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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

The final day of Crossroads started with a choreography dance competition.

DU Beat got an opportunity to interview journalist Faye D’Souza on the final day of Crossroads.

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.


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With the theme “Bridges not Boundaries”, Shri Ram College of Commerce held the sixth edition of the annual Youth Conference on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2017. The two-day event saw a confluence of distinguished personalities from the fields of politics, cinema, music, and comedy.


Day 1 kicked off with a with a lamp lighting ceremony by the Guest of Honour, General V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs. In her brief address, Professor Simrit Kaur, Principal of Shri Ram College of Commerce, thanked the sponsors, attendees, and speakers for participating in the conference and hoped for the enriching two-day extravaganza. General V.K. Singh spoke candidly about his early days in the army, power of entrepreneurship, and his transition from military to politics. “Confidence between the men and the officer wins wars. Be it an insurgency operation or a full-front war, the moment your team loses trust in each other, that moment you lose,” he said, asserting the need for teamwork. When asked about the difference between working in the army versus working in politics, he answered, “In the army you know who the enemy is, but in politics you don’t.”

The second speaker of the day was former Miss India, social activist, entrepreneur, and actress, Gul Panag. In a highly interactive session, she shared stories about her modeling career, education, aviation dreams, and her tryst with public speaking that started in Patiyala Government College and remains till date. She also invited a fan, who was named Gul after her, on the stage.

The second half of the day resumed with the coming of Aranya Johar, a Mumbai-based poet who recently came to limelight with her poems such as “A Brown Girl’s Guide to Beauty” and “A Brown Girl’s Guide to Discrimination”. She highlighted the misconceptions people have regarding feminism. She explained that feminism is not only about women but is also for men who are suppressed by the patriarchal conventions of the society. She also recited the aforementioned poems to the audience before ending her speech.

The ebullient crowd finally witnessed the much awaited speaker Usha Uthup. The legendary singer was humorous as ever from the minute she got onto the stage. She talked about her personal life, reminiscing her childhood days. It was only a matter of time before she started singing, bringing the auditorium to life. The crowd erupted in applause as she sang one song after the other. From “Skyfall” to “Kolaveri Di”, claps and cheers were all that could be heard inside the hall. Gurcharan Das, author, public intellect, and former CEO of Procter & Gamble, happened to arrive while Usha Uthup was still performing. He talked about how to find one’s passion and also shared a story addressing that the right attitude is essential for organisational success. He quoted “We learn how to make a living. We must know how to make a life.”

The day ended in disappointment after Mohit Chauhan did not arrive even after a long wait of more than two hours. To make do for his absence, a singing competition was organised, followed by performances by individuals and the music society of the college. It was later announced that Mohit Chauhan would come the next day instead. Delhi’s rains could not deter students of various colleges from turning up at SRCC Youth Conference’s second day. The auditorium was bustling with energy of the students. The first speaker, Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Aviation arrived in the auditorium with the Principal of the college, Simrat Kaur. He was felicitated and then rose to address the audience. He emphasised that the students of today are the leaders of change for the future. He said that the three complicated problems that these world leaders will have to solve are – global warming, shortage of natural resources, and urbanisation in a way that quality of life is ensured in all cities and villages. During the question-answer round, he descended from the stage to talk to the students one-on-one. He enthusiastically answered all the questions and even quoted John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country has done for you but what you can do for your country.” He wants Indians to work for their own country rather than other countries where they go to study and settle down. He ended by teaching the students to dream big and think global.

Rega Jha, the Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed India, arrived at the venue clad in a bright yellow jumpsuit exuding energy. She started her speech by asking the audience if anybody had said anything really dumb on the Internet and to everyone’s surprise, the entire audience had done that. She narrated her own instances from the past of being trolled. While laughing, she commented that our generation has said the dumbest things on the Internet in history. She talked about Mira Rajput being trolled for her motherhood statement and none of the people trying to teach her in a courteous manner, and how the new song ‘Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya’ is immensely sexist, validates rape culture, and is simply obnoxious. People have gotten into the habit of calling out people online for something they had said ages ago. While interacting with the students, she said that nobody should be called a ‘Nazi’ in reference to terms like ‘grammar-nazi’ or femi-nazis’.  Before leaving, she taught everyone that one should be accepting of people changing and evolving because people’s perspectives change every day. She also stated that we shouldn’t make fun of people with weak English.

