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Dance to the beat on campus

With the admission fever on in Delhi University (DU), students have a lot more in mind than just the courses they are going to join.

art and culture Updated: Jun 16, 2011 01:17 IST
Mansa Jain

With the admission fever on in Delhi University (DU), students have a lot more in mind than just the courses they are going to join. They are also are looking forward to become members of various cultural societies. Out of all the societies, the ones that see participation by the majority of students are the choreography societies. In our weekly feature, we bring you a glimpse of some of the most popular choreography societies of colleges in DU.

Lady Shri Ram College
Name of the society
: Izraz
Though they don’t have an official name for their society, they refer to it as Izraz, meaning ‘dance’ in Persian. “We all get along surprisingly well for an all-girls’ team. We work hard and have fun at the same time,” says Ishika Mookerjee, president of the society. “I don’t have an idea as to which year our society was started. But it must have started at least 20 years back,” says Mookerjee. Izraz usually has 10 to 20 members. They were adjudged the best choreo team at Hindustan Times’ Youth Nexus this year.

How to become a member: The selection for the new members starts within the first three weeks of the reopening of college. They have various rounds of auditions before the final selection.
USP: This choreo society in DU is well known for its performances, specifically the body language of the dancers, who are trained by professionals from the industry.

Hansraj College
Name of the society:Terpsi chorean
Terpsi Chorean came into action in the year 2002. Consisting of 13 performers apart from backstage help, they have performed on interesting themes like global warming, Tears of ecstasy - the journey to becoming a creative genius, and Trail - the saga of a person finding his own way of achieving greatness. The society bagged first position in the annual fests at St. Stephen’s, Jesus and Mary, Institute of Home Economics and Hindu College.

How to become a member: The selection process starts in the second week after the new session of the college. “More than the dancing ability, it is the passion to perform that forms the essential criteria,” says Anurag Seth, president, Terpsi Chorean.
USP: The majority of members are newcomers, so the society also offers activities other than just dance to make people get along.

Kamla Nehru College
Name of the society:Adaigo
Adaigo, the choreography society of Kamla Nehru College, was formed in the year 2009. Last year’s production, titled, Fitting into size zero, showcased the ill effects of dieting to get the famous size zero look. “Our performances usually present a particular theme through instrumental music without using any words or lyrics,” says Varsha Baldodia, president of the society. This year, they won nine prizes. At present, they have 14 members.

How to become a member:The selection for this year’s choreo society will start by July end. “We usually prefer students who have contemporary dance background,” says Baldodia.
USP: They pick current topics that are women oriented and work around them. They also use some amazing lifts, which leave the audience awestruck.

Kirori Mal College
Name of the society: KMC Choreo
A fairly new team as compared to other colleges, the choreo society of KMC has already made its mark on campus. “We started with very limited members and funds in 2009-10, but we are still passionate enough to make our society the best in DU,” says Raja Singh, a member of the KMC Choreo. This year, they won the third prize in the Hindu Eco fest. They also gave a special performance in Shipra mall on the life of Gandhi on 2nd October.

How to become a member: The posters for auditions are out within a week or two after the new session of the college begins. One has to go through various rounds of auditions. The first one consists of self-choreographed pieces. The short-listed students are then given a creativity test.
USP: Well played pieces on social issues. This year, they did a performance on the theme ‘Money: the creator or the criminal’.

Sri Venkateswara College
Name of the society
: Nritya
Nritya came into existence in 2003-2004. “For us, choreography is not just a dance performance but an experience that portrays human emotions and feelings,” says Neha Sharma, president of the society. “Each year, we try bringing something different and unique to stage,” adds Sharma. This year, they performed on the theme, Eight elements of dance, and last year, they attempted a performance on the theme, Live your dreams. The number of members in Nritya ranges from 12 to 16. The society bagged 13 prizes this year.

How to become a member: The selection starts two to three weeks after the college reopens. “We have at least two to three rounds of audition,” says Sharma. The first round of audition is when the students perform their own piece. The second and third round is when they are given a piece by the seniors / choreographers,
USP: They believe that team work is very important, as it can take the performance of the dancers to a completely different level.