The Advent of Online Fests

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Well, the fest season is here and we are ready to talk about the beginning of online fests. Recently, The Janki Devi Memorial College hosted a month-long virtual fest – the first of its kind in DU. This event was called Symphony 2021, and from what we hear, many danced to its beats. The University of Delhi has finally decided to not allow this pandemic to be a spoilsport. Who says online college has to be devoid of fun? Henceforth, after the infamous case of Shweta, the collegiate is here in all its glory to redefine college fests.

After months of being stuck at home, our professors are finally beginning to level up their game in online lectures. But the heart of this place’s culture and jolly remains lopsided.  There was a desperate outcry for an online festival. In response, the staff and students at Janki Devi Memorial College brought in the party poppers in the form of a month long virtual fest. Staff Advisor Professor Saumya Gupta shared the motivating factor behind having an online fest while conversing with The Hindustan Times. “Online fest was essential keeping in mind the Covid protocol and the safety of students. We didn’t want to deprive the students of the excitement and creativity that is the hallmark of DU festival season. So, we took on the challenge to visualize the events virtually, and decided to have a month-long cultural festival!”.

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The attendees missed the crazy Delhi crowds and making memories with their FRIENDS. But the bright side to the online fest was that, unlike a normal college fest that is organized for three days, they held this fest for an entire month. Meaning simply that none of the events collided and there was no missing out on the fun.

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Hailing a digital fest over no fest, Jagriti Bathra, a third-year student and member of the college’s student union said to the Hindustan Times,

“The entire month of the festival was a roller coaster ride and it was a remarkable experience for all of us. Everyone had imagined college fest to be full of singing, dancing, and gatherings but who would have thought that it could be online as well. We could make new connections while at home and celebrate with students across the county! Although it was not like a regular college fest, we had a lot of fun organizing it and it was an exceptional learning experience.”
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