Department tests 2014


In the second day of the three day theatre festival, Kamala Nehru College’s Concoction was witness to some of the admirable theatre in the Delhi University circuit. It commenced with the host college, KNC performing its annual production The Cover Story, which revolved around the story of two young and ambitious reporters  trying to uncover a businessman running a sex racket with the children on the streets. The play utilized the concept of lights and shadows to portray scenes which were happening undercover.Of the 23 teams that participated in the preliminary rounds, 8 performed at the finals of ‘Archlight’ on 28th and 29th January, 2014.

The competition was judged by Ms. Nilanjana Banerjee and Ms.Sanchita Mukherjee both of whom have been involved with theatre intimately. On 28th Jan, Miranda with its play ‘Tax-free’ was the first to perform in the competition, followed by Hindu College’s Batch of 2002, which revolved around a bunch of college friends and their re-union. KMC’s Room for doubt was recipient to thunderous laughter as they portrayed a committee of teacher’s resolving issues in the University. The final day of the festival saw performances by SRCC (The Black Comedy), Shiivaji College (Mission 31), Gargi College (PFV), Khalsa College (Can’t pay? Won’t pay!) and Ramjas College (The Private Ear).

Hindu College performing ‘Batch of 2002’.

SRCC’s ‘Black Comedy’ was declared the winner of the event. Talking about the concept of the play, says Rupali Singhal, Co-Director, “A lot of comedies are made every year, but we chose this script because it stands out. It has a plot which keeps you gripped and uses the concept of reverse lighting so that it no longer remains just another slapstick comedy.” When asked about the level of competition they faced she said, “Theatre in DU has become professional. The judges in the preliminary round did a brilliant job of selecting the plays. The win feels much more deserving when you know the competition was hard.”

The audience at this event flouted many rules of theatre. While the organizing committee strived to keep distraction of the artists to the minimum, there was little they could do about the hooting and clapping of the audience. Reflects Rupali, whose play witnessed the loudest cheers, “Laughter is acceptable and especially in a comedy. In such a moment the artist pauses and then resumes their role. But hooting is a complete distraction for the artist and the fellow audience.”

In a version of Ad mad titled Phata Poster Nikla hero, a group of three had to make a poster in the preliminary round. The selected participants had to then enact in the final round. A team from Zakir Hussain College (Evening) emerged as winners in the same.


Together for a cause, a Non Governmental organization, organized a n enthralling session of spoken word poetry by visually impaired children from National Association for the blind and Save the Quest.This was followed by an interactive session with Rupa Das Gupta, founder of Sarhana, a school for special children and the closing ceremony in which 50 sky lanterns were lit and released in the sky. The principal of the College, Ms. Minoti Chatterjee lit the first lantern and inaugurated the ceremony.



1st Prize: Shri Ram College of Commerce for Black Comedy
2nd Prize: Kirori Mal College for Room for doubt
Best Actor: Keshav Moodliar, Ramjas College

Phata Poster Nikla Trailer: Zakir Hussain College (Evening)

Image Credit: Yashika Sunaria, Kamala Nehru College | Featured Image: SRCC performing Black Comedy

The final day at St. Stephen’s National Science Fest started off with a conventional debate. Organised by the Debating Society, the motion for the NSF Debate was, “This house will allow parents to choose the genetic composition of their kids”. The event witnessed participation from a total of nine teams, with Hindu College emerging as the best team.

The winning team comprised of Vibhor Mathur and Nomaan Hassan. Nomaan’s argument against the motion, also won him the title of the Best Speaker of the debate.

The adjudicating panel for the event comprised of Riya Sharma, Midhandeep Jain and Mehvish Rathor – all experienced debaters of the Stephen’s clan. One of the adjudicators says, “Some really astounding ideas came up, such as how tolerance for diversity is a perhaps a very trivial part of human culture – which certainly does make a lot of sense if you can defend it well. The debate surely had some interesting moments.”

Winners of the Treasure hunt.

The closing event for the National Science Fest was a culmination a ride ranging from different corners of Stephen’s through the Treasure Hunt. Parichay Mazumdar, Maitreyee Rudola, Ayushi Kathayat and Sadiah Zahoor of St. Stephen’s College emerged as the winning team in the same.

The organising committee also announced the results for Competition of Young Scientists and Enthusiasts (CYSAE), a multidisciplinary competition held on the previous day. From six teams that went into the finals, St. Stephen’s College emerged as the winner, with a team from IIT Delhi settling for the second position. The winning team from St. Stephen’s College comprised of Nishchaiy Suri, Shreya Arya and Ojasvi Khare.