“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” (John F. Kennedy)
The inculcation of moral and aesthetic values with the amalgamation of talent and indigenous culture are a huge challenge for any community. The cultural society of ARSD College believes in the preservation of this immaculate heritage.
Culture is what a society lives on. Each society can see its culture reflected in its language, folktales, music, literature etc. Apart from this, however, culture has a host of sociological and economic values.
Participation in the cultural activities brings an individual a host of personal benefits. It impact is always deep, wondrous, and great. It creates a sense of belonging that few other activities can bring.
The Culture Society of ARSD aims to encourage students’ interest, participation and responsibility by providing social, cultural and recreational activities for the College community. Keeping this in mind the College has different groups which give students an opportunity to demonstrate and develop their talent in the fields of music, dance and other fields of culture, giving a boost to their physical and mental health.
Saarang: The Music group
Music plays an important role in our daily lives and is woven into the fabric of Society. The musical culture is integral to ARSD College from a very long period of time and is pretty visible throughout the year. Being a part of the music group demands commitments in terms of practice routines.
Kalashree: The Classical and Folk Dance Group
Dance is a form of meditation and prayer that keeps our mind peaceful. Kalashree provides a platform for students who have interest in folk dance as well as classical and semi-classical dance forms of India. Dance today has evolved from its finite ethnic cults to evolve into a radiant and vibrant form of communication.
A-Crew unit : The Western Dance Group
Western dance forms help our body to be more alive. It is indeed a universal language just like music, complimenting people with different tastes, emotions, needs and backgrounds. Members of this group enjoy time spent together in a positive, upbeat environment. They are energized and inspired by other dancers in their midst.
Stellar: The Fashion group
In modern era, the study of culture and human societies, studies fashion. Fashion means presenting oneself in clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, and hairstyle. Members of the society tried and put up light on the current issues prevailing in the society.
Activities Of The Session 2017-2018
The cultural society of the college provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in a variety of cultural activities spread throughout the year. It not only weaves the members of the society with other institutions by means of diverse activities, but also enhances the humanistic values.
The Cultural Society of ARSD College began its journey in the academic year 2017-2018 with auditions for the different groups of the Cultural Society.
Following were the activities undertaken by the Society during this academic session:
Patriotic Song Competition: To celebrate the “Azaadi Ke Sattar Saal” as a part of the Independence Day Celebration, the Cultural Society conducted an intra-college Patriotic Song Competition on 14 August 2017. Three different prizes were given to the first three position holders.
Teachers’ Day: Teachers’ day is a special day for the appreciation of teachers and to acknowledge their special contributions. To honor teachers, 5 September 2017 was celebrated through performances by “Saarang”, the music group and “Aakrit”, the Western dance group members.
Quit India Movement & 70th year of India’s Independence Celebration: Since the year 2017 marks the 75th year of the Quit India Movement and the 70th year of India’s Independence, it is a landmark year. To commemorate these events, the Cultural Society in association with the History Department held a talk by an eminent educationist, an extempore contest, and a guided tour of the students to the places related to the freedom struggle between 9 to 30 August 2017.
Orientation Day: The orientation programme was designed to motivate new students of the Society. During this programme, Ms Sindhu Bhagia Mishra, Secretary, Sindhi Academy, Government of NCT, Delhi graced the occasion and inspired the freshers to reach great heights. It held on 30 August 2017.
Inter-college Debate Competition: An Inter-college debate competition, Udgosh, was organized by the Hindi Debating Society, Vedanta, in collaboration with the Cultural Society and was held on 28 September 2017.
Intra-college Dance Competition: The Dance group of Classical & Folk, Kalashree, came into existence in August 2017. An intra-college dance competition was held in the last week of September 2017. Meetanjali Bageshwar, a renowned Kathak dancer of the Jaipur Gharana, judged the event. Along with the competition, the members of the Society gave mesmerizing performances to make the event successful.
Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week 2017: Central Vigilance Commission endeavors to promote integrity, transparency and accountability in public life. With this vision, Vigilance Awareness Week was observed from 30 October to 4 November 2017 with the theme “My Vision—Corruption Free India.” In this, the following activities were undertaken:
- Integrity Pledge by the Principal on behalf of the College
- Invited talk by Dr Arvind Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Heavy Industries, Government of India
- Invited talk by Mr. Anand Pratap Singh, Inspector General-Vigilance and Resident Commissioner of Himachal Pradesh
- Essay Competition organized in collaboration with Air India
- Debate Competition in collaboration with Syndicate Bank
- Poster making competition
Intra-college Singing Competition (Awaaz): To identify the talent in the music group, an intra-college singing competition was organized in the second week of January 2018.
Annual Cultural Inter College Festival (TIDE -2018): TIDE -2018 which is a three-day event was held in the last week of February 2018. This mega event was organized and managed diligently. The opening ceremony was very colorful and memorable. There were various performances like Nepali dance, folk dance, etc., in the opening ceremony. After this successful opening, different competitions were opened. EDM-You Know Me, Band-Sufi Rock N Raga and singers: A. J. Singh, Deep Karan and Bollywood performer Swati Sharma were the main attraction. Shri Manoj Tiwari, Hon’able Member of Parliament, graced the occasion with his presence. His extempore abilities make him remarkable. His unscripted poem for the college won the hearts of the audience. He praised the entire event and raised the morale of the students with his inspirational words. He also felicitated the organizing committee, the Students’ Union and members of the Cultural society.
The mega event concluded with the hope that it will be organized again in next year and students will get a chance to display their talents. .
Accomplishments of the society
Western Dance Group (Aakrit):
- 2nd position in Institute of Marketing & Management (IMM) Delhi and Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, Delhi
- Cerificate of appreciation in Lingaya’s University, Delhi and PGDAV College (evening), University of Delhi, Delhi
Kanika Jain and Suchi Malik:
- 2nd position in Northern Institute of Integrated Learning and Management (NIILM) Delhi and Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon
- 1st prize at JB knowledge Park, Faridabad
Fashion Group (Stellar)
- 3rd position at Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS),Rohini, Delhi
- 2nd position at Satyawati College, University of Delhi, Delhi
- 1st position at Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB), Delhi
- 1st position at New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM), Delhi
- 1st position at Amity University, Gurgaon
Dr. Nidhi Dureja (Convener)
Dr. Manika Jain
Mr. Raj Kumar Bhagat