of Demeanor, FBB models showed up their Spring-summer collection, followed by the models from Red Chief.

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The Fashion Society of Lady Irwin College

Ms. Konica, the judge for the event said “The competition was well organised. Overall, I can use three words for the event – it was good, tough and interesting. I personally liked SRCC’s performance a lot.”

The prize for the best model in male category went to Rohit Pachauri from Amity University and that of female category was bagged by Kriti Kathreen from SRCC. The first position was shared by Kamala Nehru College and Lady Irwin College, while the second position was bagged by Amity University. The winning team got Rs. 25,000 and shoes sponsored by Red Chief, one of the key sponsors of the event.

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Verve – the Choreography society of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), organised ‘Choreo’ the choreography competition as a part of the third day of SRCC’s annual fest Crossroads. Amit Kashyap of Dance India Dance fame and Vicky, who featured in the movie ABCD adjudged the event.

Five teams participated with Lady Shri Ram College for Women initiating the programme with their performance. It was followed by Sri Venkateswara College dance titled ‘Noises’.

After an hour long line-up, the result was announced. Kamala Nehru College’s, Adagio was declared as the winner whereas Hans Raj College’s Terpsi Chorean and LSR’s Choreography Society were the joint runners-up. Total prizes of worth Rs. 45,000 were given to the winning teams.

“Delhi has better contemporary dancers than most other cities in India including the entertainment hub, Mumbai”, said judge Amit. When asked about how a choreography society is different from a Dance society he said, “Choreography is not just about dance, its thematic and subjective and any society which focuses on choreography has a lot more to offer than a normal dance society.”

Shaily Sharma and Brij Pahwa

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Day three of Crossroads kicked-off with the Exuberance – the Western Dance Competition. The event was organised by the Western Dance Society of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) – Panache. The competition was split into two categories – duet and group dance.

The judges for the events were Meher Malik, renowned belly dancer and founder of Banjara School of Dance, Jyotsana, also from Banjara and Anubhi Jindal of Dance Works. Meher Malik is known for her performances at popular Indian dance reality shows such as India’s Got Talent and Just Dance.

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Among the ten pairs competing, Aseng and Somya of Kamala Nehru College emerged as winners at Exuberance’s duet competition. The runner-ups for same were Ravish and Kritika.

The group dance was won by IIT-Delhi’s 15 member group from their dance society ‘We-Defyn’. The president of the society Akash Singhal, a fourth year Biotechnology student at IIT-D seemed elated and excited about the win. “This is our eleventh win in this season which is a great thing. The crowd connects with us well and that helps us in winning these competitions”, says Akash.

IIT-D has won major dance events in the recent past at various colleges of Delhi University including Lady Shri Ram College (LSR), Sri Venkateswara College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce (SGGSCC). IIT-D was followed by SGGSCC at the second place in the group dance category. Shambhavee Sharma of LSR took away the prize for the Best Star Performer.

The highlight of the event was Meher Malik enthralling the audience with her powerful moves at the stage after all the performances by the participants were over. “All the performances were tightly packed and participants put up a great show. The crowd was great and I enjoyed it a lot performing here”, said Meher Malik on the competition and her own performance at SRCC’s Crossroads 2014.

Ishika Gupta from our team catches Meher Malik for an exclusive byte!

Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) held a street dance competition on the second day of their fest, Crossroads 2014. The event was adjudged by two well known names in Delhi’s dancing circuit, Jatin and Sanchit.

Five teams participated in the competition. Delhi Technological University’s team, Soul Diggers were the first to go, followed by Ramjas’ In Step. CVStreets, who ultimately rose as the victors, faced technical issues and were made to perform twice. The Unpredictables from Shyam Lal College performed to a rather fun medley of songs, including oldies like ‘Chura ke dil mera’ and the Vodafone Zoozoo song ‘Zumi Zumi’. Drift Up from DCAC, who had recently won the street dance competition at Nexus’14 went last.

After each college had performed, the judges chose DCAC and CVS as the finalists. What followed was a street dance battle, a la Step Up, which was won by CVStreets.

