Without a villain in the story, there is never a hero! Elevating the importance of an antagonist in every story,  Lakshya, the theatre society of Kamala Nehru College saw the seventh edition of its annual theatre festival- Concoction, unfold on the theme- ‘Main hoon Khalnayak’ from 17-19th February 2016.

With exuberant performances and energised crowd, Concoction was a non-competitive, three day theatre extravaganza which aimed at promotion of the spirit of theatre and performance above competition and contention.

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The day 1 of the festival saw Aaghaz- The street play event, that involved the performance of complex and mostly political issue oriented productions at the college’s chaupal. From street acts based on Kashmir, Israel-Palestine, and religion to productions on mental illness, the event was a success at grabbing student attention. The production by SRCC, based on mental illness called-‘The defective ward’, stood out for the audience the most. The day ended with a dynamic jamming session by the Djembefola United group and also a mesmerizing performance by Mukul & Shenjit, who brought everyone up on their toes.

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Mokshika, the President of Lakshya, the theatre society of Kamala Nehru College, speaking to us, shared that, “ We had a non-competitive Concoction this year. Apart from administrative and logistical hassles, for me, the spirit of theatre and performing arts is most important and Concoction was an attempt to promote the same. I hope the teams had as much fun as we did while organising the event.”

Followed by street, Day 2 and 3 saw Archlights- The stage play event, that was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Colleges like Dyal Singh, SRCC, Sri Venkateswara, Ramanujan and Hindu shook the stage with their excellent execution, lighting techniques and prop usage. While Hindu’s production called-‘Characters Revolt’ talked about characters of three boys entrapped within the confines of a writer’s story and how they wish to rewrite it, Sri Venkateswara’s play titled-‘Veronica’s Room’ completely took the audience by surprise with its element of unpredictable suspense. Post some mind blowing stage acts, Day 3 witnessed Pratiyug, a sufi pop-rock band that galvanised the gathering with their electrifying renditions.

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Alongside the main event, Concoction ’16 had two informal events planned for the day, Treasure Hunt and Quiz that gave the crowd an opportunity to win some prizes for themselves.

On asking people their experience of the festival, we received some great positive responses.“Art cannot be described, one can only experience it by watching, especially incase of theatre. All the performances at the event were such that no words can be appropriate enough to describe the beauty of theatre”, remarked Aakriti Sharma, a student of KNC.

Dilgrace Kaur, a dedicated Lakshya member shared with us her experience of organising the event. “Each day is a new experience. Learning, unlearning, enjoying and working. The 3 most awaited days of the year for any Lakshya member are the days of Concoction where we bring together all the talent in the town”, she remarked.

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As the event drew to a closure, the teams took with them special hampers, love, appreciation and the sound of the resounding claps which had no end!

Image credits: Vedvanti Kasture 

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Have you ever thought, how would your family react if you died and have lots of property to bifurcate among self- proclaimed ‘soon to be second -hand’ rich people? Well, to spark the Christmas excitement on the same note, Thespian Theatre Company performed their production called ‘Kya Family Hai! at Shri Ram Centre on 25th December.

A comical satire, the play depicted the internal relationships of a family – husband with wife, brother with sister, father with children. However, when the father dies, the children make a beeline for his property, their greed for money making them completely insensitive to his dying wishes. It is a satire on the fading morality of society, on how we have become so self-centred that we trample on the wishes of our own loved ones.


The role of the father, played by the tycoon of comedy- Asrani, the ‘Angrezon Ke Zamane Ka Jailor’, realizes that he has only 2 hours to live and decides to frame his will. After he dies, his soul stays behind, only to see his children fight over his property which takes place in a very comical way. Performed under the remarkable direction of Raj Upadhyay, each scene was well crafted. Despite being a bit too long, the humour element of the play kept the audience engaged. 

Replete with excellent timing and dialogue delivery by artists including Nadeem Khan, Nargis Nandan, Pranav Sachdeva, Ashok Dhawan, Aarti Sharda Nayar, Vaidehi Sharma, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the play as was evident from the cries of laughter time to time!


