College Fests 2014


Mridang, the Indian Dance Society of Miranda House, organised their inter college dance competition ‘Tarangini’ as a part of Tempest 2014 on 22nd February. The event had two competitions, solo Indian Classical Dance and Group folk dance.

A total number of seven teams participated in the group folk dance competition. The first position was secured by SGTB Khalsa who performed Bhangra which was applauded by the crowd with hooting and cheers. The second position was shared by Gargi College and Mata Sundari College for Women who performed Haryanvi folk dance and Giddha respectively.


The solo Indian Classical Dance competition was won by Apoorva from Gargi College and Radhika from Miranda House. Vishnu from Zakir Hussain College secured second position.

Both the competitions were judged by Mrs. Shruti Sinha and Mrs. Manju Wazir. Shruti Sinha is a Kathak exponent, an international choreographer and a Doordarshan artist. Manju Wazir is currently the HOD of Khaitan School of Dance and is also running an institute of Kathak.

“Our event Tarangini had an amazing participation and was appreciated from all the participating colleges.” said Vishakha Sharma, president of the Indian Dance Society of Miranda House.

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The western dance competition at Mecca 2014 began with Hindu College’s western dance society Aarambh performing on the latest bollywood numbers and building up the energy in the crowd. Hindu’s performance was followed by Jesus and Mary College’s dance act – one that garnered lots of hoots from the crowd as they danced on songs like ‘Pyaar tenu karde gabru’, ‘Tunal tunak tun’ and ‘Saat samundar paar’.

Indraprastha College for Women kept the girl’s college swag going with their performance right after JMC. Hansraj College was the first to break this monopoly with their performance which stood out with their patriotic twist as they built the tiranga with pan covers and a cycle tyre. In fact, this moment turned out to be the best moment for Mr. Sunil Chopra, Director of Indian Fiesta Latina and the judge of the show as he told DU Beat, “I absolutely loved the way Hansraj brought together the tricolours of our flag, it was a very deep and emotional moment for me and my partner Shalu”. Sri Venkateswara College came in next after Hansraj and displayed their dancing talents to the enthusiastic audience. Other colleges that performed were Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Daulat Ram College, North Indian Engineering College, Kamala Nehru and Satyawati. After all the performances Hindu performed again which was a non-competitive performance and brought the Western Dance competition to an end.


Mr. Sunil Chopra and Shalu Chopra, the judges for the event took the stage after that to share their opinion on the dance performances and to talk about the upcoming Indian Fiesta Latina which is going to be held from 11-13 April at The Leela, Ambience, Gurgaon and show the audience a 176 seconds clip on what IFL really is.

The result for the competition were announced soon after with Hansraj taking the third place. Sri Venkateswara came second while Jesus and Mary College grabbed the first place. With the same, Mudra – The Western Dance society of JMC also won a chance to perform at IFL 2014.

“We loved the energy the students put in, in their performances and the way they brought a professional touch with such amazing costumes and of course the way they never stopped smiling and enjoying their performance.” said Mr. Sunil Chopra.

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Angaraag Mahanta who is more famously known to us as Papon performed at Hindu’s Rock Night along with his band East India Company on the first day of Mecca 2014. A large crowd turned up cheering as Papon stepped on the stage and took a hold of his mike.

He started the performance with songs like Khumaar (performed by Papon in Coke Studio) which talks about how a guy is passionately in love with a girl but has to spend a difficult day waiting for the night to come when he can see her and moved on to an Assamese folk song that joins into a Punjabi folk song explaining how the song was about how India is united despite its diversity and even though our diversity might pose problems once in a while it’s all right because while the rest of the world is black and white, India stands out with all its colours.

He also sang many of his more famous songs including Dinae Dinae, Kaun mera from the movie Special 26, Kyon from Barfi! And Jiyein kyun from Dum Maaro Dum. However, what really got the crowd going were Papon’s little quirks and jokes as he explained the meaning behind his songs and how in life everything figures out in the end and you find what you are supposed to be, like he did despite being a college dropout. He also introduced his band mate Jinti who is professionally an automobile engineer but now runs cars through his guitar followed by a demonstration by Jinti on the same.

Papon ended his performance with “Banao” and a Bihu song for all his Assamese fans.

Right before Papon came on stage another artist performed on the stage of Mecca 2014, Jasleen Kaur Royal. Jasleen who is a Hinduite, has been a participant on India’s Got Talent and is currently working with Parikrama. She sang songs like “Pani da rang”, “Iktara” and “Shaam savere”.

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Twenty odd bands fought at the prelims in Cafe Morrison yesterday and only six bands qualified for the finals of the Battle of the Bands at Mecca 2014.

The finals started with two originals from the band Andolan. Their compositions were called Manmohini and Udh panchi. Rock and Raaga, the second band also started with a self composed song ‘for all the beautiful eyes out there’. Followed by the same, an ear- throbbing metal performance by  Conundrum from P.G.D.A.V college left the audience wanting for more. They sang two songs, again out of which, one was an original composition – Temporal Drift.

