After weeks of planning, intense discussions, last minute postponements, several frustrating meetings, hours of working in late at college, spending sleepless nights, making countless phone calls and trips, it was finally happening! With some new events and popular events from the last couple of years, the stage was set for Xenia 2012! Into its third year, the annual cultural festival of ISBF eventually turned out to be a grand event!
On the morning of 27th January, the whole campus wasbrimming with enthusiasm and a sense of nervous excitement – students rushing down stairs with volunteer badges, food stalls being set up, registrations pouring in by the minute, the buzz of walkie-talkies! Soon everyone was gathered at the terrace to welcome the Chief Guest, Mr. Sunil Sharma, President of Berger Paints, British Division. Xenia 2012 commenced on an auspicious note with the flute vandana recital by Rahul and the lighting of the lamp. After a few words by Mr. Sharma, Xenia 2012 was declared open!
Muses:The competition kicked off with M u s e s , t h e p o p u l a r m u s i c competition introduced last year at Xenia. Over twenty participants from various colleges across the city turned up for the musical extravaganza. The terrace resonated with the sweet sound of young talented singers belting out popular hits and timeless classics. The home teams put up some great performances too – while the crowd rocked out to Sagar and Arjun’s energetic performance, Paramveer’s soulful rendition of Hallelujah was an instant hit! Harnoor and Rahul participated in the Indian Music Duet competition. The judges were truly impressed by each and every performance and lauded the event for providing a brilliant platform to the budding rockstars before declaring Ramjas and CVS to be the winners of Muses 2012. The event was anchored by Tania J. Maria, who also got the Best Anchor Award.
Talkathon: The debate competition kicked off at 11.00 am. The topic set before the house was University of Delhi is not Harvard: the mismatch between resources and regulations under University of Delhi’s new policies. Right from the moment the first speaker greeted the house, the atmosphere in the room was intense. Understandably enough, most of the participants had strong opinions on the topic presented before them. What ensued was a heated discussion with highly animated reactions and vehement opposition! High-on-adrenaline and almost chaotic at times, Talkathon literally whipped up a storm! Thomas George and Siddhant Srivastav bagged the first prize for ISBF. Siddhant, who spoke against the motion, was also awarded the Best Speaker prize.
Vaunted Visage : Inspired by the ancient tradition of face painting, Vaunted Visage has been a popular fun event at Xenia. The themes for this year’s competition were: Environment, Mask and Black. Amidst colors and brushes strewn all around, the young skilled artists painted with deft strokes to produce some marvelous designs. Himanshu from KMC won the first prize – he painted his own face using a mirror! Simply genius! Ridhi from ISBF won the second prize. The event was judged by the creative genius Ms. Leena Singh (of Ashima Leena fame) and Ms. Ramola Bachchan.
Reinvent: Another interesting event ! Participant teams were required to redesign the logos of any one of the sponsor companies, explaining the rationale behind the new logos. The students came up with some really impressive logos and catchy tag lines for Airtel, Charming, Sandisk and Princeton Review. The judges also shared their knowledge and explained, among other things, what a good logo should aim to achieve.
Penny to Pounds : Enthusiastic teams came up with some really creative ways to recycle and completely transform a slew of waste products ranging from old bottles to discarded boxes, into fully functioning models of daily use, in this rags-to-riches contest. Teams from NIFT and KMC walked away with the first and second prizes respectively. Snapshots Wide participation.
Step Up and Fashion Show: And now for the big one! The best saved for the last, Step Up, ISBF’s extravagant dance competition saw contestants giving it all they had to battle out for the top honors. The venue seemed to be throb with the infectious beats and the spectators watched mesmerized as the famed dance teams from colleges like LSR, SRCC, Amity and others, performed beautifully choreographed routines to the popular hits! Amidst cut throat competition, Maitreyi College emerged winners; SRCC bagged the runners-up prize with a tie between Venky and CVS for the third position. While everyone waited for the results of the Step Up, they were treated to a special fashion show that upped the glamour quotient of Xenia 2012 by several notches! ISBF students dazzled the stage, dressed in Indian ethnic wear provided by Charming, one of the co-sponsors, thanks to Apoorv Jain. The fashion show was a huge hit with the crowd who greeted the girls with loud cheers and terrific applause! Soon after, once the judges declared the winners of the dance competition, all the participants, winners, spectators and teachers jumped onto the dance floor to join in the celebrations, losing themselves in a mad whirl of music and merriment! Xenia 2012 came to a close with a vote of thanks by Ms. Charushilla Narula, Head of Admissions and Student Affairs and a behind-the-scenes video created by the ISBF Media Centre that captured all the hard work and raw emotions that went into making the fest what it was. In true ISBF style, every volunteer, participant and individual involved in organizing the event was also thanked and awarded certificates at a felicitation ceremony held later that week.Read PreviousRead Next