A bundle of enthralling competitions and a string of musical charm, such was the cultural spectacle at Kamala Nehru College’s annual fiesta, Ullas!
Ullas, Kamala Nehru College’s annual cultural fest, being held on 22nd and 23rd March 2017, began with a power-packed morning on its first day. There was an air of hustle bustle, along with several attendees who gathered within the college premises to give this much-anticipated fest an energetic start.
The fest was inaugurated by Ms. Shikha Sharma, the CEO of Axis Bank, accompanied by the Principal, Dr. Kalpana Bhakuni. The inauguration consisted of lighting the lamp, followed by a keynote address by the chief guest and the Principal. After the fest was declared open, a variety of cultural events were all set to take place and enthral the audiences. The solo Indian classical dance event, hosted by Nupur, the Indian dance society of Kamala Nehru College, was one of the first events wherein the audience witnessed mesmerising dance forms from all across the nation, be it Oddisi or Mohiniattam. Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College and Suryansh from Maharaja Agrasen College shared the first position. Nimisha from Janki Devi Memorial College stood second, and Sharanya from Indraprastha University stood third.

Next in line were the riveting performances in the group Indian folk dance competition which was also held by Nupur. The performances were packed with the power of Bhangra from Punjab and the charm of Kalbelia from Rajasthan. The first position was bagged by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College for their enthralling Bhangra performances. The second position was bagged by Nazakat, the Indian dance society of Gargi College for their ‘Badhai’ (dance form of Madhya Pradesh) dance performance, and the third position was bagged by Nrityakriti, the Indian dance society of Maitreyi College for their mesmerising Haryanvi folk dance.

Simultaneously, the Indian music society of Kamala Nehru College, Sangeetika, held the Indian choir competition, which was a treat to the ears for all those who attended this musical morning consisting of ragas and taals. The first position was bagged by Tarkaas, the Indian music society of the Institute of Home Economics, the second position was secured by Samranjini, the Indian music society of Gargi College and the third position was held by Alankar, the Indian music society of Hindu College.

The evening of the first day of Ullas had several highlights. After the Indian dance events were concluded, the western group dance event was conducted. A thrilling event as always, it had the entire auditorium packed to the brim, with students cheering for the participating teams. Misba of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce won first place, with Verve of Sri Venkateswara College and Zeal of Maitreyi College winning the second and third prizes respectively.
Day 1 ended on a note of musical high with three endearing performances. First, Hamsa Band got the audience all geared up and had them singing along to their renditions of popular Bollywood songs. Some of these included latest hits such as “Humma Humma” as well as some nostalgic numbers like “Hum Kis Galli Jaa Rahe Hain”. Next up, Dhruv Sangari started the Sufiana Night with dim lights and soft sounds. After his soothing performance, the day was finally concluded by a performance from the renowned Nizami Brothers, who left the audience feeling calm and relaxed after such a full day. Ullas 2017 was off to a great start on its first day!

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The Annual Fest of Kamla Nehru College, Ullas, 2016 stood witness to a handful of exciting and super-entertaining events and competitions. Amongst the lot, Zephyr, The Western Music Society of KNC, hosted the illustrious Western Choir and Western Duet competitions, under the event ‘Rhythm in Blues’.

The participating teams included Musoc (KMC), Orpheus (Miranda), The Western Music Society Of LSR and Dhwani (SSCBS).

Out of these, SSCBS stood second, while LSR managed to bag the first position.
The event, judged by Ms. Sharmila Banerjee Livingston and Ms. Panvi Podder was a fun ride.

Following the Western Choir was Western Duet, wherein there were 8 participants, the names and colleges were whom to remain undeclared.
Kishor Ningthoujan and Rhea Toor from Amity University, Noida stood third, Siddhant Seth and Sparsh Bajpai stood second, and Kunal Singh and Anahita Dawar stood first.

A Battle of Bands was also hosted on the college ground where the band Hans Raj Projekt emerged victorious.

