Move over high-security star events in town; celebrities are stuck on a new stage — campus fests. As Delhi University gets into the thick of its annual cultural festivities, this year’s lineup of performances and appearances by showbiz personalities is only getting bigger.
Actors Varun Dhawan, Yami Gautam and Nawazuddin Siddiqui clubbed their film promotions with a high-octane performance at several colleges recently. "It is always an amazing feeling to be back in DU," Dhawan said at one of the events.
The season began with Lady Shri Ram College for Women’s annual fest, Tarang, where Indo-Pak sufi band Raeth performed when stand-up comedian Kanan Gill didn’t turn up due to illness.
"Delhi is our second home. Performing in front of LSR college girls is amazing," said Sunny Ghansham of Raeth. Gill, however, left the audience in splits a few days later at Gargi College’s annual fest, Reverie. Singer Anushka Manchanda also performed there.
"I had seen KK perform a few years ago at a college fest and had always wanted to perform at some college fest. Life has come full circle," she said.
There’s more Bollywood-style action ahead. Singer Mohit Chauhan will be the star performer at Sri Venkateswara College’s annual fest, Nexus. Quintessence — the annual fest of Lady Irwin College, will see in action singer Kanika Kapoor of Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan fame. Symfiesta — the annual fest of Symbiosis Law School, has singer Sonu Kakkar as the star performer.
Punjabi tadka is also on the cards. Rap sensation Badshah will add punch to the annual fests of Institute of Home Economics and Daulat Ram College, and Hardy Sandhu performed recently at the SGND Khalsa fest. Meanwhile, Hindu College’s annual fest, Mecca, will see singer Rekha Bharadwaj and lyricist Javed Akhtar in performance, and SRCC has lined up Pakistani singer Atif Aslam for its annual fest, Crossroads.