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Medina Day 1: Stage theatre, Urdu stories and ‘filmy chakkar’

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With the tagline ‘Sailing through Drama’, Ibtida – the Hindi dramatics society of Hindu College is holding Medina, the 3rd Annual theatre festival on 6th-7th March.

Three events were scheduled for the first day of Medina. These included DastangoiFilmy Chakkar and Qissa-e-Ibtida.

The day started with Dastangoi, the last form of Urdu storytelling event which went for an hour. Dastangoi promotes the lost art of Urdu storytelling. “Kabir ke dohe ko, unki kavitaaon ko, unki zindagi ke baare mein muh zubani btana hi hamara kaam hai”, said Ankit Chadha who was the performer for the event. Ankit is the alumni of Ibtida and Hindu College. Dastangoi was held at the Virgin Tree in the college campus where Mr. Chadha was too subtle to be the lead performer. Sitting on a mattress under the tree, he attracted a lot of spectators.

Dastangoi by ankit

Filmy Chakkar, the bollywood quiz was also held at the same place as that of Dastangoi right after it. Various teams participated and the quiz was divided into three rounds. Each question had various hints and teams were marked accordingly. The participants had to guess names of bollywood actors and films through these hints. Abhyuday Tiwari and Pranjal from Hindu College won Filmy Chakkar with a cash prize of Rs. 1000 and prizes in kind worth Rs. 4000.

Last in line for the first day at Medina was Qissa-e-Ibtida – the non competitive stage play event. Four top teams were selected for the finals by the Ibtida team through a screening process. This celebration of theatre began with Kirori Mal College performing their production God followed by Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay by SGTB Khalsa College and The Private Ear by Ramjas College. The last play for Qissa-E-Ibtida was by Hans Raj College presenting Holi, their annual production.

filmy chakkar
Filmy Chakkar

Mr. Avtar Sahani – the eminent movie and theatre personality judged the event. Each team was awarded Rs. 4000 and two best actors were adjudged and presented Rs. 1000 each. Sahib Singh from SGTB Khalsa and Priyanka Kumar from KMC got the title for their respective productions.

Mr. Sahani provided feedback to all four teams and said, “Choose less subject matter, but do justice to what is there in the final script. Too many things lead to confusion. Clarity in theatre is very important which can be achieved by not deviating from the main theme of the act.” He appreciated all teams for their effort and expressed happiness that theatre is still alive in the university.

([email protected]); IInd year commerce student at Hans Raj College, Delhi University, Iresh inherited writing from nobody. Not equipped well with mind of a business maestro, he just likes to sit back with a cup of tea trying to balance journalism and poetry. One can generally find him chit-chatting with people (strangers and known, both) or struggling in the overcrowded city of Delhi looking for a seat to watch a play or some Bollywood film, at a cheap price ofcourse. (He hates people who hate Bollywood). An anchor, compère and interviewer, he also enjoys event management and cooking. Known well for his sense of humour, Iresh aspires to integrate his three interests of Movies, Marketing and Writing to make something out of his unproductive life as his elder generation terms it to be.

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