The next speaker was the most awaited guest, Mohit Chauhan. He was welcomed into the auditorium with claps and hoots by the students. He started his speech by saying that he didn’t think much of himself as a speaker and that speaking gives him jitters. He introduced the audience to his childhood living in Dharamshala, Kullu and such hill stations, how music took over his soul from a young age and how he would camp alone in the hills for peace and creativity. He told the youngsters that he chose science stream as he was a fine student and he went on to study B.Sc. and M.Sc. hoping to get a decent job hailing from a family of bureaucrats but deep down he wanted to make something of his own. He talked about meeting A.R. Rahman in November, 1998 in Delhi, hoping to work in Bombay soon but actually got a call to sing for the movie Rang De Basanti after 6 long years. His quote that touched the students was, “You don’t realise you are working hard when you are working with passion”. The audience roared when he finally picked up the guitar to sing ‘Dooba Dooba Rehta Hu’ and ‘Tumse Hi’ of Jab We Met while the students sang along. After the students’ chant of ‘Sadda Haq’, Mohit Chauhan relented and sang it for the eager audience at the end of which the auditorium reverberated with the thunderous claps and the singer left behind a chirpy audience.

dsc_3507The last speaker before the lunch break was Bimal Jalan, who has been in the advisory committee of the government, been the Chief Economic Advisor, and the Governor of RBI twice. In his speech, he talked about the cyclical movement of the economy, India’s literacy rate, incentives, the complex system of administration, rural development, UPSC’s selection criteria of candidates, India’s economy, and poverty. He jokingly mentioned in the answer to a question that he wouldn’t have approved of demonetisation but what could one do after the government had announced it, except simply follow it. Before leaving he said that a reform that this generation has to do is make better roads in Delhi as he was stuck in traffic for an hour and a half. The students then proceeded to lunch.


The second session  of the Youth Conference resumed around 2:30pm. The energy of the audience was still pumped up to the zenith level of their enthusiasm to welcome the subsequent speakers. The session kicked off with Rajeev Shukla, Chairman of IPL and a journalist. “There can be personal differences but there is no space for personal rivalry in politics,” he said. He talked about his career in journalism and narrated how he grew close to politics and the Indian National Congress. He advised the students to try different things in life and take rational decisions. The next speaker in the pipeline was Sudhir Mishra, an Indian film director and screenwriter known for directing critically acclaimed movies like Hazaro Khwaish Aisi, Dharvi, and Chameli. He is a graduate of the University of Delhi and has three national award under his belt. The session with him was extremely humorous and entertaining. He urged the people to pursue what they love.

Karan Thapar, the next speaker, said, “When you look at me, don’t look at my religion. I am an individual first. If you see me as a member of a religion, you see a blur. But that’s not me. That’s not my identity. I am me because I have an individuality.” He was very concerned about the rising intolerance in the country and addressed the audience with very balanced views which pushed the students into contemplation. An engineering drop out, singer, and composer, Siddharth Slathia who is well known for singing the cover version of ‘Tum Hi Ho’ staged an enchanting performance at the SRCC Youth Conference. Talking about his career he said, “You may not be the most talented person but you can be the most hardworking person”. He took the audience back to the retro times and the crowd swayed to his melodious voice and rocking songs.

The pumped up crowd finally witnessed the much awaited performance of Zakir Khan. The walls of the auditorium reverberated with the chants of ‘Zakir Zakir’ when he entered. The audience got on the top of their enthusiasm when he started  delivering his signature jokes which gave a perfect closure to the conference.

SRCC Youth Conference 2017 was a full-on extravaganza that left its audience stunned!


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On Saturday, more than 100 students from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) decided to hold a sit-in protest against the inaction of the authorities. The contention was regarding the assault of a professor by a student of the same college, with the student getting support from the faculty and the alumni. The professor, Ashwani Kumar, was assaulted by a Global Business Operations student on July 14th, allegedly over the issue of low marks assigned to him by the professor. A FIR was lodged against the accused, Pradeep Phogat. What’s shocking is that the disciplinary committee of the college remained dormant and hasn’t taken any action relating to this matter as of yet.

Amol Singh Rasnal, one of the students in the protests quoted to the Times of India saying, “Professor Kumar is one of the most well-reputed faculty members of the college. He was attacked by a student during the course of discharge of his duties. Such incidents should not be tolerated and it is imperative for us to protest against them and force the college authorities into taking quicker actions.” The sit-in protest got approval from the college principal and had been publicized through the use of social media and classroom campaigns.

