The Dramatics Society of Hindu College, Ibtida organised their annual fest – Medina 2013 this weekend. A three day event, it began with a street play competition; where teams were given different themes and told to prepare their acts within two hours. At the end of the eventful day, GTB IT secured first position, CBS secured second and SRCC came third. The second day of the event comprised of a bi-lingual play competition. Colleges across Delhi University showcased their annual productions – constrained by a time limit of 40 to 60 minutes. First to go on was Lady Sri Ram College with their play “Attempts on her Life!” – an energetic show put up by four girls. Following this was SRCC with their play “Noises Off” – filled with the right pinch of comedy, it kept the audience well entertained. “Saints and Sinners” was the most talked about play of the day – nearly everyone in the hall was excited to watch this Ramjas production. Though the fest started off with a low crowd turnout, more people could be seen entering the hall as the day progressed. By the time Hansraj and Hindu began their performances, the entire place was filled with an absorbed audience. The judges for the event were Keval Arora, a theatre enthusiast and professor of English at Kirori Mal College, and Ankit Chadha, who works for Dastan and is the founder of the Heptullah Society. The awards for Best Director went to Garima Jaju from LSR, Best Actor went to Praveen Shukla from Ramjas and the Best Stage Setup went to Hindu College. The award for Best Lights and Sounds was cancelled due to the poor coordination of each team in handling the equipment. It actually took SRCC twenty five minutes to get started with their performance once LSR finished! The third day of the fest saw an Alumni Meet – very thoughtful to bring back to college all those students who loved theatre during their time at college. The fest was well conceptualised, but could have been made better with more organisation among members of the society. However, there’s always room to learn for the next year. All in all, a thumbs up to the event!   Adita Bhatia ([email protected])]]>

Medina, the annual theatre festival organized by Ibtida- The dramatics society of Hindu College is the only theatre festival of its kind at DU that truly celebrates the spirit of theatre.  Started in 2009 under the flagship of Pehel, Medina has been a platform to bring burning social issues to light and express them creatively. One of the country’s finest dramatics events, the two-day festival embraces the beauty of theatre in every form, be it the classic stage or the rustic street. With participation from Delhi University colleges and institutions across the country, Medina is a highly anticipated and critically acclaimed festival. Medina Day 1- itehad-i-ibtida, the street play event   (1st march) Itehad is the street event of Medina. The teams are welcomed with songs or spoofs made on their play, creating an exciting and fun filled atmosphere. Since it is not a conventional competition but a celebration of theatre, the teams do not perform their annual street play. Instead, a new system is introduced every year. Last year, all the themes and topics of the teams were shuffled and given to them randomly. Following this,  each team got 2 hours to prepare a new street play based on the given theme and title. This year, themes won’t be shuffled, because every year in Medina, something new happens. Teams  are eagerly waiting to see what is in store this year. Registered teams must come at 9am. The event closes with some prize money for each participant, and some fun awards such as best upcoming street actor of DU theatre circuit, etc. 1st 2nd and 3rd positions are given based on how well the theme was adapted or incorporated. Day2- kissa-i-ibtida, the stage event (2nd march) Kissa is the stage play event of Medina. Plays are shortlisted based on the script, which are then performed in kissa. The beauty of this event is that there are no 1st, 2nd or 3rd positions. Instead, there are awards for different aspects that are appreciated in a play. Kinshuk Shreyas best actor award is the most important award of Kissa. This award is in the name of a super senior who passed away, but continues to live in our hearts. Informal events- On the day of Kissa, three informal events will also take place, namely, AD MAD, POPULAR SCENE PARODY MAKING and FILMY CHAKKAR. AD MAD Ad mad is the event in which teams of 3-5 people can participate. Each team gets a funny object, such as x-ray glasses, invisible quilt, etc., which they have to sell using a jingle, product name, brand, its uses and benefits. Teams need to come up with hilarious pieces and perform them in 2-3 minutes. POPULAR SCENE PARODY MAKING (spoof) Teams can have 4-10 members. These teams are given two or more popular scenes or movies, whose spoof they have to make on the spot. The teams are given 15-20 minutes to prepare. FILMY CHAKKAR Filmy chakkar is a quiz based purely on cinema. Teams of 2 are entertained. One incorrect answer can lead to defeat! Day 3- alumni meet Medina ’13 wraps up with its alumni meet at 6pm on 3rd march. Ibtida has its roots in its super seniors, who have had a major hand in making Ibtida what it is today. Alumni meet is the time when the old meets the new, and imparts some of the Kissa’s and knowledge.]]>