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Ambrosia ’17: Delhi College of Arts and Commerce’s cold finale to the fest season

The decorations and preparations of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce’s fest, Ambrosia ’17 were on point, but the lack of audience resulted in a not-so-impressive fest season finale.

delhi Updated: Apr 30, 2017 16:58 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
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Multi-genre Hindi band Astitva performs at DCAC’s annual cultural fest Ambrosia.(AMAL KS/ HT Photo)

or those who missed Delhi College of Arts and Commerce’s annual cultural fest, Ambrosia, don’t worry, you haven’t missed much. The fest, which marked the end of this year’s fest season, saw meticulous efforts from students in decorating and promoting the events. But, that didn’t get reflected in the number of visitors of the fest. Some blamed the heat, some blamed the authorities for being busy preparing for the NAAC ratings and others felt that the fest was set too close to the exams. There were however a few saviours of the otherwise dud fest like the performance by multi-genre Hindi band Astitva and some in-house competitions. Here is a look at all that happened (or did not).


Students sit around an empty registration desk waiting for the performances to begin. ( AMAL KS/ HT Photo )

On entering the campus, one couldn’t say that a fest was going on. On the second day, students themselves were seen cracking jokes about the lack of attendance. Prateek Singh, a student, said, “When I entered the campus to hear the bands perform, the field was empty. Khaali area dekh ke dimaag mein question aaya ki, kaha hai fest?”


Students seek refuge from the sun as the bands perform on stage at the fest. ( AMAL KS/ HT Photo )

Most students attending the fest were either seen chilling under trees, a small tent set up in the college grounds or in the classes. “Kaun jaayega bahar jab kuchh ho hi nahi raha. Jab Astitva perform karega to chale jaayengey dekhne, abhi to dhoop ne hi maar rakha hai humein,” said Amey Suri, a student, adding, “Kuchh kuchh cheeze jo acchi thi, unke liye nikal liye they hum class se. Do teen to game waale stalls hai, who bhi kitna hi khel lengey.”


A band performs for the limited crowd during the Battle of the Bands at Ambrosia. ( AMAL KS/ HT Photo )

About 20 people were seen watching the bands perform at the Battle of Bands, while others were seen searching for shade. The bands however, gave some amazing performances. “You need guts to perform when no one is watching you. These guys look so dedicated about what they play and they deserve better than this,” said Ravindra Singh, a student.


Students at the fest pose for a photograph. ( AMAL KS/ HT Photo )

The overall mood of the fest did pick up, but only in the evening of the second day. Though still less as compared to the usual footfall of a DU fest, students poured in to join the celebration and were seen clicking selfies, making videos, chatting and jamming around the college. Nikita Singhal, a student at the fest said that she was attending just to de-stress and get a break from the exam pressure. “It doesn’t matter if people didn’t turn up. They missed out on having a cool day out with their friends, which everyone needs, specially when exams are almost here. I’ve come with my group of friends and we’ll make sure we still have all the fun.” said Singhal.


Hindi band Astitva performs for the crowd at the last day of DCAC’s annual fest, Ambrosia. ( AMAL KS/ HT photo )

The second day saw a relatively better footfall. Students enjoyed Astitva’s performance and a flash mob that brought back the vibes of the ’90s with its selection of songs. Upping the energy,the band Astitva belted out some hit Bollywood renditions and their original tracks. “Astitva saved the day for us. I thought, koi nahi aayega aaj. But bahaut log aa gaye, and everyone had a great time!” said Deepak Marskole, a student of the college.

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 16:57 IST