DU fest dates clash, students divided over participation

As the annual festival dates of four prominent colleges of Delhi University witness a clash, the students seem to be divided on which fest to attend this year. The date clash means an exhausting three day hopping from one fest to another for the student participants.

The annual fests of Jesus and Mary College’s, 'Montage', Sri Venkateswara College’s 'Nexus', (south campus colleges) Indraprastha College for Women’s 'Shruti' and Miranda House’s 'Tempest' (north campus colleges) will be between February 23-25.

“Now that there are two colleges from the south campus and two from the north, the students will be going to attend JMC's Montage and Miranda House's Tempest.

These are the two most sought after college fests every year. Also Venkateshwara College will not see a huge response as they have a system of passes in which a student can bring along only three to four friends. IP's fest have been seeing a downfall.

“With interesting events scheduled every year, Miranda House College will be the student’s perfrence after JMC,” said Shweta Arora, member of the hindi dramatics society and a student of Miranda House.

While a union member from Venkateswara College stated that despite the fest dates are clashing, Nexus has its loyal fans.

“The events scheduled for every day is designed keeping in mind the earlier response of students. So we are hopeful that it will be a huge student turnout,” said the union member.

The clash of dates has not gone down well with the students who are a part of various societies in colleges.

“We are not just spectators who go to fests to enjoy. We are the ones who make it enjoyable.

With the clash of dates, it gets very difficult to chalk out our schedule of taking part in events.

Sometimes, the date and time clashes, so we have no other choice but to drop one fest. That is our loss. After such gruelling practice sessions, if you are unable to perform at the end of the day, it is disappointing,” said Siddharth from the music society of Ramjas College.

The annual fests 'Crossroads' of Shri Ram College of Commerce and 'Crescendo' of College of Business Studies will be held between February 15-18.With the start of February, prominent college fests have been lined up. Kamla Nehru College’s fest, will be held between February 1 and 2 which will be followed by Lady Shri Ram College’s fest Tarang, scheduled for February 3 – 5.

 Hindu College’s fest Mecca is slotted for February 2 – 4 which be followed by Gargi College’s Reverie, scheduled for February 9 – 11.

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