Arts & Culture

Top Societies of DU Fest Season 2019-20: Dramatics Societies

A thing that brings all the aspirants of the University of Delhi in this country to a sense of fascination is the University’s engagement with the performing arts. With a plethora of opportunities in fields like dance, music, dramatic, students are exposed to the discipline and the adventure of the arts that interest them. DU Beat brings to you the the six installations of its analysis of the top society in DU. The hard work was persistent, and the competition heartening. Let’s delve into who made the cut and how.

Before we immerse into this list, it becomes pertinent to acknowledge the difficulties faced by all colleges and societies this fest season. 2020 came with its obstacles and hardships, which also impacted the year-round dedication of our University’s college students. DU Beat applauds all societies for all the efforts they have in for this year.

Methodology

The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions that could be won at various events. The society that secured the 1st position was awarded 3 points, the society that secured the 2nd position was awarded 2 points, and finally, the society securing the 3rd position was awarded 1 point.

42 college fests were considered in the making of the tally. The selection of these 42 colleges was based upon an analysis done by speaking with members of numerous college societies, and tracking the fests they considered most prestigious. The considered colleges are:

Acharya Narendra Dev College
ARSD
Aurobindo College (Morning)
Aryabhatta College
Bharti College
College of Vocational Studies
Dyal Singh College
Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
Deshbandhu
Gargi College
Guru Gobind Singh College
Hansraj College
Hindu College
Janki Devi Memorial College
Jesus and Mary College
Kalindi College
Kamala Nehru College
Keshav Mahavidyalay
Kirori Mal College
Lady Hardinge Medical College
Lady Irwin College
Lady Shri Ram College
MAC
Mata Sundari College
Maitreyi College
Miranda House College
Moti Lal Nehru College Morning
PGDAV- Morning
PGDAV- Evening
Ramjas College
Ram Lal Anand College
Satyawati College
SS College of Business Studies
Sri Venkateshwara College
Shaheed Rajguru
Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
Shivaji College
Shri Ram College of Commerce
Shyama Prasad College
St Stephen’s College
Zakir Hussain College Morning
Zakir Hussain College Evening

Top Three Positions

Kahkasha, the Dramatics Society of Jesus and Mary College, bagged the first position with a lead of 22 points. Deshbandhu Dramatics Society, the Dramatics Society of Deshbandhu College, followed at the second position with 12 points. The third position was a three-way tie between Anukriti from Miranda House, Ibtida from Hindu College and Aadhaar from Motilal Nehru College, each securing 10 points.

Points Tally: Street Play

Winning Societies at a Glance 

Kahkasha

Pranjya Grover, President, comments, “A society’s vision, every year, is to build and create something that they can be proud of- be it professionally or personally. I think Kahkasha is a microcosm of life itself- it teaches you the spirit of togetherness, of zest, of being steadfast in the face of all hardships. Our annual production, “Daawat” is that piece of artwork that has sincerity and purpose written all over it. As a team, choosing the topic of Hunger and Food Security was a frightening yet extremely heartfelt decision. When one thinks about it, our basics are really everything that this humanity has- and three meals a day is truly a privilege.

With this production, we envisioned to move something in people through proper representation of the issue alongside practical, doable solutions. We looked within to realize and unlearn our privilege and hoped to grow immensely through that experience, while also trying to instigate that feeling in members of the audience. We unflinchingly believe in the motto, “Magic lies in the periphery” and aim at taking strides that make the world a slightly better place. Hum hain, Kahkasha!”

Members-

Pranjya Grover (PRESIDENT)
Rimjhim Singh (VICE PRESIDENT)
Divya Nunhoi Sharma (PR)
Kaavya Bajaj (PR)
Savvy Singh
Dhriti Arya
Ansty Philip
Evon Nelson
Neha Rose Justin
Afriti Moses
Zaheena Naqvi
Khushi Mehrotra
Aleena Maria Felix
Maleeha Maryam
Jasmine Sachdeva
Sanna Grace Masih
Tritiksha Kapil
Annu Thomas
Ann Mary Santhosh
Riya Nair
Rachel Saanchita Gupta
Tithi Roy
Harshita Tomar
Sneha Chandna
Avnika Sinha
Anushka Sharma
Shreya Kapur
Jessica Rajan
Nikita Arun Alappat
Angel Agrawal
Deeksha Billa
Shiney Jacob
Rosemary Job
Jennifer Davis
Aditi Sharma
Samia Agarwal
Sukhmani Malik
Sanskriti Jain
Kaveri Sehgal
Riya Mary Mathew
Bilha Ann Varghese
Anwita Pal
Muskan Gupta
 Deshbandhu Dramatics Society