“The relationship between a student and a professor extends to questioning and challenging, but violent means are always condemnable,” quoted Anil Kumar, head of the department of Global Business Administration, to Times of India (TOI) while addressing the students. He further added, “What pains me is that the authorities could have taken immediate action against the accused, but failed to do so. It has been 15 days now. We need to force the disciplinary committee to take action sooner so that this incident acts as a deterrent. Such behavior is disruptive of the SRCC culture, and should not be perceived as a part of it.”

All present at the protest signed a letter demanding the expulsion of the student from Delhi University, along with a proper police investigation. This was signed and forwarded to the authorities.


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India’s premium Commerce College, Shri Ram College of Commerce has released its first cut-off list for admissions in the academic year 2017-2018. Surprisingly, the cut-off percentage has undergone a dip as compared to last year. Following is the cut-off:

B.A. (H) Economics
General: 97.75%.
OBC: 95.75%
Scheduled castes: 95.00%
Scheduled Tribes: 92.25%
Kashmiri Migrants: 94.75%
PWD: 95.50

B. Com. (H)

General: 97.75%
Scheduled Castes: 92%
Scheduled Tribes: 88%
Kashmiri Migrants: 89.25%
PWD: 87.75%

The admission process will commence tomorrow at the SRCC campus. The schedule for reporting for admission is as follows:

June 24, 2017 – General (98.5% and above) and OBC (96% and above)

June 27-28 – All other candidates

(During 9:00 am to 1:00 pm)

Candidates belonging to other categories are advised to contact personally for completing the admission formalities on any day (during the admission schedule for first cut-off  list) between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with the prescribed documents.
You can find an original copy of the cut off here. 



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Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University, is set to get it first ever woman principal, Simrit Kaur. The college was functioning without a full-time principal since the year 2014, after the retirement of former principal, PC Jain.

Kaur is a professor from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) which is also where she did her PhD from. She completed her Bachelors from Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) and her Masters from Delhi School of Economics (DSE). Associated with FMS since 1989, she specialises in public policy reforms, macro-economics and economic theory. Earlier, she taught at Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce.

However, the members of Delhi University’s Executive Council (EC) says that university rules were now followed during her appointment. “The rule 7 (2) (b) for the appointment of the principal of colleges other than maintained by the university states that the apex committee should consist of Vice-Chancellor, Pro V-C, visitor’s nominee, chairperson of the college governing body and two members of EC, nominated by it. However, we as EC members never nominated anyone. In fact, we came to know of it after the appointment,” J L Gupta, an EC member, told The Indian Express. The chairman of the college governing body, Ajay Shriram, however, said that all rules were followed during Kaur’s appointment on 12th May 2017.

Simrit Kaur was shortlisted alongside Anil Kumar, a professor at the college, and CP Gupta, a professor at the Department of Finance Studies, South Campus.


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A few prestigious institutions under the University of Delhi, namely, St. Stephen’s College, Hindu College, Ramjas College, Shri Ram College of Commerce and colleges run by theDelhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, have expressed the desire of achieving a deemed university status. The proposals are at very initial stages, but if granted, these colleges will have the power to formulate their own rules and fee structures which will not adhere to the functioning of Delhi University.

The matter was raised in the governing body meeting of Hindu college, and it was declared that in later stages if a college wants a deemed university status, they must have an ‘A grade’ accreditation under NAAC for 3 consecutive years. A senior university official stated, “Few colleges like SRCC, Stephen’s, Ramjas, Hindu and the ones run by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee want deemed university status. The Union Human Resource Development Ministry has also formulated some norms for providing more autonomy to colleges but deemed status will give them complete freedom of functioning on their own”. It has been speculated that if this status is granted to any of these colleges, they will not be bound by any of the rules and regulations of Delhi University, and thus there will be no need to seek sanctions from the University for any decision. Despite of all these proposals, it has also been speculated that the Student Unions of these colleges might oppose this move because the college will then have a liberty of deciding their own fee structure, and thus there might be a price hike in the fee which would make affordability a great reason of concern for many students.

St. Stephen’s College has already been in a tussle with the University of Delhi for the past couple of years regarding an autonomous status. Attempts to reach out to the Student Union of the college for their comments were unsuccessful.