CVStreets, the team from College of Vocational Studies, has also previously secured the first position at the Goa Nokia India Fest Delhi Prelims, and the second position in both, BITS Pilani and IIM Lucknow this fest season. This was their first DU participation. Their routine was choreographed by Dennis, who has also worked with Yo Yo Honey Singh for Blue Eyes.

After enjoying a night of Bollywood with Shaan it was time for Delhi University to get a taste of PLUR- Peace Love Unity Respect. VH1 Supersonic that took the world by storm with the festival in Goa last year did not disappoint when they brought their unique brand of EDM music to Crossroads 2014 at SRCC. The lineup was one that made sure the students (and the old guys) had their hands in the air as the danced to the music. With renowned artists like Audiogramme, Dualist Inquiry and of course Nikhil Chinapa, it was truly a night SRCC and Delhi University will remember for a long time.

Audiogramme | Image Credit: Abhinav Arora

The size of the crowd only increased as the time went by and this meant that the parking lot and the front lawns of SRCC were packed to capacity. The crowd cheered and threw their hands in the air as they danced through the night. Dualist Inquiry, the solo act that combines the guitar with electronic music was widely appreciated by the DU audience as he ended the act with Get Lucky by Daft Punk. This was followed up by Nikhil Chinapa who mixed tracks like If I lose myself by One Republic and a unique rendition of Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd.

Nikhil Chinapa | Image Credit: Abhinav Arora

The arrangements added to the performance with a gigantic screen, flame throwers, pyrotechnics and confetti. Nikhil Chinapa kept the audience involved as he complimented the SRCC crowds, the girls of Delhi, invited everyone to Goa for Supersonic and of course made sure everyone had a good time. As the second day of Crossroads came to an end, students were glad that the event lived up to expectations and that the hype was well and truly justified.

Sahej Bakshi/Dualist Inquiry | Image Credit: Chirag Sharma

Be sure to come in for the next two days as performances by Jennifer Rene and Sukhwinder Singh bring the hits to Crossroads 2014. Tonight the party went Supersonic, but make sure you’re there for the next two days for the last party before forty.

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Crossroads 2014 at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) brought together Slovenian rock/folk artist Vlado Kreslin and Hindustani classical musician Sharat Chandra Srivastava as part of Random Collisions on 7th March, day two of the fest. The duo was also accompanied by Gyan Singh, an accomplished Tabla player. Mr. Singh is also a co-member of the fusion band ‘Mrigya’ along with Sharat Chandra.

Sharat Chandra. | Image Credit: Chirag Sharma

The event began quite promptly and created a mellow atmosphere all at once. Vlado sang a mix of his own songs and those of popular rock artists, the unique mix of Slovenian folk and Indian classical music was certainly a change from the Punjabi/ Bollywood/ Pop songs one usually gets to hear during fests. The sound of a violin and tabla accompanying a guitar and mouth organ made everybody sit up and take attention.

Vlado Kreslin | Image Credit: Abhinav Arora for DU Beat

Some of the songs that were played were Kreslin’s own ‘Dizzy from the Height’, Neil Young’s ‘Down By the River’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ leading to a violin solo by Sharat Chandra. The fusion act engaged the crowd well, people could be heard humming the songs even after the event ended!

Kirori Mal College’s Annual Fest, Renaissance ’14 was organized from 3rd March to 5th March. This year, the fest featured leading performers including Mika Singh and the popular metal band Parikrama, formed in this very college years ago. Here is a look at all major events of the three day fest:

DJ Night

Scheduled for the opening night of the fest, the DJ Night was hosted by DJ Akansha Popli of MTV Splitsvilla fame and DJ Monty.

Mika Singh

Renaissance ’14’s highlight was the star performance by Mika Singh, that attracted audience from the entire university. On this, Jashvender Chauhan, President Student’s Union remarked, “We worked really hard to put together Renaissance ’14. We are happy for the positive and energetic response from all. Mika’s star night was a major hit and I am happy that the crowd had a good time!”

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Students’ Union President Jashvendar Chauhan with Mika Singh



Renaissance ’14 ended it’s three day festival on the band night with a performance by Parikrama.