Thereafter, The Fashion Society of KNC, Glitz, hosted La Vogue, wherein Elantra (Bharti College), Amity School of Communication, Ramjas College and Vardhaman Mahaveer Medical College (VMMC) participated. The Fashion event which was judged by a panel of three, which included Mr. Hemant Sood, Ms. Miya Lakra and Mr. Mayank Sharma witnessed Amity College emerging as the winners for their production ‘Shaitaan’ followed by VMMC and Ramjas College on the second position.

The star performer of the day, Sona Mohapatra, took over the stage at dusk and performed songs like ‘O Ri Chiraiya’ and ‘Mujhe kya bechega rupaiya’ presenting the social message of a healthy body image and embracing your sexuality.

She ended the day with a powerful performance of all of her hits including Ambarsariya and Bedardi Raja. The union was ecstatic as Sona drew the curtains to Ullas 2016.


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Day 2 of Ullas, the annual cultural festival of Kamala Nehru College started with Swaranjali, an Indian music competition organized by Sangeetika, the Indian music society of the college. The event started with choir performances and saw participation by 8 teams.

The event was judged by Shri Avinash Kumar and Srimati Deepti Pandit both of whom are Hindustani Classical vocalists. Samranjini of Gargi College took home the first prize followed by Swaranjali of Hans Raj college and Alaap of Sri Venkateswara College.

This event was followed by Sarang, the Instrumental Solo competition. It saw participation from eight students. Megha from Miranda House and Aditya tied for the first position. The second position was bagged by Naman followed by Kartikeya from Hans Raj College.
In her vote of thanks, Smt. Deepti Pandit mentioned that all participants sang very well and by pursuing classical music were taking the Indian culture and heritage forward.


Taking musical notes on a new high, Zephyr- The Music Society of KNC organised the Western Solo Vocals competition under the umbrella event ‘Rhythm in Blues’ on Day 2 of Ullas.

With 8 participants, the event was adjudicated by an esteemed panel comprising of Ms. Sharmila Banerjee Livingston, a soloist and Delhi based musician who has also been a conductor of the famous ‘The Capital City Minstrels’ alongwith Panvi Poddler, a celebrated vocalist who holds a diploma in Contemporary performance from Rockschool, UK.

Despite the cut throat competition, Kishor from Amity University, Noida grabbed the top spot as he sang the rendition of the song ‘Listen’ by Beyonce, supported by his accompanist Felix.


While Sparsh from Lady Shri Ram College recreated ‘Pirate Jenny’ a Three Penny Opera presentation with her accompanist Ashrey Goel, won the second prize, Nisha Chakravorty from Gargi College stood third as she sang ‘And I am telling you ‘ by Jennifer Hudson. She was accompanied by Anirvan from Diva Kera.

Judge Sharmila Banerjee shared her experience of judging the event as she remarked, ” When you are competing, it is important to connect with the audience. A song that you perform must be a song that you own and deliver and that is what a judge looks for.”


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Riya Chibber

Akshara Srivastava


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The day one of Kamala Nehru College’s annual cultural festival Ullas began with an inauguration ceremony where eminent dancer Padmashree Madhvi Mudgal performed. The principal of the college declared the two day fest open. The campus was filled with myriad colours adding to the exuberance of the environment.


Amidst first events was Indian classical solo and Folk Dance event organised by Nupur, the Indian Dance Society of KNC.

While Indian classical solo event saw 10 participants from various colleges across DU, the Folk Dance competition on the other hand had 5 teams who enthralled the audience with their performances.

Both the events were adjudicated by a distinguished panel comprising of Ms. Madhumita Rout, an Odissi dancer and teacher, Dr. Nalini Jain, Dance Consultant with Times of India and Mr. Tej Prakash, a famous dancer .

Raghav from Sri Venkateswara College was adjudged as the winner of the Classical Solo dance while Suryaash from Maharaja Agrasen College and Nimisha from Janki Devi Memorial College bagged the second and third spot respectively.

Talking about her experience judging the event, Ms. Madhumita Rout remarked, “India is known for its culture. It is our duty to promote these art and dance forms through such events.”

