DU Fest Season


As the fest season unfolds, students offer a sharp assessment of Delhi University’s fest advisory, highlighting the associated concerns.

In light of recurring security and management lapses at Delhi University’s fests, the university has issued advisory/guidelines to be followed by all colleges and departments regarding the organisation of various programmes and events. The 18-point advisory, which has been updated three times between April 2023 and January 2024, focuses on the necessary rules of pre-registration of attendees, submission of their details to the police, and also a requirement of a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the police, among the various other guidelines. A guideline among the 18 others mentioned: ‘Entry for events should be through pre-registration, like on Google Forms, with details of the event, i.e., date, venue, and the expected number of participants (to) be maintained and submitted to the police with a copy to other departments. The registration forms should include scanned copies of the college IDs of participants.’

Speaking to DU Beat, Rajnish Sah, a member of the Organising Committee of ‘Mecca’, Hindu College’s annual fest said:

It is almost impractical to keep an adequate track of all the records and documents on all the potential entrants and hand them over to the police. It might be feasible for small departmental events, but for events like annual fests, where people attend in thousands, it just proves to be an additional strain on the already burdened organising committee.

When asked about the tight cap on the number of attendees allowed to attend the festival, he added:

DU is known for its exposure and its exchange among the students, especially during the fest season, when students from various colleges connect. Tight attendance limits may hinder the fest’s true purpose.

The university-issued festival advisory guidelines also mention that ‘the concerned college or department is solely responsible for any untoward incident during any event organised by the concerned college or department.’

Considering the following statement, Rajnish added:

Putting all the responsibility of any incident with the college and authority would just put a constraint on the level of a fest. It is impractical to hold the college accountable for every incident that happens.

Anubhav, sponsorship head at Nexus, the annual fest of Sri Venkateswara College, supports this and adds:

The college can be held accountable only up to an extent. It is also necessary to ensure that the legal responsibilities are taken up well for the smooth conduct of a fest.

He also added that currently, there are no significant sponsorship issues arising from the attendance cap.

As per reports from The Hindu, a student claimed that there has been a problem in extracting sponsorships for the events:

Sponsors are brought on board based on the number of attendees. With a cap on this number, agreements are becoming increasingly difficult to secure.

–  said Harsh Dalal, President of the Student Union of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), which will host ‘Crossroads’ in the first week of April.

The report also mentions how some students believe that the advisory would ensure security and make things better for the organisers.

Pre-registrations and controlled entry will make things easier and improve the quality of the fest.

–  said Aman Choudhary, president of the student union at Sri Venkateswara College.

 In March 2023, a group of men allegedly entered Delhi University’s Indraprastha College for Women by scaling the boundary walls and harassing students when the college celebrated its annual festival. A similar incident had also occurred in 2022 during Miranda House’s Diwali Fest, where men were allegedly seen climbing the college walls and indulging in ‘cat-calling and sexist sloganeering’. The rising and repeated cases demanded an advisory to regulate the incidents. As per the fest-advisory guidelines, ‘Prior to any big event in the institution, there should be an assessment of the boundary wall of the college. If found low, concertina wires should be installed to prevent outsiders from scaling the walls.’

A representative from Maitreyi College’s Student Union (identity withheld for anonymity) says:

Where are the notices outlining the repercussions for intruders if another incident occurs again? You can raise the walls, but when will you actually hold the intruders responsible for disregarding the boundaries? How can one ensure that the registered attendees do not create any nuisance on the college campus?

The representative acknowledges that the college has implemented strict measures like applications, registrations, and identity checks for issuing passes to outsiders. However, they highlight that there is no restriction on the number of passes a student from the college can acquire due to the ‘monetization’ of the passes. They then continue and add on to the ‘budgeting issues’ with regards to maintaining security at DU fests:

Since the beginning, many DU colleges have continuously encountered difficulties in securing adequate funding. Things like the security arrangements and illumination of the dimly lit places as per the advisory need funding and resources.

Continuing her statement, she asserts that colleges cannot and should not be solely accountable for all incidents occurring within the campus, stating that the fest-advisory guideline serves merely as a means to deflect legal responsibilities.

