Abhivyakti, theatre society of Maitreyi College organised Intifada – the 2nd annual street theatre fest along with Rhapsody – the annual cultural fest of the college on 10th March.
The street festival saw various societies from all over the university coming and participation in the competition. 10 teams presented their annual street productions. Participating colleges were Keshav Mahavidyalaya College, Gargi College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College, P.G.D.A.V. College, Indraprastha College for Women, Ramanujan College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Shivaji College, Hans Raj College and SGTB Khalsa College.
With the fest season coming to an end, each team had performed a lot in the recent past. But certain plays like Bas Samajhne ki Baat hai by Shivaji College left the audience crying. Their play was based on old age problems. SGTB Khalsa’s We, the people based on politics surprised the spectators with its different elements. Radhika, an avid follower of street theatre said, “It is great to notice that every play has some changes incorporated for their performance compared to the last one. With performances happening each day, this shows how much teams are working hard towards improving their production.”
Rehaayi by Hansraj Dramatics Society bagged the third position at the festival whereas the first runners-up team was Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce for their play Chidiya ki Kahaani. The winners for Intifada was Gargi College for their production Joota.
Former Convener of Sri Venkateswara College, Dr Manish Sharma was one of the three judges for the event. Mr. Nilesh Deepak, an eminent theatre artist, who was also a judge said that, “Theatre in DU circuit is still alive and happening. It feels great to know that there is an uprising and this looks like a change.” Head of Commerce Department of the host college, Ms. Nilima Chaudhary was the third judge for Intifada.
Minna, the president of Gargi Dramatics Society said, “It feels great when a very simple production like Joota gets so much appreciation from the audience. This shows how quality matters more than the quantity of the subject.”