After Crosswords by SRCC,Pulse by AIIMS,Rendezvous by IITs,Tempest by Miranda House and Mecca by Hindu College,its the turn of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) to have a cultural fest of its own.
The three-day inter-university cultural festival,Miraas 2013,got underway at JMI on Tuesday.
JMI Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung inaugurated the cultural event at the university auditorium at a function in which film director of Peepli Live,Anusha Rizvi,was the chief guest.
Miraas,students said,was the fruit of the efforts made by Momin Mohammed and Zakir Hussain Jafri,final year students of BA English (Honours).
Momin,who started a blog dedicated to the fest,said,Earlier,Jamia used to have inter-department competitions,but this time,the cultural society of the university decided to organise an event on a larger scale. Miraas-2013 is fully sponsored by Jamia Millia Islamia.
Students from various colleges will take part in creative and innovative competitions such as mask painting,seminars,musical events,and other contests,which would test their managerial abilities.
Debate and creative writing competitions were held in three languages – Hindi,Urdu and English,apart from one-act play,mimicry and pot painting competitions.
Students Welfare Dean Tasneem Meenai said,This is the first time that we have organised such a fest. Students from 14 universities are taking part in the various events. Miraas means legacy,or rather,heritage. For us,the cultural festival is a way to celebrate our glorious past. All thanks and praises go to V-C Najeeb Jung,for his support,and the students who worked hard to make this fest a success. From this year on,this cultural fest will become an annual event in the JMI calendar.
Students from Delhi University,Mumbai University,Jawaharlal Nehru University,M D University,Aligarh Muslim University,Agra University,Banaras Hindi University,Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology,Bhopal,Jammu University,St Johns College,Kumaun University,and Indian Institute of Mass Communication,among others,are participating in the fest.
Gosia Saleem,host of the fest,said,People have some pre-conceived notions about Jamia Millia Islamia that it is very traditional and conservative. Through this fest,such myths will be dispelled. The festival will end on February 28.
(Reporter is a student of EXIMS)