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. The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions at competitive events held during 13 cultural fests of this season. Whenever a society won the first prize they were award 3 points, for the second position they received 2 points and for the third position, 1 point was added to their tally. For the Western Dance category, with 18 points each, IIT Delhi’s V-Defyn and Sri Venkateswara College Verve came out on top. Jesus and Mary College’s Mudra followed next with 11 points and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce’s Misba stood third with 8 points.

The Winning Society at a glance

V-Defyn, IIT Delhi

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Akash Singhal, the President of IIT Delhi’s V-Defyn says, “Our performance was a complete package.  Our focus was on entertainment and obviously good dancing. We perform to entertain people, so that the audience has fun. That keeps us calm and spontaneous onstage.” Names of the performing members: Akash Singhal (President), Ankit Gupta, S Kousal Raj, Kartikeya Khati, Shirshad Bukke, Ravi Meena, Abhishek Rathod, Saahil Mendiratta, Avinash Masa, Anirudh Mvsk,  Shantanu Singh Raghuvanshi, Uday Katkar, Aditya chauhan, Lovish Ahuja, Aman Shivhare, Devesh kohle, Aditya jhala,  Kshitij Jain

Verve, Sri Venkateswara College

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During their piece, Verve from Sri Venkateswara College performed contemporary, breaking, popping and a funny Bollywood sequence on Mere Khwabon Mei Jo Aye. Amrit Raj from the society went on to add, “We were taught by our seniors that there is just one position: the 1st one. We had a disappointing start in the fest season, but I’m glad we had our seniors to support us and help us make a comeback. ” Names of the performing members: Yaman Jindal (President), Aparna Chopra (Vice President), Charlie Cherian, Amrit Raj, Sammarth Singh, Aishwarya Sinha, Sachin Pal, Bharat Singh, Anshuman Siddharth, Tanya Nair, Sandeep Saini, Gaurav, Revantika Gupta, Pratishtha Gulati, Saloni Jain, Shruti Kumar, Suvarcha Gupta, Sakshi Sindwani, Gatisheel Das. Note: The thirteen fests included in our analysis for this series include SRCC’s Crossroads, Gargi College’s Reverie, Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus, LSR’s Tarang, Hans Raj’s Confluence, I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, Daulat Ram College’s Manjari, Hindu College’s Mecca, Jesus and Mary College’s Montage, Miranda House’s Tempest, Kamala Nehru College’s Ullas, Kirori Mal College’s Renaissance, SGTB Khalsa’s Lashkara. Out of the fests listed, only 12 had conducted a Western Dance Competition.]]>

The Fine Arts Society and Dramatics Society of Hans Raj College organised Annual Cultural Event on 12-13th March. The event aims to bring all the cultural societies of the college together to perform for the home crowd.

Chief Guest for the event was Dr. Suchitra Gupta – Deputy Dean, Culture and Youth Affairs, University of Delhi. She said, “I appreciate the effort of college authorities for organising this cultural event in the cultural week alloted by the University.” The event was also attended by the college principal, Dr. VK Khwatra; ECA Convenor, Mrs. Sonal Gupta; Hindi Dramatics Head, Mr. M.P Sharma and other teachers of various departments.

The first day began with the Rangoli Making in front of the auditorium with participation from both students and teachers. This was followed by Swaranjali – the music society of college performing it’s Indian choir composition called Pratham Gajavadana Dhyaye Sada. After the spiritual Ganesh Vandana, the lamp lighting ceremony took place. All the guests for the day lit the holy lamp.

Dr. V.K. Khwatra while addressing the audience said, “Cultural activities are the essence of one’s college life. Irrespective of what your future plans are, each student should go through the process of joining a society in college and doing something productive along with studies.”

The performances started with Terpsichoreon – the choreography society of college performing their annual dance production. A 10-minute dance act on the theme, “personality fear” talked about how we should accept and acknowledge this fear because one can by no means overcome this personality fear.

