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Fresher bashes were never this big

A fuchchas' welcome bash is no more a humble campus dance with samosas and fizz. Pool parties, club nights, rain dance, designer dressing, drinks and a live concert by popular pop stars and DJs is more like it at Delhi University (DU) these days.

delhi Updated: Aug 16, 2012 00:13 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

A fuchchas' welcome bash is no more a humble campus dance with samosas and fizz. Pool parties, club nights, rain dance, designer dressing, drinks and a live concert by popular pop stars and DJs is more like it at Delhi University (DU) these days. Though these are mostly 'unofficial' parties, senior students say this is their way to welcome fuchchas this year. One such big-buck party was organised last week at Talkatora Stadium by National Students Union of India (NSUI), where pop singer Mika Singh performed along with other popular DJs to a crowd of 6,000.

While the entry to this one was free, fancier ones dive deep into students' pockets. Seniors at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, for instance, have put a cover charge of Rs.1,500 for stags and Rs.2,500 for couples to their party that takes place on Friday. When most students spread the word through Facebook, the Sukhdev gang went a step further by conducting an online poll to decide the venue. "We're now hosting a pool and club party at Hotel Royal Plaza," says Ravinshu Saneja, organiser. The event page even mentions fancy liquor labels that will be available. The party for B Com (Hons) freshers of Ram Lal Anand college will be held on August 30 at the glitzy club Manajsa in Hauz Khas. "There will be live music and lots of fun. The cover charge for single entry is Rs.1,000," says Robin Bhalla, organiser. "We can't have a variety of music and liquor on campus, so unofficial parties are cool," says Damanpreet Singh, second year student of SGTB Khalsa College, that organised their freshers' at Kasbah in GK. Jamia Milia Islamia has also joined the league. Students of their Commerce and Business Studies Department will have their freshers' at a fancy Hauz Khas club with a Rs.800 entry charge.

It's a big party out there

Venues
* Earlier: Freshers' parties were held only on campus
* Now: They are organised at top clubs and discotheques in five-star hotels.

Entry
* Earlier: The entry to such parties was free for freshers
* Now: The cover charge ranges from Rs.800 to Rs.3,000.

Entertainment
* Earlier: Freshers and seniors used to perform to keep the evening alive
* Now: Celebrity artists and DJs take stage to keep crowds busy.