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Every year, societies from colleges across the campus compete neck to neck and put up spectacular performances during the fest season. This year too, saw certain teams shine a little brighter than the rest. We bring you a series with college societies that put their heart and soul into their respective fields and took home the top prizes at various cultural fests. The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions at competitive events held during 13 cultural fests of this season. Whenever a society won the first prize they were award 3 points, for the second position they received 2 points and for the third position, 1 point was added to their tally. For the Western Dance category, with 18 points each, IIT Delhi’s V-Defyn and Sri Venkateswara College Verve came out on top. Jesus and Mary College’s Mudra followed next with 11 points and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce’s Misba stood third with 8 points.

The Winning Society at a glance

V-Defyn, IIT Delhi

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Akash Singhal, the President of IIT Delhi’s V-Defyn says, “Our performance was a complete package.  Our focus was on entertainment and obviously good dancing. We perform to entertain people, so that the audience has fun. That keeps us calm and spontaneous onstage.” Names of the performing members: Akash Singhal (President), Ankit Gupta, S Kousal Raj, Kartikeya Khati, Shirshad Bukke, Ravi Meena, Abhishek Rathod, Saahil Mendiratta, Avinash Masa, Anirudh Mvsk,  Shantanu Singh Raghuvanshi, Uday Katkar, Aditya chauhan, Lovish Ahuja, Aman Shivhare, Devesh kohle, Aditya jhala,  Kshitij Jain

Verve, Sri Venkateswara College

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During their piece, Verve from Sri Venkateswara College performed contemporary, breaking, popping and a funny Bollywood sequence on Mere Khwabon Mei Jo Aye. Amrit Raj from the society went on to add, “We were taught by our seniors that there is just one position: the 1st one. We had a disappointing start in the fest season, but I’m glad we had our seniors to support us and help us make a comeback. ” Names of the performing members: Yaman Jindal (President), Aparna Chopra (Vice President), Charlie Cherian, Amrit Raj, Sammarth Singh, Aishwarya Sinha, Sachin Pal, Bharat Singh, Anshuman Siddharth, Tanya Nair, Sandeep Saini, Gaurav, Revantika Gupta, Pratishtha Gulati, Saloni Jain, Shruti Kumar, Suvarcha Gupta, Sakshi Sindwani, Gatisheel Das. Note: The thirteen fests included in our analysis for this series include SRCC’s Crossroads, Gargi College’s Reverie, Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus, LSR’s Tarang, Hans Raj’s Confluence, I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, Daulat Ram College’s Manjari, Hindu College’s Mecca, Jesus and Mary College’s Montage, Miranda House’s Tempest, Kamala Nehru College’s Ullas, Kirori Mal College’s Renaissance, SGTB Khalsa’s Lashkara. Out of the fests listed, only 12 had conducted a Western Dance Competition.]]>

37 years after its inception, Rendezvous continues to cast its magic on students of more than 500 different colleges across the globe. On the third day of its 37th edition, Rendezvous witnessed the campus of IIT Delhi buzzing with a series of frolic and adventure filled events and activities like Laser Tag, Zorbing, Street Dancing, Podium, Mr. and Ms. Rendezvous and the most talked about Confluence which is a series of Musical performances from bands across the globe.

This time Instituto Cervantes presented the Spanish Raga, which is a unique blend of Spanish jazz and Carnatic music. The event began at four in the Dogra hall and continued for an hour and a half.  Although the lyrics was in Spanish and therefore unintelligible by the majority of the audience, the Dogra hall was fully packed with students humming along with the band. The artists played flute, drum and guitar and rocked the stage with their slow and passionate songs.

Stage one had the Delhi drummers giving their performance in full swing with students gathered all around them, clapping and cheering with enthusiasm. The other enthralling event was Mister and Miss Rendezvous which saw girls and boys showcasing their talent by dancing, singing and even acting on the stage in order to impress the judges. The audience enjoyed thoroughly, whistling and hooting after each performance. The students thronged the auditorium to see the participants perform.

Last but not the least the food and handicraft stalls witnessed a huge crowd inspite of being quite expensive. All in all day three of Rendezvous was as dazzling as one would expect an annual IIT fest to be.



Aishwarya Chaurasia
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Welcome to the lusciously green and tranquil campus of one of the most prestigious colleges of Delhi, IIT. On the 20th of October, the ornamentally decorated and colourful environs of this college, would take you down the streets of fun unlimited. Greeted by robust sponsor banners displayed copiously all around, were the very proud sponsors and partners of Rendezvous 2012. The title sponsor of the event Micromax and the associate sponsors being Nimbuzz, Parle and .net made their presence felt finely with activity kiosks at every nook of the colossal campus. With an itinerary for the day which was mind boggling and a cheerily over enthusiastic crowd, the second day of Rendezvous kick started.

Absolute exuberance was displayed in all activities, whether it were the fourteen street plays performed by renowned DU colleges revolving around unambiguous social dilemmas like the acceptance of eunuchs in the society or other abstract themes of emotions like ‘fear’, or an event like the English stage plays, they were all greeted with extreme fervour and spirit by the students. A classical music performance by Smt. Sunetra Chakravarty, gloomed in hues of discontentment by the crowd, an offensive response which irked the performer to pits. But the most anticipated event of the day was a hilarious comic ride by the extremely popular stand-up comedian, Papa C J. If children were to be taught the definition of the state of solid, wherein atoms are tightly packed with no movement, the example of this auditorium where the ‘father of stand-up comedy’ performed shall not be given a miss. His effortless comic timing and synchronization with the youth furnished his gig, which rendered the audience in pangs of thunderous laughter. The auditorium reverberated with the cries of wholesome entertainment when ‘Papa C J – live and uncensored’ played to the field which is his absolute forte, and yes that is pretty much ‘uncensored’.

Kaleidoscope, the fashion event was the outright highlight of the day. With the perfect amalgamation of an apt venue, well synced lighting and a receptively aware crowd, the show swept the audience into another world. The event started with the choreography section. Herein, the first performance by Adagio, the choreography society of Kamala Nehru College which depicted the plight of women in our society and pledged for women’s empowerment was nerve shivering.  It was followed by Hindu College‘s performance which celebrated the true spirit of life barring physical shortcomings. These were followed by a performance by NSIT College which well portrayed the rat race of human life and another performance by the host institute IITD which was deservingly applauded. With a series of activities that stand queued up for the glorified hours of the night at Rendezvous, we now depart till the coverage of yet another eventful day of the fest tomorrow.

Au revoir!



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Rendezvous 2012, the annual festival of IIT Delhi, promises to be all the more exciting as a host of entirely new events and the high celeb quotient pave way for the latest version of North India’s largest college fest. To start off with a bang, the entire cast of the film Chakravyuh will be arriving for an informal interactive session with the students on the 20th of October. Then there’s Aditya Kumar, of Gangs of Wasseypur fame, who will also be coming as a special guest to RDV ’12. Also, Cypher16 will be headlining this year’s Blitzkrieg, which will be battled out by bands from more than 40 colleges.

Also, this year’s Kaleidoscope will be judged by the famed Shiamak Dawar Institute of Performing Arts, with over 40 colleges participating this year. Then, there’s Coke Studio’s first outdoor performance in the OAT, with artistes Shilpa Rao, Advaita and Papon. Also, this year’s Saaz will be adorned by the presence of Ayaan Ali and Amaan Ali, while the Mr. and Mrs. Rendezvous competitions will be judged by none other than Miss India Vanya Mishra.

On a more musical tone, the internationally acclaimed bands Tal Kravitz, Solstice Coil, Spanish Raga and The Riptide Movement will also be gracing this year’s Rendezvous with some exciting fusion music. For a finish on a lighter note, Papa CJ, one of Asia’s leading comedians, will be arriving; while on the activities side, there will be exciting events such as Laser Tag and Paintball. With biggies such as Micromax as the title sponsor and Nimbuzz and Parle as associates, this year’s Rendezvous promises to be a blast.

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On 6th October, 2012, the Red Bull Racing Can Delhi Qualifiers were held in the IIT-Delhi Campus. Twenty-seven teams from all over the city and neighboring regions competed in the first round of this international competition. The teams were picked out of a number of contestants on the basis of their model design and creativity in fashioning a functioning car out of Red Bull cans. This was the first and the regional round of the competition, the winner of which would proceed to the national round in Mumbai on 20th October, and the team that won there would get a chance to compete in the international round in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Meanwhile here, the twenty-seven teams were pitted against each other in races between two or three cars. Their models were attached to a remote-control driven chassis and the winner of each proceeded to the quarterfinals of the qualifiers. Some cars toppled and had to be retrieved by the crew, while others were expertly maneuvered by their makers around the rubber track.

After twelve qualfiers and four quarter-finals, the finals comprised four teams whose self-titled names were, ‘Metal Mayhem’, ‘Aerobolt’, ‘Bull Racers’ and ‘Armoured’.

These teams were then judged on the basis of their design and creativity and the final race rankings by Mr. Gaurav Gill and Mr. Ashish Jha, who are both established members of the rally car and motosport Indian circuit.

The teams were questioned on their choices in designing or the overall weight of the car which may have been the compromise between maneuvering ease and speed. The combined score of these two rounds decided the winner of the qualifiers. ‘Armored’ comprising two USIT, IP University students won the race, as well as the overall tally, and will be competing in the nationals in October.


Image credits: Additi Seth