Thespian Theatre Company, that was started by two graduates of Hans Raj College – Ishan Soni and Pranav Sachdeva with the aim to change the face of Delhi theatre, strives to promote theatre as an art form and inculcate it in daily life by means of their productions. 

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Riya Chhibber

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Vayam, the performing arts society, presented their play, ‘Ek Rishte ki Maut’ on 24th December 2015 at Akshara Theatre.


The play is about the ‘never-ending fight for true love’, a philsophy which many of us fail to follow. The story beautifully portrays how giving-up on your soulmate can be the worst decision of your life.

The play starts with a couple filing for divorce and soon enters into a flashback of their happy times together as a married couple – sweet memories of how they used to care for each other and the dream of doing things they used to love and of the window where they both used to sit together during the rainy season and enjoy coffee together. After a series of events and realisation of how life was much better when they were together, they concluded it’s worth it to give their marriage another chance and to fight for something they never actually wanted to give-up.

The play is a masterpiece as far as direction goes. Very well crafted scenes are blended with apt use of stage set-ups. The director understood each actor’s strength and utilised it at the right places to bring out impactful performances.

It was the acting -the display of emotions – that stole the show. The timing of different scenes, lighting and the background score which kept the audience into the play. You know the characters are embedded so deep in the actor’s skin when you see the audience in tears.

By Prateek Singh for DU Beat

What can you do to stick to your passion? How far can you go to chase your dreams? How determined can you become to follow your interests? With a remarkable resolve to take their aspirations to the next level, Vayam – The Performing Arts Society was formed by a consonant group of alumni of Shivaji College, University of Delhi. Vayam is an independent performing arts group based in Delhi registered under the Societies Regulations Act 1860. Run by an ideal blend of actors, directors, script writers, technicians and working professionals, the group has a stronghold in the Delhi theatre circuit with an expanding base in Mumbai. Vayam performs on regular basis at competitive and non-competitive platforms across India and their street plays and stage productions are based on myriad of thought-provoking issues.

With ‘EK Rishte Ki Maut’– A play by Vayam to be performed at Akshara Theatre on 24th of December, we bring to you an interview with Prateek Bedi (Treasurer and an active member of Vayam – The Performing Arts Society) who told us all about Vayam’s inception, journey and its future goals.

“‘Vayam’ means ‘We’ in Sanskrit. It signifies the core values of the organisation – Togetherness, Integrity, Creativity and Social Empowerment. We wanted to have a different name but at the same time we wanted it to reflect our core values and define our united front. And Vayam is just perfect as our name and identity.” – Prateek Bedi, member, Vayam


1. How does Vayam – the theatre society of Shivaji College differ from Vayam – The Performing Arts Society?

Vayam – The Theatre Society of Shivaji College and Vayam – The Performing Arts Society, are essentially two sides of the same coin. The most significant thread that binds the two organisations is the set of values and virtues they share. Since the professional unit has been founded by people who were once a part of the college society, there is a visible homogeneity and concurrence in the style of working and principles that both organisations share. However, there is a clear demarcation of authority and responsibility with regard to spheres of work that both groups handle. The college wing has an independent leadership who vigorously looks after the advancement of the unit in the campus theatre circuit. On the other hand, the professional society has a distinct legal identity and a competent organisational structure which works tirelessly to make the organisation grow and prosper in the professional ambit. Both organisations share a mutual relationship of togetherness and synergy in their area of work and conduct. They are of immense support to each other and leverage each other’s strengths to advance their goals and objectives.

2. How did Vayam make this transition from a college society to a performing arts group? When did you decide that it was time to take it beyond the college circuit and what challenges did you face to during this transition?

