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Here’s how DU’s Sri Venkateswara College partied, full on Bollywood style

Delhi University’s Sri Venkateswara College’s fest, Nexus ’17, was three days of fun, selfies and starry vibes — Raghu Dixit and Kailash Kher were there.

delhi Updated: Mar 24, 2017 19:17 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
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Singer Kailash Kher performed for a packed audience at Nexus ’17, the annual cultural festival of Sri Venkateswara College.

Bollywood was the theme, and Nexus ’17 lived up to it and how! Every corner, every inch of Sri Venkateswara College exuded filmy vibes — colourful standees, huge pop-hued stereos, paintings, graffiti and a montage of actors. For fest enthusiasts, that meant loads and loads of photo-ops, the ones worth flaunting on Instagram.

Here’s what the three days were all about:

Even the posters announcing the fest were inspired by Bollywood flicks. Like this one that features college committee member and third-year student Sukhraj Singh. It’s inspired by actor Ranbir Singh in the poster of Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009).

Day 1

Nizami Brothers enthralled the audience with their Sufi renditions.

The first day was about music and dance. Competitions like A-Capella, folk dance, solo classical dance, solo western music, solo instrumental and choreography drew major pops from the crowd.Mayank’s cover of Despererado (originally by American rock band Eagles) got him the first spot in solo western music competition. Terpsi Chorean, the western dance society of Hans Raj College and Sensation, the western dance society of Kirori Mal College, got maximum hoots and won the top two spots in the choreo competition.

What was the star highlight? A mesmerising performance by the Nizami Brothers. Students shared pics and videos on Snapchat. “Sufi sunke waise hi sukoon aa jaata hai, aur yeh performance live sunne mein hi maza hai. I had come here to see the choreo performances but stuck around because I think I needed a dose of Nizami Brothers,” said Karn Tewatia, a student at the fest.

Day 2

Raghu Dixit during his performance on the second day of Nexus ’17, the annual cultural festival of Sri Venkateswara College.

The Battle of Bands was the perfect start to Day Two. Thread Makers of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College won the competition with their original composition, Metamorphosis. While the college campus was abuzz with stylish crowd all day long, it was the Western Dance Group competition Razzmatazz that had the most number of people hooting. Zeal, of Maitreyi College, and V-Defyn of IIT-Delhi won the competition. “When it comes to western dance competitions, nothings bests Razzmatazz. I am a dancer myself and I am always psyched to see so much energy and competitive spirit,” said Mihika Seth, a student of IIMT Gurgoan, who couldn’t stop cheering. Winning Madari, the Nukkad-Natak competition, was Etcetera of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur College.

The evening’s highlight was the performance by The Raghu Dixit Project for the college’s Rock Night. Besides belting out great music, at one point, he said to the students: “I’m like the Delhi Police. Put your hands up!”

Day 3

Kailash Kher sang songs like Teri Deewani and Joban Chalke for the crowds at the fest.

The finale event was singer Kailash Kher’s electrifying performance. The college management needs a round of applause for ensuring that no fights broke out despite a crowd of about 15,000 students inside and many still outside the gates. Kailash had the crowd singing along, dancing and celebrating as he sang his popular songs Teri Deewani and Joban Chalke. The singer thanked the crowd for being absolutely loving and energetic. “I performed for a crowd of 4 lakh people yesterday but the energy I can see in mere thousands over here is much more. I believe it is not the quantity, but the quality that wins everything in Delhi University,” said Kher.

First Published: Mar 01, 2017 20:50 IST