Manthan 2013: 40 Teams, 7 Days, 1 Voice

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The annual street play festival of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies : Manthan, was held from 15th February to 3rd march 2013. Organized by Verve, the street play society of CBS, Manthan is seen as one of the largest street play festivals in Asia .

Manthan attracted over 40 teams from Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh, from universities such as Punjab University, Delhi University, Indraprastha University and Bombay University.

The main event took place from 25th February to 3rd March, which involved performances by the participating teams in public places like market complexes, malls, etc and various schools and colleges. The highlight of the event was CBS’s performance at India Gate. It was the first college level street play society in India to perform at this venue, as the permission to perform here is very difficult to obtain. The closing ceremony of Manthan took place at India International on March 3.

The participating teams chose topics of social relevance as their performance themes. Some examples are disability, sedition, innocence, reservation, etc.

One distinct feature of Mantham was that through these street plays, they aimed to reach out to the kids living in slum areas rather than limiting themselves to an urban audience.

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Siddhi Goel 

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