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Medina 2013: A three-day theatre Festival

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The Dramatics Society of Hindu College, Ibtida organised their annual fest – Medina 2013 this weekend. A three day event, it began with a street play competition; where teams were given different themes and told to prepare their acts within two hours. At the end of the eventful day, GTB IT secured first position, CBS secured second and SRCC came third. The second day of the event comprised of a bi-lingual play competition. Colleges across Delhi University showcased their annual productions – constrained by a time limit of 40 to 60 minutes. First to go on was Lady Sri Ram College with their play “Attempts on her Life!” – an energetic show put up by four girls. Following this was SRCC with their play “Noises Off” – filled with the right pinch of comedy, it kept the audience well entertained. “Saints and Sinners” was the most talked about play of the day – nearly everyone in the hall was excited to watch this Ramjas production. Though the fest started off with a low crowd turnout, more people could be seen entering the hall as the day progressed. By the time Hansraj and Hindu began their performances, the entire place was filled with an absorbed audience. The judges for the event were Keval Arora, a theatre enthusiast and professor of English at Kirori Mal College, and Ankit Chadha, who works for Dastan and is the founder of the Heptullah Society. The awards for Best Director went to Garima Jaju from LSR, Best Actor went to Praveen Shukla from Ramjas and the Best Stage Setup went to Hindu College. The award for Best Lights and Sounds was cancelled due to the poor coordination of each team in handling the equipment. It actually took SRCC twenty five minutes to get started with their performance once LSR finished! The third day of the fest saw an Alumni Meet – very thoughtful to bring back to college all those students who loved theatre during their time at college. The fest was well conceptualised, but could have been made better with more organisation among members of the society. However, there’s always room to learn for the next year. All in all, a thumbs up to the event!   Adita Bhatia ([email protected])]]>

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