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.

Sandeep Samal

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College cultural fests are supposedly the highlight of the college year. Fests give a chance to explore other colleges, participate in or be an observer of interactive events and competitions, eat a lot, and enjoy. While those people who are a part of societies have an idea of other universities and colleges’ fests due to competitions, others are usually not quite aware of them. Solo and group registrations can be done for various events at outstation fests for a fee that usually includes food and accommodation, and you’re done! So here’s a look at the most well-known fests of the country where you can choose to go before fest season begins at DU:

  1. Mood Indigo, IIT-Bombay

IIT Bombay hosts what is considered to be Asia’s biggest college fest with a footfall of more than 1 lakh students. Apart from competitions on stand-up comedy, dance, theatre, singing, and ‘Star Night’, there are also ‘ProShows’, which see professionals from the fields of arts and performance. It is usually held in the last week of December.

  1. Rendezvous, IIT Delhi

Held around mid-October for a period of four days, it is well-known for its fashion show event and the rock band competition. The sprawling campus of IIT Delhi sees participation of students from over 400 colleges and also has events like open mic poetry and a DJ competition.

  1. Oasis, BITS Pilani

It is held over a period of 96-hours a week before Diwali, usually. While it is relatively a newer entry for having started in 2006, it has built a reputation of being one of the most enjoyable fests with its star night featuring the likes of Kailash Kher, its novel Rap Wars, and interesting themes, set in the town of Pilani.

  1. Unmaad, IIM Bangalore

Taking place towards the end of January, it is the biggest B-school fest in the country that has featured entertainers like Zakir Khan, The Local Train, Amit Trivedi and Farhan Akhtar. Its grand scale and plethora of events are sure to keep you busy during the 72-hour duration.


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Rishika Singh

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There is no doubt that, each year, Delhi University attracts acclaimed personalities from across the various fields. So, it was no surprise that on year 2016-17 the varsity was host to an array of journalists, social activists, politicians, comedians, business tycoons and Bollywood actors who visited the campus. We take a look at all these visits of 2016-17:

  • Dr Shashi Tharoor attended SRCC Youth Conference

September 2016.

The eminent author and former diplomat shared his personal experiences in Delhi University and spoke freely on controversial issues such as secularism and the current national leadership, while also entertaining questions from the audience. Many other distinguished personalities like Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, bestselling author Anuja Chauhan , comedian Papa CJ and director Prakash Jha were present to grace the event and speak to the young audience.

Read full article here


Dr. Shashi Tharoor at SRCC

  • Anurag Kashyap goes candid at Hindu College.

October 2016

Noted filmmaker Anurag Kashyap was cordially invited to an event “Update  Democracy” organized by the Hindu College’s Symposium Society in association with Polit. Anurag candidly talked to students about things as varied as censorship, finding the right career path, and stories from Anurag’s college days. He spoke exclusively to DU Beat before the event and said, “Right now, there’s a whole lot of chaos and a lot of noise and we don’t really know what people want. Who gets heard is decided by who’s the loudest – whoever can afford to create more noise, gets heard.”

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Anurag Kashyap at Hindu College

  • P. Chidambaram attends Blisspoint ’17 at Sri Venkateswara College

January 2017

On 23rd January, 2017, former Finance minister P. Chidambaram arrived at Sri Venkateswara College as a chief guest for Blisspoint ’17, the annual fest of the Economics department. The minister spoke about the origins of a liberal economy, since the theme of the fest was ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Economic Reforms’. His speech, laced with advice for the younger generation, seemed befitting for an audience comprising economics enthusiasts.

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P. Chidambaram at Sri Venkateswara College

  • Durjoy Dutta attends  Zion’17 at Jesus and Mary College

February 2017

On February 21st, 2017 Mercatus, Marketing Society, Jesus and Mary College organised their Annual Marketing Convention – Zion’17. Mr. Durjoy Datta , bestselling novelist, an entrepreneur and screenwriter was present in a capacity of  the Guest Speaker. During the event Mr. Durjoy Dutta enthralled the audience by his sense of humor and success story. He talked about how he was able to come out of his work life to do something he is passionate about.

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Durjoy Datta at Jesus and Mary College

  • His Holiness the 14thDalai Lama graces Jesus and Mary College

February 2017.