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Meghna Singh, a student of Miranda House, recently went through a horrific incident when she attended KK’s concert of the last day of SRCC’s annual fest, Crossroads. When she came home from the concert, she noticed white spots on her black trousers. According to her, a man had masturbated on her during the concert and the evidence was all over her trousers.

She described the whole incident on Facebook. In her now widely shared Facebook post, she explained the details of the entire incident. She narrated that she could sense something fishy when she felt a guy behind her in the concert. Subsequently, she and her friends, who were scared but alert, held each other on to form a human chain during the concert for protection.  She had put up the Facebook post on a public platform in hopes that people would get to know about the harrowing things that can happen to women, even in public and to stand up against such incidents. But instead of the support she was expecting, she got mocked at and trolled.  and she was labeled a ‘liar’ and an ‘attention seeker’. On her Facebook post, which has over 8000 comments, many shockingly accused her of being a ‘liar’ and an ‘attention seeker’. This translated into a extensive battle-ground with many people in support of her rubbishing such claims and extending their sympathies to her.

The picture posted by Meghna Singh on Facebook while narrating the incident.
The picture posted by Meghna Singh on Facebook while narrating the incident.

The unprecedented trolling that Meghna faced, forced her to post another status update explaining herself. She explained the hollowness of the claims made by those who opposed her and thoroughly explained the incident further. She said that initially, she didn’t realise what was happening and it was only after coming back to her PG and changing, she noticed the spots on her trousers. She also added, “There was a guy right behind me who,after a while, started feeling me up. I wasn’t sure as I couldn’t recognise if it was his hand or his fingers. Then after a while I could smell the odour, I could feel that something fell on my left leg which I thought might have been sweating and since the place was quite crowded I couldn’t be sure about it.” After the guy tried to get closer again, she along with her friends resisted him and tried to form a human chain to avoid any accidental touches. “After a while, that guy again tried to get closer when I pushed him away shouting “Please bhai tum niklo yahan se” then he whispered something to his fellow partner. They were 3 guys who were there & they exchanged some gestures and then abruptly left. After I returned to my PG and changed, I saw these spots on my pants along with some white discharge. I realised that my intuition of “sweat landing on my left leg” was actually his semen because of his convenient masturbation amongst the crowd of around hundreds of people.” 



“We obviously thought we avoided that situation when she pushed him so we went back home,” says Antara Kashyap, one of Meghna’s friend who was there with her at the time. When Meghna found out what had happened, her friends asked her to speak up about it.“She sent us the picture in a WhatsApp group saying it was semen. It smelled and it was definitely discharge. We asked her to put it on Facebook and speak up about it. It was the right thing to do. The first negative comment was from an old “friend” who laughed it off. Then one guy said it could be srikhand and it shocked us.”

Meghna and her friends had not anticipated so many negative comments on the post. Antara said, “We never realised there would be thousands of such people, literate ones at that, who’d comment, slut-shame her and make this something to laugh about. Meghna and all of us, we have gone through a lot. We don’t deserve this hate. Meghna is a strong girl, she’s unfazed. I can’t say that about myself. Maybe that’s why thousands of victims of sexual abuse do not speak up. If you speak up they try to break you down.”

Meghna’s post was meant for people to see the unspeakable truths of harassment which are not absent in the campus, especially during the fest season. Parismita Talkudar, one of Meghna’s classmate, recounts a similar story, “I went to see one of my favourite star of Bollywood. We waited for 3 hours to have a glimpse of Shah Rukh Khan at Hansraj College last year. We were surrounded with a whole lot of people and we decided to stay together holding each other. One of my friend was behind a guy who looked innocent . In fact when some people were pushing her, he told them not to. When SRK came after so long, the crowd pushed each other like a wave and we got separated. There was a guy who helped me get out of the crowd. As I waited outside the ground for my friends I saw one of them almost in tears. The guy who was behind her, and who we thought was a nice person, actually came on her. She was disgusted as she could feel something wet on her top and when we looked at it, we could clearly see semen. This isn’t something that happened for the first time only with Meghna. This happens, with a lot of girls. But some decide to keep quiet.”

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Four days of the ever charged up annual fest of SRCC, Crossroads’17 was a success with enthusiastic performers and the lively crowd. On the last day,  the final showdown was scheduled with the start of Basscamp, where Rock Bands of different colleges gave exquisite performances. Bands of different colleges namely Middle of Nowhere, Hindu Collective and Black Coffee were lined up for the event which was successfully attracting the crowd with their stupefying show.

