Bennett University spell bound by Nizami Bandhu
Chandrakrala solo dance competition performers at Uphoria. Photo by Yash Yadav
The Sufi music band performance started at 8: 30 pm amidst euphoric cries of students. Kun Faya Kun was the showstopper of the night with everyone chanting along with the band.
“Nizami Bandhu’s performance was the most unbelievable performance of the second day of Uphoria festival. It was my first ever live concert, I was so excited about the music band performing at Bennett”, said Nikita Rani, third-year BAJMC student.
While Nizami Bandhu was the high point of the second day of Uphoria fest, events such the mini-mela kept the campus abuzz during the day. The mini mela was organized by Bennett student clubs, included activities such as doodling, face painting, customizing tote bags with waste materials, and of course there was a huge variety of cuisines.
Personal hygiene brand Svish, also one of the sponsors of the event, distributed free intimate hygiene wipes to students at the mini mela.
Battle of the bands
The Battle of Bands, a music competition, where eight colleges participated had students dancing and swaying to the music. The Battle of Bands was followed by an open mic event where students opened their hearts out on the mic.
Another big draw on the second day of Bennett’s day 2 Uphoria festival was Chandrakala, the solo classical dance competition. Students from universities such as the Delhi University (DU) and Sharda University participated in the competition.
The first position was grabbed by Divyanshi Sachi of Jaypee Institute of Technology, while the second and third positions were taken by Pratyusha of Gulshan Kumar Films and Television, and Shivanjali Sahai, Jaypee Institute of Technology.
The judges for Chandrakala lauded the efforts of the participants. “The event's primary goal was to revive lost cultures.”
Zangoora, the gypsy prince musical
Dance and music marked the festivities of day 2. The next big event after Chandrakala, was Bennett University’s musical production Zangoora: The Gypsy Prince. Though the musical production was conceived by Ansh, Bennett’s Drama and theatre club, other clubs such as Rivaaz, Verve and Advaita also collaborated to make the production possible.
The musical was about a boy who was raised as a gypsy, but he later discovers that he’s a prince and how he fights against all odds to reclaim his throne
Shrestha, first-year B Tech student, one of the performers in the musical, said, "Words won't do justice to this feeling I have inside me right before I get to step on the stage. It's a pleasure to be a part of this team, and I hope I get a chance to experience this again."
Midnight movie madness
Interestingly, Day 2 of Uphoria began at midnight with the screening of the Hrithik Roshan starrer, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and this was followed by Nirvana, a yoga session organized by a student club, Art of Living (AoL) early in the morning.
Vatsala Singh, a student of BAJMC, said, "All the events for Day 2 of Uphoria fest were exciting. I attended most of the events and enjoyed each moment of it."
(The writers are Sem 5 students of BA (JMC) course)