Vayam – The Theatre Society of Shivaji College, University of Delhi was started by a bunch of like minded creative enthusiasts in 2006. Vayam’s maiden performance of the street play called ‘Kashtomer’, which talked of consumer awareness, fetched them the third prize at Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi in August 2006. It was in 2007 when the society grabbed the attention and admiration of the DU crowd with the stage adaptation of ‘Bade Bhai Sahab’ by Munshi Premchand when it swept almost every competitive platform and established a unique identity for the society. Further, the society blossomed under the aegis, support and guidance of its alumni. But though the society was doing well in the DU circuit, there were times when this ‘college’ tag, held back Vayam from stepping into the professional Delhi theatre scene and partner with other organisations in an official/legal capacity. Therefore, we decided to form Vayam – The Performing Arts Society where we could finally collaborate professionally and step into the Delhi theatre scene at a much larger scale.

Taking our college society to another level by getting a legal identity wasn’t easy for us. All the alumni who had been a part of college society were mostly pursuing different careers in finance, banking, IT, research, social work, photography etc. To get everyone together and work comprehensively towards the establishment and growth of Vayam was challenging. Moreover, initially we went through tough times during registration as most of our members were spread out across the country. Since we have been recently registered, we are trying to work our way through initial challenges of holding commercial performances, entering into professional partnerships etc. But we are working relentlessly to make a mark and a young & dynamic force of determined thespians is facing obstacles with courage and commitment.

3. It is hard to make theatre work while attending college as a student, how do you manage to do it as working professionals?

In Vayam, we have a strong and dedicated team of 30 people from diverse fields of photography, finance, banking, IT, research, etc. This diversity is one of our biggest advantages. We work quite systematically. We have a conference call every Sunday evening to discuss all the affairs. There is also a core team of 11 members – Lakshya, which works incessantly for smooth working of Vayam’s affairs. As of now, all our team members are alumni of the college society and are available to participate and work for the organisation selflessly. Since Delhi is our core base of development as of now, we have a distinct wing of individuals who work for projects in the city and are active throughout the year.

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4. Tell us something about your latest production ‘Ek Rishte Ki Maut.‘ What differentiates it from the regular relationship and happily ever after plays?

The basic theme of the play is –  the changing dynamics of relationships in this fast paced world; where genuine love, attraction, happiness and care is somewhere getting lost between the deadlines and ego clashes. The couple in ‘Ek Rishte Ki Maut’ are lost in the cloud of smoke of their egos and misunderstandings, which slowly chokes their true emotions and love for each. Their petty fights reach to a point where they decide to divorce each other and break those vows to love unconditionally and irrevocably. It’s an ego versus love, and fairytale versus practicality, fight.

It’s a unique play which will grip you till the very end by its distinctive narrative technique, acting and dialogues. The play works as a time machine; it takes you to the good old sweet and sour memories of your relationship. It teaches you to love and you begin to value your partner all the more after watching the play. The play has the ability to make you smile and emotional at the same time. It’s a play which will completely engross the audience right from the beginning itself and would force them to deeply reflect and ask some serious questions about their demeanor and approach towards relationship.

Find out more about the play here


5. What’s next for Vayam?

We, at Vayam – The Performing Arts Society want to be the best performing arts group in the world by all means and aspects. We want to become a versatile and inclusive group of artists spread across plethora of art forms. Additionally, we want to improve the condition of art forms and artists, in and outside country by making performing arts more acceptable, popular and commercially profitable for the ones pursuing a career in this field. Moreover, we want to increase the range and number of our productions and expand ourselves in all potential fields of performing arts.

Buy tickets for ‘Ek Rishte Ki Maut’ here.

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Shunya – The Dramatics Society of Ramjas College at the second position with 7 points. The Dramatics societies of SRCC and S.G.T.B. Khalsa share the third place with 5 points each. Undoubtedly, all teams put up spectacular performances that have been appreciated  at various fests by the audience and judges alike.

