Here’s taking a look back at all the celebrity appearances to close off the session 2019-20. From politicians, to musicians, DU Beat presents to you celebrity highlights of the year. 



1. Shashi Tharoor interacts with students on the eve of DUSU Elections


The NSUI along with Kerala Students Union on the occasion of the DUSU Elections 2019, organised a student interaction session with Dr. Shashi Tharoor on 4th September. Several questions were asked to Dr. Tharoor and he dealt with every question patiently. He also talked about demonetization, National Register of Citizens (NRC) Bill, and the Kashmir issue. Dr. Shashi Tharoor concluded the session by giving some advice to the students. He told them to not compete with others but with themselves; and that failure was a part of life, that without it there was no success.




1. Workshop with ‘Little Things’ Star Dhruv Sehgal

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Rose to fame from Filter Copy and Little Things, actor and writer Dhruv Sehgal conducted a workshop on creative writing at Indian Youth Conclave on 31st August 2019, which helped the aspiring writers to ace writing skills. He stressed on making observations which are free of cost, how everyone has a story, and how the blank pages are the best instrument for writers. Dhruv also highlighted the diversified and stark competition in the web series business, and insisted on the importance of following the rules which flourish creativity as opposed to the millennial’s obsession of breaking them.




 1. The Trinity of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy at Rendezvous


The famous Indian musical trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy performed magnificently at Rendezvous: The annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) on 2nd October 2019. The trinity which completed 20 years in the industry interacted with the audience and made them groove at their beats and rhythms. They performed their classical hits such as Locha-e-ulfat, Mitwa, and Dil Chahta Hai which made the audience take a trip to nostalgia of the 2000s. Saving the best for the last, the trio concluded their performance with  Phir Bhi Dil hai Hindustani and Breathless.


2.  Moonwalk Magicians MJ5 at Rendezvous


The winner of India’s Dancing Superstar- MJ5 gave a riveting performance at day two- on 3rd October 2019 at Rendezvous: The annual cultural festival of IIT Delhi. The boy dance group is famous for its unique variations, formed from the inspiration of the famous pop icon Michael Jackson. The record holder group enthralled the audience with their beautiful synchronisation and smooth moonwalks. They also engaged with the crowd and got them grooving along with their performance. They put together a series of classic Michael Jackson steps along with some famous bollywood mixes for the audience to be entertained.


3. Amit Trivedi Steals The Night At Rendezvous


Singer, composer and lyricist, Amit Trivedi performed on 5th October 2019, the fourth and final day of Rendezvous at IIT Delhi, with his team consisting of Meghna Mishra who sang in Secret Superstar, and others. He swooned the audience with his majestic compositions from Udta Punjab, Manmarzyaan, Andhadhun, Dear Zindagi, and others. The audience was bewitched at the Coke Studio renditions of Chaudhary and Badri Badariya by the singer and his team. The mesmerising synchronisation of the harmony of the artists brought the night to an end in a way which was a memorable experience.


4. Laxmi Agarwal Gets Candid at Rendezvous


Acid attack survivor and a campaigner for rights, Laxmi Agarwal spoke candidly at Rendezvous at an event called FAIL. This was initially conceptualised in MIT, but had a desi side to it by having successful Indian speakers- talking about their failures in life. Laxmi was the first speaker and she had her audience hooked to her, for her life story was captivating. She told about her journey candidly: How she was spewed with acid at the age of 15, and how she came out of that as a warrior. She has started a campaign called Save Sale Acid, and has never looked back in her life.


5.  Rajat Sharma Engages at Rendezvous


Chairman and Editor-in-chief at India TV, Rajat Sharma spoke at the event FAIL in which successful people share their failure stories. The Aap Ki Adalat host addressed the public in a different manner than other speakers and had a lot of interactive dialogues with them. The journalist also asked a lot of questions to the audience to keep them engaged, and shared his life story with them. His speech concluded his life journey and left the audience inspired.


6. Poetic Mehfil By Kumar Vishwas At Rendezvous


Poet and politician Kumar Vishwas won hearts on day three- 4th October 2019, of the annual cultural fest of IIT Delhi: Rendezvous. The poet recited a series of poems having a satirical hint to it and took jabs at the government during his show. He performed his ever famous poem Koi Deewana Kehta Hai and Ek Pagli Ladki Ke Bin which had the audience hooked from the charm of his endearing and mesmerising poetry recitals. 




