Which society to join?

How important is it to join a society? How many to join? If at all, should one even consider joining a society? Here is an answer to all your queries …

DU colleges have a numberof extra-curricular activities on offer through various societies that are runand managed by the students. From drama and music to fashion and debate, DU hassomething for everyone.

Sanna Gulati, president of Nrityanjali, theIndian dance society at Jesus and Mary College, added: “Becoming a member of asociety and then running it in your senior year teaches you a lot. It’s likeyou actually have a college life, otherwise you might as well just attendclasses and go back home. Yes, it does take a lot of time, but gradually onegets used to self-studies, which is another important trait.”

Manan Madaan, vice-president of Ibtida, theHindi dramatics society of Hindu College, said: “Being a member of an activesociety not only imbibes a sense of fraternity and belonging, but also givesyou a renewed sense of confidence and responsibility. We have had newcomers whowere talented, but couldn’t present themselves or their talent confidently.After a year of active dramatics, they now have a stronger and more vibrantpersonality.”

Colleges in Delhi University have never been restricted tojust academics. The cultural societies of DU offer a wide range ofactivities covering diverse interests like Indian Classical Music, WesternMusic, dance, debating, theatre etc.

These societies nurture yourpotential and additionally provide a platform by giving you adequate exposure.By enrolling in these societies, you will also get a chance to meet someprivileged personalities, which can further shape your interests and provide aguiding light.

But being a part ofthese eminent societies does not come easy! Several societies and clubs requirestudents to undergo auditions for selection. Many such societies pride overwell-known alumni or personalities associated with them. Keval Arora, famoustheatre personality, is the staff adviser of the Kirori Mal College theatre group, The Players. TheQuiz Club as well as the Woodhouse Society (a tribute to eminent author PGWoodhouse) at St Stephen’s have both been revived bycollege alumnus Shashi Tharoor.

Let’s take a quick glance at the mostcoveted societies of Delhi University, which have gained popularity over theyears because of their outstanding and extraordinary display of acts:

 

1. Conundrum – (The Rock Band of P.G.D.A.V College)

1. Conundrum – (The Rock Band of P.G.D.A.V College)

If you love bandslike Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Radiohead and Coldplay, you simply cannot ignorethese rock musicians from P.G.D.A.V College. ‘Conundrum’ with its originalcompositions like Temporal Drifts, Pretend and Bliss emerged victorious atfests like Crossroads and Confluence. They have also performed at leadingfestivals like SRCC’s Crossroads, GargiCollege’s Reverie, SriVenkateswara College’s Nexus, LSR’s Tarang, Hans Raj’sConfluence, I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, Daulat Ram College’sManjari, Hindu College’s Mecca, Jesus and Mary College’s Montage andso on.

 

2. Ibtida – (The dramatics society of Hindu College)

2. Ibtida – (The dramatics society of Hindu College)

For all you theatreenthusiasts and Bollywood freaks, Ibtida is the acclaimed dramatics society ofone of the most popular DU colleges, Hindu College. Over the years,the society has consistently raised standards and expectations in theatre workand has emerged as one of the most sought-after societies of Delhi University.Celebrated film director Imtiaz Ali, who has delivered major hits like ‘Jab WeMet’ and ‘Highway’, was one of the co-founders of the society, which wasestablished in 1991.

3. Misba – (Western Dance Society of Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce)

3.  Misba – (Western Dance Society of Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce)

Misba is one of thestrongest and prestigious western dance societies in DU. Popular for theirversatility and team co-ordination; they bagged the winner trophy at thecollege dance fests of IIM AhmedabadJDMCHansrajCBS in the year2013.

4. Mudra – (The Western Dance Society of Jesus and Mary College)

4. Mudra – (The Western Dance Society of Jesus and Mary College)

Mudra, the WesternDance society of JMC stands for vibrance, energy andpassion. The Society presently has 24 members drawn from various courses ofstudy. The Western Dance Society of this college is all about poise and glamourwhich they portray through their captivating performances each year at variousfestivals across colleges and independent shows.

 

5. The Dance Society of Lady Shri Ram College

5. The  Dance Society of Lady Shri Ram College

The Dance Societyof LSR bringstogether various dance forms – from the allatipurs of the Shane and pirouettesfrom the traditional, from Rajasthani Ghoomar to the contemporary forum. Thepractise sessions are extremely tedious and gruelling, but at the same timeextremely rewarding. The Society has won prizes at several inter-collegeevents. The Choreography Team won the first prize at competitions held at Lady Irwin CollegeCollege of BusinessStudiesHansraj College, and Netaji SubhashInstitute of Technology.