Before Parikrama, the evening was opened by Alice Rose, a singer from UK, followed by KMC’s fusion band, “Aandolan” and Aadhya, a local Delhi band. They performed on diverse numbers prepping the crowd for the final performance by the KMC Alum rock band, Parikrama.

Winners’ Tally

Western Dance Competition


The Western Dance competition was conducted in the football grounds with the participation of 12 teams. Teams were judged by Manju Sharma, one of top 18 finalists of Dance India Dance; Harendra Singh who has choreographed at various Delhi University colleges and Yogendra Singh from Danceworx.

First position: IIT Delhi
Second position: Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Sri Venkateswara College.

Choreography competition

First position: Lady Shri Ram College For Women

Fashion Show


First position: Lady Irwin College

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SRCC’s four day cultural festival ‘Crossroads’ that is proudly celebrating its ‘last party before forty’  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 is best known for  playback singing for top Bollywood actors, anchoring and dancing.

The concert though began an hour after the scheduled time, yet the singer’s charm and melodious voice made the audience soon forget about it all. 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’.

 The singer was seen building a nice rapport with the crowd, occasionally handing over them the mike and questioning them on how did the audience expect him to perform and if the audience wanted him to sing some famous composition of another music artist. The highest notches of the night were scaled with the performance of famous songs like ‘Woh pehli baar’ and ‘Tanha Dil’.


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 sing romantic situational songs, but also flavoured up the night with peppy numbers like ‘Mai aissa kyon hu?, ‘Partner’, ‘Ladki kyon’ and ‘Chanda maama so gaye, ‘Koi kahe, kehta rahe’ all coming back to back without pauses.

The powerful performer not only did sing, but also entertained the audience with light hearted jokes on him ready to be called ‘Uncle’ by the audience and his ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ dancing venture. Stating the reason for having taken him this long to come for a college performance in years, he expressed his apprehensions about the taste of the young generation in music, taking a dig at the current songs happening to do great in the market despite of any sense, being largely replete with cuss words and liquor.

 “The genres of his music aren’t the favourites of many people today, but with his innocent looks, electric energy and commendable music, the performer was a fireball on stage.” said, Nidhi Bhalla, a second year DU student and Shaan fan.

At the end of the concert, the organising committee brought out a surprise. After viewing the trailer of Bewakoofiyaan, they made the announcement that Ayushmann Khurrana and Sonam Kapoor would be coming to promote their upcoming film on the last day of the fest i.e. 9th March. Their appearance is scheduled to happen at 4 p.m., before Sukhwinder Singh’s concert.

Well begun is half done. The performances scheduled for Day – II at SRCC include VJ Nikhil Chinappa, The Dualist Inquiry, Sharat Chandra, a classical violinist and Vlado Kreslin, a Slovenian folk rock musician. Enjoy!

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Renaissance 2014, Kirori Mal College’s annual fest, came to an end with one of the country’s pioneer metal bands Parikrama drumming it away to a memorable night.

The evening was opened by Alice Rose from UK, whose offerings included an acoustic, folk cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ and a couple of originals.

Next was Andolan, KMC’s fusion band and the air filled with melodies of classical Carnatic intertwined with western blues rock. Starting with a cover of Coke Studio Pakistan’s ‘Aaj Latha Naiyo’, they moved on to ‘Manmohini’ and then ‘Tanha Tanha’ from Rangeela before closing it off with their original bluesy number. Andolan’s magic was followed by Aadhya, a local band, which gave the crowd their much needed staple of Sufi rock by starting with ‘Allah Hoo’ and following it up with ‘Teri Deewani’ along with a couple of others.


By then the sky had turned windy and as the night’s main attraction seized the stage, the weather played the perfect companion to the music. Returning to the college after two decades, Parikrama lead vocalist Nitin Malik reminisced about their time in the North Campus and how the band was formed inside the KMC Musoc room. From old favourites like ‘And It Rained’, ‘Vapourize’ and ‘Am I Dreaming’ to the newer ‘Sweet as Sugar’, the band laid siege to the crowd. Particularly admired were the lead guitarist Sonam Sherpa and the violinist Imran Khan, with Nitin Malik’s impressive vocals ending the session with a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’, making Renaissance 2014’s closing night a roaring success.

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