In the power-packed Folk Dance competition, the Bhangra Group from SGND Khalsa College emerged as the winners. Nrityakriti from Maitreyi College who performed Haryanvi Folk garnered a roaring applause and second prize while Nrityangana from Sri Venkateswara bagged the third prize.


Kamala Nehru College is scheduled to host Shakti Mohan and Astitva Band later today. Stay tuned for more updates!


Arushi Pathak

Riya Chibber

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Nritiyakriti, the Choreography competition on Day 1 of Ullas was organised by Adagio, the Choreography Society of the college. There were a total of 8 participating teams including Kirori Mal College, Gargi College, Sri Venkateswara College and Hansraj College. The judges for the event were Mr. Adi, Director of Rada and known for blending contemporary with lyrical hip-hop and Mr. Arjun Kohli, guest artist with Anveshana Dance Theatre and Urshilla Dance Company.

cho_nHindu College’s Choreography Society- Srijya put up a performance titled ‘Paradox’. Ashish from Hindu College elaborated, “We’ve put up our performance related to fear, three different levels of fear. The organisation of the event has been good and all participants were competitive enough.”

Eventually Gargi College’s choreography society Sparx won the first place in the competition, with Hansraj College’s Terpsichorean following second. One of the judges said, “I have seen all colleges, some are good, some are better. I’ve seen lack of synchronisation in almost all performances.” He also emphasised that “performances should have a wow factor”.

The Debating Society of the college, Crossfire also conducted a conventional debate earlier in the day. The motion for the debate was – This house believes that temporary anarchy is the only means to achieve a stable democracy as an end. Madhav from KMC, Divya from KMC and Mehvish from St. Stephen’s were adjudged the best speakers and Divya from KMC was the best interjector.

The second day of Ullas 2014 commenced with Ol’ that Jazz- Western dance competition organized by the western dance society, Enigma.The event saw participation of more than ten colleges. The teams used innovative techniques and diverse combination of music to stylize their performances. IIT Delhi was judged the best performance while Jesus and Mary College ranked second. Miranda College received a special mention for their costumes. On the level of competition they faced says Aakash Singhal, President of the IIT Delhi Dance Society, “The competition was really stiff this year. We thought Maitreyi College was really good and if KNC’s performance would have been competitive, our chances of winning would have been less.

The event was judged by Mr. Adi Kumar of Just Dance and India’s Got Talent fame and Ms. Bhavani Mishra who runs the Urshilla Dance Company and has choreographed a lot many dances sequences. Passion, Ms. Mishra agreed is what makes a dance performance intriguing. She says,” Passion is very strong. It covers a huge Diaspora of emotions and techniques. Passion is all about madness and that is what I was looking for.” Both the judges agreed that the quality of dance in the University circuit has increased immensely in the past few years. Mr. Kumar attributed this to the increasing number of dance reality shows on television. Talking about the huge influence and usage of Bollywood music and style of dancing in a western dance performance says Ms. Bhavani,” This is India. If you don’t use Bollywood in your performance, I’ll get bored and stop watching it.”

IIT Delhi receive their award for the Best performance.

The Quiz Society of the College, Kaleidoscope organized their annual Inter College Quiz competition Inquisitive simultaneously. The event saw participation of 11 teams in the preliminary round in which the teams had to answer 20 questions, of which six were selected for further rounds. The Quiz was based on a General theme. The prelims were followed by an Infinite Bounds round, Who’s who, Mega Connect and Rapid fire, in which the participants had to answer six questions in 45 seconds.

Winners of Inquisitive. (From L to R) team from AIIMS, St. Stephens and Hansraj EXIMS cross.

The winners of this event were  Mukund and Fardeen from St. Stephen’s College, followed by a cross team of Abhishek Mishra and Anindita Roy from Hansraj and Exims in the second place and Soumya and Altaf from AIIMS at third. There was a tie between NSIT, Gargi and AIIMS for the third position with AIIMS emerging victorious in the second try. The participants especially enjoyed the mega connect whose usage of names like Pink Floyd, Pablo Picasso, Dennis the Menace  and  Agatha Christie made it difficult for the teams to recognize that the common link between the pictures was that of all of them being names of Hurricanes. It was only after the slide of Katrina, did the team of St. Stephens made the correct link.

