|Western Music (Zephyr)|
Faculty Convener : Ms. Nidhi Bhandari
‘‘Zephyr’, the Western Music Society of Kamala Nehru College is a group of singers with a wide variety of interest in music. These members are chosen in the beginning of the term through a few rounds of auditioning and are then divided into their respective groups such as the bass, alto and soprano according to their voice textures and range. We also need instrumentalists every year to accompany the singers. The year 2010-11 has been quite eventful, not only in terms of participation in the major western music competitions across DU but also within the college itself. Zephyr has been involved in activities apart from the DU fests such as performing Christmas carols
for the Christmas celebrations in collaboration with the English Department of Kamala Nehru College on the 20th of December,2010. Popular carols such as ’Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘Flow to the River’, ’12 Days of Christmas’ ,etc were sung by the members and enjoyed by the English department teachers and students who later joined in with us
creating a jolly environment and a warm experience for all. We organised a percussion workshop on the 17th of January,2011, 'Stories through Sound' by Mr. Suchet Malhotra, a globally renowned
percussionist, who introduced us to a number of native percussion instruments from across the globe such as the Egyptian Darbouka, the West African Djembe, the Kurdish Def, the Australian Didgeridoo and many more in an interactive workshop. All participants were awarded certificates at the end of this interesting and highly enriching workshop. The Western Music Competition, ‘Rhythm n Blues’ hosted by Zephyr during the Annual Cultural Festival ‘Ullas 2011’ was a success with 20 entries in the solo category,10 entries in the duet category and 6 entries in the group category from colleges all across Delhi University. Zephyr performed in major DU fests at
-St. Stephen's(6th Feb),
-Indraprastha College(18th Feb),
-Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies(23rd Feb),
-Kirori Mal College(25th Feb).
In the group song category we performed a medley of three songs - Queen's ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Déjà vu’ by Mike Posner and Justin Timberlake's ‘Love Stoned’ - a medley enjoyed by the group as well as the audience, helping us bag the third prize in the group category at Lady Shri Ram College(10th Feb), a tie at the third place with Lady Shri Ram at Jesus and Mary College(19th Feb) and a special mention at Sri Venkateswara College(3rd Mar). We also bagged the third position in the trio category at Lady Shri Ram College(11th Feb) and the second place in the duet category at Kamala Nehru College.
The Western Music Society successfully hosted the inter-college western music competition, ‘Rhythm n’ Blues’ during ULLAS 2012 on 2nd February 2012.
The judges for this event were Carolin Remy, music teacher at the German School and Conductor, Capital City Minstrels and Nilotpal Sinha, Director, House of Symphony musical organization.
The high quality of the participants left our judges in quite a dilemma and besides ties in the group category, the solo category had 2 special mentions apart from the 3 winners. Prizes for Group Category: 1st - Jesus and Mary College 2nd – Sri Venkateswara College 3rd: I P college and Kirori Mal College. A Special mention was given to Dipika Sharma, KNC for commendable beat boxing in group.
Zephyr also helped with the organization of the first-ever ‘Battle of Bands’ at ULLAS 2012 on 1st February 2012. Entries were invited alongwith song samples, from which 8 student bands were shortlisted for the Battle of Bands.
Our eminent judges for the band competition were Rahul Ram, Indian Ocean; Anirban Ghosh, Prestorika and Sumant Balakrishnan, Barefaced Liar.
The evening witnessed some highly original and creative attempts by the student bands but the band ‘Soul’d Out’ emerged as the undisputed winner of the battle.
The college band ‘The Rumoured Project’ also rolled out this year, giving its maiden performance at the Literary Festival of the Department of English.