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With musical spirit on a high, Day 2 of Nexus’16 flagged off with music in the air with the Indian vocals group competition – Alaap on 4th March 2016. The competition saw participation from 13 teams belonging to various DU colleges among which Geetanjali, Indian music society of Miranda House out shined others by bagging the 1st position followed by Daulat Ram College bagging the 2nd position.

Follwed by the Indian Vocals was the Street Dance competition, held in the Audi Lobby, which saw many power packed performances. The crowd went wild with applause as the performers pulled seemingly impossible flips and stunts. The judge Mr. Arjun, from PSD – a street dance project, finally declared Zest from Dayal Singh College as the winners followed by CVS streets team in the 2nd position.

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However, the range of events lined up at Day 2 didn’t end with this. Day 2 was full of myriad solo events which also included Western Dance (Solo) Competition. More than 25 participants registered who had about five minutes to present their performances. The event was judged by Mr. Shivank Chauhan and Mr. Sanjay Batra, both professors at the college. Manpreet of School of Open Learning as declared the winner while Sanjeevani of Zakir Husain College and Surbhi of Deshbandhu College were declared as the Runner’s Up.

Following the Western Dance (Solo) event was the Western Music (Choir) Competition which saw nine teams participating from all over Delhi University. The event was judged by Mr. Aftab Bose, a graduate from Swarna Bhoomi School of Music. The event was in the Acappella format where teams were given a maximum of 12 minutes to bring forward their presentations. Zephyr, the Western Music Society of Kamala Nehru College bagged the first position followed by the Western Music Society of Lady Shri Ram College for Women at the second position.

Zephyr-The Western Music Society of KNC emerged as the winners of the Western vocals group competition at Nexus’16.

Rejoicing their win, Raya Dhar, Piya Podder and Kriti Mamgain of Zephyr said, “We were treated as underdogs for quite some time. But we kept working hard and it has finally paid off. The underdogs are now getting recognised!”

On the solo event front, Indian Vocal Solo competition, organised by Alaap, witnessed performances by 8 participants, each accompanied by an instrumentalist. The first position, being a tie was won by Bineet Singh (GTBIT) and Saptak Chatterjee(Hansraj College). Likewise, the second position was shared by Swaradhana (DRC) and Saayon (DTU). Among the variety of events, the film making event saw Alex Arthur from SRM University bag the first position while Effulgence from Venky grabbed the second spot. You can catch up the winning entry here.

A ‘Duo dance based on theme’ event was held with a total of 7 teams participating from various colleges of Delhi University.  Aishwarya and Raghav of Sri Venkateswara college bagged the first position followed by Umesh and Ankita of Satyawati college with the second position. The winning team performed a fusion between Kathak and Bharatnatyam and the event was judged by Mrs. Kodhai Nayarayan,  a Bharatnatyam exponent.

Day 2 of Nexus drew to a close with a soulful Sufi rendition, with the much awaited performance by the Nizami Khusro Brothers, who energised the audience with popular renditions like Allah Hu, Kun Faya, Kajrare and many more. Sufi night was followed by Razzmataz, the Western dance event, which saw Miranda’s Tanz winning the first spot while Maitreyi’s Zeal was adjudged as the runner up team.


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The second day of Miranda House’s annual cultural fest saw higher attendance and more events, along with a performance by the Karachi-based band Raeth.

The day started with the solo Indian dance event organised under the umbrella of Tarangini by Mridang, the Indian Dance society of Miranda House. The event was judged by Smt. Vidhalal, a graded artist from Delhi Doordarshan, Deya Roy, and Dr. Vijaylakshmi Nanda. Ananya from Daulat Ram College was awarded the first position from amongst the eight students who performed. This was followed by the group folk dance competition where teams from colleges all over Delhi University performed, including Daulat Ram College, IP College for Women and Maitreyi College. The panel of judges for the group event was mostly the same as the one for solo dance, with the addition of Poonam Bhargava instead of Dr. Vijaylakshmi Nanda. Poonam Bhargava is a faculty member of Department of Chemistry, Miranda House and an avid dancer. The crowd was energized and receptive despite the harsh sun, powered on by Aman Kalra, the guest host. After performances that celebrated the rustic charm of the various folk dances of India, the team from Maitreyi College was declared the winner for their colourful number, followed by the team from Sri Venkateswara College for the second position.

Zephyr, Kamala Nehru College, winners of Acapella at Tempest 2016

After grabbing the most crowds of all events on Day 1 with the Battle of the Bands, Orpheus, the Western Music Society, returned with two more events for Euphony. The Acapella event, being judged by Worshom Muivah, member of Minutes of Decay, and Nilot Pal Sinha, director of House of Symphony, saw 8 teams performing after which Zephyr from Kamala Nehru College were declared the winners for their excellent rendition of the Harry Potter theme song. The second position was tied between Aria, Hindu College, and Crescendo from Sri Venkateswara College. The third position was bagged by the Western Music Society of Lady Sri Ram College. The solo singing event took place after the Acapella and saw Isha Chakrabarty from Gargi College taking the first position, followed by Shivash Chagti from Hansraj College.

Maitreyi College emerged the winners at the Folk Dance competition


Enactus Miranda House organised The Women Entrepreneurship Summit which had the PopXo co-founder Priyanka Gill, and the Enactus India programme manager, Niharika Bhatia, launching Enactus India’s new initiave RACK- Random Acts of Kindness.

The day closed with a performance by the band RAETH who were greeted with cheers. They performed popular numbers like Baag DK Bose, 7 Din, and their original song Bhula Do, Bhula Do.

Also read: Day 1 at Tempest 2016


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