Music is all about creativity, expression and rejuvenation. For students at some of the Delhi University colleges, it’s more than just an extra-curricular activity. It’s about enjoying themselves while learning an art.
“Creativity is highly valued in any society. We also collaborate with other societies to bring out a particular theme in their line of work. That would include a live classical dance performance along with live music with our choreography society. People like to see Indian classical trained singers jamming with Western pieces and the funkiest of percussionists,” says Arjun Chakravorty, president of the St Stephen’s College music society.
Besides offering them a chance to showcase their creative expression, music also helps students during their examinations. “You will see different groups at various corners of the college huddled around people who find singing and playing instruments the best way of releasing their stress. It really helps you bust stress,” he adds.
The music society at St Stephen’s comprises around 35 people. Students have also participated in many college fests for institutions such as IIT Delhi, Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House and IIT Kanpur.
Alaap - the Indian music society of Sri Venkateswara College was created by few young music enthusiasts. Formed in 2004, it has produced some of the finest musicians over the years.
Extremely dedicated and thoroughly devoted to the society, the members put in hours of strenuous practice every day. They perform in solos, duets; group and instrumental contests.
Some of the competitions where Alaap participated include the fests of IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, AIIMS, Lady Shri Ram College for Women and St Stephen’s College. There are 10 singers and three instrumentalists who accompany the singers on the tabla, guitar and keyboard.
“Music helps you a lot — builds your confidence, team spirit, competitive attitude and helps you deal with success and failure,” says Ankita Nair, vice president of the society. Echo, the Western music society of Jesus and Mary College, was formed in 2006.
An acapella group, Echo has covered a variety of genres from gospel and pop to jazz and alternative rock. Apart from annual college festivals, Echo has performed at a variety of venues, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Church of Redemption and the Commonwealth Games Youth Festival. Most of these colleges hold auditions to include new members in their groups every year.
“Echo has given us a platform to pursue our passion. It has taught us to appreciate accapella,” says Steffi James of Jesus and Mary College.