Verve, The Street Play Society at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies is proud to present “MANTHAN 2013″, which aims to harness the power of street theatre to arise a sense of responsibility and cognizance about sensitive issues within the society. Over the past six years of its history, different colleges across Delhi have come together and performed street plays with various alluring themes at many public places, all with an aim to reach out to people and get them thinking.
The largest and the most extensive street play festival in Asia, MANTHAN, is widening its expanse this year to a month long fest spanning across 3 cities-Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh.
Manthan will incorporate ‘nukkadnatak’ performances from various college teams and professional groups on the plethora of social issues plaguing our nation.
The highlight of the event is the unique socio-cultural initiative, titled the ‘Street Play to Schools’ programme, undertaken with the purpose of promoting Street Play culture in future college students and to create awareness at the same time. Spanning from 6th February – 15th February 2013, the school programme was host to a volley of excellent ideas and synergetic performances by reputed colleges in various schools across Delhi.
The School programme had the following schools and colleges as its participants:
- Bal Bharti School, Pitampura- Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Lady Sri Ram College
- Sardar Patel Vidyalaya- Daulat Ram College, Sri Ram College of Commerce
- St. Mary’s School, Safdarjung- Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College
- Delhi Public School, Rohini- Hansraj College
- Sri Guru Nanak Public School, Adarsh Nagar- Miranda House
- Mira Model School, Janakpuri- Motilal Nehru College
- Ahlcon International School- Hindu College
- Mount Abu Public School- IP College
However, this is just the beginning. Taking off from the grand success of the school programme is the first-of-its-kind ‘Street play to NGOs’ programme. Through its launch, Manthan plans to touch the deeper roots of the society by performing street plays in slums in association with various NGOs across the Delhi-NCR region.
The schedule for the performances at NGOs is as follows:
18th February 2013- Arya Anathalay, Daryaganj
19th February 2013- Bachho Ka Ghar, Daryaganj
20thFebruary 2013- Prabhaat
21st February 2013- Blind Relief Association
Commencing from 25th February is the main event of the festival with each day modeled around a unique theme; plays relevant and pertaining to that particular theme will be performed on that day.
At the conclusion of the performances, an open discussion about the theme will be held with the audience under the esteemed presence of eminent personalities from the field of theatre, performing arts, education, media, social and political activists, etc.
The event is being promoted as a free-for-all event that promises entertainment and at the same time raises the specter of social evils haunting the nation and drives home a serious and meaningful message of bringing about social changes.
Manthan’13 is privileged to present to you its title sponsor – Sun Foundation. An initiative of Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Padma Shree, Sun Foundation has brought self reliance and betterment to the lives of thousands of lesser privileged women and children through their initiatives like Surya Kiran Centres for Women, Taare Zameen Par for specially abled children and Save The Girl Child Campaign among others.
Follow the link below to get a sneak peek into Manthan’s endeavor to usher in change.
Ek Khwaab Jo Maine Dekha Hai,
Khud Hi Mein Janma Hai…
Badlaav Ki Wo Soch Hai,
Khud Hi Mein Dekha Hai.
Aao, Ek Khwaab Ko Janm Dein.