A high-pitched fest

Thrilling

The annual extravaganza reached another level in Ramjas College as various bands performed

Rocking: A band performs at Ramjas College.The fest fever in Delhi University reached a new high at the recently held annual extravaganza of Ramjas College, ‘Mosaic Overloaded’. Spread across three days, the fest broke all previous records in terms of student attendance. According to some estimates, the first two days saw a crowd of at least 10,000 while the last day witnessed a massive turnout of over 35,000 students. The crowd couldn’t have been any less with big names like the Rap Kingz and Honey Singh.

The success of the show lay in the fact that the students managed to put together a good fest in a rather modest budget. The charm, students say, lay in the array of the events.

The first day saw the inauguration of the fest by the principal Deepu Sebastian Edmond, followed by a solo dance show, science quiz, debate and ‘A minute to speak’ session. But the star attractions were street cricket, admad and carnival. Yogesh Saharan, a member of the organising committee, informs, “The street cricket, a shorter version of one-day cricket, was a hit with the guys. Thereafter, admad, which had three rounds of advertisement making on topics like female foeticide, cherry blossom fairness cream and Bollywood V/s Hollywood, saw enthusiastic participation. The carnival with its fun games like musical chairs, candle lighting, ring toss and paper dance, combined with a variety of food stalls won great appreciation.”

The second day started with poster-making and T-shirt painting competitions on interesting topics like ‘diversity of nature’ and ‘youth and drugs’. This was followed by a solo singing contest bagged by a student of the Daulat Ram College, and an inter-college dance competition which the Shri Ram College of Commerce won. After this came the very popular, ‘Treasure hunt’. Teams from 15 colleges searched through the entire college campus for clues and finally Hansraj College completed the hunt. The evening ended with the eagerly awaited fashion show, won by Daulat Ram College again, and a DJ night with dhol. Students danced to the beats of DJ Mukul and as one student of Ramjas College, Sanya Hashmi, put it, “We danced like no one was watching. It was awesome.”

The third day had the biggest performances of the fest. Students from various colleges started lining up to watch the ‘Battle of the Bands’ hours before it began. Around 20 bands from all over the country fought for the first spot and the band called ‘Zephyr’ finally won. And then, the floodgates literally opened as the famous hip-hop band ‘Rap Kingz’ started their performance. The electrified crowd could barely be contained as the band rapped popular numbers. Finally, Honey Singh, the star performer of the fest, drove everybody crazy with his Punjabi chartbusters Angrezi beat, 47 weight kudi da and Dope shope. Yogesh informs, “The crowd became so huge that we had to hold on to the barricades to make sure that people didn’t reach the stage. We never thought the response would be so big. Ultimately, ‘Mosaic Overloaded’ did turn out to be seriously overloaded.”

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