The Winning Society at a glance

Hans Raj Dramatics Society

The Hans Raj Dramatics Society led this year’s fest season with their annual production Holi. The play narrates the happenings of a day in the lives of a bunch of hostel friends Gopal, Ranjit, Srivastav, Laloo, Madhav and Anand among others, who come with all sorts of temperaments and histories. The day starts off with the announcement that they won’t be getting the day off from classes for Holi. The students, who were already dissatisfied with the college’s policies, are angered and things take a turn for the worse when the principal’s nephew is injured in a tiff. What started off as a normal day, changes the students’ entire lives by the end of it. Holi is based on a very well-known script of the same name by playwright, Shri Mahesh Elkunchwar. Revolving around various tangents of college, particularly hostel life, the play has managed to touch a chord with judges and audience alike. Adapting a play that has been performed innumerable times in the theatre circuit and has been turned into a motion picture, was definitely a herculean task for the directors, Purusharth Budhiraja and Anil Kumar. The play was originally written in 1970s and was adapted into a contemporary setting, keeping most of the original characters and creating some new ones along the way. “We at Hansraj believe in promoting good theatre and not focussing on the competitive part of events. This was exactly the theme of our theatre fest this year as well. This year has been a great journey for us, not only have we grown as theatre practitioners, we have also witnessed very high quality contemporary theatre. Irrespective of all the hiccups we faced, however big or small, it was a tremendous learning opportunity and I am sure next year will bring in even better things”, said Purusharth, the society’s President.

Cast and Crew

Cast: Purusharth Budhiraja, Anil Kumar, Abhinav Sharma, Aishwary Rajput, Rajat Katiyar, Kaushal Raj, Parth Paliwal, Nirmal Kothari, Saksham Shukla, Vikrant Verma, Shaman Goel, Shivika Chauhan, Iresh Gupta, Hansa Malhotra, Srishti Babbar, Sahiba Bali. Backstage – Kamal Kishore, Abhishek Mittal, Harshit Joon, Intaquam Hussain. Sound – Gurjot Sidhu. Lights – Aayushi Rathi, Karishma Khullar, Neha Agarwal. Note: The thirteen fests included in our analysis for this series include SRCC’s Crossroads, Gargi College’s Reverie, Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus, LSR’s Tarang, Hans Raj’s Confluence, I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, Daulat Ram College’s Manjari, Hindu College’s Mecca, Jesus and Mary College’s Montage, Miranda House’s Tempest, Kamala Nehru College’s Ullas, Kirori Mal College’s Renaissance, SGTB Khalsa’s Lashkara. Out of the fests listed, only 6 had conducted a competitive stage theatre event. To collate this tally, the prizes for the best play were taken into consideration. Update: This story earlier listed Ramjas College at the first position in the DU Beat tally. However, after rectifying a computational error that was later pointed out, the Hans Raj Dramatics Society stands at the top. We apologise for the mistake made by the DU Beat team.]]>

Samarth, which means capability. Samarth is an organisation based in Delhi University which practices theatre with blind students from various colleges. Samarth has over 35 students from Miranda House, Sri Venkateswara College, Hindu College, Daulat Ram College and Gargi College. The organisation, that works with seven volunteers in total believes that the future of these children in education should also be secured. Along with constant support in education to all of them, the are taught the basic theatre fundas related to lights, stage and acting. Founded in January 2014, the root of this cause was laid two years ago by Mr. Sandeep Rawat who later went on to create Samarth. Mr. Rawat who is a graduate from Dyal Singh College worked with these students during his college days. Mr. Sandeep said that, “Yeh bacche apni education mein hi fasse rehte hain. Inhe university se koi support nahi hai. Yeh sab extra activities karna chahte hain, par yeh bhi majboor hai.” The founder also feels that there is little that has been done for these students in the university. According to him and the parents of these students, the administration here provides fee concessions for their education, but later they are not supported in any way possible. Students are not provided with any special study material and they also complain of getting no support from the teachers. Samarth brings out the ‘capability’ of those who can act without knowing the spotlight, without watching their co-stars and without even knowing where their viewers are. The organization tries that the message of equality reaches out to larger audience which would force them think and question norms of the society. It tries to prove that these kids are equally capable as others. For this Indu, a Political Science student of Miranda house who practices with Samarth said, “Samarth means ability. Yeh ek boht bada platform hai jispe hum, main aur mere friends apne confidence aur talent ko dikha sakte hain, ki hum kisi se kum nahi hai. Hum sab vo kar sakte hain jo aur log bhi kar sakte hain. Deepika, who handles the cultural activities at Samarth informed that the organisation does not aim to restrict the students only to theatre but the group also plans to provide training in other fields like music. Samarth believes that these students should not be subject of pity to others, but they shall be awarded equal rights. The team has performed its first production Udaan at 4 colleges and has recently bagged the first prize at IIT Roorkee. But, Samarth raises an important question to the university theatre circuit. They want to compete with all the normal college theatre societies in the upcoming year for various competitions.