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In anticipation of the upcoming college fest season, an advisory for the conduct of fests, events, and programmes was disseminated to all Delhi University (DU) colleges, with a particular focus on the security of women attendees.

Delhi University (DU) has issued a 17-point advisory, explicitly stating the dos and don’ts for holding events and fests across all colleges and departments. The advisory was issued by the University Proctor, Prof. Rajni Abbi earlier in April 2023. In light of numerous colleges in the varsity gearing up for their respective annual college fests, the University renotified the guidelines for the same.

The guidelines entail essential measures, including acquiring No Objection Certificates (NOC) from the local police stations, implementing pre-registration for outsiders with mandatory college identity card verification, installing low concertina wires to prevent unauthorised access, ensuring illumination of all surrounding areas near the venue, and conducting mandatory security drills, among other specifications.

The DU advisory also suggested that there should be multiple gates in the college, and all gates must have working CCTVs. The advisory mentioned,

All gates should have a PA (public announcement) system for any announcements. Keeping in mind the number of their students, teachers, and staff members present at the event, the number of outside registrations should be kept below the venue’s capacity.

The advisory was issued in response to the spate of incidents that have transpired in women’s colleges in recent years.

One such horrific incident was reported in March this year from DU’s oldest women’s college, the Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), where unidentified individuals allegedly harassed students after entering the premises by scaling the walls during the annual college festival. Subsequently, a wave of extensive protests emerged among the student body, advocating for the resignation of the college principal in response to the aforementioned incident.

In October of the previous year, Miranda House experienced a similarly disturbing event during their Diwali Fest, where individuals reportedly scaled walls, vociferously shouted slogans, and subjected students to harassment, prompting heightened concerns for student safety.

In light of the same, the advisory was prepared after a host of meetings with several university and college officials and the Delhi Police. It thus read,

It is absolutely essential to give students the confidence that if any untoward they could, they should immediately approach their staff advisors, teachers, the Internal Complaints Committee, the Women’s Developmental Cell, the Proctorial Committee, and the Principal so that they can take speedy action.

Read also: The Invasion of IPCW – A Student’s Account

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Day 2 of Tempest witnessed different society events taking place and closed with the EDM night.

