With three days of vibrant stage and street play performances along with an exuberant hustle-bustle on the campus, Concoction 2015 coloured Kamala Nehru College in dramatic hues. The three-day fest of the theatre society of the college- Lakshya, saw some exceptional performances by various theatre-enthusiasts from across Delhi University and various other colleges.
Day 1 was dedicated to street plays. Aghaaz, the street play competition was a day’s paradise for all street-play lovers who were seen congregated at Chaupal, the open amphitheatre on the college premises. Covering a wide range of themes- from the impacts of religious fundamentalism to dying indigenous cultures, the event saw performers bringing out the best in them within 30 minutes. Theatrekingdom.com, the world’s first social-networking platform on which theatre talent can share their work with other theatre professionals also gave away T-Shirts to the drama enthusiasts in the audience.
Drama-Nomics, College of Vocational Studies was awarded the first position for their play, ‘90 second ki red-light’ which talked about the plight of beggars on red-light crossings and what we could do to make a difference.
Hansraj Dramatics Society, Hansraj College was declared the Runner-up for their play, ‘Tamaasha’ which highlighted how day-to-day are often converted into sources of entertainment and the tamaasha that follows. The day culminated with the crowd going into a frenzy with the pulsating beats of ‘Daphli and Djembefola United’.
Day 2 and Day 3 saw the college auditorium being proclaimed house-full as the stage play event, Archlights, saw a myriad of hour-long stage plays of multiple genres. The audience was caught in a fit of laughter with SRCC’s ‘Pune Highway’ while many were moved by GTBIT’s ‘Waqt’. The crowd was also truly impressed by the bold, unabashed and hilarious ‘The Goat or who is Sylvia’ of Sri Venkateshwara College which earned them the first position. Kirori Mal College’s ‘Words Words Words’was declared second. SRCC also received an honorary mention from the jury for its performance.
Along with the plays, informal events such as Treasure Hunt and Beg Borrow Click added a lot of zeal to the atmosphere. Karan Singh Magic’s performance took the audience by amazement and “was like watching Sherlock in real life!” The closing ceremony with the band performance by Agastya managed to win all hearts and sky lanterns twinkling in the dark ended the event on a note of exuberance.
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