The thunderous beating of drums, the melody of saxophones, the rhythm and the lovely music; filled the crowd with incessant zest and enthusiasm.

There could not have been a better commencement of Tempest- the Annual Festival of Miranda House. The festival which expands over a span of three delightful days was inaugurated by a band performance by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) with the girls demanding beats of Punjabi numbers to shake a leg. An engaging and energy packed display of dance and shouts by the students added layers of laughter and enjoyment to the whole place.

As the event unfolded, it began with a talk on women’s safety and related issues. Four special members of the CISF, namely Udyan Banerjee (DIG), Harpreet Kaur, Ashok Nandini and Arun Singh addressed the crowd on similar issues followed by an interactive session.

Ms. Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda House, declared Tempest 2013 open, and dedicated it to the cause of women’s security and their space, underlining the solutions and building positive spaces within them.

The major attraction of day one at Tempest was the ‘Stage Play Competition’, Drishya which invited various colleges to be a part of it. This event stole the show and was worth the huge audience, which honoured it with much attention and unprecedented energy.

The competition kicked with first performance delivered by Sri Venkateswara College, their play, “The Moment Hand”, in which a school re-union goes humorously chaotic with the meeting of friends, girlfriends and ex-girlfriends. Followed by this comedy, was a moving performance by Lady Sri Ram College, which challenged the conventional notions of identity and voyeuristic nature of human existence. 
The third performance was made by St. Stephen’s College. Their play “Deeware Bolti Hain” portrayed a contemporary picture of Meera and Radha, whose voices go unheard in our society and they are rendered helpless.  Kirori Mal College, too, delivered a thrilling performance with their play “Threesome Without Simone” followed by “Norway Today” by Ramjas College. But the act which won the hearts of judges and the audience was “The Stolen Apple” performed by Hansraj College.

The competition ended on a happy note whereby Hansraj College stood first, Kirori Mal College, second and St. Stephen’s College bagged the third position. KMC won title for best direction and Pranav was honoured as the best actor. This marked the end of day one of the Annual Festival at Miranda House.

The coming two days are pregnant with much more fun filled competitions, performances and innovative display of creativity and intelligence and it will surely take your mind and heart by storm, as its very name suggests.

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