 

6. Swaranjali – (Music Society of Hansraj College)

6. Swaranjali – (Music Society of Hansraj College)

Fascinated byIndian classical music? Swaranjali has established a phenomenal position in theuniversity music circuit for quite some time. The society has set a benchmarkin the annual cultural festivals of AIIMS, Lady Shri Ram College, IIT Delhi to theprestigious Mood Indigo, IIT Mumbai. To add to therepertoire of achievements, Swaranjali was awarded the ‘Best Music Society’Award at Mood Indigo, IIT Mumbai (Asia's largest festival of its kind) for the2nd time in a row in the year 2014, as well as bagged the ‘Best OutstationCollege’ Award.

 

7. Ankur – (Street Theatre Society of S.G.T.B Khalsa College)

7. Ankur – (Street Theatre Society of S.G.T.B Khalsa College)

The team of highlytalented and creative actors at Ankur has set numerous benchmarks in streettheatre by showcasing thought provoking plays which question religion,relationships and money. Their play, ‘We, the people!’ which emphasized onpopular participation in a democracy was highly talked about and praised. Theywon in Montague (Jesus and Mary College), Reverie (Gargi College) and Tempest (Miranda House) and were runner’s up in Tarang (LSR) and Mecca (Hindu College).

 

8. The Debating Society – (St. Stephen’s College)

8. The Debating Society – (St. Stephen’s College)

If you loveintelligent arguments in a structured format, The Debating Society at St. Stephen’s College is the placeto be! The society has set a benchmark in debating competitions held acrossvarious colleges in the country. The Debating Society handles Conventional,Parliamentary as well as other forms of debate activities. All representationat such events is done through the Society. The Debating Society hasparticipated and excelled in acclaimed competitions such as the ‘Mukarji MemorialDebate’, as well as the International British Parliamentary Debate Tournament.

9. Parivartan – (The Gender Forum of Kirori Mal College)

9. Parivartan – (The Gender Forum of Kirori Mal College)

Are you appalled bysocial injustice? Want to be a catalyst of change? Parivartan, the Gender Forumof Kirori Mal College organizes andconducts a number of formal and informal discussions on various issues relatedto gender. In these participatory and exploratory discussions a number ofburning issues like Domestic Violence Act, Rape, AIDS, Gender Sensitizationetc. are addressed.

10. Glitz – (The fashion society of Kamala Nehru College)

10. Glitz – (The fashion society of Kamala Nehru College)

Aware of the latestfashion trends? Passionate about shoes, bags, clothes and most importantlystyle? Glitz, the fashion society of Kamala Nehru College is a Fashionsociety like no other. No games, no politics, and no outside help. This teamconsisting of models and backstage crew focuses on one thing and one thingonly, winning, with a common love, a love for fashion. Today, Glitz is a wellknown name in the Fashion Society circuit. Colleges love seeing these girlsperform at their fests, and judges are in awe with the freshness andoriginality brought to the garments and choreography by the team.

 I can safely conclude that one of themost common queries of every fresher is usually about the societies of theircollege. Apart from being utterly fascinated by a plethora of societies tochoose from, they also get vulnerable to various other confusions, such as:
Which society to join? How important is it to join a society? How many to join?If at all, should one even consider joining a society? Here is an answer to allyour queries …

Beingin a college society is a unique experience in its own sense, but if you can’tbe seriously dedicated to it, then you might never reap its benefits either.That being said, becoming a part of a society gives you a feeling of beingsomething more than just another student, as in this team, you have your ownpart to play and your own unique identity.

 It helps you grow as aperson in life and in your chosen field of expertise

Thetime spent practicing and building up your production from the scratch is themost satisfying feeling in the world. To get on the stage and show the worldyour art, while soaking in the applause after, gives you a high, unlike that ofany drug. It boosts your confidence both on-stage and off, and leaves behind afeeling of accomplishing higher, tougher goals.

 Hard work becomes a way oflife

This means that you won’t be scared of putting inextra efforts anymore, and may in fact, even become a pro at waking up early inthe mornings and always reaching on time for practices (never for lecturesthough!).

 Societies will literallygive you the best of friends for life, for real!

Thebest part is that you get to be totally free with your team and it is with themthat you truly discover your crazy side, one that will surely surprise you too!You tear your walls down and share a bond so deep that you won’t be surprisedif you start completing each other’s sentences.

 The parties and farewellsare to die for!

Ifyou have ever heard about society farewells being the most fun parties, thenyou have heard it right. Along with the fun and frolic, they are also anincredibly emotional affair.

All the fuchchas who packed their bags to enter a new journey of life,a journey that is going to be memorable, adventurous and full of moments to becherished. College is the best place for a student to gather new experiences,learn life lessons and create memorable moments.

So guys now I hope all of you aregearing uo to get into one of the societies in the DELHI UNIVERSITY!!

Do share your experiences about howyou became a part of these societies and what all have you gainbes through themwith DUNEWS… GOOD LUCK DUITES…


Surbhi Sachdeva