1.DJ Trinity Rocks At Antaragni’19


DJ Gian Nobilee, DJ Bonka, and DJ Ravator gave a rocking performance at Antaragni’19, the annual cultural festival of IIT Kanpur on the opening day- 17th October 2019. The EDM artists who have names around the globe, pounded the campus with some hard beats. His Italian music inclination, featuring live energy and electronic music had the crowd grooving to his amazing beats. The popular remixes by the DJ trio was the highlight of their performance and was much awaited by their fans.


2. Jab ‘Chai Met Toast’ Met Antaragni’s Crowd 


Performance by the celebrated Indie pop band-When Chai Met Toast at Antaragni, IIT Kanpur, left everyone mesmerised. The young band, which hails from Kochi is known for mixing sounds from across East and West. The uniqueness in their style was reciprocated by a huge fanbase in the crowd. With their tracks like Firefly and Believe,’ they made the crowd intoxicated and thrilled with their music which had made a soulful connection with them.


3. Rap Hustle At Antaragni’19


At IIT Kanpur’s annual cultural festival Antaragni, took place the Rap Hustle between famous Indian hustlers like Kaam Bhari, Spitfire and SlowCheetah. The talented rappers jammed with the audience and had them awestruck with their rhymes and lyrics. Loud cheer followed every hard hitting lyric and their beats dropped with applause and charged up reactions. The arena was filled up to its brim, and so was the excitement among the attendees at the festival who enjoyed every bit of the battle.


4. Karunesh Talwar’s Hilarious Monologue At IIT Kanpur


The annual festival of IIT Kanpur- Antaragni, included a hilarious performance by the acclaimed Indian stand-up comic, Karunesh Talwar. The creator of stand-up specials like, Paka Mat Na Mote’ and ‘Pata Nahi Par Bolna Hai’ made the audience break into laughter and giggles throughout his performance. The former member of the popular comedy group AIB, delivered the whole crowd some hysterical jokes and anecdotal stories which had the crowd side splitting. The comedian with his perfect timing had his audience cracking up the entire time.


5. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Trio Closes Antaragni’19


The highly acclaimed musical trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in their own magical way, closed Antaragni- the annual cultural festival of IIT Kanpur on day four- 20th October 2019, with their strong, energetic, and eclectic performance.  As expected, the performance saw an overwhelming crowd and an exhilarating performance by the band, which had everyone rooting for them throughout. The band played a host of their famous tracks and the audience danced to the tunes of their famous songs including Sajdaa, Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe, Pretty Woman, Zinda and Gallan Goodiyan.




1. Prominent Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali Talks At Oasis’19

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The 49th edition of BITS Pilani’s flagship cultural festival, Oasis, held huge and star-studded events, and on 20th October 2019, saw the inauguration of the BITS film festival by Highway and Rockstar-director Imtiaz Ali. The director known for his work at redefining modern love in contemporary times had everyone transfixed when he communicated with them. Ali talked in detail and depth about his experiences with Oasis and reminisced about his student days. He also talked about handling rejections, among other matters which waved a sense of positivity in the atmosphere.


2. Sunidhi Chauhan Wins Hearts At Oasis’19


Sunidhi Chauhan, the queen of power ballads in Bollywood, gave the audience at BITS Pilani a whiff of nostalgia as she performed her classic songs from the 2000s and 2010s. Her performance drove the crowd to pure madness as she and her team of harmonized and whipped out their best moves together. Their synchronisation was top notch. The entire crowd danced all night and just  couldn’t have enough of the singing diva.


3. Nucleya Hits EDM At Oasis’19


The EDM sensation of India-Nucleya, arrived at the BITS’19 cultural festival-Oasis, to give a powerful performance. Along with his desi brand of dubstep which is a major aspect of making his performance lively, were the trippy, random, and vintage Bollywood inspired visuals playing on the colossal stage screens. The credit for these designs goes to the EDM Maestro Nucleya’s frequent designer, Diprav Jadhav. With tracks from acclaimed albums like Raja Baja and Bass Rani, the DJ gave a splendid performance and be it the track Heer or Laung Gawacha, the crowd absolutely loved him.


