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It’s one cultural society against the other on campus this fest season. Here’s decoding what goes into their preparations.

art and culture Updated: Feb 27, 2013 02:19 IST
Sahil Magoo

It’s that time of the year when different colleges from Delhi University have a face off to be the best — be it in dance, drama or music. During the fest season, apart from the masti on campus, one can witness some serious planning that goes behind the final performances. While most student societies believe in updating their line-up with every performance, as they don’t want to be predictable, some are confident about their piece.

“The basic medley remains more or less the same. Slight positions and formations are changed before every performance. If something is really not working, then we change it entirely,” says Raveena Singh of Mudra, the western dance society of Jesus and Mary College. western dance team from St Stephen’s College is also willing to incorporate a few changes here and there before their next performance. "We try changing few things except our energy levels. We use different songs, themes and even change our costumes at times," says Aishwarya Iyer, president of Stereo, the western dance society of the college.

For the team from Sri Venkateswara College, change in the choreography is a must. “We have about 20 sequences ready already, so we keep the element of surprise by performing something different every time. We don’t want to be predictable like other teams,” says Charly Cherian from Verve, the western dance society of Sri Venkateswara College, which is among the top dance societies of DU this season.

As far as the teams taking part in street play contests are concerned, the script for most of them remains the same. “We take inspirations from other groups, but we don’t imitate them,” says Sumit Chauhan, president of Rudra, the dramatics society of PGDAV College.

“Before every competition, we change our characterisation and some basic punches to retain the freshness of the play. We also see how the circuit is evolving and try to improve with every performance,” says Nishtha Pandey of the dramatics society of Lady Shri Ram College for Women.