Dalai Lama addressed the students of Jesus and Mary College on February 7th, 2017. In his short speech, his Holiness spoke about how institutions like various colleges in Delhi University have blossoming potential to produce compassionate human beings, he then went on to express his undying adulation for Mother Teresa and also touched upon relations between China and India.

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His Holiness at Jesus and Mary College

  • Romila Thapar examines the idea of Heritage at Miranda House.

February 2017

On 15th February, 2017 eminent historian Prof. Romila Thapar along with Prof. Kumkum Roy participated in a conversation on ‘The Many Meanings of Heritage’ in an event organized by the History society of Miranda House. Pertinent questions on the idea of heritage were raised and addressed by the two speakers.

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Romila Thapar at Miranda House

  •  Najma A. Heptullah inaugurates centre for North East studies in Miranda House

Dr. Najma A. Heptullah, governor of Manipur and Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director of Institue of Bio resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) celebrated the second edition of annual North East Fest, Leirang organized by Miranda House’s North East Cell on 27th February. The guests inaugurated the IBSD centre for North East studies in Miranda House.

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North East Fest at Miranda House

  • Bollywood at DU

Delhi University takes pride in producing some of Bollywood’s most famous actors, singers and directors. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons why the campus is abuzz with the attendance of Bollywood hot-shots throughout the year.  While some came to promote their movies, perform during fest session or simply to visit their alma mater. Here is a glimpse of who all visited the varsity from film industry.

Actress and theatre veteran Ratna Pathak Shah inaugurated Reverie 2017,  the annual cultural festival of Gargi College. Actress, model and an alumna of Gargi College, Urvashi  Rautela also visited Gargi College and reminisced about college days when she was a part of Enliven, the western dance society. Sanya Malhotra of Dangal fame also visited her alma mater Gargi College on the third day of the fest.

Singers like Armaan Malik,  Shalmali Kholgade, Raghu Dikshit, Jasleen Royal of Love You Zindagi fame, Prateek Kuhad, Anish Sood, Kanika Kapoor and Jubin Nautiyal and Sukhwinder Singh serenaded the crowd at Delhi University through the fest season.

Lucky Ali, with his evergreen voice, performed his classic commercial as well as indie hits of the last two decades at day 3 of Tarang- annual cultural fest of Lady Sri Ram College. Musical maestro Kailash Kher performed with his band Kailasa at Nexus, Sri Venkateswara College’s Annual Cultural Fest on 25th of February.

While most star nights went on pleasantly,  Diljit Dosanjh’s concert was cut short with just a couple of songs due to the unruly crowd and various circumstances for safety reasons at Confluence- The annual cultural festival of Hansraj College.

Actor Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan promoted their upcoming movie, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, at Hindu College on March 3rd.

Actor Akshay Kumar, Tapsee Pannu and Manoj Bajpayee arrived at Gargi College ?on March 27th, to promote their upcoming action spy-thriller – Naam Shabana.  Apart from the usual song and dance, Akshay Kumar also emphasized on the importance of Martial Arts for girls and women. ?


Ratna Pathak Shah at Reverie 2017


Alia and Varun showing their moves at Hindu College


Dazzling the DU stage


Lucky Ali serenading the crowd


Akshay Kumar and Tapsee Pannu at Gargi College

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Niharika Dabral

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Yes, it’s the first week of college. Yes, it’s nothing like you imagined. Yes, you do feel a little lost. Here’s a revelation: you’re not alone.

Typically, the first few months of college require loads of patience from your end. And every senior who looks well settled in her/his place right now has been in your shoes at one point of time. Everyone may seem like a ‘someone’ right now but no one walked in to college all popular and confident!

So while you’re still in your ‘figuring out’ phase and are getting depressed over the fact that you’re just one of the crowd, here’s how to deal with the ‘Nobody Panic Syndrome’:

  1. Join a society: College will offer you a society for whatever suits you the most. As clichéd this advice may seem, you’ll bear the fruits eventually. By the time the first semester ends, you’ll realise that not only your teachers identify you as a member of that society but also your friends and peers from different departments.
  2. Chisel those conversation skills: The first few months in college will bring you the friends that’ll stay with you for a lifetime. Talk about chicken, Big Bang Theory, Sky-diving, exploits in parking lots; whatever sails your boat! It’s easier than you think because everyone is as awkward and confused as you are.
  3. Hanging out should be a priority: Go out with your peers, explore areas in and around college. This should be your top priority (side note: even more important than attending classes!). Not only do you get to know about the food you’ll survive on the next couple of years, you’ll bag loads of memories.
  4. Associate yourself with activities outside college: You want to be a go-to and contacts person? Know your business outside college too. Capitalise on your skills and be open for new ventures. Join organisations that work outside the ambit of your course.
  5. Most importantly, make your presence felt: Don’t want to feel like a nobody? Participate in fests, volunteer for department and college work. Keep up that enthusiasm; you are being slyly observed, you don’t know it!


