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Mecca’ 17: Hindu College through its exemplary fest teaches others how to play a perfect host

From a rocking performances by Sukhwinder Singh, Youtube sensation Shirley Setia, DJ NYK, Funk Heads to some scintillating dance performances and more — Hindu college showed us why its fest is touted as the biggest fest on campus.

delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2017 19:09 IST
Aditya Dogra & Henna Rakheja
Aditya Dogra & Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
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Students enjoying the performance onstage at Mecca ’17.

When it comes to acing the fest game, no one does it better than Delhi University’s Hindu College. Its annual cultural fest, Mecca, which was brought to you by Hindustan Times, was themed Dastaan-e-Dilli. Every corner of the college reminded you of the Capital in some way, with decoration that included cut-outs of forts, signboards with names such as Hauz Khas, Mehrauli and others and art that represented the architectural spirit of the city.

Sukhwinder Singh Ka Swag

Singer Sukhwinder Singh shakes a leg on stage with some children. ( Amal KS/HT Photo )

When singer Sukhwider Singh started performing, he noticed that there were some cigarette stubs on the stage. So, he told his musicians to stop playing, everyone wondered why? “I don’t like cigarettes, there are some cigarettes here (on the stage). Please wait a minute,” Singh told the crowd as he kicked not just stubs but also a pack of cigarettes off the stage.

Singh gave the delirious crowd even more reasons to cheer. He climbed a pole! But before climbing up the pole, he checked if it was sturdy and then he sang some more songs from up the pole. Hud Hud Dabangg and Udi Udi Jaye were some of the songs he mesmerised the crowd with.

He even invited one of his fans on stage. “I didn’t get a female singer along because I know that Delhi University has a lot of talent,” he said and directed the security to allow one girl to walk up to the stage, “I take the responsibility, please let her come.” And the girl got a chance to sing with the singer.

Main hun Sukhi ki Sabse Badi fan!

There were many who wished to be on stage with Singh. “Yaar! I deserve to be next to Sukhi on stage. I love all his songs, I know all the lyrics by heart! I deserve to be on stage with him... Sukhi is my bae. I love him. Mai hun uski sabse badi fan,” said Sakshi, a visiting student.
“After all the dhakka mukki and jugaad to get in the college...this performance was worth all the pain,” said Rohit, another visiting student.
Students were seen climbing their friend’s shoulder and enjoying as the singer sung ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya.’ Anamika Khandelia, a student in the crowd even said, “This is a trip down memory lane. I am a fan of SRK and this song is my favourite. Sukhwinder sings like a dream and all I wanna do is have fun!”

Josh-Inducing Acts

Fluid moves and impeccable execution made the choreo performances a hit at Hindu college’s fest, Mecca. ( Raajesh kashyap/HT Photo )

Star power was not the only thing that shone at the fest as students from across colleges gave their best performances. Besides Neelesh Mishra’s motivational pep talk, there was impressive talent showcase — choreography, dance acts, cat walks, solo and group singing competitions and more. The teams of Gargi College, LSR and Hansraj College impressed everyone with their impeccable execution and fluid moves. Some of the popular themes remained child sexual abuse and gender issues. “Plays and Choreo dekh ke josh ajata hai... when you look at these plays you want to do something for society... itne ache se they take up issues,” said Kaveri, a third year DU student.

Protection On Point

The crowd enjoys a performance onstage at the fest.

Despite massive crowd and rain on two days of the fest, the organising team ensured all performances go on without a fuss and security was their top priority. “We knew about security issues at other colleges. So, we ensured nothing similar happens here,” said Bhavishya Mehta, prime minister of the Hindu College parliament.

Get Fun-zoned

Students pose in their paintball gear before a session.

Apart from high octane star performances and all the competitive drama at the fest, a dedicated fun zone was incredibly popular at the fest too. With paint ball, zorb ball, fun rides and a slap popcorn challenge, students were spoilt for choice at the fest. “First paintball, then all the rides and now some dance, my head is spinning now and I love this high. Hindu knows how to rock a fest,” said Shubhangi Gupta, a student at the fest who claimed she has already had been enjoying the rides on repeat.

A Musical Feast

Shirley Setia impressed the crowd with her melodious renditions and even got the crowd to join in. ( Raajesh Kashyap/HT Photo )

The audience hooted and cheered with all their heart when singer and YouTube sensation, Shirley Setia came onstage as the final performer on the first day of the fest. One could hear a group of guys shout “I love you Shirley” as the singer took to the stage and performed some hit Bollywood numbers along with her original track ‘Koi Shor’. She asked the crowd to sing along and join her for a live video.

Move To The Beat

Funk Heads during their performance on the second day of Mecca’ 17

One could easily call the second day of the fest the biggest dance party on Campus. DJ NYK and Funk Heads rocked the stage with some hit international and Bollywood numbers. The DJs got the crowd to groove, dab and even sing along with them, and the result was as electric as one could imagine. “ I am having a great time! We’ve been fest hopping and this gig is the best ever. Mazza hi aa gaya,” said Sukrit Sachdeva, a student at the fest.

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First Published: Mar 20, 2017 18:21 IST