India’s largest street play festival, Manthan, organised by Verve, the street play society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, University of Delhi, has finally completed its 9th edition successfully. The festival reached 35 cities of India which includes Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Shimla, Dehradun, etc, spanning across 19 states of India, with around 125 theatre teams performing for Manthan. This year, Manthan introduced it’s novel concept of Manthan Mahotsav, which encompassed performances by 35+ teams of Delhi University performing at 15 locations of Delhi at the same time, ie between 3-6 PM, February 28, 2016.
Running after ultimate excellence in theatre, Manthan reached out to international locations of Kathmandu, Nepal and Tomsk, Russia. Manthan’16 concluded with over 2000 artists performing for Manthan within the public, on the streets.
The closing ceremony of the event was a huge success, chaired by prominent playwright Atul Satya Kaushik and theatre personality Tanay Yadav, with all the Delhi teams gathered to celebrate the essence of street theatre. The event started with a discussion with the panelists and the teams talking about the essence of street theatre and the importance of public performances.
The teams participated in sharing their personal experiences of public performances and thanked Manthan for giving them an opportunity to perform for the public. The discussion was followed by a qawwali by Sultani Brothers, a popular qawwali Union of Delhi, who engaged the teams and everybody present in beautiful sufi music and set the stage on fire. The qawwaals said, ” We’ve never performed in college for students as audience. This was a new opportunity, and we would thank Verve for this chance. We loved performing for students, and we would look forward to further prosperous editions of Manthan. “