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.

Featured image: Western Dance Society of I.P. College for Women

The Dance Society of Gargi College organised the Western Dance Competition as part of Reverie 2014, on February 6th. With 23 teams participating in the prelims, 8 were selected for the finals.

Lady Irwin College, one the finalists were the first ones to perform at the competition. After 2 hours of dancing and 8 teams performing, the competition was a combination of both Western dance forms and Bollywood drama. Songs ranging from ‘Dafli Wale’, ‘Ghagra’ and ‘Dhatad Dhatad’ entertained the crowd with even Wrecking Ball adding to the fun.

The heart stopping moment came, when Sandesh Kumar, the judge for the event declared the results. JMC’s western dance society ‘Mudra’ was selected as the winners of the competition. Miranda house’s Tanz was the 1st runners-up and the 2nd runners-up was the host college, Gargi. Total prize money of 25,000 was distributed among the winners.

“The event was a House of talent, lots of good dancing, and teams connected well with the audience”, said Sandesh Kumar, a veteran dancer himself.

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The event saw performances from nine teams including Miranda House, Mata Sundari College and Kalindi College.The dance forms on display included Kawariattam, the famous Gidda and the evergreen Bhangra. The teams that emerged as winners were Gargi College who bagged the first prize while Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College (SGTB Khalsa) and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce (SGGSCC)went away with the second and third spot respectively.


Khyati Thapriyal, a trained kathak dancer and one of the finalist of the Indian reality show India’s Dancing Superstar, graced the event as the judge. She was accompanied by Rashmi Bhardwaj, a member of the Philosophy department of Gargi College and also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer for 15 years.

Commenting on the performances put up by the various colleges, Ms. Thapriyal remarked, “It is fascinating to see college students receive such platforms for dance. With the level of performances put up, I am sure as soon as they pass out of colleges, they will crack several opportunities.

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Two weeks into college and the freshers already seem to have their hands full. As the ball gets rolling, every society is vying to get hold of the brightest of the lot and the students are trying to combine quality with quantity. The coveted Career Development Centre (the team that deals with the recruitment of the final year students) was the first to sieve out its Organising Committee. All the other societies, big and small, have started promoting themselves in full swing. Bullet-in boards in different corridors have been assigned to different societies to display the kind of work they have been doing, orientations are being held in break times for students to come and find out if they fit into these societies. To add to the students’ dilemma, a lot of societies become impossible to juggle with the other societies in the peak work season and a lot of other societies explicitly bar students from joining certain other societies.

Among the various things that set CBS apart, the importance it attaches to the societies is distinguishable. One of the very amusing things is the anxiety surrounding the recruitment season. Getting into the best of societies seems to be a matter of grave concern for the freshly admitted students. To add to the energy in the air, many societies like the Blitz (the dance society) and Verve (The streetplay society) are auditioning the students in open ground for everyone to see. All the other societies have booked rooms for interviews and group discussions. So if the students are not attending lectures, they are cueing outside rooms to audition for their preferred societies.

Image Credits: Darkroom, the photography society of SSCBS

Antaragni- Antar + Agni(hindi)-The fire within. Antaragni, the annual intercollegiate cultural festival of IIT Kanpur, is a tribute to the fire that remains kindled in the hearts of people, the fire that drives them to melt boundaries and achieve the extraordinary. The fest started as “Culfest” in the 1960’s before being rechristened Antaragni in 1993. The generic name was to emphasize the fact that it was the first and only such event at that time. Antaragni’12, with the theme ‘Medieval Fantasy’ will be held from the 11th to the 14th of October and is scheduled to be opened by the multi-lingual sensation Raghu Dixit.

Antaragni is one eclectic mix of a lot of things- competitions, professional shows, talks, exhibitions, street shows, workshops and the list goes on ad infinitum. It becomes a classic case of having too many options and one wishes to be present at a lot of places simultaneously. Competitions form the backbone of this festival. Events catering to dramatics, dance, musicals, photography, English and Hindi literature and quizzes have seen extensive and intensive participation from colleges, especially those from Delhi. The situation is such that this year two of the events (Synchronicity- Rock competition and Quizzes) have dedicated Delhi rounds.

In order to cement its position as Northern India’s favourite festival, Antaragni’12 has initiated the ‘Dream On’ campaign. It is an ambitious idea which attempts to give the winners a shot at national fame and creative satisfaction of learning from the best in each field. The winners of different competitions in addition to monetary incentives will be provided with internships, mentorships and recording deals  with leading academies like Shimak Davar’s Institute of performing arts, Barry John Acting Studio, Delhi College of Arts, Delhi School of Photography etc. In fact, Ritambhara has been especially opened to individual participants with coverage in MAXIM and photo-shoots in Hollywood at stake.

To add spirit and flesh to this skeleton of competitions, there would be national and international artists (more than 10 in number) ranging from rock bands to Irish folk musicians to sand artists to Odishi dancers. There would be fun informal activities while Mridaksh will continue its search for Ms & Mr. Antaragni. If it’s the intellect that needs simulation, there would be a panel discussion with eminent people like Arun Maira and Ayaz Memon. To take care of the glamour aspect there would the likes of Sudhir Mishra, Rajiv Khandelwal and Abbas Tyrewala who’ll have special sessions with the students.

The festival seems to be shaping up well with a holistic cultural showcase and it’s only a matter of time before, as the motto says, the fire is unleashed.

Visit www.antaragni.in and https://www.facebook.com/antaragni.iitk for more information.