During the conversation it was found that the organisation struggles in terms of financial matters. The funding is presently being done by the volunteers itself. The group through this feature appeals to everyone in the University to kindly help them financially for betterment of these students. Readers are also requested to please introduce other blind students in need to Samarth. Apart from this if anyone wants to volunteer or donate for Samarth can get in touch with its volunteers.
Contact Person : Mr. Sandeep Rawat
 Phone Number : +91 9891507039
 For more details visit : https://www.facebook.com/samarthhaihum

Intifada 2014, Abhivyakti – the theatre society of Maitreyi College organised AKS – the 2nd stage theatre festival of the college on 11th March. Total five teams took part in the festival, out of which one was a non-competitive entry. Shri Ram College of Commerce presented their play titled The Nerd, Hans Raj College performed Holi, Ek Rishte ki Maut by Shivaji College and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College (SBS (E) ) performed their two productions namely The Dark Room and A Birthday Party (non competitive). [caption id="attachment_21222" align="aligncenter" width="538"]holi ‘Holi’ by Hans Raj College[/caption] Dr. Manish Sharma, who also judged Intifada – the street play fest of the college judged Aks as well. Dr. Sharma is the Head of English Faculty of the college and a former convenor of Sri Venkateswara College. He said, “Street and stage theatre are two separate forms of dramatic art. Street focuses more on voice and subject whereas stage focus more on expression and matter.” Mr. Satish Mukhatib, PhD in theatre from Jawaharlal Nehru University was the second judge. Mr. Mukhatib is also the head of Jumbish Theatre Group. The plays performed covered the different genres of theatre. The Nerd by SRCC was a comical family drama where as Ek Rishte Ki Maut by Shivaji was a serious story of a post marriage relationship. The Dark Room and Holi by SBS (E) and Hans Raj College respectively talked about both friendships and betrayals. [caption id="attachment_21223" align="aligncenter" width="672"]nerds ‘Nerds’ by Shri Ram College of Commerce[/caption] The two best actor awards were bagged by SRCC for The Nerd. Vishnu Sinha and Mitali Mehul won Rs. 1000 each. Their team was also declared the first runners-up team for the competition. Cash prize of Rs. 3000 was awarded. Shivaji College’s Ek Rishte Ki Maut was adjudged the best play at Aks. They were presented with Rs. 5000 in cash. Mr. Mukhatib during the feedback and comments mentioned, “Theatre sometimes fails to cover each aspect. The plays that had played well with lights/sounds and acting skills couldn’t deliver the message and diverted from the topic. Others that justified the subject couldn’t impress with the external factors. No play can work only with sounds, lights, acting or the subject. A blend of all this is necessary.” Image Credit: Anisha Shekhar]]>