Day 2 of Tempest 2019, the annual cultural fest of Miranda House witnessed a refreshing hustle-bustle as the day started with a perfect weather, as opposed to the weather conditions prevailing the first day. The day witnessed different societies conducting their competitions.
Vivekananda Society, Miranda House organised three events judged internally by Mrs Aastha Kalra, Mrs Nidhi Gupta, Mrs Nisha Balatyagi, and Mr Raj Verma Singh. The first competition was Essay Writing on the topic- “How pervasive are racism and sexism among youth,” and saw participation by 17 participants. Ananya Reddy and Umang Bhadauriya from Miranda House won the first and second prize respectively while Sniti Raj from Kirori Mal College came third. The Open Mic saw different genres of poems and stories being recited by 12 participants. Harshita and Upasa from Miranda House came first and second respectively while Astha Deepaki from Lady Shri Ram College and Vallary Shukla from Miranda came third. The competition of Impromt story making on the Topic- “you are stuck for 45 min in a lift” saw participation by 4 teams. Team from Ramanujan College won this event.
Shama Kohli Conventional Debate Competition was organised by The Debating Society of Miranda House. It saw powerful bilingual debates by 14 teams on the topic- “This house regrets the narrative of logic and science to interpret the world.” The event was judged internally by Nanda Ma’am, Vice Principal, Miranda House and Mrs. Meeta from the Economics Department of the college. The title of Best Interjector were awarded to Sukhin from Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Siddhartha from Hindu College. The second best Speaker for the motion was Abhipsha from Daulat Ram College, while the Second Best Speaker against the motion was Adit from Kirori Mal College. The Best Speaker For the motion was Yukta, Jaypee and the Best Speaker Against the motion was Abhipshita, Sri Venkateswara College. Second Best Team was Daulat Ram College and Shyam Lal College while the title of the Best Team was given to Shree Ram College of Commerce.
Anukriti, the Hindi Dramatics Society of Miranda House organised ‘Izhaar’, a stage play event after four years. Amongst preliminary rounds between 27 competing team, 6 teams made it to the finals. The event kicked off with ‘Three Tall Women’ the annual production of The Ariels, the English Dramatics Society, followed by SRCC’s annual production ‘Anidra’ and Anubhuti, the Hindi Dramatics Society of Sri Venkateswara College’s annual production ‘Kolahal’. After the break, ‘Fourth Wall Productions’, the dramatics society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies presented their annual production ‘Bhunde’. The event ended with Leher, the dramatics society of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce’s production ‘Mahua’ and Hansraj dramatics society’s play ‘Word of Mouth’.
The Quiz Society of Miranda House organised the Annual Rachita Dasgupta Quiz on the 14th and 15th of February. On the 14th, Ashish Singh conducted an Open General Quiz which was followed by an Eco-biz quiz. On the 15th, quizmaster Anukriti Rai conducted the Open Mythology quiz which happened in two rounds. The winners were Novoneel and Riya (first place), Amlan Sarkar and Ria Chopra (second place) and Shivan and Antariksha (third place).
After the break, the final leg of the event, the Indian cinema quiz kicked off which resulted in Ankur and Ayush winning the first place and a tie in between Amlan, Paliwal and Kartik Puri, Tushar Anand.
The Day 2 of Tempest 2019 came to an end with an exhilarating performance by DJ Mojojojo. He performed some of his famous mixes like ‘Sapne’ and also played the famous track ‘Udd Gaye’ by Ritwik. The audience grooved to the tunes of his enthralling showcase. The crowd then peacefully dispersed.

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With so many fests coming up, one wonders what are the new trends to follow and what are the fashion no-nos.
Fests are an essential part of college life, especially in University of Delhi where the season starts in the month of February and goes on till April. Some of the most iconic fests- Hindu College’s Mecca, Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus, Miranda House’s Tempest, and many more are events that every DU kid looks forward to. In the freezing winters our options of what-to-wear seem less than the what-not-to-wear. And with Instagram setting high standards, are the ‘winter looks’ something an average student can recreate?
But fret not, here are a few easy-to-create and yet trendy looks to make a style statement, this fest season:
The Blazer Look
The first look is a chic outfit which can make you look fun-but-professional in a few simple steps. The model pairs a simple black tube top and a classic plaid bottom with a bright white blazer. Another glam look is the black casual tee with black jeans paired with a contrasting turquoise blue blazer. These contrasting blazers add an extra oomph to your usual look making you fest ready!
The Over-Sized Sweater
This look can never go out of style! You can wear a solid grey, over-sized sweater and accessorise it with a black, knitted visor cap. With so many fests lined up, planning outfits every weekend can get hectic, this look is super cute and comfy! Adding bold red lipstick helps you turn on the glam, effortlessly.

Winter Dresses
Why should winters come in the way of your quest to pull off the perfect fest look? Here are three ways to slay, the right way! First is an iconic, full sleeved, dark red winter dress partnered with a grey leather jacket. Second is a winter classic olive green colored, full sleeve dress paired with a fur jacket which adds to the wholesome look. Complete the look with your favorite thigh-high boots! Third is an oh-so-essential beige, without sleeve dress, complimented with a pastel colored coat and matching heels which will help you nail the minimalist vibe at the next fest.

The Denim Dream
Here are 2 looks you can try to dazzle in denim. The first is a simple black, high neck with a denim skirt, black stockings (yes, they are in fashion!) and black knitted visor cap, super easy and cute! The second is a denim jacket and denim skirt, paired with a black bodysuit. The big hoops paired with both outfits are back in fashion and really flatter the classic denim on denim style. This look can help you rock the retro vibe.

Trendy Co-ords
Co-ords are a trend which have created a stir and are our must-haves. The model adorns a peach co-ord, you can also accessorize this look with statement gold jewelry to get an edge and nail the Coachella vibe. This is a chic look and can set you apart from the crowd.