The day concluded with a majestic performance by one of the kings of Bollywood, KK. His energy and passion for his music got the crowd grooving to glorious hits from the 1990s and 2000s. Popular songs had the audience singing along loudly throughout the show. Some of the crowd favourites included Aashayein from the inspirational movie Iqbal and the heart wrenching Tadap Tadap Ke from the 90s classic, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. KK finished the show with Koi Kahe from Dil Chahta Hai, and left the crowd feeling ecstatic from such an exciting night. Crossroads 2017, while slow on the events front, more than made up for it with this unforgettable concert.


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The annual fest Crossroads’17 of Shri Ram College of Commerce hosted the Indian Choir Competition Saarang on the third day which had participants from eight different colleges. The competition was judged by Renuka Arya where Samranjhini of Gargi College emerged as the winners. Swaranjali of Hansraj College and Geetanjali of Miranda House jointly bagged the second position in the competition. The Indian solo singing competition Alaap where Dhruv Pargai of IIIT Delhi sang the winning song. Vaishnavi Tyagi of Hansraj College and Lakshay Kapoor of Ramanujan College got jointly awarded the first runner up in the competition.

Picturesque, punchy and unabashedly stylish, the five colleges that participated in Crossroad’s Inferno, the Fashion Show, definitely made an impression. Judged by Harsh Khullar and Ashmita Jaiswal, Kamla Nehru College emerged victorious in this battle of the trends with the likes of fashion societies from Maitreyi, Keshava Maha Vidyalaya, SSSGC and GNIOT providing stiff competition. The overriding trend seemed to be dark lipshades and eccentric outfits. However, Glitz,the Fashion Society of KNC stole the show with its performance on the theme ‘Savage Mind’ in shades of blue, black and grey. This event was undoubtedly a feast for the eyes.

The MTV Campus Diaries Dancemob Faceoff started off with some power packed performances and energetic beats. Judged by the iconic Salman Khan, former winner of Dance India Dance, his personal commentary carried the entire event and inspired the teams to give some killer performances. He also joined one of the teams on stage for a little jig.

Participants included a total of 13 teams, but Zeal, the Western Dance Society of Maitreyi College bagged the winners’ cheque for Rs 50,000. A night promised to be full of excellent dancing and good music, this event definitely set the tone for the rest of the night. 

The night closed with a crowd-pumping performance by DJ Rave Crave, who mixed up various dance and EDM numbers to make the crowd groove to the beats!

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With a palpable energy and anticipation running high, Shri Ram College of Commerce’s annual cultural fest, Crossroads, certainly brought the beat back with a confluence of enthralling performances and a colourful ambience. As the degree of the crowd pouring in amplified with every hour, the exhilaration levels were also met with satiation and pleasure.
The first-day kick started with Thirakh, the Western Dance Competition, which witnessed the energising performances by a motley of colleges. With a participation of eleven teams, each offering strong contention, the event was adjudged by the very famous, Desi Hoppers. Maitreyi College’s Zeal bagged the first award for their engaging moves, followed by Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce’s Misba.
After announcing the results, Desi Hoppers, the Mumbai-based dance crew who represented India at the World of Dance Championship, grooved on stage with the winning teams and addressed the audience.
As the sun set, the fahrenheit rose at Crossroads’17. The  EDM artist ‘Lost stories’ led the crowd into a frenzy as he came up with leading numbers one after the other. The jam-packed audience were on their toes throughout the hour as the DJ came up with chart toppers like ‘Closer’, ‘Boulevard of broken dreams’, ‘Yellow’ and ‘Bang Bang’ tuned to their best beats.
‘Lost Stories’ led the way to the awaited star of the night, DJ Chetas. Constantly ranked as one of the leading DJs globally,  he set the energy of the house to newer levels as he started with latest bollywood and global chartbusters  like ‘Kala Chasma’ and ‘Cheap thrills’. The crowd cheered throughout as followed next all time bollywood blockbusters like ‘Oh ho jaane jaane’, ‘Buleya’ and ‘Naadan Parindey’. The DJ concluded with a soulful streak finally ending  with ‘Channa Mereya’, marking the end of the first day at SRCC Crossroads.

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