4. BITS Brings Biswa To Perform At Oasis’19


The hilarious stand-up comic Biswa Kalyan Rath performed on the last day of the festival Oasis at BITS Pilani. The house was filled to its brim with spectators even occupying the floors. Mast Aadmi‘- Biswa went on with his banter on engineering students, Indian civic sense, and other matters, leaving the audience in fits of laughter. The engineer turned comedian has not only come up with stand-up specials like In Your Face’ and ‘Sushi, but also has created the web series Lakhon Mein Ek that showcase the dark realities of our society.




1. Jass Manak Gives a Sweet-sounding Performance


Jass Manak, a famous singer-songwriter, performed at Symphony, the annual cultural fest of Janki Devi Memorial College on the 10th  January 2020. His fans welcomed him on stage with posters and portraits. The audience was riveted by the Punjabi singer’s performance as he made everyone in the audience sync their steps with songs like Lehenga, Prada, Kajra Mohabbat Wala, Viah and many other Bollywood songs. The students of Janki Devi Memorial College were seen holding banners to stand against violence in educational institutions which was the theme of Symphony 2020. 




1. Harsimrat Kaur Badal Speaks about Women Empowerment


Member of Parliament, Bhatinda, and Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing, Harsimrat Kaur Badal gave a speech on the empowerment of women and their rights on February 12th. She talked about the struggles she had to endure to be where she is today along with the struggles of many other brave women fighting for education. She pointed out how the majority of women in India are married against their wishes. She also took a minute to talk about her journey with Nanhi Chhaan movement to help women in Punjab.


2. Cast of College Romance Enlightens Everyone at Business Conclave


Three actors from the cast of web series ‘College Romance’ namely Shreya Mehta, Gagan Arora and Keshav Sadhna were a part of the YouTubers’ Panel at Business Conclave 2020. The actors discussed how YouTube is an extremely welcoming platform for aspiring content creators. They also pointed out the importance of originality and how relatable content gets noticed relatively more quickly. After the discussion ended, the audience asked several questions from the panelists such as the progress of season 2 of College Romance. On being asked about their political views, the three actors took a pass and politely asked the mediator of the panel to not bring politics into the picture. 


3. Comedian Aakash Gupta Gives a Hilarious Monologue

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Aakash Gupta, the winner of Comicstaan season 2, enchanted the audience with his wit and sarcasm on 13th February. The gymnasium of Shri Ram College of Commerce roared with laughter on account of Aakash Gupta’s hilarious imitations of people sneezing and laughing in the most unusual ways. He left the audience hooting with laughter as he went on to explain his crazy escapades in Delhi. Day two came to an end with the audience dying with laughter and it was a day full of entertainment.


4. Gautam Gambhir Gives a Noteworthy Speech at Business Conclave


Gautam Gambhir, an ex-cricketer turned politician, talked about his journey in the field of politics and addressed the audience about Bharatiya Janata Party’s  (BJP) recent defeat in Delhi Assembly Elections despite the party’s innumerable attempts to win the elections. He stated that no politician should ever be thanked for it is the duty of a politician to help the masses. The Padma Shree Awardee also pointed out the importance of self-motivation. He apprised the audience about his accountability to not just his constituency but all other constituencies that his party contested for.


5. Kapil Sharma Apprises the Audience at SRCC


Kapil Sharma, a prominent comedian in the television industry engages with the audience at Business Conclave on 14th February. In his speech, he stressed on the importance of writing part of a show and how the plot is among the most important factors that contribute to the success of a show. While giving the speech, he was reminded of his own college days in Amritsar. The comedian turned actor was also a part of his college theatre group which led him to pursue his dreams that later turned into a reality. The panel ended with a bunch of zealous students jamming on stage with Kapil on a rap song


6. Prajakta Koli Distinctly Converses with the Audience


Prajakta Koli, a renowned content creator and YouTuber who goes by the name of ‘Mostly Sane’, was welcomed on stage. She began to talk about her experiments with different fields and trying her hands on various careers. She started off as a radio intern and later explored content creation which worked out extremely well for her. She went on to become one of the most famous YouTubers in India. She mentioned that she was in collaboration with Lily Singh who is better known as the Superwoman. She described an indescribable moment of her life which was having tea with Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the US. She also highlighted problems in her career as such YouTube censorship. The audience was given a chance to interact with her and on special request, she enacted her character Montu for all her fans in the audience.