Animal Print and Leather
The first outfit is a simple red, full sleeved top partnered with a short black leather skirt and thigh-high black boots. The second look is an animal print top, black leather skirt and black stockings. In the third look the model adorns a simple animal print dress. The bold black lip adds the flair to your usual leather outfit and helps you channel your inner Safiya Nygaard.

The standard of fests in DU is on a high, with performances by The Local Train, Zaeden, Prateek Kuhad and many more. These outfits are classic, casual and can add fire to your usual attire, giving you more confidence to go out and slay the fest season with the perfect look!

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With many new things that one gets to experience in their college life is cultural festivals. While it obviously generates excitement amongst all students, it does hold a special charm for first years by virtue of it being a novel experience for them. They harbour certain expectations and have certain ideas about festivals. Some of them are met some aren’t.


  • Good Food
    This expectation of yours is sure to be met no matter how high the bar you set. With sponsorship teams working throughout the year to bring in the best Delhi has to offer. There’s a mind blowing variety of food, stalls and chained to chose from. From high end chains like Brown Sugar to street food legends from old Delhi like Karims, a fest has it all. It would be a good idea to save and work on your budgets because food during the fest season sometimes does stress your pocket.
  • Performance societies
    It is hard to understand in colleges why no one from the dance societies or drama societies attends classes or what are they in general up to. All of it makes sense ultimately on the fest day. Watching performance societies from your college perform their act puts you in awe of them and makes you proud to be from your college. You truly understand and value the sweat, hard work and, time they invest. You also feel sorry to have harboured the belief that they just fool around. The first time one watches their college perform is truly a memorable day for every fresher and the start of you harbouring respect for these societies.
  • Star Night or Concerts
    Another highlight of every fest that catches the imagination of every fresher is the star night. While one expects to have a great time with friends while grooving to the beats of your favourite stars. It’s not as pretty as you might think it to be especially if you are a person who can’t tolerate crowded places. With the dancing and fun, one really can’t turn a blind eye to all the sweating, grinding, lack of space, lack of air to breathe and, the suffocation around. While it has a charm of its own there are certain downsides and a need to be vary and cautious of your surroundings.
  • Dressing up
    It’s so easy to spot a fresher in the crowd of a fest, because the poor chap is extremely overdressed compared to his seniors who have stopped caring. For every fresher a fest is a huge party with all eyes on him and therefore the need to dress well often makes him or her the extra person in the crowd. On the flip side, because of your amazing outfit you might get the real deal since you stand out and all eyes would be on you.
  • Finding Love
    Expectation : Blame it on popular culture! We have all seen infinite number of movies and serials where love starts and blossoms at college parties, gatherings and fests. The innocent fresher harbours similar sort of expectation. Girl meets boy , boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl and a lifetime of romance blossoms . As beautiful and fairylike it sounds, we are sorry to break your bubble- it’s not really happening .
    With all the commotion, activities and, hustle, you’ll barely be able to tread your way across the fest let alone find love . In fact it just might be easier to pick up a fight on a fest which is on the opposite end of your imagination spectrum. But, there is nothing wrong with keeping up the hope!


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A college festival to a member of a drama society holds a very different connotation and meaning than to an average college student . It means a platform to display their effort and hard work and carve a name for themselves and their society.

An accurate depiction of the what goes through the mind of a first year dramsoc member during fest season, can be seen in the following phases:


1. Initial Infatuation Phase

Ever since the time you enter the society the only word that can sum up your experience  is – awestruck. The idea of making a play, executing it, and getting your first role, are all ecstatic moments for a fresher. You feel you are a part of something big and something important. While trying to imbibe ideas like team spirit and collaboration, which are a hallmark of any dramatics society, you start to learn the art of making sacrifices and placing the societies needs over yours. This initial faze is also marked by friendships with fellow freshers, establishment of hierarchies with seniors, and feeling important because of the new responsibilities you’re faced with.

