Cultural extravaganza at college corridor

Cultural extravaganza at college corridor

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The year round wait of students of Shivaji College finally ended with a two-day cultural extravaganza ‘VIBRATIONS 2012’.

Dance move: Students perform a choreography act.The annual cultural festival kicked off with some Indian classical music by the Mishra Brothers and concluded with Asian pop band Stereo Nation.

Indian classical vocalist duo from Banaras Gharana, Pandit Ritesh and Rajneesh Mishra inaugurated the festival on January 19. They enthralled the audience with their mesmerising gayaki and were loved by all for their melodious music and an interactive singing session where the crowd sang with them to mark the beginning of the cultural festival. The Mishra brothers said, “Music is a universal language and for us it is the shortest and the quickest way to reach God.”

Dr Shashi Nijhawan, principal of the college, explained the theme of the cultural festival “We started with Indian classical music and ended the event with western pop. It was important to have a presence of Indian classical music in our festival as it forms the roots of our culture,” she shared.  

The festival also had various competitions like: rangoli making, poster making, face painting, dance, solo singing, ‘shutterbugs’, for budding photographers and mimicry.

The fest was a break for not only students but teachers too. Vanitha Chawla, assistant professor at Shivaji College was elated. She said, “I have been associated with the college for five years now and there has been a sea change in the way the festival is organised today. Since last three years, not only the students but even the teachers are able to see what is happening during the fest and enjoy the various competitions and performances.”

The fashion show organised on first day saw a huge participation from Delhi colleges with Kamla Nehru College walking away with the first prize while best model–male and female went to Dyal Singh College. Vaishali Goel, student of Economic Honours at Shivaji said, “This is my first experience of a college festival and before anchoring the fashion show I was tensed about audiences’ reaction. But I was surprised to see that the students were very supportive.”

The band competition saw performances by a number of College Bands such as Rise of Uncertainty, Jehorah, Soul de Out, Soul Screech, Revival Stage and Inside the Spiral.

Jehorah Band won the competition. Nukkad natak (street play) on the second day remained to be the highlight of the event. Titled Udghosh, the competition saw a huge participation from colleges like Daulat Ram, College of Business Studies, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Hindu, Hansraj, Jesus and Mary, Kamla Nehru and Shri Ram College of Commerce, to name a few. Issues related to justice, corruption and North-East insurgency were chosen by the students for this competition which was won by Hansraj College.

Anupama Rawat and Shivi Upadhyay of Daulat Ram College were extremely happy with the arrangements. Anupama said, “We have participated in nukkad natak in a number of colleges but have never experienced such a comfortable carpeted floor before.” Dr Shashi said, “Being one of the best colleges in West Delhi, Shivaji College has carved a name for itself for which I give the credit to our teamwork.”

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