The society cherishes their victory and their President, Tushar Mishra says, “This year was quite different from the past years when it comes to experience. Our topic for the year was hygiene which was not consider a serious issue until the corona virus came into highlight. Infact we ourselves were in dilemma whether or not we should choose it, but now it has become a world wide concern. It has been altogether a different experience with the process and genre of the play as well. Our vision as a team, is to make the play apprehensive, and communicative so that a larger audience can comprehend it. We try to provide information in a simple and relatable manner. We are keen to experiment with the things.

Our foremost goal is to learn as much as we can so that we can grow as a team. We look forward to breaking our own patterns and introducing new forms of art in our play. We always begin by starting from zero and then implementing the things we’ve learnt. We look forward  to making ourselves better in the field that we are pursuing while delivering the message that is of utmost importance to our audience.”

Anukriti

Rhea Narang, their President exclaims, “Every year, every production even the tiniest detail related to it, the struggle that goes through, the sacrifices that we make, every minute of it is special for the entire team! This year, too, we had our fair share of ups and downs, yet it felt wholesome in every way possible. We feel deeply for this cause and that is what kept us going. While working on ‘Jal Bata Shunya’, we kept in mind all the constructive criticism we had received earlier and tried to improve as much as possible. Along with this, we also tried our best to explore different aspects of street theatre like creating sounds without the help of instruments and body theatre. We wanted this production to be audience friendly and easy to understand, and accomplishing this gave us utmost satisfaction. Apart from the achievements, the love and warmth we received from the audience was overwhelming, and kept us going. Now that I look back,  I can say, all the long hours of practice, brainstorming, debating, creating, re-creating, scraping the whole idea and coming with a new one, it was all worth it. This production is not directed, written or acted by one person, the whole team is responsible for where it stands today. We bid adieu to it with a heavy yet satisfied heart. The purpose behind it will still continue even if this year marks the end of it! Here’s to one whole year of ‘ho jayega!’ because ‘ho jata hai.'”

 

Ibtida

“The journey has been phenomenal for everyone and we all have grown together along the way.  Every member has put in their heart and soul into the productions. All of this would not have been possible without our persistent efforts as a team. The hard work and dedication that the entire team has shown made it possible to accomplish all this. We took up an issue which we felt needed our attention in today’s time and tried to initiate a conversation on mental health. We are overwhelmed by the response that we received. The coming years are surely going to be successful under the leadership of such talented people,” comments, Manjeet Yadav, President.

Aadhaar

“Aadhaar‘s objective has been to foster an environment in which every member is able to imagine and grow freely, create quality intimate theatre, and to inspire the community at the same time. Being a member of Aadhaar or any other theatre society always brings ups and downs in your life, specially when you’ve been a part of it for all the three years.  Apart from making you skilled in the artwork, it helps you nurture your soft skills, makes you aware and for some, it makes them ‘punctual’. Of course there are problems, professional or personal. Whether it is to limit your stage play to the given time restrictions or manage your time between all those who demand it, like family.
While creating a street play, you have to make sure your research is thorough and the message that you want to convey is understandable and to the point. Learning is something that never stops, whether you’re a first year, a second year or a third year. At times, your days go unproductive but you still grasp something from them, something that encourages you to look forward and be there on the practice the very next day, at the given call time. There’s work, there’s exertion, there are deadlines and between all of it, you have your moments of amusement and joy!
It’s a whimsical journey where you experience and feel emotions that you’ve never felt, a journey that brings you closer to yourself , a journey you wouldn’t want to trade for anything else in this world,” exclaims Madhav Taneja, Manager.
Story Credits: Ajay Pal
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