Abhivyakti, theatre society of Maitreyi College organised Intifada – the 2nd annual street theatre fest along with Rhapsody – the annual cultural fest of the college on 10th March. The street festival saw various societies from all over the university coming and participation in the competition. 10 teams presented their annual street productions. Participating colleges were Keshav Mahavidyalaya College, Gargi College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College, P.G.D.A.V. College, Indraprastha College for Women, Ramanujan College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Shivaji College, Hans Raj College and SGTB Khalsa College. IMG_0969 With the fest season coming to an end, each team had performed a lot in the recent past. But certain plays like Bas Samajhne ki Baat hai by Shivaji College left the audience crying. Their play was based on old age problems. SGTB Khalsa’s We, the people based on politics surprised the spectators with its different elements. Radhika, an avid follower of street theatre said, “It is great to notice that every play has some changes incorporated for their performance compared to the last one. With performances happening each day, this shows how much teams are working hard towards improving their production.” Rehaayi by Hansraj Dramatics Society bagged the third position at the festival whereas the first runners-up team was Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce for their play Chidiya ki Kahaani. The winners for Intifada was Gargi College for their production Joota.


Former Convener of Sri Venkateswara College, Dr Manish Sharma was one of the three judges for the event. Mr. Nilesh Deepak, an eminent theatre artist, who was also a judge said that, “Theatre in DU circuit is still alive and happening. It feels great to know that there is an uprising and this looks like a change.” Head of Commerce Department of the host college, Ms. Nilima Chaudhary was the third judge for Intifada. Minna, the president of Gargi Dramatics Society said, “It feels great when a very simple production like Joota gets so much appreciation from the audience. This shows how quality matters more than the quantity of the subject.”]]>

Lady Shri Ram College’s (LSR) Dramatics society on 9th March, Sunday performed their annual street play production, “Jahaan Neelaam hai Insaaniyat” at G.B Road, New Delhi’s largest red light area. The play revolves around prostitution and talks about the rights of prostitutes and how it should be recognized as a profession and not looked down at with disgrace.

The performance was scheduled with legal police permissions with help of Khanabadosh – a theatre group of ex-Delhi University students who do street theatre only for public awareness.

At 12:30 PM, LSR Dramatics Society and Khanabadosh made a common call in the area before starting the performances. ‘Demo-crazy’ was the first play presented by Khanabadosh on politics. It talked about how democracy isn’t only the matter of voting and is formed by people and not politicians.

This was followed by ‘Jahaan Neelaam Hai Insaaniyat’ by LSR girls. The play had many spectators from all over the area. Chandu who was present there to watch the play said, “Hum zyadatar dukaandar log hai yahan jo dekh rahe hai, jinn log ko aap dikhaana chahte hain unhe koi baahar aane nahi deta.”

Performance attracted various actors from different college societies of the University. Members of an NGO, Kat-Katha which works towards the welfare of children of prostitutes were also present. Mr. Sandeep Rawat, founder of Samarth – an organization that does theatre with blind students of Delhi University was also part of the audience.

On asking about the security issues, Aishwarya – a student of LSR who had come to watch the play told DU Beat, “Yes, I had some fear in mind while coming to this area. But there was this nervous excitement as well. Theatre in the university is a mere source of winning competitions nowadays, but this step is very rare. This is where this play belongs.”

The play talked about the problems a woman in this profession has to face and how the men in our society are the leading force. It highlighted that most of the women are trafficked in our country and they don’t choose to be where they are. The play was written using various slogans that left the crowd teary-eyed like “Kya yehi vo duniya sanskari, jahan ghat ghat pe bikti nari” & “Woh auzaar thi, auzaar hai aur auzaar hi rahegi.” The play projected that the public does nothing for a woman who undergoes such trauma. “Hum to aaj ki janta, humein vaishya ki haalat se koi farak ni padta.” According to people in the audience, a small drawback for both the plays was that they had few dialogues in the English language. The message may not have been clearly delivered.

Talking about why a topic like prostitution was chosen, Nishtha Pandey – the society’s president said, “There are many preconceived notions about this matter. The incorrect fact with people is that 15% of the women choose this work on their own, whereas this percentage is only 2%. Myths regarding this subjects are not really myths. It is true that 60-70% of the women who are prostitutes are affected by HIV AIDS. Their condition is horrifying. Ours is a small step towards this.”

