College Fests 2014


The first day of Daulat Ram College’s (DRC) annual fest “Manjari” set rolling with inauguration by Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-chief of India TV. Since the theme of the fest is Indian streets, the college decorations were concurrent to the theme.

The street play Competition “Adakari” showcased the performance by 10 teams (Hansraj, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Maharaja Agrasen College, PGDAV, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Shivaji, Bhagat Singh College, Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology) who were selected beforehand on the basis of script and each of the team was awarded with equal prize money. On the competitive front, the event saw 6 teams participation of which Hansraj with its play Holi came first, followed by DTU and Ramjas.

The college’s photography Society Eidos had put up an exhibition in the Gazibo, which attracted a descent crowd. The college also organized treasure hunt which saw maximum participation. After struggling for the clues, Deeksha and Annapurna of DRC emerged as winners.


The most awaited event of the day was Promenade, the inter-college fashion show put up by Zenith -the fashion society of the college. The competition was swept away by the Kamala Nehru girls whose theme “Fashion through the ages” stole the entire show, leaving behind SRCC, CVS, SPM, Hindu, Lady Irwin and CHE. The performance of College of Home Economics was also appreciated. However it seemed Rain God was in a mood to relish the show and made a classic entry.

But rain could not much affect the spirit of students, as DJ set up was quickly rearranged to a safe place and students shook their legs to the peppy tunes played by DJ Tanuj.

“Aa bhi jaa. Tujhse Pyaar karte hai. Yeh woh gunaah hai jo baar baar karte hai.”

To add a sufi element to Venky’s Nexus 2014, Sabari Brothers took the stage during day two of the fest. The event originally scheduled for 6 p.m., started at around 7: 30 p.m. at the college’s auditorium foyer. The evening started with a felicitation of the guest performers by the college principal, Dr. P. Hemalatha Reddy. She also felicitated the chief guest for the day, Dr. Suchitra Gupta, Deputy Dean of Students’ Welfare, Delhi University.

Principal Dr. P. Hemalatha Reddy with Chief Guest Dr. Suchitra Gupta.

The Sufi  legends started with the famous Chaap Tilak, moving on to a Coke Studio rendition of Humein toh loot liya and popular Bollywood number Tumse Milke Dilka hai jo haal.


With the audience seated on the floor and an energetic ambience, the entire atmosphere reeked of the Qawwali mood. The combination of music and shayari along with a crowd that reciprocated with claps and dance, were the highlights of the evening. Despite the rain and the performance by Junkyard Groove that was taking place simultaneously, the energy of the sufi night remained undeterred.

We leave you with one of the many shers that came up during the evening:

“Tujhe aankhon mein basaa lunga kajal ki tarah, tu mujhe dhoondti reh jayegi pagal ki tarah.”

The second day of Shruti 2014, Indraprastha College for Women’s annual cultural fest saw many events like Debate, Dumb Charades and On-the-Spot Mobile Film Making lined up. One of them was Chauraha, the street play competition. All the top colleges including LSR, Hansraj, Khalsa participated in the event.

The event was disrupted due to heavy rains but nothing could dampen the participants’ spirits. The competition recommenced at a different venue after the rain subsided.

Chauraha was judged by Dr. Anupam Pauchauri and Mrs. Durga Sharma from the National School of Drama. Shivaji College’s street play Bas Samajhne Ki Baat Hai bagged the first prize while Gargi College’s Joota won the second position. JMC was awarded the popular choice award for their street play Gunaah Hai, Par Saza Nahi which focussed on the treatment of a rape survivor.

Another unique contest on Day 2 of Shruti was the Wall Painting competition. Students from Arts Faculty got a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize worth 3000 rupees as they were unopposed. They painted the wall in shades of grey black and blue and made it look beautiful.

Image Credit: Sakshi Jaiswal

One of the most popular events of Shruti, Indraprastha College for Women’s annual cultural fest on its second day was Wacky Feet, the Western Dance competition.  A total of twelve teams participated in the event including Hansraj, ARSD and GTBIT. Sri Venkateswara College’s Dance Society Verve bagged the first prize while Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Northern India Engineering College were tied at second place.

“Venky showcased new styles as compared to others and had the best body work. Also, they used fewer props and danced more” said Manju Sharma, one of the judges of the event, when asked what made Venky stand out.  Later, the competition was disrupted by rains and the venue was shifted to the Sports Hall. “Rains worked in our favour as it’s easier to dance on a wooden floor,” said Charlie of Venky.

Wacky Feet was followed by Battle of Bands. The event was judged by Dr. Manchong and Mr. Malcom. Nine bands participated in the event and Clouds for Clay won the first position. In spite of bad weather conditions, the events were well organised and successful.

Featured Image: Charlie of Sri Venkateswara College’s Verve / Image Credit: Sakshi Jaiswal

The Western Music Solo competition scheduled for 12:00pm at Nexus 2014 got delayed due to technical difficulties, however the competition picked up pace once it began. The judges for the event were both in-house judges – Dr. Nikhil Yadav and Dr. Ratna Raman.