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Siddhi Jain with her Bharat Natyam Performance

Siddhi Jain, the ECA entry for dance performed Bharatanatyam for the audience. The act performed was a ‘Pushpanjali’ – which means an offering of flowers. Siddhi is a disciple of Guru Jayalakshmi Eshwar and has been learning Bharata Natyam since the age of five years. She has also performed in Japan under the cultural programme JNESYS.

Oorja – the western dance society performed thereafter. The western dance was performed on a medley of various hindi and punjabi songs. Tanushree Pande, the president of the society said, “Oorja is the only society to have bagged a chance to perform with world’s best Latin dancers at IFL 2013. We consider this as a great achievement.”

Santosh – a Sanskrit honours student of the college was handling fillers in the event. He was entertaining the audience with his Hindi shayari.

A Kathak dance was performed by a Srihari Madhav, a trained Kathak Dancer. He is also an ECA entrant into the college for dance and is part of Terpsichoreon. He started with a ganesh vandana by Late Guru Pandit Durga Lal which was followed by conventional kathak performance on Panjitji’s compositions in teentaal. Srihari who is trained Kathak dancer from Kathak Kendra, the national academy of Kathak dance says, “During my childhood, a teacher used to come to train my sister. I just joined in then. Not many male dancwers go out to learn this dance form but a form like this stays with you for life.” Srihari is a proud performer for CWG 2010 Youth Festival and Didacta Education Fair in Hanover Germnay.

Day one ended with a performance by Hansraj Dramatics Society who presented their much acclaimed production ‘Holi’. The play has won the first position at SGTB Khalsa, Daulat Ram College and Jesus and Mary College. Holi, a story about a bunch of hostel friends showcases the different levels of temperament of today’s youth. A play that projects the events happening in a single day talks about the realistic lifestyle of a college hostel and how the timeline changes from day to night. The production has also won awards at Dyal Singh College, Hindu College and St. Stephens College. Purusharth Budhiraja and Nirmal Kothari, actors for the production have also bagged the best actor awards. Mrs. Gupta, the chief guest who is also an eminent theatre personality gave members of Holi a small feedback and expressed her desire to have one common theatre production for the whole university.

Mrs. Sonal Gupta, the ECA Convenor said, “It is great to see how all the societies of the college excel in various competitions all over the country. It is a matter of great pride for the college.”

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.

The third and concluding day of Confluence, the annual fest of Hans Raj College was lined up with events like Mock Stock, Street dance, Ad-Mad, Western Dance, Choreography and Battle of Bands While for some events like Western Dance, students thronged the venue, others witnessed comparatively less audience.

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Kirori Mal College’s Choreography Society

Western Dance and Choreography were the highlights of the day. Both the events saw some exceptional performances by students that were highly applauded by the spectators. Choreography started around 10:30 AM and went on for two hours. Around 10 colleges participated in this event. Lady Shri Ram College bagged the first prize and the second prize went to Kamala Nehru College’s Choreography Society – Adagio.

After Choreography, the Western Dance competition began at 1 PM with participation from around fifteen colleges. IIT Delhi boys, who gave a dynamic performance, took away the first prize in the event. The auditorium reverberated with cheers and claps while they danced. The second prize was shared by Guru Gobind Singh College and Sri Venkateswara College’s Verve whose dance performances was quite energetic as well. The third prize went to Jesus and Mary College’s Western Dance Society – Mudra.

Roquefort or Battle of Bands saw Conundrum, an alternative rock band from PGDAV, emerge as winners while the band – L For Vendetta – secured the second position. The Best Vocalist was Shiv Hastwala from Conundrum, the Best Bassist, Keyboarist and Drummer were all from L for Vendetta and the Best Guitarist was from the band Andolan.

Featured image: Hans Raj College’s Choreography Society

Image credit: Iresh Gupta for DU Beat

On the 1st of March, 2014, Pt Birju Maharaj Parampara organized an evening of Kathak titled Nritydhara, with choicest of productions of Pt Jai Kishen Maharaj ji being performed.