7. Kapil Sibbal Engages with the Audience at Business Conclave


KapilSibal, a renowned politician of the Indian National Congress and a Member of Parliament began his speech by mentioning how his family came to India after the Partition. He shed light upon the importance of freedom of the youth and the education system which seemed to have innumerable downsides. The Rajya Sabha MP also claimed that on the orders of the NDA government, educational institutions were ruthlessly ransacked where students were attacked. He could not stress enough on the importance of expression of dissent in a democratic country. He was hopeful about the country electing better leaders and better vice-chancellors of universities.




1. Darshan Raval’s Exuberant Performance at Rhapsody’20


The students of Delhi University were enthralled by Darshan Rawal’s performance on the 21st of January at Rhapsody, the annual cultural fest of Maitreyi College. Despite the strict entry procedure, Maitreyi College resonated with Darshan Raval’s captivating voice. He started off with a few romantic songs and later went on to sing party songs like ‘Kamariya’ and ‘Chogada’ to make his zealous audience dance. The 25-year-old singer also dedicated songs to boys in the audience. He also gave challenged everyone in the audience to match the steps of his team. However, Darshan’s energy was unmatchable and his power-packed performance made Rhapsody’20 a memorable one.




1. Rahul Subramanian Performs a stand-up at One Plus Comedy Night


Stand-up comic Rahul Subramanian performed at the pre event of the cultural fest of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies- Crescendo in association with One Plus on 25th January 2020. Amidst skepticism of cancellation, the show took place and Subramanian showed up casually with minimal efforts in appearance, and performed a spoof of his Amazon prime show ‘Kal Main Udega.’ He made jokes about DJs and how his life was as a  management student in Greater Noida. He also interacted with the audience for most of the time and did improvisations.




1. Fusion band Pakshee grooves in Udgam at Ramjas College


Ramjas College celebrated its annual cultural fest, ‘Udgam’ that was collectively organised by the college’s five cultural societies. The highlight of the fest was the performance by Pakshee, a Hindustani and Carnatic fusion band on 27th February. The performance by the band was electrifying and the students loved the unique beats of the band. The band members themselves were thrilled to see such an excited audience. With the band’s performance, the fest culminated. The performance was enjoyed by over 200 students that attended the ‘Star Night’.




1. The Yellow Diary Rocks The Evening At Nexus


One of the best indie bands: The Yellow Diary performed at the inaugural day of Nexus- the annual cultural festival of Sri Venkateswara College on 28th February 2020. They had the audience captivated by their fusion rock music and soothing synchronisation of Rajan Batra’s voice with instruments of the band. They uplifted the crowd with their performance of popular songs like Rab Rakha, Marz, and Tere Jaisa Hor Dissa among others. They saved the best for last and sang Kashmir which was much awaited by the fans. The band also distributed free T-shirts to some fans at the end of the show.


2. Ankit Tiwari Gives a Dazzling Performance at Nexus


The singer, music director and composer, Ankit Tiwari enthralled the audience at Nexus- the annual cultural festival of Sri Venkateswara College on 29th February 2020. Even in the midst of intermittent raining and delay the crowd was large and awaited the presence of this bollywood singer. Tiwari sang Bollywood blues and got the audience to sway especially when he sang his USP song of Aashiqui-2, Sun Raha Hai Na Tu. The singer also invited students to join him and sing on the stage and the vibe was celebratory.


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The Hiking Club, St. Stephen’s College organised its 15th National Climbing Competition, from 31st January to 2nd February 2020. The event was a ravishing success with participation in varied categories like lead and speed climbing, between various age groups.

The Adventure Club of St. Stephen’s College, called The Hiking Club, organised its 15th National Climbing Competition. The event commenced on 31stJanuary and went on to 2ndFebruary 2020.  The event was incentivised with prizes worth Rs. 60,000, making the gymnasium of the college echo with loud cheers and hoots.