2. Coping Phase

This is when things start to get a bit harder than you expected. While it includes happy moments such as “opening of your play” or first society trip together it also has moments such as fights over “instrument duties” or losing important stuff. The idea that you get to attend each and every fest, which seemed so amazing at first starts to take toll on you, and all the traveling and the constant hustle gets you. Whether you lose or win, the activity in itself becomes the highlight of your day, and determines your morale for the next performance or the next day. This is also the time when the bubble around you starts to burst and you understand the real struggle of being a drama society member, that you proudly proclaim yourself as.

3. Sinking Phase
This is the phase when the stress starts to take a toll, and you begin to question yourself. This might happen due to a variety of reasons ranging from your rigorous schedule, your inability to give time to your friends outside the society, and the guilt of not having attended any classes. Running the same performance over and over again also adds to the monotony of the routine. Losing or winning suddenly becomes immaterial. It’s actually surprising how you get used to the commotion and the hustle bustle of the fests, almost paying no heed to it.

4. Culmination Phase
This is the time when the routine starts to set in, and you start getting used to all the happenings around you. All you care about is the performance, you’ve bonded enough with your peers and they begin to feel like your real family. The number of fests also start reducing so you get to enjoy here and there. Everything begins spiralling when the season ends, and it’s time to close your play. This performance is packed with nostalgia, and bitter-sweet memories.

The fest season is characterised by its own highs and lows for a ‘dramsoc’ member, it’s not just a place to have fun, but also to learn, grow, and develop oneself. 


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Tempest 2018 saw activities like Euphonic Yoga, quizzes, art exhibitions, stage play, and a performance by DJ Vibzz on its second Day. 

Tempest 2018 saw its second day start on a sombre yet delightful mood with the Euphonic Yoga- an event that was a fusion of Indian Classical Dance and Yoga. Through the day, an array of competitions like debates, quizzes, and stage play took place. The college had been creatively decorated in sync with the theme of the fest- “The Future of Fun” with dream catchers, coloured disks and other quirky items reflecting the same. The college had been embellished in a picturesque manner and students were seen taking photos and posing along the same. The crowd increased significantly during the afternoon and soon enough the campus was buzzing with people taking photos, checking out stalls, and meeting new people.

Euphonic Yoga kicked off at Tempest 2018, the annual cultural festival of Miranda House, University of Delhi. The narrator started the enchanting and educational performance by giving a brief on the birth and significance of Yoga and the much renowned Indian Classical dance form Kathak. The auditorium of the college was filled with enthusiastic students and faculty alike to witness this enlightening display of this fusion of an Indian Classical dance form and yoga.

The Hindi debate competition organised by the Vaad Vivad Samiti (Hindi Debating Society) of Miranda House saw over 15 individuals who spoke on the topic ‘The increasing use of technology is undermining emotions’. The debate was in the turncoat format and was judged by eminent debaters Sahil Kairo and Loh Kumar. While announcing the results the judges explained that they devoted equal importance to content as well as the language. Aadiya Kumar from Kirori Mal College won the first prize in the same while Rajesh Kumar Jha from Shivaji College and Ramanand Sharma from Acharya Narendra Dev College won the second and the third position respectively.

Aerials, the English Stage Play Society of Miranda House enacted Jean-Paul Sartre’s acclaimed play, ‘No Exit’. Three damned souls are locked in a mysterious room in hell forever and reveal their crimes. The play was performed well by the actors and the team received a huge round of applause and cheers from the audience at the end.
Adwitiya, the Fine Arts Society of Miranda House had organised an art exhibition displaying some of the finest art pieces created by their members. They had also organised a competition called ’Maidan-e-Craft’ on the theme of Spirituality and participants were provided with the creative material and topic on the spot. The first position was shared by Yogesh Kumar of Sri Venkateshwara College and Sangeeta of Miranda House while the second position was secured by Ankita Patil of Hans Raj College.

