On July 9, another UDAAN pre-event was conducted by AIESEC in Delhi University at the Nehru Planetarium and Memorial. Around 200 children from NGOs such as Katkatha, Bal Sahyog and Akshardham were taken to the planetarium.

The event began with jives and some activities for the children. They were then taught about the solar system and were shown around. A short film was also telecasted for the children. The volunteers played games with the children and everybody had a nice time. Named after a great freedom fighter who was famous for his love for children, the venue couldn’t have been more appropriate. Our food partners, Cossenuire Frozen Foods (Delish) provided the kids with food.

With another pre-event conducted so successfully, preparations for UDAAN have begun in full swing. One volunteer shares his experience, “Udaan’13  lets you be the impact by touching lives of deprived young minds by creating memories and experience of a life-time for them”. To volunteer for UDAAN, register at http://goo.gl/bpLMO

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UDAAN is an initiative of AIESEC in Delhi University to bring out the talent in every underprivileged child. The series of events give opportunities to underprivileged children to exhibit their talent by expressing themselves through cultural workshops and various competitions.

On July 6, AIESEC in Delhi University organised a pre-event to kickstart the event which has now become synonymous with AIESEC. Thirty four volunteers and a seven member organizing committee took 500 children from the NGO Chetanalya to the National Museum and showed them around. The excited children first had kirtan, a pooja, which instilled happiness and lifted everyone’s spirits. The joy was evident from the spontaneous dance they all burst into. They were then shown the movie based on The Battle of Plassey. After the movie, Iskon, our food relief partners provided the children with food. It was one memorable day for the children, and the joy on their faces was a heart rendering sight for the volunteers. One of the volunteers said “The kids really enjoyed and came out of their comfort zone, they saw a movie at the Museum which they will never actually see in their life otherwise”.

AIESEC in Delhi University is proud to have spread happiness among the less fortunate. The pre-event was a definite success. The next event will be taking place on the 9th at the Nehru Planetarium.  To volunteer with AIESEC for Udaan 2013, register at http://goo.gl/bpLMO

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Udaan, a performing arts festival organized by the Manchatantra Creations, powered by Manchatantra, the dramatics society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce that kicked off on February 1 concluded on February 2 with the prize distribution ceremony.

The festival started off with ‘People’- the Street Play competition. The competition saw participation by the street play teams of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College, Hindu College, SRCC, Jesus and Mary College, Indraprastha College for Women, ARSD College, LSR College, Shivaji College, CBS, Daulat Ram College, PGDAV College, and Hansraj College. The plays centered around relevant issues such as  the Indian judicial system (performed by Shivaji College’s dramatics society Vayam), the concept and relevance of religion in the contemporary world (brought forth by the annual production ‘Dharma’ by Khalsa), the phenomenon of ‘Whistle-Blowing’ (staged by Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies’ street play society Verve), the inevitable human tendency of constantly wanting something or the other (brought to light by Hansraj through the play titled ‘Laalsa’),the faulty application of the virtues of the Indian constitution based on our own assumptions of it (enacted by the dramatics society of Hindu College) and many more. The competition was won by the Daulat Ram College while SGTB Khalsa College took away the second prize for its play ‘Dharma’.

The street play competition was followed by ‘Soul’ the Choreography competition which too saw participation by a number of teams from campus. The choreo team of Sri Venkateswara College won the competition.

To involve the audience in the fest, along with these two main events, a number of mini events were also held on day 1. The most challenging one of these was ‘Tongue Twister’ in which participants had to take out a chit from a bowl on which was written a tongue twister which they were supposed to repeat 10 times. The winners were given Snap Deal and Worlds of Wonder vouchers.

‘Voice Crack’ was another such event in which two participants competed against each other and the task was to stretch the given word as much as they could. The ‘Cinema Quiz’, again meant for the audience was a big hit as the participants put to test their knowledge of Bollywood.

‘Click’, the photography competition, was held across the first two days of the fest. The theme of the competition was ‘Moments of the fest’. Participants were supposed to submit 5 best clicks of the fest. Nishant Verma won the first prize while Tushar Sareen from Shivaji College took away the second prize.

Day 2 saw some enigmatic performances during ‘Razzmatazz’-the Western Dance competition which was followed by ‘Street Fight’- the street dance competition. The western dance team of SGGSCC won the Razzmatazz while the girls of Maitreyi College, dressed in sparkling blue outfits won the hearts of the audience by putting up a scintillating performance on numbers like ‘Naadan Parinde’ and also took away the second prize.

Street Fight was won by Bhartiya Vidyapeeth while SBIT stood second in the same.

Manchatantra Creations is the brainchild of Aniket Jaiswal, an alumna of the dramatics society of Hansraj College. After passing out of the college he worked extensively with the dramatics society of Gargi College and for the past three years he has been working with Manchatantra, the dramatics society of SGGSCC. He has given theatre workshops to children in the Nizzamuddin basti and made a theatre production for them on Sanitation. Talking about the festival he said, “Organizing this event was like a dream. We’ve been practicing here in Dilli Haat for three years and holding ‘Udaan’ here has made the festival more special.” The festival concluded successfully on February 3. “Ab toh iss TV Tower ki aadat ho gai hai”, he joked.

Shweta Arora
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Mannat Sandhu
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