Malang 2016 – ‘The Performing Arts Festival’, a flagship event of Vayam Performing Arts Society, concluded on 18th March 2016 in a grand style at LTG Auditorium, Mandi House. The 10 day festival which began on 9th March 2016 has turned out to be a promising event in its very first edition, with performances by 23 Art groups, the event tried to redefined the concept of social welfare driven by art.
The festival witnessed many power-packed and enlightening street play performances by top-notch campus theatre teams across prime locations in Delhi including Nehru Place, Janakpuri, Kamla Nagar, Rajouri Garden etc. for the initial days. The festival reached its climax at the three day long culmination at LTG Auditorium where performances across stage theatre, music, dance, photography, poetry and films were showcased on one stage.
Prominent performances by external art groups included ‘Draupadi’ (featuring Rakesh Bedi and Himani Shivpuri), ‘Aurangzeb’ (directed by K.S. Rajendran), Piano recital by Guinness Record Holder Mrityunjay Sharma, Contemporary dance by Sadhya Group, ‘Tauliye’ by Jazba Theatre Group, ‘Bijli Bittoo’ by Ambidexter Productions and ‘Secular’ by Doodling Thoughts. The hosts entertained the audiences with their acclaimed productions ‘Syaahi’, Jeevita Chellave’ and ‘Bade Bhai Sahab’.
With the support from 15 organisations including SAIL, Skoda Auto, Khadi Gramodyog and LIC, the festival also got feaurured in various national dailies like Delhi Times, The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Mint and Amar Ujala. on the social welfare front, the festival was able to collect an amount of INR 27,852 for farmer families in distress. With its well established campus wing in Shivaji College and professional wing based in Delhi and Mumbai, Vayam’s aim is to be a driver of social change by means of art.
Picture Credits: Prateek Bedi, Department of Financial Studies, DU