‘In the Circle of Life, Struggle goes on…’
Verve, the street play society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, is back with yet another installment of its much-celebrated street play festival- Manthan. First held in 2008, Manthan began with the hope to honor the true spirit of street plays with an endeavor to raise voices on matters plaguing Indian society. A few years later, with its core spirit still alive, Manthan has evolved into a National Festival bringing together street play societies from across the country under the aegis of Verve.
The theme of the event is to bring young minds and youth determination together in an attempt to alter regressive norms and make way for change. It is an instrument of spreading mass awareness regarding various social issues, that demand immediate attention and broaden the ideologies of citizens across the country, through performances in NGOs, schools and various public places.
This year Manthan plans to expand its reach and cover over 50 colleges, in 15 cities including Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh and Jaipur. Manthan has introduced the Manthan Leaders Programme, recruiting 50 Manthan Ambassadors from across the nation.
Streetplay societies of different colleges will perform in their respective cities while Verve, along with various others from DU, takes on Delhi. A fortnight long Festival, Manthan started on February 10, 2014 at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and finally concludes on Feb 28. Performances are scheduled in prominent places in the capital like Jantar Mantar, Dilli Haat INA and Select Citywalk.
Non-competitive in nature, the festival plans to bring the leaders of tomorrow together to chime for change. And as they put it, watch out for the roars of revolution in the streets!