Astitva, the dramatics society of Dyal Singh College organised Expressions – the annual theatre festival of the society on 4th-5th March. The festival witnessed stage performances from ten college theatre societies of Delhi University. This was Astitva‘s 6th theatre festival as a motive to encourage campus theatre. Day 1 witnessed five performances which were The Fifth Symphony by Hindu College, Blindspot by Gargi College, The Nerd by Shri Ram College of Commerce, Fandi by Delhi Technical University and Shivaji College performed Mission 31. The viewers had mixed opinions about the performances on Day 1. Mandira, a spectator, says, “As it is the end of the festival season, the performances seem repetitive now. But there are certain ones, which you never get bored of.”The festival was organized with decorations done by the Fine Arts society of the college. Each production by different teams had photographs on display with the production poster. Also, the display board for Astitva and it’s members was put up. Artists from the college had made production illustrations in form of cartoons and caricatures. Mr. V.K Sharma and Mrs. Kirandeep Sharma came over as judges for Expression 14. A graduate from National School of Drama, Mr. Sharma is the member of NSD repertory company for 4 years now. He is the writer and director of many plays and also had acted in films like Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai, Milenge Milenge, Khosla ka Khosla and Fukrey. He is the founder director of Khilona, India’s first company having adults performing for children. Mrs. Kirandeep Sharma with an overall experience of 25 years is a famous writer, director and an actor with specialization in children’s theatre. She is presently the associate director of Khilona and has worked with NSD’S TIE company for three years as a Professional Expert. 5 other plays from the theatre circuit took up the stage on Day 2 of Expressions. It started with Shaheed Bhagat Singh College’s performance, A Reasonable Doubt. The day then saw performances like Holi by Hans Raj Dramatics Society, Kya Dilli Kya Lahore by Delhi Technical University, Birthday Party by Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College and Ek Rishte ki Maut by Shivaji College. Performances on Day 2 got more acclaimed than the first day of festival. [caption id="attachment_20700" align="aligncenter" width="560"] ‘Holi’ by Hans Raj College[/caption] The festival ended with feedback from the judges and result declaration. Shivaji College bagged the first position for Mission 31 and won the cash prize of Rs. 7000. Kya Dilli Kya Lahore by DTU and Holi by Hans Raj College were adjudged the second and third best respectively. They won Rs. 5000 and Rs. 3000. Arpit Vashist from DTU won the best actor award for playing the lead role in Fandi. “Winning the best actor award makes me feel good. But winning it for the production and for the whole team is what makes me really happy”, Arpit said. Shri Ram College of Commerce bagged the award for Best Direction for The Nerd.]]>
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