The National Climbing Competition is an annual event, which awards the player who can climb the set distance in the shortest time. This year’s edition of the Annual Competition was adjudged by Mr Rohit Solanki and Mr Chandan Kumar.

Participants from all over Delhi put on their competitive shoes while eyeing the prizes up for grabs. All participants were full of enthusiasm and eagerly waited for their turns. The results of the competitions were announced on 1stFebruary and 2ndFebruary, and they are:

In the ‘Under 16 Boys Speed’ category, Sachin Saroj bagged the first position, Manujee in the second position and Kabir won the third position.

In the ‘Under 16 Girls Speed’ category, Arshpreet Kaur emerged as the winner, and Simran Kaur and Nandini Dhir came second and third respectively.

For the ‘Open Women Speed’ category, Shivpreet Pannu got the first place, Shivani Charak and Siya Negi, emerging at the second and third place, repectively.

For the ‘Open Men Speed’, Inder Singh was declared the winner, and Bhuvnesh won the second place, while Sarvan bagged the third place.

For the ‘Under 16 Boys Lead’ category, Sachin Saroj again bagged the first place. Manujee and Vansh Bhardwaj bagged the second and third position respectively.

For the ‘Under 16 Girls Lead’ Category, Arshpreet Kaur won the first place, and Nandini Dhir came second, followed by Simran Kaur at the third place.

In the ‘Open Men Lead’ category, Sachin Saroj emerged as the winner, followed by Abhishek Mehta in the second position and Inder Singh in the third place. In the ‘Open Women Lead’ category, Shivpreet Pannu bagged the first place, followed by Shivani Charak and Siya Negi at the second and third positions.


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Day 3 of Tempest 2019 saw the hustle bustle of the fest along with a melodious end to the evening by Jubin Nautiyal.


Orpheus, the Western music society of Miranda House organized their annual event Euphony 2019. The event had two competitions: Accapella, the group singing competition and the solo singing competition.Echo the western music society of Jesus and Mary College won the first position in group singing.

The solo singing competition was won by Jessjit Singh from Delhi Technological University and Riya Khattar from Kamala Nehru College. The second position was also a tie between Shruti Parasarthy and Janice Joe from Jesus and Mary College.The Western Music Singing competition brought in an awesome load of societies who competed to take home the glory of victory. The group as well as the solo competition filled the atmosphere with melodious voices singing the tunes of some of the best classical songs.

The group competition witnessed 10 societies performing in the final round. The participants seemed enthusiastic as they were seen cheering not only their own team members but members from other societies as well.

The solo competition had 9 performers in the final round. The participants had brought an accompanist for a musical instrument. Though there was a little in the technical aspect, the singers handled it very well. The judge, while announcing the result acknowledged it and appreciated the performances by also giving useful advise.

Mridang, the Indian dance society of Miranda House is presenting their annual fest Tarangini’19. The solo classical event witnessed a number of participants portraying classical dance performances followed by a montage of peppy group performances by participants ranging from different colleges.

On the last day of Tempest 2019, renowned singer, Jubin Nautiyal, created an enchanting musical aura at Miranda House. He began the night by interacting with the audience, and telling the enthusiastic crowd that he had been excited to meet them and perform for them since the past few weeks. Soft romance was the vibe in the air as he sang popular numbers like Meherbaani, Kaabil, Gazab ka hai din, and Baawra Mann among many others. In a medley that had the audience captivated, Nautiyal sang covers of old favourites such as Gulaabi aankhein, Dheere dheere se, and Roop tera mastana. The singer then moved to songs like Aaj ki raat, Tamma tamma, Ilahi et al, as the audience grooved in delight. On the same climatic note, Nautiyal bid adieu to Miranda House with the joy and rhythm of The Humma Song.


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Reiterating the might of the pen and the printed world, the biggest book and stationery bonanza, keenly awaited by students, teachers, artists and, book lovers is back.

India Trade Promotion Organization is organizing the 24th edition of the Delhi Book Fair along with the 20th edition of Stationery Fair from 25th August 2018 to 2nd September 2018 at Pragati Maidan. Having been an annual event since the last two decades, this mega event will witness popular art supplies, books, and, stationery from all over the globe.