25 teams from colleges across campus participated in the event. Maximum of 2 teams per college were allowed and 3 accompanying artists were allowed along with each performer.

The performances ranged from Christina Aguilera’s songs to Amy Winehouse. All the performances were well received by the audience, making it worth the performer’s time and effort. Ultimately the winners were declared, the first position was bagged by Nirupan from Hansraj College and the second position by Hanita from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.

Sri Venkateswara College conducted a Film Making competition as part of their on-going fest, Nexus’14. The event saw a participation of 11 teams from colleges like Gargi, Zakhir Hussain, Maitreyi and Sri Guru Gobind College of Commerce.


The teams had to make a short film on any of the three topics given to them. ‘Voiceless Echo’ received the maximum entries, with ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and ‘I Wish I Was Where I Was When I Was Wishing I Was Here’ being the other two. Each team had to make a film of 5-10 minutes. They were permitted to use techniques such as animation.

Ambedkar University bagged the first prize for their film Third, and the host college, Sri Venkateswara took away the second spot for Helping Hand. Their films were judged by Mr. Ankit and Mr. Debashish, alumni of London Film School.

Image Credit: Geetika Varshney for DU Beat

Indraprastha College for women, featured a colorful Rangoli Making competition on the 1st Day of its annual fest Shruti . Nine teams participated in the event from various colleges including Gargi, Maitreyi, Lady Irwin College and IP College among others.

The theme for the competition was “Colour of Life” . “The theme is very interesting & the competition is tough. Its colourful, creative yet classy” says Vandana, a participant from Gargi. The event was judged by Ms. Shagufta Sufee of the Political Science faculty and Ms Nikita from the Mathematics department of IP College.

Sushil & Shweta from Dyal Singh came first, while Shefalika and Ujala from IP college were the runners-up. Consolation prizes were awarded to Bhamini, Tanvi and Kalpana; participants from Lady Irwin College.

One of the main attractions of IP College’s annual fest Shruti 2014 was Philharmonia – the Western Music Competition. Ten colleges participated in the event including CBS, Jesus & Mary College, Ambedkar college, Jaypee University, Sri Venkateswara College among others.

Held in Activity Hub, the competition featured both solo participants and groups. LSR won the best group, while Sri Venkateswara College came close at 2nd.

In the solo category, Hanita from CBS came first, while Kamakshi from Lady Shri Ram college came second. The third prize was awarded to Shreya from Sri Venkateswara College.

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Day two of Nexus 2014 began with the Indian Duet Music Competition named Malang. This year Malang received only 4 entries due to weather discrepencies. The participants were from Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Sri Aurobindo College [Evening], an inter – college duo of DDUC – KIIT and from the host college Sri Venkateshwara College itself. The competition only allowed filmy/non classical/ semi classical music and strictly classical music would not be encouraged. Due to weather restrictions the competition which was scheduled to start at 9 in the morning was postponed to 11 30 in the afternoon. The judges were, Mr. Avinash Kumar who is currently pursuing a Phd. in Music from the University of Delhi. He started learning Hindustani Classical Music from Ustad Aftab Ahmed Khan and is undergoing training from Pandit Tushar Dutta. He has won various awards including Madhubhasin Memorial Prize in 2008 and Mutatkar Award in 2010. There were two in house judges as well.

The first performance was by Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences. This duo sang their self composed song which won the hearts of the audience. Ultimately, they turned out to be the winners. We had the opportunity to talk with the duo after the results were announced. They were pretty happy and said, ” The organising of the event was good, the weather issues could be excused. The room had good acoustics and the crowd helped us alot” . Next up were, Sri Aurobindo College who sang their version of Rahat fateh Ali Khan’s- Sanu Ik Pal Chain Na Avey. The third act was the inter college duo, who sang a song from Murder 2 but were disqualified , because their song exceeded the time limit. The last act was form Sri Venkateshwara College and they sang ” Hum to aise hai Bhaiya”.

Another unnoficial duo from the host college who sang “Madari” , the coke studio composition by Vishal Dadlani and Sonu Kakkar with precision. The event ended after this song and the results were declared. The first prize was Rs 2000 claimed by Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences.

The Western Vocals (Group) competition was held among much enthusiasm, with teams 9 teams participating. The competition was judged by Mrs. Nandita Naraina Swamy, Chemistry teacher at Sri Venkateswara College (trained in classical music) and Ritwik De, a musician.

The winners were:

  1. Sri Venketeswara College’s Crescendo
  2. Lady Shri Ram College for Women
  3. Kirori Mal College’s Musoc


Other colleges that took part in the competition were Miranda House, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS), Gargi College, Jesus and Mary College.

The groups sang popular tracks such as Thriller by Michael Jackson, Somebody to Love by Queen, If You Wanna be My Lover by Spice Girl, and songs by Stevie Wonder.