The president of the society also feels that addressing prostitutes as sex workers only glamourises the name and doesn’t gurantee any rights or respect. Hence the play used the term ‘prostitutes’ against ‘sex workers.’ The act also provided solutions in the end by mentioning that unionisation should be undertaken for these prostitutes to protect their rights as being done at Sonagachi, one of the biggest red light areas of Kolkata. The members of the society also said that they feel that finally the motive of making this play was achieved. Mr. Siddhant Sharma, the leading person behind organising this all also congratulated the artists from LSR.

But the most important question that arises here is that was the target audience actually targeted. As commented by a localite of that area the women are not allowed outside the brothels for any such happenings. Ramlal said, “Isse farak bohot kam padega. Aisa kaam jaari rakhna hoga jiske chalte logo ko zyada se zyada pta chalta rahe.” Due to this very fact, no questions were raised by people from the local audience during the question answer round. The team promised that they will try making efforts in this regards in the future as well.

“Kal ek vaishya ne kaha, ki aaj mujh par jung lag gya hai,
Kal tak jo mere dar aata tha, aaj wahi mujhse darr gaya hai.
Koi dalal ko kyun nahi tokta, kyun ilzaam mujh par hi lag gya hai,
Kal ek vaishya ne kaha, ki aaj mujh par jung lag gya hai.
Jab tak hum andekha karenge, tab tak chalegi haiwaniyat,
Mitta do unn hawaalon ki, jahan nilaam hai insaaniyat”

Day two at Medina – the annual theatre festival of Hindu College witnessed the street play competition – Itehaad-e-Ibtida on 7th March. After day one of Qissa-e-Ibtida (stage play competition), Dastan goi (Urdu storytelling) and Filmy Chakkar (Bollywood Quiz), day two featured only the nine hour long street play competition.

Continuing the tradition of bringing something new and unique for street theatre artists, Medina is not about the usual annual productions being performed by various teams. All the artists are given different challenges each year – these range from performing the production of other teams participating, to performing a 2 year old production of your own society with a preparation time of few hours. This year all the teams were shuffled, each time having members of 5 other teams divided according to the year of their study and music art portrayed in the performances. Through this process, 10 teams were formed and they were given 3 hours preparation time to make a new play on different social topics given to each team through a chit system. The topics given were related to the topics on which plays in the university have been happening recently.

Mr. Sahil Yadav, alumni of Ibtida and presently in Jawaharlal Nehru University judged the event. He mentioned, “Medina is different because it is not a usual competition. Artists come out of their comfort zone. They perform with people whom they don’t know, brainstorm and form a play in few hours.”

Participating teams included SGTB Khalsa College, Hansraj College, Jesus and Mary College, PGDAV College, Ramanujan College, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Miranda House, Shivaji and Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Technology.

After 3 hours of preparation, all the teams presented their plays. The results were as follows:

1st position:
Team – final year students of Ramanujan College, second year students of SGTB Khalsa and first year students of GTBIT with musicians from Jesus and Mary College. They performed a play on Gender Inequality.

2nd position:
Team – final year students from College of Business Studies and Hansraj College, second year students from shivaji and PGDAV freshers with musicians from Shri Ram College of Commerce. “Old Age is…” is the play they presented on old age challenges and problems.

Retiring Actor Award: Prabhjot Singh, SGTB Khalsa College

Newcomer Award: Nikita Kumar, Miranda House


Rohit Kumar of India’s Got Talent fame, made a sand painting depicting various elements of street theatre. This was followed by the feedback session and small celebration organised by Ibtida. The cake cutting was followed by a DJ where students themselves also sang songs from Hindi cinema. All the participants, same as the judge really liked the concept.

A member of dramatics society of Shri Ram College Of Commerce said, “Itehaad-e-Ibtida is the best and the most creative theatre festival of Delhi University. We wait for Medina 2015. Thank you for keeping the true spirit of theatre alive in the circuit.”