Ashoka University’s Annual Fest Banjaara Reached New Heights This Year

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Unless you lived under a rock, you would know that Banjaara, Ashoka University’s cultural festival happened on the 24th and 25th of Feb, 2018. And man, we wish it never got over. Unfortunately, all nice things have to come to an end and so did Banjaara. Here’s a flashback on all the things you missed out on if you weren’t there at Banjaara 2.0:

The nostalgia mode that Banjaara switched on in all of us. Two days of dwelling deep on the memories of childhood. Toffees. Video games. Beyblade. Remember those pen fight wars?????

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Ashoka University's Annual Fest Banjaara Reached New Heights This Year

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Day One took off with the melodious music notes from the Unplugged event, which also marked the beginning of the formal events for Banjaara. Amongst the other formal were Slam Poetry, Nukkad Natak and Group Dance. They were judged by some of the best performing artists in the country and carried cash prizes upto ‚Çπ2,50,000!

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The fest wasn’t all competition, it boasted Carnival Games, a Cartoon Quiz, Snowball fight (with socks, LOL), Treasure Hunt, Beyblade Battles, and a Human Library. The Human Library received a lot of appreciation from the participants.  Additionally, a haat of exceptional craftspeople; artisans; NGOs such as Lakshay Badte Kadam, and Mool–a second-hand bookstore from Daryaganj, and crowded food stalls like Dominoes, Subway and Red-Cart Biryani from different parts of the region. Towards the night, everyone headed to the main stage and the day ended with the crowd grooving to Parekh & Singh–the convivial pop duo from Kolkata, with their lyrics rekindling the cheerfulness of childhood.

Ashoka University's Annual Fest Banjaara Reached New Heights This Year

The second and final day of Banjaara started better than the day one had ended! It kicked off with some brilliant performances by bands across Delhi NCR, and Ashoka’s own ‘Work In Progress.’ Other formal events tha​​​​t took place on day two were ‘Stage Play’–which saw some brilliant produced plays and ‘Glimpses’–which provided the photographers a chance to display their creativity with their lenses, camera and light. Other than the events and performances, there were stalls all around the campus selling books, postcards, handicrafts and the like. The informal events that happened were Beyblade Championships, Arcade Room, Carnival Games and Meme Trading Cards. Besides this, there were also some amazing performances by singer-songwriter Raghav Meattle, who got everyone up on their feet in the first five minutes. Following that there were Reggae Artists Delhi Sultanate and Begum X who with their eccentric music, marked the end of the second and final day of Banjaara!

Overall, the fest wrapped up, but only physically so Рthe spirit of the festival, and eventually, the importance of memories have entered all the participants’ hearts, and it also promises to be bigger and better next year!

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Shivam Malhotra
A social media enthusiast who is in love with this digital world! Wrote the first article for DU Express in May 2016.

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