<![CDATA[Every year, societies from colleges across the campus compete neck to neck and put up spectacular performances during the fest season. This year too, saw certain teams shine a little brighter than the rest. We bring you a series with college societies that put their heart and soul into their respective fields and took home the top prizes at various cultural fests.
The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions at competitive events held during 13 cultural fests of this season. Whenever a society won the first prize they were award 3 points, for the second position they received 2 points and for the third position, 1 point was added to their tally.
In the stage theatre category, despite several events ending up non-competitive, a close competition is observed. The DU Beat tally saw Hans Raj College's Dramatics Society at the first place with 9 points. This was followed by Shunya – The Dramatics Society of Ramjas College at the second position with 7 points. The Dramatics societies of SRCC and S.G.T.B. Khalsa share the third place with 5 points each. Undoubtedly, all teams put up spectacular performances that have been appreciated at various fests by the audience and judges alike.
The Winning Society at a glance
Hans Raj Dramatics Society
The Hans Raj
Dramatics Society led this year’s fest season with their annual production Holi.
The play narrates the happenings of a day in the lives of a bunch of hostel friends Gopal, Ranjit, Srivastav, Laloo, Madhav and Anand among others, who come with all sorts of temperaments and histories. The day starts off with the announcement that they won’t be getting the day off from classes for Holi. The students, who were already dissatisfied with the college’s policies, are angered and things take a turn for the worse when the principal’s nephew is injured in a tiff. What started off as a normal day, changes the students’ entire lives by the end of it.
Holi is based on a very well-known script of the same name by playwright, Shri Mahesh Elkunchwar. Revolving around various tangents of college, particularly hostel life, the play has managed to touch a chord with judges and audience alike. Adapting a play that has been performed innumerable times in the theatre circuit and has been turned into a motion picture, was definitely a herculean task for the directors, Purusharth Budhiraja and Anil Kumar. The play was originally written in 1970s and was adapted into a contemporary setting, keeping most of the original characters and creating some new ones along the way. “We at Hansraj believe in promoting good theatre and not focussing on the competitive part of events. This was exactly the theme of our theatre fest this year as well. This year has been a great journey for us, not only have we grown as theatre practitioners, we have also witnessed very high quality contemporary theatre. Irrespective of all the hiccups we faced, however big or small, it was a tremendous learning opportunity and I am sure next year will bring in even better things”, said Purusharth, the society’s President.
Cast and Crew
Purusharth Budhiraja, Anil Kumar, Abhinav Sharma, Aishwary Rajput, Rajat Katiyar, Kaushal Raj, Parth Paliwal, Nirmal Kothari, Saksham Shukla, Vikrant Verma, Shaman Goel, Shivika Chauhan, Iresh Gupta, Hansa Malhotra, Srishti Babbar, Sahiba Bali. Backstage –
Kamal Kishore, Abhishek Mittal, Harshit Joon, Intaquam Hussain. Sound –
Gurjot Sidhu. Lights –
Aayushi Rathi, Karishma Khullar, Neha Agarwal.
The thirteen fests included in our analysis for this series include SRCC’s Crossroads, Gargi College’s Reverie, Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus, LSR’s Tarang, Hans Raj’s Confluence, I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, Daulat Ram College’s Manjari, Hindu College’s Mecca, Jesus and Mary College’s Montage, Miranda House’s Tempest, Kamala Nehru College’s Ullas, Kirori Mal College’s Renaissance, SGTB Khalsa’s Lashkara. Out of the fests listed, only 6 had conducted a competitive stage theatre event. To collate this tally, the prizes for the best play were taken into consideration.
Update: This story earlier listed Ramjas College at the first position in the DU Beat tally. However, after rectifying a computational error that was later pointed out, the Hans Raj Dramatics Society stands at the top. We apologise for the mistake made by the DU Beat team.
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