Arushi Pathak
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The Delhi University fest season is something that most of us look forward to throughout the year. From the wide array of cultural competitions to the lively celeb performances, different people look out for fests for different reasons.

As hard as it is for the organisers to plan such fests, it’s as much difficult for media to provide coverage for the fests. This is a detailed perspective of the DU fests and the fest season from the media coverage teams:

Pre-fest planning

As soon as the fest organisers get in touch with us, we have to prepare a layout for the coverage. Correspondents and photographers are allotted a time slot in accordance to the events they would be best suitable for covering. More often than not, we are kept in dark about the fest schedule and we have to keep our best bets while allotting time slots to people.

Live coverage

Crucial things have to be kept in mind and decisions have to be taken accordingly during fests. Most of the time, the number of events taking place at one time are overwhelming. We are often seen running to and fro in the event venues, trying to gather the most. There are also numerous social media handles that are to be run live, to provide the best quality coverage. Results of competitions are given utmost importance and no error is acceptable. In a lot of fests, the organising committees refuse to cooperate and providing the best coverage out of what we have adds to the challenge.

Star nights

It goes without saying that star nights really make up the essence of all festivals, and if people are not present at the fests to see the stars perform, they at the least expect a glimpse of them online or on print. Therefore, there is immense pressure to cover the star nights. If it’s not the constant shoving and pushing from the berserk and often misbehaving crowd at the venues, it’s the bouncers and security personnel that block us from going near the stage.

Publishing and post-event work

A lot of time goes in on discussing each photo, video, article or results that go up online or in print. Still a lot of content goes unappreciated. Post event reports and highlights require the input of a lot of people from the team and then there is the task of compiling all the content that went up for a fest to send it to the organising committee. By the time all this gets done, another fest would start.

So wash, rinse, repeat.


Kartikeya Bhatotia

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Feature Image by Chirag Sharma for DU Beat at Mecca, the annual cultural fest of Hindu College.

Day 1 of Montage ’16- The annual cultural festival of Jesus and Mary College was celebrated on 15th March, 2016. Staying true to their theme- ‘Colors of Life’, the entire college was adorned with handmade decorations which further enhanced all the aesthetics of the campus.

The day kicked off with Tarannum, the Indian music society of JMC organising their annual music festival ‘Raag’ which included both solo and choir performances. The solo competitions were categorized into three sections: Classical, Semi Classical and Light. In the Eastern Choir, Hans Raj College was given the first position along with Miranda House as second.

Geetanjali, the Indian Music Society of Miranda House
Geetanjali, the Indian Music Society of Miranda House

The main field simultaneously hosted signature compositions of college bands in Madrigal, The Battle of Bands. A total number of fifteen teams had participated in the preliminary round, out of which five shortlisted bands competed for the ultimate victory: Hans Raj Projekt bagging the same.

Adaa, the Indian Dance festival involved Classical Solo and Folk Dance competitions. In the vibrant event of Folk Dance reflecting the rich culture of all the different lands of the nation, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce’s Bhangra emerged as the winner, while the second position was taken by Sri Venkateswara College.

Chimera, the western dance festival of JMC included a Choreography and Western Dance competition. The first place was given to Hans Raj College while the second one was claimed by Kirori Mal College in the Choreography event. In the Western Dance, Sri Venkateswara College’s Verve bagged the first position whereas IIT Delhi’s V – Defyn stood on the second position and Sri Guru Gobind College of Commerce’s Misba came third. The day ended with Supersonic DJ Mojojojo playing a mix of popular pop tracks.

