Crossroads, the annual cultural fest of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) was held from 17th – 20th March 2018. The four-day long extravaganza saw an array of competitions, contests, and this fest season’s most hyped star nights. Dotted with vibrant stalls and a jolly fun zone, the SRCC campus was a happening place during the fest.
Day one of Crossroads’18 started with The Game of Notes, a capella competition, organised by Catharsis, the western music society of SRCC. The seminar room was decked up with red fairy lights for the same. The competition hosted a total of nine teams. The judge for the event was Mr. Joezhotso, or, lovingly referred to as “Jojo Sir” by students. Mr. Joezhotso is a trained opera singer who has been a part of the international music industry for 21 years.
Enactus SRCC and the Travelers Society also hosted their annual event Leap, where they entertained and engaged kids in fun activities.
#Live | On the first day of Crossroads’18 (@crossroads.srcc), Enactus SRCC (@enactus_srcc) and the Travelers Society organised fun games like trampoline jumps, zorbing ball, and other activities for kids from the underprivileged sections of society. They concluded the event by giving balloons and chocolates to the kids as a return gift. Photo by Saubhagya Saxena (@wanagrapher) for DU Beat.
In Nazakat, the solo classical dance competition, Suryansh Dixit of Maharaja Agrasen College got the title of Utkrisht Kalakaar and emerged as the winner. Karishma Sahoo of Pannalal Girdharlal Dayanand Anglo Vedic College (PGDAV) came second and secured the title of Uttam Kalakar. Adira Das of Dyal Singh College was announced as the Ubharta Kalakaar and came third.
Known for her highly energetic onstage performances, Teri Miko infused hard hitting trap beats with electronic sounds. Being a new-age electronic music producer who has been a part of major festivals like Sunburn Festival and Vh1 Supersonic, the ‘Fukuyo’ hit-maker amazed the audience with her remarkable compilations.
8. The ‘Stomp on the Yard’ Competition held at the front lawns was a site of enthusiasm and zest as the estrogen-packed dance societies of five colleges battled in three hectic rounds. While the first round was themed around freestyle dancing, the second round involved a one-on-one face-off between the teams. The third and the final round witnessed the finalists, Team ‘Verve’ from Sri Venkateswara College and Team ‘Zest’ from Dyal Singh College clash. Team ‘Zest’ was declared the winner by the sole judge of the competition, Nimble Funk.
Bollywood singer Benny Dayal’s closed the second day of Crossroads. His energetic performance was an instant hit with the crowd. His rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” and even a Tamil song were a testament to his versatility as a singer. He charmed the audience with his lively exuberance as he moved from “Bachna Ae Haseeno” onto the chart-topper “Badtameez Dil”.
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From the soothing “Kesariya” to the super hit number “London Thumakda”, Benny Dayal’s (@dayal_benny) highly spirited performance was an instant hit with the crowd at @CrossroadsSR
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Day three at Crossroads began with the Indian light solo song competition organised by Aarohan, the Indian music society of SRCC. Thirteen students from different colleges performed a range of semi-classical and Bollywood songs. The audience seemed to be visibly delighted by the melodies. Sharath S. Kumar, from Hansraj who presented a rendition of Jhanak Jhanak Tori, the iconic Manna Dey song, was declared the winner. Sukriti Poddar from Gargi college was the runner-up while Amlan Sarkar of Ramjas College and S. Arjun of Zakir Husain Delhi College were both the second runner-ups. Commenting on how the essence of an artist’s performance lay in his attire, the judge, Carnatic maestro and Bharatnatyam dancer, S. Vasudevan congratulated the participants for their dedicated efforts.
#ResultUpdate | Sharath S. Kumar from Hansraj College has won Alaap, solo singing competition, organised by Aarohan, the Indian music society of Sri Ram College of Commerce. Sukriti Poddar from Gargi College emerged second, while S. Arjun of Zakir Husain Delhi College and Amlan Sarkar of Ramjas College shared the third position. Photo by Akarsh Mathur (@akarsh21) for DU Beat.
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From teams which displayed terrifying passions through their ragas to teams that enveloped their performance in a state of perfect peacefulness, Saarang, the Indian choir competition witnessed versatility with finesse.
#ResultUpdate | Riyaaz of Maitreyi College (in the picture) won the winnner’s trophy followed by Alankaar of Hindu College at Saarang, the Indian choir competition being held at Crossroads’18 (@crossroads.srcc). The third position was shared by Geetanjali of Miranda House and Alaap of Sri Venkateswara College. Dr. S. Vasudevan, the judge for the event, remarked that Maitreyi College stood out as the winner because their performance transported him into another world. Photo by Piyush Dua (@the_artsy_lens024 ) for DU Beat
Fashion Walk, the fashion show competition, saw seven top teams compete for the top title. Amidst much controversy, Glitz, the fashion society of Kamala Nehru College secured the first position at while Prophecy, the fashion society of Lady Irwin College, came second. Demeanor, the Fashion Society of SRCC, presented the clothing line of Lulu And Sky as they walked the ramp at Crossroads on its third day.
Astitva, the multi-genre band performed songs spanning varied genres. The ‘Patang Dor’ hit-maker presented hybrid styles of exquisite melodies such as “Take It Easy Urvashi” and “Humma” to evergreen pop hits like “Dil Chahta Hai”. The audience sang along as the lead vocalist Salman Khan Niazi crooned to “Dil Diyan Gallan”. In the highly spirited performance, their renditions of “Om Shanti Om” and “Tumsa Nahi Dekha” won over the audience instantly.
#Live | #Crossroads2018 | @AstitvaTheBand was the highlight of Day 3 of @CrossroadsSR. The band performed top hits such as “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Humma”. They also sang their original pieces like “Banjara Dil”.
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The final day of Crossroads started with a choreography dance competition.
#ResultUpdate | Raqus, the choreography competition, hosted by Verve (@vervesrcc), the choreography society of Shri Ram College of Commerce, concluded with Terpsichoreon (@terpsichoreon), the choreography dance society of Hansraj College winning the first prize. Srijya from Hindu College and Adagio (@adagioknc ), Kamala Nehru College tied at the second position. Sensation (@sensationdancesociety_) from Kirori Mal College won the third prize. Congratulations to all the winners! Photos by Ayush Chauhan (@ka_chaow) for DU Beat
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DU Beat got an opportunity to interview journalist Faye D’Souza on the final day of Crossroads.
#Live | @fayedsouza moderated an engaging panel discussion on Privacy and Aadhaar at @CrossroadsSR. The panel included Saket Modi, an ethical hacker, Akarsh Banerjee, a social commentator, and Muhammad Khan, a Congress representative, amongst others.
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— DU Beat (@du_beat) March 20, 2018
Nucleya’s performance was considered by some as the biggest performance of the whole fest season. Despite heavy security, crowd was not managed well. However, no undesirable incident came to light and Crossroads’18 concluded with a bang.
#Live | @NUCLEYA closes off the four day long @CrossroadsSR with a powerful performance. The most anticipated star night of the fest season saw a huge crowd at the #SRCC grounds.
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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak