MECCA 2016


Hindu College’s annual college fest Mecca was a grand three-day event that was hosted by the Hindu Parliament from 24th to 26th February, 2016. The fest witnessed participation in different competitions from colleges all across Delhi University. The star nights featured several artists including Dariya, The RaghuDixit Project, DJ Funk, Anish Sood, Dualist Inquiry, and Salim Sulaiman.

Day 1: Inaugration, Battle of Bands, Western Dance Competition, and the RaghuDixit Project

Day 1 of Mecca’16 saw a huge footfall as a large audience had gathered for Battle of Bands and the Western Dance Competition. The day started with the Inaugration ceremony with one of the students performing a ‘Vandana’. The lamp was lighted by Hindu College’s principal Dr. Anju Srivastava and Parliament’s Prime Minister Ashish K Holaria.

The two main events took place in the auditorium. Aria, the Western Music Society conducted Battle of Bands which saw participation from around eight teams. The first prize was bagged by Play time from Hans Raj College and a Mufills, a collaboration of students from different colleges. The Western Dance competition saw a huge amount of participation and the audience thoroughly enjoyed each one of those. The first prize was given to Misba Dance Crew of Guru Gobind Singh College. The runner up was Verve dance crew of Sri Venkateswara College and the third position was given to IIT Delhi.

Aria also conducted Instrumental Solo Competition which started with KNC’s Anshuman Sharma’s performance. The star night featured The RaghuDixit Project, an Indian folk band that formed in Bangalore. Dressed in typical Indian attires, they enticed the audience with several songs, especially from their new album Jag Changa. The crowd immensely enjoyed their performance and even enjoyed the Kannada songs they performed and sung with them together.

Day 2: Rising Standup Comedy Competition, Nukkad Natak competition, Panache, the fashion show competition, and EDM Night featuring Anish Sood and Dualist Inquiry

The second day of Mecca’16 hosted Nukkad Natak competition and Panache, and several other minor competitions. Nukkad Natak competition saw participation from 10 teams with Dramanomics, CVS bagging the first prize and Kshitij, Gargi College, winning the second. Panache was hosted by Nakshatra, the fashion society of Hindu College. Guru Gobind Singh College emerged as the winners.

  Other competitions that took place were Photography Competition, Treasure Hunt, etc. The star night featured DJ Funk, Anish Sood, and Dualist Inquiry who closed the day with some great EDM numbers.

  Day 3: A Capella, Western Music Solo competition, Indian Music Choir competition, Salim Sulaiman Day 3 began with A Capella competition hosted by Aria once again. Several groups came and sang songs in the A Capella format. The winners of the event were The Western Music Society of LSR College. Second and Third positions were held by Gargi College and Kamla Nehru College.

The Western Music Solo was won by Kishore of Amity University. Isha Chakravarthy of Gargi College and Sparsh Vajpayee of LSR won the second and third places respectively. The Indian Choir competition was hosted by Alankar, the Indian Music Society of Hindu College. The winners of the competition were Maitreyi College, with Sri Venkateswara College and LSR winning the second and third positions.

The main event of the day was Salim Sulaiman concert. The duo and their band impressed the audience with their concert renditions of some Bollywood numbers like Aye Khuda, Haule Haule, Ainwayi Ainwayi, etc.

 Mecca’16 in an overview:

Here’s all what Mecca 2016 at LSR was all about.

Individual Highlights of all the days:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Check out DU Bear’s entire album of Mecca here.

Sudisha Misra
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The final day of Mecca’ 16 started off with the Western Music (Group) Competition organised by Aria, the Western Music Society of Hindu College. The event was judged by Ms. Aching Shazia, the Founding Director of ” The Delhi Genesis Choir”.

The auditorium started filling as the teams began performing in Acappella format. The Western Music Society of Lady Shri Ram College for Women was declared the winners of the event followed by Euphony of Gargi College and Zephyr of Kamala Nehru College  at the second and third position respectively.  