The final day of Montage  kicked off with ‘Stage Craft’ the Stage play competition. The play had 5 participating teams. The best play was ‘9 Parts of Desire’ by Lady Shri Ram College for Women while the best direction was awarded to the team from Hans Raj College for ‘Party’. Abhinav Kumar (Shaheed Bhagat Singh College) and Tanvika (Sri Venkateswara College) won the best actor award in the male and female category respectively.  

Awaaz, the street play event  organised by Kahkasha, the Hindi dramatics society of JMC. The first position was bagged by the Hindi Dramatics Society of SRCC for their production ‘The Defective Ward’. ‘Kalkothri’ the production of Shivaji College won the second position while ‘Sun Tu Rehne De’ and ‘Hawa Nai Rukh Vahi’ the productions of LSR and Hindu college shared the third position.

Madrigal, the western music festival organised by Echo, the western music society of JMC was categorised into solo and choir competitions. The solo event was won by Shivash Chagti (Hans Raj College). The first position in the group event was won by LSR while Kirori Mal college and Kamala Nehru college won the second position.

The final day ended with performances by rock band, ‘The Local Train’ which sang some famous numbers like Bande and Aaoge Tum Kabhi.

Montage ’16 in a glimpse

Day-wise Coverage:

Day 1
Day 2

Catch Montage 2016’s entire album here

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Arushi Pathak
Tarushi Verma
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Lashkara ’16, the annual cultural fest of SGTB Khalsa College started on the 25th of this month and culminated after three days on 27th February. The three-day fest saw a number of competitions and events. Here are a few glimpses of the fest.

Day 1- Inauguration, Stage Play Competition and Eastern Group Singing Competition

First day at Lashkara witnessed the principal and the union of the college, along with some other faculty members inaugurating the fest at the auditorium. This was followed by Abhivyakti, the stage play competition organised by Ankur, the dramatics society of SGTB Khalsa College. The event saw participation from various colleges including Hindu College, Ramjas College and Shivaji College, among others. The event was judged by actor, designer and director, Vandana Vashisht and Ravindra Tripathy, a known journalist and a theatre critic. Ibtida, the dramatics society of Hindu College emerged as the winner.

Swarang, the music society of the college, organised the Eastern Solo and Group singing competition. Both the events were judged by Prateek Narsimha, who is a leading vocalist of a popular world fusion band Raagleela. In the eastern solo category, Ramjas’ Rahul came first while Kshitija from Faculty of Music bagged the second position. In the eastern group event, the first position was secured by Institute of Home economics while Daulat Ram College and Kamala Nehru College secured the second and third positions, respectively.


Day 2- Street Play Competition, Western Solo Singing Competition, and Western Duo and Trio Singing Competition

Day 2 of the three day extravaganza witnessed Pratyaksh, the street play event organised by Ankur, the dramatics society of the college. The event was non-competitive, so as to give the opportunity to the teams to showcase various issues rather than battling it out for the title. Colleges including IPCW, Hans Raj College and Hindu College, among others participated in the event.

Swarang organised the Western Solo Singing competition and the Western Duo and Trio singing competition. The Western Solo Singing was won by Srimayi Ladagiri of Dyal Singh College (E) followed by Megha Khandelwal of Rajdhani College, and Samarth Mehta of SGTB Khalsa College, at the 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively. The Western Duo and Trio Singing competition saw teams from Sri Venkateswara College and GTBIT College sharing the first position, followed by another team from Sri Venkateswara College.

Day 3- Folk Dance Competition, and Performances by Jassi Gill and Babbal Rai

The third day of the Annual Festival of SGTB Khalsa, Lashkara, started with a folk dance competition. Several colleges including SGND Khalsa, IP College, Mata Sundari and Gargi put up performances. The first prize went to the girls of Mata Sundari College for their Gidda performance, followed by the Gargi College at the second position.


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The afternoon witnessed two star performers namely, Babbal Rai and Jassi Gill, performing in front of the enthusiastic crowd. Despite the scorching heat of the sun, people seemed to enjoy their popular numbers such as ‘Babu Zimmedar’, ‘Bum Sutt Mar’ and ‘Deor Bharjaai’.

Glimpses of Lashkara 2016 

Day-wise Reports:
Day 1
Day 2

Catch DU Beat’s entire album of Lashkara ’16 here

Shaurya Sahai
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With inputs from Tarushi Varma, Brij Pahwa and Akshara

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The third and final day at Gargi College’s annual fest Reverie’16 started with the energy that was seen at both days 1 and 2. The day was filled with cultural dance events organized by Nazaakat, the folk dance society of Gargi College.

