Manthan 2013

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

–        Aristotle

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies of the world as we know them to be, would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.
Personal and social transformations go hand in hand.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Begin the journey YOURSELF.

Badlaav Mujhmein Hai.

Presenting to you, MANTHAN 2013, the annual street play festival of VERVE, the street play society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.

“Manthan” carries on its young shoulders, the distinction of being one of the biggest street theatre festivals in the whole of Asia.

The festival was conceptualized six years ago with the intention of revolutionizing street theatre or ‘nukkad natak’, a reformatory art that was getting shackled by competitive spirit, and creating a platform where it could reach the masses.

The  motive of Manthan is to bring about social change. Now in its fifth edition, ‘Manthan’ is a nation-wide event and aims to reach out to a massive audience across all age groups, classes and categories of people and to harness the power of street theatre to bring about positive change in the society.

In the month-long extravaganza spanning 3 cities- Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh, Manthan 2013 will incorporate ‘nukkadnatak’ performances from 32 college teams with the aim of sensitizing the audience on various social issues persisting in the country.

In sync with the prime motive of the event are two unique socio-cultural initiatives, namely ‘Street Play to Schools Programme’ and ‘Street Play to NGOs Programme’.

The school programme witnessed a cheerful reception by the school students who were enthralled by the extremely engrossing and thought-provoking performances. Prominent schools across Delhi participated in the movement for change. Bal Bharati School, Pitampura; Sardar Patel Vidyaylaya; St. Mary’s School; DPS Rohini are to name a few. The school programme proved to be a huge success and served the twin-purpose of promoting street play culture in the future college students and to create awareness.

Following the school programme is the Street Play to NGOs programme, from 18th February 2013 to 22nd February 2013. Through this endeavor Manthan strives to reach the grass roots of the society by performing in slums in association with various NGOs across the Delhi-NCR region. The participating NGOs include AryaAnathalay, Daryaganj; BachhokaGhar, Daryaganj; Prabhaat and Blind Relief Association.

Kick starting from 25th is the main-event of the festival. Barring the opening and closing days, each day of the festival is modeled around a unique theme; plays relevant and pertaining to that particular theme will be performed.

Each day with the unique theme will witness gripping performances by college teams covering a myriad of social issues that are often ignored.  This shall be followed by open discussion with the audience about the theme, presided over by a panel of eminent personalities from the field of theatre, performing arts, education, media, social and political activists etc.

Joining the movement are the following colleges and the themes of their play respectively:

  • ShaheedSukhdev College of Business Studies- Disability
  • Hansraj College- Childhood
  • Gargi College- Animal Cruelty
  • SGTB Khalsa College- Reservation
  • Hindu College- Opinions/ Power to protest
  • IP College for Women- Sedition
  • Miranda House- Health care
  • Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce- Caste system
  • Sri Ram College of Commerce- Competition
  • Lady Sri Ram College- Censorship

Manthan 2013 is being promoted as a free-for-all vibrant event that promises entertainment and at the same time a thunderous exchange of ideas on the diverse topics of the street plays.

Manthan 2013 is proud to be associated with Sun Foundation as its title sponsor. Sun Foundation is an initiative of Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Padma Shree and President of Sun Foundation, that has brought self reliance and betterment to the lives of thousands of 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.

“Samajik buraiya anek chunauti hain, sweekar karo
Kya kami rehgayi, dekho aur sudhar karo
Kuch kiye bina hi jay-jay kar nhi hoti
Himmat karne walon ki haar nhi hoti”

Join in the voices and be the change you wish to see.

Follow the link below to know more about Manthan2013.

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