Author- Maanvi Agarwal
Photos by- Maanvi Agarwal, Deyasini Chatterjee, Ananyaa Mahajan
One of the biggest fest of the year, TARANG, the annual fest held by Lady Shri Ram College of Women is the first fest in the lieu of the other D.U events. Filled with vibrant energy and exquisite decorations, Tarang stood up to the expectations as fostered by the audiences and held anticipation for few other things for the next year.
As a new year approaches, the hype and the background struggles increases to create an unforgettable experience for the participants and audiences; the colleges gear up to showcase their potential and their finesse over other colleges. It’s difficult to be different and still accommodate the various nuances and demands made by the students, the teachers, the committees and the sponsors.
Tarang definitely set a benchmark with its horde of events (more than 50), which catered to the various people through its versatility, but did it hold true to the principles of the college, which in themselves create a unique identity of L.S.R college? The idea of a fashion show constructing identities or of the restrictions caused by the involvement of the sponsors or the extravagant dressing of the dancers cannot be ignored without being referred to at least once.
As far as the events go, each day only added on to the excitement of the incoming crowd, below is a short recapitulation of the three day long fest which went on from 5th February to 7th February, 2016.
Tarang, DAY 1
The competitions saw an overwhelming response by the participants from various colleges across Delhi and beyond. No event lacked an unoccupied seat, some even holding people filled to the brim. The clash of events left people in dire straits of confusion on what to attend, but left the crowd with a subtle sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
‘Hysteria’ of the Western Music Society and Indian Music Society’s ‘Malhaar’ left the avid listeners gawking at the singers who managed to create some soulful rhythms and rhymes that touched both the judges as well as the listeners. The drugging effect of the bass, and the guitar or the titillating effect of the ‘sur’ and ‘satur’ gave a good kick-start to Tarang.
For the creative nerds, the fest held various photography, poetry, quiz and elocutionary competitions, which insisted the mind to get out of their comfort zones and ‘think’ as put by the quizmaster Aryapriya Ganguly. No stone was left untouched, as pens scribbled, minds wandered, and wordings took the effect of a powerful wave as they swept off the feet of the avid crowd; they included Expressions society’s ‘Lord of Words’, Projekt society’s ‘Emakimono’ and ‘Lutalica- the soliloquy competition’ held by the ‘Women’s Development Society’. The piquant taste of the words wafted over even after the events were over, and was tinged with a somber flavor by the Voluntary Agency Placement Programme’s ‘Bamboo and Cane Workshop’ where one could learn not only the art but the importance of hand crafted materials.
The day ended with the warm and light-hearted performance by ‘The East India Comedy’ and the powerful and mind-numbing songs of the ‘Local Train’ like ‘Aaoge tum kabhi’ which really called back the people for more of Tarang.
Tarang DAY 2
The event resumed with a new set of events held again in the style of an, ‘Extremely Fast Incredibly Prose’ (courtesy of Expressions), where the deadly pressure and the idea of extempore made the writers move their pens fervently against the laughing clock. The silent film making competition, ‘Musidora’ named after the famous French actress Jeanne Roques saw a diversity of films filled with a collage of colours and techniques.
The ‘Sustainable Spell’ held by the Prakriti society, was again a distinction as it tested people’s marketing skills when a product had an environmental angle to it. While the green was turning greener, the much-awaited Hindi parliamentary debate of the city ‘Takrvuyh’ held by Vaktritva saw colours ranging from red to blue, as eight teams from various colleges debated over issues ranging from sexual violence to the state of democracy in India.
‘Hysteria: Battle of Bands and Amalgam’ held by the Western music society and the Indian music society, the fusion band competition were the highlights of the day. As the music spread, beyond the limits of the stage, the young musicians broke limits to test out new experiments ranging from tabla, flute, and keyboard to psychedelic rock and western pop. The band construed innovative names like ‘Critical moustache’ and ‘Common thread’.
The classical art retained and re-established its authenticity through ‘Mudra: Indian Classical dance’. The colour of alta, the sound of anklets and the smell of jasmine gajras along with the classical allegiances and disciplined body and hand movement sucked the breath out of the room, and even a little eye movement left the people in awe.
DJ Sameer, Aerrro and Jochen Miller gave all the good people a good chance to dress good and shake to the resounding beats of the music, and interact with the people from other colleges with more ease and comfort.
Tarang DAY 3
While the day was filled with numerous eye-catching events, ‘Anarchia: Fashion show’, ‘Baila: Western Dance Competition’ and the ground-breaking performance by Agnee stole the show.
- ANARCHIA: The women’s development cell of Lady Shri Ram College, unique in its thought and action, sought to bring about a change in the stereotypical recognition of women across the globe. The promotion of the elegance and beauty in ‘you’ was set about flawlessly. The instructions to the participants were simple – be ‘be-you-tiful’.
It was an utter amazement to see a ramp full of flawless beauty transform to flaunt the flaws of the human body.
The platform created showed vivacious enthusiasm, creative designs and a brilliant array of ideas that flooded across, tearing apart social constructs like gender. It also focussed on social issues like child abuse followed by the petite notions of love those that we never knew were stereotyped.
How far did it succeed in breaking the social constructs, we are not sure about that. Yet Anarchia did create an environment for change; the need for a better society, of likeminded enthusiasts who seek novelty of ideas. Despite that the basic needs of high heels and slim bodies that we associate with a fashion show were still intact.
- BAILA: It was one of the much awaited events of the fest as proven by the long queue outside the auditorium. There was flamboyance, unfettered energy, costumes, and props and expressions and styles that broke the stage. The different teams kept changing the mood of the audience from solemnity to flirty whistles. It was judged by Mr. Rohit Raj of the Brooklyn Academy and Ms. Blossom D’ Souza who trained at Dance Works Performance Arts Academy. ‘Misba’, the Western Dance society of Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce claimed the first position; they were acclaimed both critically and by popular opinion.
While on one hand the performances were sexually flexible, the props of garter belts didn’t sit well with everybody. The forwardness of expression again fell into criticism over dance being not just about pelvic thrusts and booty shakes with sexy outfits and gymnastic steps but about enjoying the moment by breaking the garbs of ‘sophistication’. Whether it’s true or not is an imagination of perception but it still needs to be looked over.
Without a good ending, the show will always go on
In few words, Agnee set fire on the stage, a spectacular performance true to its name. Mohan Kanan’s deep timbre resonated throughout the campus. The solo performance in between by Koco, Hrishikesh and Among Jamir only exemplified the joy which was running deep through the nerves of the enthralled spectators.
Agnee didn’t just create a mood; they created an alternate reality, where we were led off into a potent miasmatic experience post which reality became a reason for heartbreak. The band sang the favourite numbers of their fans including ‘Yaariyan, Aahatein and Saaware’.
The three day extravaganza ended with happiness dripping from the faces of the union members and faculty of the college over a work well done!