As a part of Tempest, Battle of the Bands was organized by Orpheus, the Western Music Society of Miranda House on the 22nd of February. A total number of eight bands from different colleges all over Delhi participated in the competition.
The competition was judged by Chayan Adhikari who is the vocalist and guitarist of the band Advaita. The second judge of the event was AveLeon Voz who is the drummer of the band Five 8.
The band ‘Red Shorts’ emerged as the winner of the competition followed by the bands ‘Andolan’ and ‘Hansraj Projekt’ who came second and third respectively.
According to the organizing committee, the music society received a lot of entries for the competition but only the bands which were a diverse mix were shortlisted.
“The judges were especially impressed by the maturity of the original compositions of the bands.” said Ketaki Prabha, the coordinator of Orpheus.
Arijit Singh performed in Miranda House for their annual cultural fest Tempest 2014 and delighted the crowd with an amazing performance. While the college authorities tried their best to limit the number of people entering by entry-by-passes-only procedure, fake passes, policemen, uncontrollable crowds and bouncers seemed to have surrounded the college today.
The college banned entry after 3 PM as mentioned in the passes, but students (with or without passes) relentlessly lined up outside the gates hoping to get in. The authorities were strict enough to deny entry to its own students as well after 3 PM. But in the process to control the numbers, participants and performers were kept waiting outside as well. At around 4:30 PM gates had to be opened for cars to enter. But along with the cars came hoards of students trying to seize their chance to get inside. Bouncers tried to stop them, police bared lathis and several students got injured and some had to be rushed for the medical care. Even though they succeeded in closing the gates and keeping out many students, eventually the authorities gave up and opened entry to one and all – anyone with or without a pass or even a college ID for that matter could now enter the college premises.
However, once the performance began, the crowd had the time of their lives watching Arijit Singh perform live. He opened with ‘Tum Hi Ho’ from the movie ‘Aashiqui 2’ and went on to sing all his famous numbers including ‘Raabta’ and ‘Dua’. The performance lasted for an hour and a half but the crowd seemed more than satiated. “It was so good that even in this crowd the songs touched my heart and I had goose bumps,” said Amishi Sindhwani from IP College for Women.
Mridang, the Indian Dance Society of Miranda House, organised their inter college dance competition ‘Tarangini’ as a part of Tempest 2014 on 22nd February. The event had two competitions, solo Indian Classical Dance and Group folk dance.
A total number of seven teams participated in the group folk dance competition. The first position was secured by SGTB Khalsa who performed Bhangra which was applauded by the crowd with hooting and cheers. The second position was shared by Gargi College and Mata Sundari College for Women who performed Haryanvi folk dance and Giddha respectively.
The solo Indian Classical Dance competition was won by Apoorva from Gargi College and Radhika from Miranda House. Vishnu from Zakir Hussain College secured second position.
Both the competitions were judged by Mrs. Shruti Sinha and Mrs. Manju Wazir. Shruti Sinha is a Kathak exponent, an international choreographer and a Doordarshan artist. Manju Wazir is currently the HOD of Khaitan School of Dance and is also running an institute of Kathak.
“Our event Tarangini had an amazing participation and was appreciated from all the participating colleges.” said Vishakha Sharma, president of the Indian Dance Society of Miranda House.
The annual fest of Miranda House – Tempest, started on 20th February with an inter-college stage play competition organized by Ariels, the English dramatics society of the college.
The competition saw plays by seven colleges namely, SRCC, Ramjas, SGTB Khalsa, Northern India Engineering College, Kamala Nehru College and Hindu College. These colleges performed the plays titled The Nerd, The Private Ear, Bande and Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (both by SGTB), Butter Chicken, Cover Story and The Fifth Symphony respectively.
The award for the Best Play was won by SGTB Khalsa’s Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay – a play that has won laurels recently at Udaan as well.
Ramjas College’s Neil won the Best Actor (male) for his performance in The Private Ear.
In addition to the winning spot, SGTB Khalsa took home three more awards. Their play Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay received the Best Director and the Best Actor (female) award. Their other play Bande got the prize of the Best Set Design. Ramjas College’s play The Private Ear, won the Best Technical Team award.
“Our event this year was an attempt to bring together some of the best plays put together by various college theatre groups. It turned out to be quite successful.” Said Varuni, the President of Ariels, “It was a delight to see such wonderful performances. The audience was also very responsive.”