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Featured image: Enigma, western dance society of KNC

Post an extravagant bout of some serious competition among various colleges, the second day of Ullas gave way to an explosive and throbbing performance by the Sufi rock band Nasha, which redefined the phrase and in its truest sense, set the stage on fire. As dismal as the host students were by the fact that there is no big shot celebrity performing at their fest and completely ignorant of the fact that within three years of their career, Nasha has climbed the farthest rung in the ladder in terms of popularity among the youth, it did not take more than a couple of minutes for them to break out of their disinterest and rock to the tunes of the performing artist. Primarily performing popular songs by various artists, they hit the bull’s eye with their famous version of the song ‘mein tennu samjhawan’ and ‘gulabi aankhein’.  Akhil Sachdeva, the lead singer and the front man of the band, spelt soul with every beat of the songs he sung. He enigmatically mesmerized the crowd, and was greeted by a thunderous share of hooting from his fans in the crowd. He created an atmosphere of pure mysticism by his lively and energetic performance that lasted for a time span of two hours, but echoed in the mind of the audiences for the entire night and beyond. Akhil Sachdeva was hounded by his female fan following pre and post the event, who dedicatedly chased him for photos and autographs even back stage. But the amazing raw appeal and connectivity with audience that was displayed by this band left the entire crowd awe struck and yearning for more.]]>

After entering the college premises in the morning on Day 1 of Ullas, one would probably have been disappointed to find little fest-like environment and only a few students scuttling about and the stall area. But then my ears caught the sound of booming music which led to the college auditorium. The music was loud and peppy and already jumping on my toes I made way to the door where the guard on duty squashed my spirits by promptly informing me that there were no seats available of the 1000 present in the auditorium and no, not even the steps. Ultimately, and fortunately at that, I found myself seated in the auditorium balcony, a whole seat to myself. The auditorium was bustling with laughter, cheers, whistles, dancing, everything which the outdoors lacked. Nupur- the Indian Dance competition inaugurated the events of the day with a myriad of colorful costumes, peppy soundtracks and everlasting enthusiasm. This event saw participation of various colleges like LSR, Hindu College, Gargi College and DeshbanduCollege amongst others in the categories of Solo Classical and Group Folk. The crowd cheered every participant, but it became a scream fest when Kamala Nehru took the stage and performed a Punjabi Folk Dance, and eventually also bagged the winner’s position in this category. JMC, which stood second in the Group category performed a lavani act, while Gargi College which stood third enthralled the audience with a Haryanavi act. Alongside, the Seminar Room saw the conduction of Crossfire, The English Debate competition. The participants were given three topics to choose from, all in keeping with the theme – Politics sans ethics? Eventually, a cross team of Deshbandu College and Kamala Nehru College walked away with winner’s title while the best speaker was from RijulKataria from Hindu College. Next up was the choreography competition, which began at around at 1:00pm in the college auditorium and was nothing but riveting, keeping the audience glued to their seats. Every participating college was performing a unique theme and must have managed to do complete justice to it, for the judge was all praises for them. HIndu College displayed a graceful performance on the theme ‘Blind Trust’ while Lady Shri Ram had ‘Competition’ as theirs. Gargi gave a new meaning to ‘Run’ while Kamala Nehru’s ‘Ab Bas’ which was based on the rape incidents managed to raise goosebumps. The auditorium was jam packed and leaving your seat was not an option, for re-entry wouldn’t have been possible. Glitz, the Fashion Show began an hour late. The students, not the one to sit idle, started dancing on the music being played in the background giving a head start to the DJ night scheduled later for the evening. Glitz, of course was a huge success and was witness to themes as polar opposite as ‘Seven Sins’ and ‘Bohemian Culture’. Institute of Home Economics took away the first prize and College of Vocational Studies followed with the second. While the Auditorium was buzzing with these events, there was activity outside as well. Swaranjali-the Indian Music were witnessed by audience who appreciated their talents. Business Plan organized by the Commerce Society saw a lot of enthusiastic participation with Indraprastha University winning the first position on their plan of a Warehouse. The day ended with a lot of students, their friends, strangers shaking their legs to popular Bollywood and Punjabi music. In the midst of dancing, the crowd was surprised by a flash mob organized by the dance societies of Kamala Nehru who took it upon themselves to teach the crowd a few winning moves. The area was beefed up on security with lot of police and security guards roaming around, but fortunately, no incident of misbehaviorwere reported. Overall it was a good day, setting a benchmark for the next and final day of Ullas 2013.   Niharika Singh ([email protected]) and Cheshtha Gupta ([email protected])]]>

