If you are passionate about western music and have just joined a college in Delhi University (DU), then why not join a society in your campus where you can hone your singing skills. The western music societies of DU are known for their variety of music and the enthusiastic members who work really hard on their singing. Here is a low down on some of the popular western music societies of colleges.
Aria Hindu College This society, formed in 2006, has 15 members. If you want to be a part of it, then you will have to go through the audition rounds, which are held within 10 days of the start of the new academic session. The students are selected on the basis of their voice quality. Last year, Aria’s vocalists won at contests at Sri Venkateswara College, and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College. Their acoustic band and accapella group also ranked among the best in DU. Their college band, Not For Sale, performed at the Commonwealth Games Youth Festival. “We get together four to five times a week to sing, jam and make music,” says Madav Agarwal, president Aria. Biggest competitor: Sri Venkateswara College
Hansraj College Formed in 2010, this society has 15 members. It has two rounds of audition, where the students are judged on the basis of their voice quality. The short-listed students then attend workshops. Last year, the society won the first prize at the fest at IIT Delhi. They have also participated in an acoustic band competition at Miranda house. “We are united, disciplined and solve every difficulty that comes our way,” says Sagar Chawla, president, Crescendo Sri Venkateswara
College The western music society of this college consists of two sub groups — an acappella group and a band called Jokes Apart. They usually hold practices everyday. Their practices include workshops as well as jamming sessions, which helps them get to know each other better as musicians. They have stood first in contests at colleges like St Stephen’s, Jesus and Mary College, and Indraprastha college for Women. “Everybody is essential and different with varied ways of dealing with their love for music. The diversity makes us work well together and helps us expand our musical horizons,” says Shreya Adhikari, vice president of the society. Biggest competitor: Lady Shri Ram college for women
Kamala Nehru College The western music society of this college is known for its multi-talented singers. Chosen through two rounds of audition, the members are divided into three sub groups depending on their voice quality — bass, soprano and alto. This all-girls music group has given a tough competition to other singing groups in the varsity. They rehearse for about two hours daily except for the duration of the fest, when the rehearsals stretch up to all day long. Last year, they won the third prize in the group category at Lady Shri Ram College. Biggest competitor: Jesus and Mary College.
Gargi College This society, formed in 2000, has 16 members. The society has won the first prize at contests at colleges like PGDAV (solo), Dayal Singh (solo), Gargi (duet), and Indraprastha (duet). If you want to be a part of this society, then you have to clear two rounds of auditions, in which the vocal and pitch quality of the candidate are tested, as well as their technical knowledge about the musical instruments. The society has two sub groups — a choir and a band. “For me, Euphony is the coming together of talent, varied music genres and the sheer love for music,” says Sanjana Agarwal, president of Euphony, Gargi College. They rehearse three days in a week for three hours. Biggest competitor: Lady Shri Ram College