The English Debating Society of Miranda House organized its event ‘Shama Kohli’- a Memorial conventional debate. ‘This House believes that Religion is Outdated’ was the motion of the house. During the course of the argument, certain pertinent issues were raised by the young debaters. Indira from the English department of Miranda House and Nitish from the Economics department of Miranda House judged the event. The level of engagement was quite intense and relevant among the debaters. Saurabh Dubey from Satyawati Evening College and Rajesh Jha from Shivaji College were judged the ‘Best Speaker for the Motion’. Ivan Baruah from Shyam Lal Anand College was given the award for ’Best Speaker against the Motion’. Satyawati Evening College bagged the award for the best team while Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology and PGDAV College came second. ‘The Best Interjector award’ was shared by Simran Sharma from Daulat Ram College and Aman Kumar from Shyam Lal College. A special mention was given to Parth from Hansraj College.

The most anticipated event of the day, the DJ Night was also one of the most exciting for the crowd. DJ Vibzz thrilled the crowd by playing hits like “Bum Tum Tum”, “Lawng Gawacha”, and “Lean On”. The performance delighted the fest and concluded the day of Tempest 2018 on a highly energetic note.

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Cultural fests have carved a niche in the university ecosystem for all the right reasons. Delineating on all of them throws light on important roles fests have been playing in one student’s life.

The tradition of celebrating Cultural fests is widespread in colleges across the stretch of the country. Cultural fest plays a predominant role in a student’s life and in the recent years, have managed to etch a significant place for themselves in the academic calendar. There is a growing consensus that a college festival is not just about fun but that it also augments a student’s learning experience.

‘Antardhvani’ testifies that the University of Delhi recognized the underlined importance of such cultural fests. It helped students to stage their talent and get recognition on a greater scale. The flagship event was discontinued in the year 2015. However, the university encourages its constituent colleges to conduct such festivals every academic year.

What good do the cultural fests impart to students? For one, through participation in fests, a student picks up a variety of skills. The networking ability of students skyrockets during involvement in fests. Students end up finding contact that can support them and can help them during future career stages.  Cultural fests give a lot of social benefits the biggest being inter-college interaction. Students get a chance to medley with people from different walks of life.

Organizing and participating in fest activities is not a child’s play; it needs arduous efforts and stern dedication. Fests facilitate students to work for a fixed goal in unison and this eventually develops a sense of responsibility in them. It elevates confidence and also teaches them how to work in a team and in various challenging situations.

In outstation fests, students get chance to explore the campus and city more after the event, eventually getting exposed to different culture. This helps them understand different cultures and explore their sensitivities and finer nuances. Most of the employers hire students whose potential don’t just revolve around bookish knowledge. Continuous involvement in more than one activity reflects skills and abilities of the student. Students learn to prioritize and time management too. These academically and co-circularly talented students have an outstanding personality, which helps them to forge ahead in their career.

Lastly, the prime intention of pulling up a fest is to allow students a period of recreation. Though cultural fests rob students of their energy but replenish them with new vigor and enthusiasm. Memories and friendships created in fests are cherished forever. In the vicious life cycle of a student, revolving around studies, ‘College Fests’ shows a certain degree of inflation in the excitement levels of students.

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To all the fucchas, this even semester is also known as the fest season and before the fest season commences in full spring, here is what you should expect from a typical DU cultural fest.

The Fest season of the University of Delhi (DU) is here. We are officially amidst the fest season and right now, almost every college union must be raising a hue and cry over concerns regarding sponsorship, creative teams, fest dates and the hoopla around booking fest venues from the college administration. You all may be hearing all sorts of rumours from friends about which celebrity is coming to your college, who all are sponsoring your college event and what will be the dates of the fest. Honestly, to the excited fucchas, we would like to let you know that DU fests are all fun and cool, but do not have ridiculous expectations from them. February and March will be the time of your year but your experience at a fest does not just depend on the event but also the kind of friends’ group you are with. There will certainly be a DJ Night and a Star Night where you would dance your heart out with friends and create amazing Snap Chat and Instagram stories. The two or three-day event will allow you to gorge on the cheapest and tastiest food and shopping stalls available will allow you to buy funky and eccentric trinkets. Your college will be full to its capacity and you might even make new friends from this oncoming crowd. The quality of your college fest, essentially the celebrity that comes to the star night, will depend upon the money your college union is able to raise from the sponsorship teams, college funds and the name of your college. Overcrowding is a typical attribute of all DU fests – so be prepared for squeezing your way out during all the event days and beware of pickpockets and inappropriate touching and groping. Competitions will be a lot of fun as every college society will be upping their game so as to garner as much recognition as they can.