With the fest fever already high in Delhi University, it’s now time for Kamala Nehru College to open its gates for the rest of the students. Scheduled to begin on 4th March2013,Ullas – meaning exuberance – is aiming to live up to its name and some more. Spanning over two days, there are a plethora of activities and competitions to choose from,such as Horse Trade, a barter game organized by the Commerce society which puts your persuasion and bargaining powers to test.“A little sycophancy might also help,”adds Mahima Dayani, the General Secretary of the college.“Ullas is a culturally active fest and all the college societies are working really hard together to take this show to another level,” she explains. For the most sought-after event she says, “Definitely Glitz, the fashion show. We record the largest turnout every year for this event.” The societies of Kamala Nehru College are famous entities around the University and this time they invite you to their college to battle it out for amazing cash prizes and boasting rights. For the one with verbal diarrhea, there is Crossfire (English Debate) and Abhivyakti (Hindi Debate) to choose from. For the creatively inclined, there is caricature, Poster Making organized by Luminoso, the Fine Arts Society. The singers can battle out their baritones and altos at the various music competitions lined up. There are also Western and Indian Dance events, and for the walking encyclopedias, Inquizzitive (Quiz competition) is the perfectevent. There is of course Glitz, a fashion show competition famous for not just its clothes and a Celebrity Show. It is going to be two days of high spirits and big smiles. Expect a lot of drama, laughter and money flowing around. Also, there will be the delicious food stalls serving everything under the sun to whet your appetites. Offering a piece of advice, Mahima warns, “KNC is a women’s college so expect tight security and any violation of rule will not be tolerated.”Do not be deterred, just refrain from doing something which would lead you right out of the gates. Entry is through passes, which are to be purchased from the college. Mark your planners, folks!   Day 1, 4th March, 2013 Inauguration in Auditorium at 9:00 am Nupur ( Indian Dance) Auditorium -9:30 am Crossfire ( English Debate) Seminar Room -10:00 am Srijan ( Hindi Creative Writing) Computer Lab- 1 10:00 am Swaranjali ( Indian Music) Sports Ground -10:00 am Luminoso ( Fine Arts) Room No. 25- 10:30 am ( Bamboo Room) Mehendi, Tattoo Making and Caricature Nrityakriti ( Choreography) Auditorium- 12:00 pm Glitz ( Fashion Show) Auditorium- 2:00 pm Business Plan Seminar Room-2:00 pm Jam Session Sports Ground-4:00 pmonwards Day 2, 5th March, 2013 Ol’That Jazz ( Western Dance) Auditorium- 9:00 am Inquizzitive ( Quiz) Seminar Room -10:00 am Performance by Turkush, a multi-genre Delhi-based Hindi band- Sports ground- 10:30 am Luminoso ( Fine Arts) Room no. 25 Bamboo Room- 11:00 am Dhun, Poster Making) Treasure Hunt Chaupal- 12:00 pm Rhythm ‘N’ Blues ( Western Music) Auditorium -12:30 pm Horse Trade ( Barter Game) Student Activity-2:00 pm Centre Abhivyakti ( Hindi Debate) Computer Lab- 1 1:00 pm Celebrity Show by the band Nasha- Sports Ground- 5:00 pm onwards Visit their Facebook page for more details, http://www.facebook.com/UllasAnnualFestKamalaNehruCollege   Niharika Singh]]>