The stationery and book fair is an event which witnesses lakhs of visitors, artists and book lovers who throng through the stalls every year. The fair is not only a place to discover new books and stationery but also new budding authors. One can also witness intellectual debates and discussions about the ongoing issues both at the national and international level.

Why Should You Visit the Fair?

  • A variety of books and stationery to choose from.

Even someone who is not a fan of stationery and books ends up buying some cute artsy stuff at the fair.  These fairs are a place where you can find books on any topic, genre and, language. You name it and the fair has it!

  • Author Meet-ups

Generally, book fairs witness a number of new authors who launch their books. Some renowned authors are also there to hold discussions. Be careful while hogging the book stalls, you might end up meeting your favourite author. Do not forget to get your copy signed by him/her!

  • Stationery

Tape, glue, highlighters, colour pencils, fountain pens, sketchbooks, DIY art kits, handmade notebooks, diaries artist sketch boxes, chalk, pens and, paper stashes await at the stalls. If not for stationery, then go for chunky and cool bookmarks which are sold at throwaway prices. One can find many international brands like Artbin (USA), Sakura (Japan), Mungyo (South Korea), Sharpie (USA), Arto and Campap (Malaysia) and lots more.

  • Cheap Bargain on Books

Some sorting and searching will save you a lot of money and still get to own a decent number of novels and non-fiction books.  Many stalls offer as many as five books at the price of meagre INR 200. Such opportunities are god sent for college students who are always broke.

The fair is likely to be held in Hall number 7 to Hall number 12, Pragati Maidan .The timings for the fair are 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  There will be a free shuttle service from the nearest metro station i.e. Pragati Maidan. The entry ticket will be priced at INR 20.School children, in uniform, accompanied by a teacher will be allowed free.

Hog on to brands like Navneet, and Camlin with some childhood nostalgia and buy some cute and artsy stationery. Catch hold of 100 year old stationery brand- Tombow for some amazing pens, markers and, art supplies.

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Button Mushrooms, an initiative by Delhi University Graduates released ‘Kachi Gali – Rang Desh Ke’, a slum redesigning event on the 17th and 18th of March. The event followed a motive to beautify a slum in Delhi, Sanjay Camp with paintings and murals to make it Delhi’s first artistic slum.

Kachi Gali, entirely sponsored by Shalimar Paints, was an attempt of the students and graduates of Delhi University to use their talent and passion to bring a change in the society. The event focused on merging the talent of the modern youth with the challenges of the country.

Kachi Gali, wholly a student initiative, aspired to use art as a catalyst of change. The event saw a participation of about 400 people and had been taken up in collaboration with more than 20 art societies and social service societies of Delhi University. The event, successfully covered about 700 houses, a school and 950 walls along with painting about 200 graffitis and paintings on the walls. The cause found its place in the hearts of the people who came forward to fill colours in their own lives with the help of young noble hearts.

Impreneurs – The Entrepreneurship Cell of Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC) successfully organised B-Plan Competition 2.0 on 11th January 2018 as part of Symphony 2018, the annual cultural fest of JDMC.

15 teams from colleges all across Delhi NCR were shortlisted to present their business plan in the on-campus round. The competition was judged by Mr. Ashish Kumar and Mrs. Neeru Vashisth.


In addition to the cash prize, the top three teams will get internship opportunities from Everyday Innovators. Offers from Leantrack on Pre-Accelerate Program were also awarded to the winning team and the 1st Runner Up. Team Impreneurs heartily congratulates the winning teams for their commendable efforts!

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Indraprastha College for Women hosted in its first ever edition of Troika, a three-day festivity. It brought a mélange of events, from Panel Discussion to Kavi Sammelan to Stand-up Comedy and Battle of Bands during a period of three days from 28th January to 30th January. Troika has been introduced this year with the echo “Teen din teen rang, Kavi vicharo Aur gayak ke sang.”

