Nexus, the annual cultural fest of Sri Venkateswara College, organised by Students’ Union and Fine Arts Association concluded it’s Day 1 with a ravishing performance by The Yellow Diary.
Nexus’20 with its tag line of “Lights, Camera, Action” encapsulated the Bollywood theme, in all its glory.
The inauguration for Nexus 2020 began at 10:40 AM with ne arrival of the Chief Guest, eminent Santoor player Shri Abhay Rustum Sopori. Ater the lighting of the ceremonial lamp and singing of hymns, the staff advisor and conveyor of the fine arts took turns to thank the various organisers, teaching and non teaching staff for making the event possible.
This was followed by an introduction of the Chief Guest and speech by the Principal who explained the impact globalisation on the current generation and how it has created challenges and opportunities. Shri Abhay Rustum Sopori addresses the gathering and stressed on the need to preserve the creative arts and provide a platform to the younger generation, regardless of the field.
Madari: The Street Play Competition
Madari, the street play competition, organized by Anubhuti Sri Venkateswara College, took place in the front lawn on day 1 of Nexus. The event began with a performance called ‘(en)titled’ by LSR, a hard hitting performance on caste discrimination and how it is entrenched in Indian society. This event was presided over by 2 judges, Rajneesh Gautam, a director from the theater industry, and Rajesh Bakshi, an actor. The 11 teams which performed delivered powerful performances on water shortage, division in India, inefficiency of Indian governance, missing persons, and other prevailing issues ailing our country.
Hindi Debate Competition
Vimarsh, the Hindi Debating society of Sri Venkateswara College also organized a hindi debate on the first day of Nexus. The debate was in the turncoat format, with each participant being given 5 minutes, 2 minutes for the motion, 2 against, and 1 minute to conclude. The judges presiding over this event were Mr.Umesh Chaturvedi, an advisor for All India Radio (AIR) and a prominent journalist, and, Dr.Jitendra Veer Kalra from the hindi department of SVC. With 28 participants, the debaters spoke about various issues such as cities versus villages in terms of personal development, feminism, the need for a national language, and other relevant issues.
Jugalbandi: The Duet Indian Classical Event
Day 1 of Nexus, the annual cultural fest of Sri Venkateswara College (SVC) begins with several enthralling competitions. One of which is Jugalbandi. Jugalbandi is a pair on stage duet competition for indian classical music. 15 talented college and cross college teams presented their instrumental and vocal renditions for the judge, Shivani Singh, a hindustani classic singer who also has experience in carnatic songs and gulam Ali gazal and the enthralled audience. This event took place on the mini stage.
Heathens, and the Photography Exhibition
Effulgence, the photography society of Sri Venkateswara College, organised Heathens, the solo photography competition. The event witnessed widespread participation from photography enthusiasts all over the University.
Effulgence, the Photography society of Sri Venkateswara College, organizes a photo exhibition and competition Kodachrome’20for Nexus, the annual cultural fest of SVC, The theme for this year’s competition is Marvel vs DC.
Bollywood, Mela and India Quiz
Day one of Nexus 2020 saw the first two quizzes held by Conquitadors, the quizzing society of SVC. The event saw slight delays due to technical complications. It began with the India Quiz, Azaadi-E-Kamil, won by Ankur Agraj of Campus Law Centre and Tanmay of St Stephen’s. Next the Bollywood Quiz, Cin-E-Hind, was won by Ankur Agraj and Aayush Shukla. The third quiz of the day, MELA, Music, Entertainment, Literature and Art, was won by Vallari and Hariharan.
Razzmatazz: The Western Group Dance Event
With much delay and doubt, the second half of Nexus was a rocky yet uphill ride. Razzmataz, the Western Group Dance Competition set the stage on fire! Soaring high stunts, charm, expressions and flexibility marked the event leaving the audience in awe. Spardha, the Western Dance Society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College was declared the winners, following suite, Dhanak, the Western Dance Society of Zakir Hussain Delhi College were declared the runner-ups. Parallelly, Diminuendo, the Western Singing Duet Competition took place. Cosy room. Check. Fairylights. Check. High-pitches. Check. As the crowd sang along to the beautiful melodies under the dim-light and Tumblr vibes, the competition ended on a high note.
Thirak: The Folk Dance Event
The afternoon of the annual festival of Nexus, the annual cultural fest of Sri Venkateswara College (SVS), was highlighted by the mesmerising performances, which represented the folk culture of India. Thirak, a classical folk dance competition was put up with the efforts of Nrityangana, the Indian Dance Society of the host college. The face off witnessed 12 performances of some amazing teams competing with one another beautifully to set the bar high. Diversified dance sequences took the audience to the journey with them from Lavani to Bhangra to Garba and to other prominent dance forms highlighting the rich cultural fabric of our nation. The best performance title was bagged by Nazaakat, Gargi College and the runner’s up position was entitled to Mridang, Miranda House.
Rock Night: The Yellow Diary
The night came to a perfect end with a magnificent performance by the fusion rock band, The Yellow Diary, leaving the audience captivated. They performed some of their most popular songs like Rab Raakha, Marz and Tere Jaisa Hor Dissa among others. The audience was highly eager and demanded the band to perform one of their most famous and motivating songs, Kashmir. No doubt, the entire crowd was enthralled and went home highly pleased.
Diminuendo: The Group Acapella Competition
The Western Music Society of SVC, Crescendo, orchestrated the dulcet Acapella competition, Diminuendo, opening with a statement condemning the ongoing violence across the State. The event started about 40 minutes late and was interrupted a few times by speaker disturbances outside. It was evaluated by Ritwik De and internal judge, Dr. Namida Nayyar. The first position was awarded to the Western Music Society of LSR, followed by JMC’s Echo with the second position and St. Stephen’s’ Sound Machine with the third.
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Prabhanu Kumar Das
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