Every year, societies from colleges across the campus compete neck to neck and put up spectacular performances during the fest season. This year too, saw certain teams shine a little brighter than the rest. We bring you a series with college societies that put their heart and soul into their respective fields and took home the top prizes at various cultural fests.
The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions at competitive events held during various cultural fests of this season. Whenever a society won the first prize they were award 3 points, for the second position they received 2 points and for the third position, 1 point was added to their tally.
For the Stage Play category, Sangharsh, the theatre society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening) scored the maximum points with their tally being at 7 points. Hansraj Dramatics Society, Hans Raj College College followed next with 6 points and the theatre societies of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Shri Ram College of Commerce shared the third spot with 3 points each.
The Winning Society at a glance
Sangharsh, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening)
The team enacted ‘Ilhaam’, wherein Bhagwan a middle-aged banker, married, with two grown up college-going children one day, while sitting on a decrepit park bench he stumbles upon ‘enlightenment’. Therein begins the battle between the world outside and world inside. He goes missing for days. Once he’s found, it is realised that his dissociation with his previous life continues to grow; as his internal world brings in newer associations. Bhagwan’s journey to ‘the other side’ is as alluring as it is mystifying. Bhagwan, then yearns to return to his daughter, his wife and the regularity of his everyday life and thus begins his fight to ‘return’.
Raghav Gupta, the President of Sangharsh and Director of Ilhaan says, “We don’t believe in luck charm but what our team believes in is “SANGHARSH”. Our team uses the concept of live music for the play and music in our play according to us is also one of the main attractions. My team always motivates me and bring the positive out of me at the end of the day. Our college provides the best they can as they helped us in finances, attendance, etc. Our team is proud to be part of this family of DU theatre circuit.”
Directed By : Raghav Gupta and Sachin Kumar
Cast : Jitender Singh Rajput (Bhagwan), Sachin Kumar (Shukla), Avni Chandra (Poonam), Diksha Sood (Pinki), Ayush Agarwal (Saurabh and Chacha), Abhinav Jha (Mohan), Shankar Rawley (Baba)
Crew : Lights Designer : Raghav Gupta Live Music : Shankar Rawley Backstage : Anoop Tiwari and Naman Gupta
Winners Tally: Sangharsh
14 fests were included in our analysis for this series. Out of the considered fests, only 6 had conducted a competitive Stage Play event. Here is the list of winning performances by Sangharsh:
Ist Position: Tempest 2015 (Miranda House) IInd Position: Manjari 2015 (Daulat Ram College), Moksha 2015 (Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology)
(Hover on the icons below to know more about their victories)
Apart from the positions mentioned above, Ilhaan has won 1st position at Lady Irwin College, 2nd spot at Keshav Mahavidyalaya and best script at Dyal Singh College. Lead actor, Jitendra Singh Rajput has won numerous ‘Best Actor’ awards at various fests around the University.
Note: Maximum events for ‘Stage Play’ were of the non-competitive nature this year. The competitive ones have been taken into account for this tally. The evaluation also doesn’t take in account Best Script/Best Actor awards.