Immediately after this, the Western Music (Solo) event was hosted which was judged by Ms. Shazia as well. Kishore of Amity University bagged the first position. Isha Chakravarthy of Gargi College was declared second and Sparsh Vajpayee of LSR came third.

There were many other events hosted, Poetry Slam and debate competition, ‘Times Vibate’ to name a few.

Keeping up with the melodious atmosphere, the Indian Music Society of Hindu College, Alankaar, hosted the Indian Music (Choir) Competition, Raagmala. The event was judged by Mrs. Maya Bhattacharya, President of Sangeet Sankalp- Delhi Branch and Mrs. Suchitra of the History Department of Hindu College.

A total of 12 teams participated who performed for 10-12 minutes each. Mrs Bhattacharya said, “Judging these competitions is difficult, but listening to the performances is easy! They were very good given the hectic classes and college activities. I praise everyone who made all the efforts to give a good performance. It’s a big deal to present classical music on such a platform!”

Maitreyi College was declared as the winners of the event. Sri Venkateswara College and Lady Shri Ram College for Women won the second and third position respectively.

As soon as Raagmala wound up, the crowd started filling in at the main ground for much awaited star night of this edition of Mecca: the concert of popular Bollywood artists Salim Sulaiman. The crowd, thousands in number, cheered hard as Salim Merchant opened the concert.

The energy and zeal remained a constant as Salim-Sulaiman sang their top numbers of Aadat se majboor, Aye Khuda, Shukran Allah and Ishq Waala Love. Among their other compositions were songs against gender discrimination and paying homage to children killed in terrorist attacks.

Image Credits: Mridul Kumar

Sudisha Misra
Arushi Pathak
Nidhi Panchal
Srivedant Kar

With photographers

Prateek Singh, Mridul Kumar (featured image), Chirag Sharma, Jasmine Chahal, Alex Arthur and Paurush Bhardwaj 

Day 1 of Mecca’16, the Annual Cultural Fest of Hindu College started with the lamp lighting ceremony. The fest was inaugurated by Hindu College’s Principal Dr. Anju Srivastava and Parliament’s Prime Minister Ashish K Holaria. The inauguration ceremony was followed by a performance by Mizaaj, the band.

Aria, the Western Music Society of Hindu College conducted Battle of Bands and Instrumental Solo Competition. The Battle of Bands kicked off with a performance by Mufills, a collaboration of students from different colleges. The jury of both the competitions consisted of Ritesh Khokhar and Nishant Hagjer who announced Playtime from Hans Raj as the winners of Battle of Bands. The runner up were Mufills.

The Instrumental Solo competition started with KNC’s Anshuman Sharma’s  performance. When Ritesh Khokhar was asked what he thought about the performances, he said, ‘It’s a lovely process. The music is absolutely beautiful.’

Playtime from Hans Raj won the Battle of Bands Competition at Mecca
Playtime from Hans Raj won the Battle of Bands Competition at Mecca

The last major event to take place was Western Dance. The first performance of the event was by Aurobindo College. The judge of the event was Hemant Kumar. The winners of the competition were Misba Dance Grew from Guru Gobind Singh College. The second place was held by Verve, the Western Dance Society of Sri Venkateswara College, and the third place was held by IIT Delhi.


Other minor events that took place were Street Soccer, Times Vebate, and Playground Sports’ Quiz.


The audience then geared up for the closing act of the day which was a star night with The Raghu Dixit Project. The band sang its famous songs in Hindi, Kannada and Tamil. The crowd of about 5000 enjoyed to their numbers like Ambar, Masti Ki Basti and many more.

Sudisha Misra
Abhinaya Hargovind
Tarushi Varma
Nidhi Panchal
Srivedant Kar

Photographs by Tejaswa, Alex Arthur and Vegh Daswani.

Feature Image Credits: Alex Arthur.