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Put on your dancing shoes

The campus experience is not only about attending lectures. It’s also about taking part in extra-curricular activities. So, if you follow a particular hobby such as theatre, music or dance, why not join one of the different societies in Delhi University (DU). Today, we list down for you some of the choreography societies of DU.

art and culture Updated: Jul 07, 2012 00:55 IST
Tanya Mathur

The campus experience is not only about attending lectures. It’s also about taking part in extra-curricular activities. So, if you follow a particular hobby such as theatre, music or dance, why not join one of the different societies in Delhi University (DU). Today, we list down for you some of the choreography societies of DU.

Hans raj College, Terpsichorean

We relate to each other through dance
Vasvi Chaturvedi,
President, Terpsichorean
Formed in 2002, this society has won many awards, including the annual college fests of St Stephens, IIT Mumbai and BITS Pilani. The society’s members practice for at least three hours everyday after college hours. To get in this society, you have to clear three rounds of selection — physical workout, choreographed dance routine and expressions.
Number of members: 14 Biggest competitor: LSR

LADY SHRI RAM COLLEGE For WOMEN, Izraz

We believe in performing as a group because by the end of the day, it’s about the society as a whole
Anandini Kapur,
President, Izraz

This society, which was formed in 1998, has won at many annual fests of Delhi University colleges such as Jesus and Mary College, among others. The society and its 15 members believe in practicing for two to three hours daily. But they make it a point to not practice during their exams and while doing assignments, so that they can give time to their studies. The society takes in new members after they clear a three round auditioning process. “All the girls believe in staying together and performing as a group because at the end of the day, it’s not about an individual, but the society as a whole,” says Anandini Kapur, president, Izraz.
Number of members: 15 Biggest competitor: Hans Raj College

Gargi College, Sparx

We’re a group of people who are always up for experiments, specially when it comes to choreography
Kanika Joshi,
President, Sparx

Formed in 2002, this society has achieved many awards in the past. The members of this society don’t mind skipping their classes for their three hour practice. The group has achieved the first place in IIPM Mumbai and the second spot in Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce. To be a part of this society, you have to clear three rounds of audition based on dancing, choreography skills and expressions. Sparx and its members believe in working together as a family. “We’re a group of people who are always up for experiments, specially when it comes to choreography. We challenge ourselves to get the best out of us everyday,” says Kanika Joshi, president of the society.
Number of members: 15 Biggest competitor: Hans Raj College

Sri Venkateswara College, Nritya

This society, which was formed in the year 2006, has 14 members currently. Last year, the society stood first in the annual fests of colleges like Kamla Nehru, Lady Sri Ram and Gargi. To become a member of Nritya, one has to clear two rounds of easy auditioning, in which, the basic dancing skills, potential and expressions of the candidate are judged. The members practice for three hours everyday and hang out together after their practice sessions are over. For Shreya Rao, president, Nritya, “The society is all about dance. We put in a lot of effort in our dancing styles like ballet, kathak and contemporary.”
Number of members: 14 Biggest competitor: Hans Raj College

Hindu College, Srijya

Our determination and dedication towards our society has helped us achieve a name for it
Dhairaya Agarwal,
President, Srijya

Formed in 2002, Srijya has won awards in the fests of colleges like Hindu, Sri Venkateswara and Amity University. According to Dhairaya Agarwal, the president of the society, the dedication of the members towards their society has made them successful. “A daily practice session of four to five hours and our determination has helped us achieve this. My whole college life revolves around Srijya,” says Agarwal. If you want to be a part of this society, then you have to pass three rounds of auditions, where you’ll be judged upon your dancing skills, flexibility and expressions. Srijya is regarded as one of the finest choreography societies of DU.
Number of members: 13 Biggest competitor: Hans Raj

KAMLA NEHRU COLLEGE, Adagio

There’s a bit of insanity in our dance that makes us dance first and think later
Shweta Baruah,
President, Adagio

Adagio was formed in 2009 and currently has nine members who practice everyday for two hours. If you wish to join this society, you will have to complete two rounds of auditioning based on a self-prepared piece and the way you execute their given piece of choreography. The society has two presidents. “We stay in touch with each other through texts and calls, so that we never start our practice late, and everyone is on time,” says Surbhi Kapoor, one of the presidents of the society. “There’s a bit of insanity in our dance that makes us dance first and think later,” says Shweta Baruah, the other president of the society.
Number of members: 14 Biggest competitor: IP College For Women