Top societies in DU fests season 2015: Abhivyakti of IP College for Street Play

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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 various 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.

For the Street Play category, with 13 points, Abhivyakti from Indraprastha College for Women came out on top. Gargi College’s Kshitij and SGGSCC’s Manchtantra followed next with 10 points each and Shivaji College’s Vayam stood third with 8 points.

The Winning Society at a glance

Abhivyakti, IP College for Women

Mannmarziyaan‘, the annual production deals with the issue of how consumerism has turned us into irrational consumers who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. There is a significant pressure to ‘consume’ because we end up feeling that our material possessions are what shape our identity. With the ingenious and elaborate use of symbolism and satire, the play shows how we have started filling up emotional voids with plastic things, and how our craving never seems to end.

Shibika, the General Secretary of the society, says, “Change is the only constant, and our endeavor has always been to keep up with it. We have a legacy which is as eonic and iridescent as the college itself. In our pursuit of novelty and growth, we have come a long way, in honing our skills as active practitioners of Street theatre. Our aim here has always been to nurture liberated young women, who constantly strive to chase their dreams until the very end.”

Performing members: Shibika Suresh,  Dhun Chhokar, Aastha Madaan, Bhavika Arora,Nihareekaa Kaur,Aditi Jain, Asmita Mishra,Ishita Pohoja,Jasmine Bhatia,Lubhavani Rana,Simrat Kaur,Soumya Sharma,Anukriti Batra,Aprajita Chauhan,Chitrangi Agarwal,Gaurika Bhatt,G. Meghna,Kavya Bhola,Rabsimar Kaur,Surbhi Gupta, Shruti Garg, Taniya Banerjee. While the play has been written and directed by the entire team, the musicians include  Shibika Suresh, Lubhavani Rana, Aditi Jain, Ishita Pohoja, Surbhi Gupta and Simrat Kaur.

Winners Tally: Abhivyakti, IP College

13 fests were included in our analysis for this series. Out of these, a competitive street play event was held at 10 fests and Abhivyakti did not compete at its own college’s fest. Here’s the list of winning performances by Abhivyakti:

Ist PositionConfluence 2015 (Hans Raj College), Tarang 2015 (Lady Shri Ram College),), Mecca 2015 (Hindu College)

2nd Position: Nexus (Sri Venkateswara College), Tempest (Miranda College)

(Hover on the icons below to know more about their victories)

In total, the society has won 11 out of 16 competitions that it has participated in. Apart from the list mentioned above, Abhivyakti has won first prize at St Stephen’s, SGND Khalsa, and bagged the second prize at ARSD College, IGTDUW, Shivaji College and PGDAV.

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