The quiet and usually calm college of Daulat Ram seemed bubbling with high spirits and euphoria. The fest kick-started with an enthusiastic marathon which was followed by an inauguration speech by India’s favorite Bahu -Smriti Irani aka Tulsi. The All India President of the Women's Wing (Bhartiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha) was undoubtedly inspiring in many ways for the large women audience that she was addressing to.
The college was adorned with beautiful carnations and the festival fervor could be witnessed from every nook and corner. On entering the college gates the slogans and shouts of the dramatics society of the college- memesis were clearly audible. The harsh sun was no deterrent to the energetic participants of Adakaari – the street play that took place on the college lawns.

Meanwhile the auditorium was packed to witness the most favored event of any college fest i.e. the western dance competition. The judges to the event were highly revered personalities one of them being a finalist in the highly popular dance show in India – Dance India Dance. The use of fancy props and sparkling costumes made it a mesmerizing affair.

The stalls were impressively ubiquitous as their presence could be felt almost everywhere. Colorful bangles, beadnecklaces, carefully crafted shawls and all sorts of beauty products could be seen piled up in most of the stalls for obvious reasons. Exclusive handmade footwear and handicraft remained the center of attraction among the students that were being offered at much reasonable prices.

Day 2 had many interesting events lined up , one of them being the food festivals wherein students tried their hands at cooking .Varied delicacies like pasta rizzoto,biriyani, hand- made chocolates were adding their share to the already  aromatic ambience.

The photography exhibition by the college society Eidos exhibited some beautiful shots on both the days of the fest. The last day of the fest had been reserved for some novel events namely “hogathon”, Paralympics, a screening of the movie –“water” based on social atrocities faced by women.

Hogathon was fun to watch as the participants had to hog on food and break the record of eating the maximum amount of food items within a prescribed time limit.

The passes for Taraana – an evening with Benny Dayal, were sold like hot cakes. The students were eager to watch benny perform live and create magic with his splendid baritone. The wait for him got over when the clock struck 7. He managed to invoke the soft sentiments of the overjoyed audience playing with his voice witheach twist and turn of the beats. The Malayalam singer reserved his recent hit –LAT LAG GAI for the last and sung almost every track that he is known for.

Manjari was truly a delight for all the people who attended the fest. The enthusiasm and energy was at its zenith both the two days and everyone enjoyed the fest thoroughly. 

Diotima Basu

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