The event took place at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre and saw an amalgamation of an august gathering, with the presence of acclaimed artists such as Padma Bhushan Rajan- Sajan Mishra ji, Deepak Maharaj ji.

The first performance was Pt Jai Kishen Maharaj Ji’s most recent production titled “Chidiya ki Udaan”, the words to which were lend by acclaimed poet Ashok Chakradhar. The piece describes the journey of a bird from infancy to adulthood, as she faces the difficulties of life. The music is light and melodious, but at the same time does not compromise on the technical aspect of dance. Replete with the sounds of fluttering of feathers and chirping of birds, it shows the complete dominance of doyen Pt Jai Kishen maharaj ji, as far as creative choreography in contemporary times is concerned.

The second item was called “Thumri Maalika” and it was a compilation of old thumris of the lucknow gharana, composed by Pt Bindadin maharaj ji, one of the founders of the ancient Kalka-Bindadin Lucknow Gharana of Kathak.

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Followed suit was a solo performance by Tribhuwan Maharaj, son of Pt Jai Kishen Maharaj and grandson of Pt Birju Maharaj ji. Accompanying him on padhant were his father himself and the what the audience witnessed was an electrifying combination of padhant and dancing. Tribhuwan was in his full form and performed a carefully selected series of pieces that left the audience wanting for more.

The final performance was titled “swarangtaal”, depicting the union of swar and taal to subsequently form music. The beginning showed 6 girls as swar, dancing to abstract music, followed by 4 boys dancing to the pure beats sans melody. An interaction between a girl and boy brings swar and taal together and in the finale everyone comes together to dance to the music, complete with swar and taal.

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

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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Shruti- the annual festival of I.P. College started on 27th January with events like Fantasista (Street Football), Folk Dance and On-the-spot Photography. In the morning the crowd turn up was low, but as the ‘Punjabi Dhol’ started to play on stage, a decent crowd started to assemble in the Sports Complex.


The Street Football League consisted of 6 matches and mainly 4 teams. The first match was between IGI (Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences) and I.P. College (Team 1). It was draw. Once again there was a draw between I.P. College (Team 2) and I.P. University. In the third match, I.P. College (Team 1) won against I.P. University (2-0). In the next match, IGI drew with I.P. College (Team 2). IGI won against I.P. University (1-0). Finally, I.P College (Team 2) won this league. Smriti Kandari was the best player.


On-the-spot Photography received entries from 13 participants. The themes were Motion, Vintage and Texture. The participants were required to submit two pictures for any of the mentioned themes. They were given one and a half hour to submit their photographs. Dr. Nitoo Das and Mrs. Anita Cherian judged this event. The students of I.P. College won this contest. Shivangi Chaturwedi stood first, Sukriti Dubey stood second and Ankita Jaiswal came third. ‘Tropes’ was another event wherein prior to the fest the theme was out which was-“Androgyny and Danger”. Mr. Vinod Verma judged this event. Raunak Chopra from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) bagged the first position, Prerna Dangi from St. Stephen’s stood second and Sahil Ali (JMI) got the third prize.

One of the most anticipated events for the day was the Folk Dance, wherein 7 teams took part. Undoubtedly, the ‘Dhol’ and the typical Punjabi songs spread their magic with SGTB Khalsa winning the first prize with Gargi being awarded second. Mr. M.C. Nair and Mrs. Nalini Deka judged this event.

Fine Arts Society of Sri Venkateswara College organized the Folk Dance Competition on the 27th february 2014 at the main stage.

Due to the clashing nature of events with I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, the total number of participating teams were limited to four. Judges for the event were Rahul Gangani, Aruna Rao and Dr. Sushi Gupt.



The first team to perform was Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce’s gidda, followed by the performance of Kamala Institute of Higher Education & Advanced Technology, which performed Chirmi- Rajasthani Folk Dance. Other performances included Sri Venkateswara College’s Laavni and SGTB Khalsa’s Bhangra.

Each team was given a time limit of 10 minutes to perform. The first position was bagged by Kamala Institute of of Higher Education & Advanced Technology and the second prize went to Sri Venkateswara College.