Radhika Dua, the college treasurer explains how Troika is a precursor to the annual fest Shruti, “Troika’16 is first of its kind inter-college festival of Indraprastha College. As its name puts forward, it’s a three day event organised by the Students’ union to encourage fellow students to exhibit their talent and gain some food for thought. Additionally, Troika is also an opportunity to foster relations between students of different colleges and interests. The idea behind the event was devoted to creating a platform for students to enjoy, experience and explore. Troika is just a trailer for our annual fest Shruti.
The festivities were ushered in with a riveting and engaging panel discussion on the topic, “Impact of Dating Applications on Youth”. Attended by a packed audience in the college auditorium, the Panel discussion was moderated by Suanshu Khurana, Music Correspondent/Critic, Indian Express.
The other panelists included Shalini Evelyn Shah, Head of English Editorial, Ratna Sagar, Manish Malik, Director, Manifest Training Solution and Aakanksha Maheshwari Sewani, Head of Knowledge Management, Microsoft, who is also an alumna from the same college.

Photo by Shivani Malik
Photo by Shivani Malik

The panel discussion brought many facets and quirks of modern-day dating. While some remarks made the audience double up with laughter, some serious questions were raised. Followed by a Q&A session, the discussion was engaging with the right amount of scandalous remarks and controversial comments to make the audience fire up questions like bullets.

Wannabe Anonymous after their performance, Photo by Shivani Malik
Wannabe Anonymous after their performance, Photo by Shivani Malik
Wannabe Anonymous

The first day ended with a stand-up comedy act by Wannabe Anonymous, a first of its kind Stand-Up Comedy community started in Delhi by Siddharth Singh and Prakhar Maheshwari. They made all the right jokes, from  mocking the burning topic of modern dating to cracking meticulous jokes about the idiosyncracies of the college.
The Second day’s highlight was Kavi Sammelan, which saw participation from colleges like Hansraj, Hindu, Kirorimal, CIC, SOL, among others.


Photo by Shivani Malik
Photo by Shivani Malik
Photo by Shivani Malik
Photo by Shivani Malik

The first prize was bagged by Manju for her poem Mazdoor, while the second prize went to Nidhi Kumar Jha from Kirori Mal College. The judges for the event were Dr. Sanjay Seth and Mr. Pranjal Dhar.
Troika culminated in Battle of the Bands on the third and the last day of the round of festivities. The last day saw performances by Slaves of Rock, The Hindu College Collective, Alanwesha, Ricochet, Hightime, Zhankaar, Chapstick and Rubberband and Playtime. Playtime from Hansraj College bagged the first position, while Hightime from Kirorimal College came second.

Sanchita Makkar, the President of the Students’ Union, says it has been a successful endeavour, “We wanted to increase number of events and level of participation in our college. These three events  in troika were a mix of experience,enjoyment and learning. We wanted to give a different experience to students of all colleges.”

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Calling all the people who love wet noses and wagging tails! Be prepared to be welcomed by wags and woofs as you visit Pet Fed, India’s Biggest Pet Convention.
To be held on 13th December 2015 at the Garden of Five Senses Saket, PET FED Delhi 2015 has tons of exciting activities planned for all you pet lovers.

Here is what’s in store for you:

  1. Puppy Therapy


Spend an aww-dorable day with these pooches.
Countless puppies licking your face to glory as you lay back on a comfortable couch…the idea of a perfect evening will come true at this pet convention. Here’s introducing Puppy Therapy to help you leave all your worries behind. Aimed at raising awareness about pup adoption and shelter animals, the fifteen minute sessions will be held throughout the day (or till the fur babies aren’t tired!)


  1. Games for You & Your Pooch


Pet Fed is going to be a lot of fun! Photo Credit: www.petfed.org
Register for super cute games like the Scooby Doo Mystery and dig out the treasure with your furry friends! Follow the clues, solve mysteries and take home treasure…

And lots of other cool games like Human Scrabble, Pawball, Kung Fu Panda Challenge will be there to indulge in!

  1. Live Music, Food & Beer

Dogs, Music, Food and Beers, can life get any better?
With bands like Playback, Chayan (Lead vocalist of Advaita) & Smiti and One World College of Music, PET FED Delhi 2015 will have food and beverage stalls for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the evening!


  1. Pet Walk

Let your pet set the latest fashion statement as he walks the ramp dressed up in his best attire. The fashion show will take place from 4:45 – 6 pm and participation fee is Rs. 500 donation to Friendicoes. Make sure to register in advance here. A lot of pet supplies will also be available on sale here with which you can dress up your pooch.