The first event was Alaap, the folk dance solo event which saw 12 artists from around the University performing major Indian dance forms like Kathak, Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam. The event was judged by Smt. Ragini Chandrashekhar who was elated by the participation and appreciation of classical arts by such a large audience. “In an age where young generation is so attracted to western influences, not that anything is wrong with it, it is so inspiring to see youngsters taking the arts forward.”

Annanya Chatterji from Daulat Ram College won the first position. The second position went to Pekhna Kaur from College of Arts while the third position went to Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College.

The event was followed by Thumka, the group folk dance competition which saw participation from 8 teams around the University who showcased a variety of danceforms like Bhangra, Gidda, Bihu, Lavni and more.


The event was won by Maitreyi College who showcased a performance of Haryanvi Folk dance, the Bhangra performance by SGND Khalsa team gave them the second position while Sri Venkateswara gained the third position.

The much awaited star night initiated after a delay. MJ5 Dance group showed their impressive moves on many dance numbers and fusions. They night came to an end with Bollywood singer Keerthi Sagathia who performed on songs ‘Teri Deewani’, ‘Lungi Dance’ and ‘Tera Pyaar Chahida’

MJ5 performing on the final day of Reverie 2016. Image by Tejaswa for DU Beat!

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Delhi University fest season is one such phenomenon that students all over Delhi look forward to. The fame of the star nights, reputed college campuses and the crowd, are some of the reasons.

But there is a flip side to this view, the side of backstage preparations and frenzy. From the organising committee to the participating members, everyone is equally involved and occupied. The audience gets to see the flashy costumes, made up faces and the elaborate productions on stage but they miss the hours of backstage practice, the last minute panic, and those jitters right before the final team call.

Once on stage, it’s easy for the next few minutes. We do what we do best, we dance, we act, we sing. For that instant, we lose ourselves in the act, in the art and in the audience. We aren’t individuals here, we are part of a team; our identity isn’t our name but it’s the art that we give ourselves to. The madness returns after our moments on stage are past along with the nervous tension of results, sneaky assessments of rival teams and the adrenaline before the announcement.

This happens every single time, every fest and stage experience. But this isn’t even a challenge any more, because often four or five fests clash on the same day, and the teams perform in all of them! That’s when the grit of the participants really shows, their passion and commitment to their teams is inspiring.

Fest season is so much more than just a hip crowd and food for societies; it is months of hard work, dedication and competition. It’s the paycheck for their blood and sweat.

Feature Image Credits: Chirag Sharma for DU Beat!

One knows that the fest season is nearby if you clear either one or all from the following checklist – diving into your wardrobe to find out that perfect outfit for the day, making an array of phone calls, desperate for arranging that one pass for a hassle-free entry, and spending a sizeable amount of time strategising, “Of course, I will manage to find my way through the crowd and shake hands with the pro-night star. Right?”

The fest season has finally arrived and it’s time to equip ourselves because it promises to be greater and grander. In the season of firsts, Lady Shri Ram College for Women’s Tarang ’16 deserves special mention – for those who aren’t sure why, it was the first inter-college fest organised in the University of Delhi. Find some warmth this winter weekend as LSR brings to you a cultural extravaganza on the 5th, 6th and 7th of February.

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With events ranging across dance, music, drama, photography, quiz, elocution, creative writing and debate amongst others, Tarang has received an enormous amount of registrations so far and they continue to pool in as we inch closer to the fest. All competitive events are a striking mix of conventional and unconventional, and the attempt is to cater to diverse interests. Tarang has an exuberant list of artists for its pro-nights of which DJ Sameer, Jochen Miller and Aerreo are set to perform on day 2, and Agnee for day 3. Informal events will also be held across all three days, through which one can not only enter the fest but also experience the good vibes.

With the pre-Tarang events and contests doing the rounds across social media, the excitement is surely kicking in. A series of crossword contests were recently held, the winners of which were given passes for all three days! The days to follow will bring with them more such opportunities. With over 150 colleges invited, this is the first year of Tarang going national.

In Image: LSR Ttarang 2015

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Shaina Ahluwalia
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With inputs from Swastika Jajoo