The best thing about a DU Fest is that you can gain access to each and every DU college out there during the fests and entry into girls’ colleges for the boys and the girls from such colleges into coed colleges is an absolute boon. Start making all sorts of contacts if you are staying in a PG to get entry into as many colleges as you can. Do not expect punctuality during the fest as there will be problematic timelines and delays due to the celebrity’s tantrums, the tardiness of the college authorities and the event management teams. Eat, dance, and scream as much you can because whether you are a fresher, a sophomore or someone who is teary-eyed in their last semester, DU fests are the most enjoyable time of the year. Preserve your memories, explore the DU Campus and most importantly, love your time in this University and have a lot of fun!

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A bundle of enthralling competitions and a string of musical charm, such was the cultural spectacle at Kamala Nehru College’s annual fiesta, Ullas!
Ullas, Kamala Nehru College’s annual cultural fest, being held on 22nd and 23rd March 2017, began with a power-packed morning on its first day. There was an air of hustle bustle, along with several attendees who gathered within the college premises to give this much-anticipated fest an energetic start.
The fest was inaugurated by Ms. Shikha Sharma, the CEO of Axis Bank, accompanied by the Principal, Dr. Kalpana Bhakuni. The inauguration consisted of lighting the lamp, followed by a keynote address by the chief guest and the Principal. After the fest was declared open, a variety of cultural events were all set to take place and enthral the audiences. The solo Indian classical dance event, hosted by Nupur, the Indian dance society of Kamala Nehru College, was one of the first events wherein the audience witnessed mesmerising dance forms from all across the nation, be it Oddisi or Mohiniattam. Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College and Suryansh from Maharaja Agrasen College shared the first position. Nimisha from Janki Devi Memorial College stood second, and Sharanya from Indraprastha University stood third.

Next in line were the riveting performances in the group Indian folk dance competition which was also held by Nupur. The performances were packed with the power of Bhangra from Punjab and the charm of Kalbelia from Rajasthan. The first position was bagged by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College for their enthralling Bhangra performances. The second position was bagged by Nazakat, the Indian dance society of Gargi College for their ‘Badhai’ (dance form of Madhya Pradesh) dance performance, and the third position was bagged by Nrityakriti, the Indian dance society of Maitreyi College for their mesmerising Haryanvi folk dance.

Simultaneously, the Indian music society of Kamala Nehru College, Sangeetika, held the Indian choir competition, which was a treat to the ears for all those who attended this musical morning consisting of ragas and taals. The first position was bagged by Tarkaas, the Indian music society of the Institute of Home Economics, the second position was secured by Samranjini, the Indian music society of Gargi College and the third position was held by Alankar, the Indian music society of Hindu College.

The evening of the first day of Ullas had several highlights. After the Indian dance events were concluded, the western group dance event was conducted. A thrilling event as always, it had the entire auditorium packed to the brim, with students cheering for the participating teams. Misba of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce won first place, with Verve of Sri Venkateswara College and Zeal of Maitreyi College winning the second and third prizes respectively.
Day 1 ended on a note of musical high with three endearing performances. First, Hamsa Band got the audience all geared up and had them singing along to their renditions of popular Bollywood songs. Some of these included latest hits such as “Humma Humma” as well as some nostalgic numbers like “Hum Kis Galli Jaa Rahe Hain”. Next up, Dhruv Sangari started the Sufiana Night with dim lights and soft sounds. After his soothing performance, the day was finally concluded by a performance from the renowned Nizami Brothers, who left the audience feeling calm and relaxed after such a full day. Ullas 2017 was off to a great start on its first day!

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Saumya Kalia
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