Don’t have a pet? Come by to witness the cutest fashion show ever!


  1. Bake Sale


Always wanted to eat up those cute little furballs?
Do you love cupcakes and puppies? Then this PUPCAKE bake sale is your heaven!
Come and enjoy delicious puppy themed cupcakes made by some yummilicous bakers in town! Want to participate in the bake sale? Visit www.petfed.org for more info.


  1. Photo Booth

Don’t forget to get clicked at the photo booth!
You’ll truly be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities at this pet event in Delhi. Get yourself clicked in the super cool Doggy Kisses booth by DogSpot, or even better, click that perfect selfie with your pooch at this vibrant photo booth!


  1. Shopping


Your pooch will love shopping at Pet Fed.
Shop to your heart’s content for your furry friend at Pet Fed Delhi 2015. Brands from all over India will have a wide variety of pet supplies on sale. Let your pooch pick his favourite food item, toys, clothes and more as you stroll through the many stalls.

While you have a fantastic time with your pooch (and shop for adorable pet supplies for him,) all proceeds from the event will go to our much loved Animal NGO, Friendicoes.


Here’s a quick recap for you:

Where: Garden of Five Senses, Near Saket Metro Station, New Delhi

When: 13th December 2015 (10 am to 9 pm)


(Government ticket for Garden of Five Senses of Rs. 30 applies)

Coming with your furball? Make sure to register him/her at www.petfed.org. (No registration required for humans)
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Until a few years ago, showcasing an event on television was the only way to connect to a large number of people without them being physically present at the venue. This also helped bigger events to gain more sponsors. However in this day & age, with high speed internet at our disposal we can broadcast any event live – for free! May it be a college’s fest, a friend’s party, your cousin’s wedding, a meeting or your big birthday bash – you can share anything and everything in real-time, with anyone and everyone!

Live Stream using a Computer

Many websites offer Live Video Streaming for free, one of the most popular and efficient one is uStream. You can either use uStream directly from the browser or download the uStream Producer (Free), for a better experience. Premium ad-free versions are also available for various prices with additional features. You will also require a camera [P.S: If you don’t have a camera you may use your smartphone as a webcam using EpocCam (Free, iOS & Android)!]. Though you can also use Livestream (another platform) and Google+/YouTube for the same purpose as well, this post uses mainly talks about uStream.

To Live Stream from the website you first need to SignUp for an account on uStream and then login with the same (Facebook Login is available). Next, click on “Create Channel” and give your channel a name. Finally, select your camera from “Video Source” drop down list and click on “Start Broadcast” to go live (Allow uStream to access video or web camera when asked). You can also click on “Start Record” to simultaneously record the broadcast for later viewing.

Live Stream using a Smartphone / Tablet

Wanna share something with the world but don’t have a computer around? No issues! You can shoot and stream live videos right from your Android or iOS devices over 3G/4G or WiFi. All you need is the uStream mobile app (Free)!

Live Broadcasting with this app is as simple as clicking a picture! After logging in with your uStream account, hit “Go Live” from the sidebar and the app opens up a camera-like interface with various functionalities. Tap the record button and you can instantly stream what you see. Though it’s pretty seamless, the video resolution is lower. Touch the same button to end recording.

Watch it Live

Once you start the broadcast through a computer or a mobile phone, the live stream can be viewed by others on your channel i.e. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yourusername. Moreover, other interactive tools can also be used while broadcasting live such as polls, live comments, chats, and one can also simultaneously share the stream using Facebook, Twitter or YouTube from the website or within the app. The live stream can also be embedded within a website! Also, if you don’t want to make the stream public but want it to be exclusive for your friends or family, you can make it accessible only to a selected audience as well.

So when the next time you want to share an experience with others, share it live, right when it happens!

Sidhant Malhotra
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Love food? Here is how it works- fine dining kept aside, nothing can beat the magic in the street! Words such as Gol Gappas, Pao Bhaji, Kababs and Dahi Vada are enough to get you salivating, right? Be it the snack department or desserts to satisfy the Indian palette, a recent event in Delhi offered it all. The street food festival at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Complex was a three-day extravaganza from 20th-22nd December, 2013. With around 120 stalls from over 20 states, it was surely a paradise for most street food lovers.