Zero Education also performed an their original compositions, followed by a gig by the Red Shorts. The last band concluded the musical madness with an original composition that was an instrumental piece called Dreams.

Andolan not only started first, but ended the show by bagging the first winning spot. Conundrum was declared the runners-up for the competition.

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The annual fest of Miranda House – Tempest, started on 20th February with an inter-college stage play competition organized by Ariels, the English dramatics society of the college.

The competition saw plays by seven colleges namely, SRCC, Ramjas, SGTB Khalsa, Northern India Engineering College, Kamala Nehru College and Hindu College. These colleges performed the plays titled The Nerd, The Private Ear, Bande and Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (both by SGTB), Butter Chicken, Cover Story and The Fifth Symphony respectively.

The award for the Best Play was won by SGTB Khalsa’s Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay – a play that has won laurels recently at Udaan as well.

Ramjas College’s Neil won the Best Actor (male) for his performance in The Private Ear.

In addition to the winning spot, SGTB Khalsa took home three more awards. Their play Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay received the Best Director and the Best Actor (female) award. Their other play Bande got the prize of the Best Set Design. Ramjas College’s play The Private Ear, won the Best Technical Team award.

“Our event this year was an attempt to bring together some of the best plays put together by various college theatre groups. It turned out to be quite successful.” Said Varuni, the President of Ariels, “It was a delight to see such wonderful performances. The audience was also very responsive.”

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Football fans recently got together on the inaugural day at Mecca, as the Economics Department of the College organised an open Street-Soccer tournament. The 4-a-side football event was organised at the Ibtida lawns, which included 8 teams divided in 2 groups of 4. The matches, though only lasting 5 minutes each, entertained substantial crowds as teams progressed to knock out stages and beyond.

The matches were low scoring in general, with teams only conceding more than 2 goals on one occasion. However, despite the lack of goals, all the teams displayed a very attack minded approach to the game. The matches also stood witness to several rash tackles and challenges, however managing to keep a general fluidity to the game. By the time of the finals, a substantial number of onlookers had stopped to watch the match. Though only being a 1-0 victory, the mood of the match can best be highlighted by the fact that the supporters seemed to cheer and rant at every tackle and every shot.

The winners of the tournament, an all Hindu team, including Tushar Batra, Tajammul, Abhik Palit, Mrithunjay, Sahil Chunka, Lahm and Arjun Maharishi. They went away with a cash prize of Rs. 1500, while the runners up received a prize worth Rs. 1000.

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Glitz, the Fashion Society of Kamala Nehru College organised its Fashion Show Competition on 19th February – the first day of Ullas 2014.

A total of eight teams (seven competitive and one non-competitive team) took part in the competition. The judges for the event were; Ritu Singh, an eminent personality in fashion world, Suhail Kohli, who has worked with Swapnil Shinde and Kakoli C. Mehra, who started as a Custom Designer for Mr. Steven Segal, crowned as Miss Kanchenjunga i.e. Miss North Bengal in 1993.


The event commenced with the performance of Style Brokers, the Fashion Society of Deshbandhu College, followed by the performance of iVogue- the Fashion Society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce. Each college was given a time limit of 10-12 minutes. Members from the organizing society say “Fashion is not something that exists in the dresses. It is in the sky. Fashion never dies.”

The award for the Best Wardrobe was given to Maitreyi College. The best model in the female and male category, were Shivani and Mayank from CVS respectively. The first prize was bagged by Prophecy- Fashion Society of Lady Irwin College and the second prize went to Maitreyi College.

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Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and director Ali Abbas Zafar visited Kirori Mal College on 10th February to promote their upcoming film, “Gunday” which is to hit theaters this Friday on Valentine’s Day. The star cast reached the fan packed college premises at 12:15pm making their way to the stage set at Ashoka Lawns for their interaction with exhilarated crowd of Delhi University. The college premises were under local police protection to manage the colossal crowd with help of barricades. Students’ entry on college ID card was opened and closed at regular intervals. The estimated crowd of 12,000 Delhi University students (as reported by the KMC Students’ Union) soon became unmanageable when the star cast came out to meet their young fans. The visit was a short one of approximately thirty minutes and due to security glitches the star cast and crew left the premises escorted by local police.

Within their paucity of time the stars interacted with the crowd and performed on their prominent dance number “Tune Maari Entriyaan” which drove the crowd crazy with excitement. The campus was roaring with hoots and cheers continuously throughout the event. Along with the pull and push the crowd seemed satisfied with the star interaction.


A first year Gargi college student who came to see the stars said, “The crowd was crazy. People were pushing people like nobody’s business, specially when the actors came out in public.”

Another second year student fan of the stars from Hindu College said, “It was amazing when they danced on Tune Maari Entriyaan. KMC Union made my dream come true.”


The student’s union bragged the populated pre-event by calling it “just a trailer” for their upcoming fest, Renaissance ’14 scheduled in the last week of February. Commenting on the successful pre-event, Jashvender Chauhan, President, KMC Students’ Union said, “This was the most crowded event in the history of KMC. We are proud of the grand opening to our annual fest, Renaissance ’14.”

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