One of the many things that make the University of Delhi happening and enchanting is the performing arts societies and their marvelous annual productions. In the past few months, we saw cut-throat competition across several Delhi University colleges. The hours and hours of practice and hard work were put to test this fest season and from amongst the pool of massive talent, some groups emerged brighter than the others. We attempt to select the best society of the lot.

The best college society in each category was selected by creating a tally of the top 3 positions that could be won at various events. The society that secured the 1st position was awarded 3 points, the society that secured the 2nd position was awarded 2 points, and finally, the society securing the 3rd position was awarded 1 point.
Eight college fests were referred to while evaluating the top societies tally this fest season. They were: Tarang, LSR; Ullas, KNC; Tempest, Miranda House; Montage, JMC; Mecca, Hindu College; Reverie, Gargi College; Confluence; Hansraj College, and Nexus, Sri Venkateswara College.

The Top Three
In the Western Dance category, Misba of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce scored the maximum points. Misba’s 15 points were followed by Verve of Sri Venkateshwara College (7 points). The third position was shared by Enliven of Gargi College and Spardha of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College with 6 points each.

Points Tally: Western Dance

The Winning Society at a glance

Misba is known in the western dance circuit for their snazzy performances that are marked by overt Bollywood symbolism. Their performances are humorous and entertaining which makes them the crowd’s favourite.
Talking to DU Beat about the experience of working in the society, the president said, “Misba is a place that welcomes all kinds of people, a dancer or non-dancer, with a warm heart and by the end, we are a family. Misba has always pushed us into doing better and through this opportunity of performing on stage, it has helped us to explore our true selves. From getting an opportunity to lead the prestigious society this year to maintain its legacy was a bit difficult, but it was made possible because of the hard work, positivity, and courage that my team always carries with itself.”

Performing members

1. Priyanka Aggarwal – President
2.Naman Pataria
3. Abhijeet Chaturvedi
4. Aman Susan Kujur
5. Manveen Kathuria
6. Nishali Mehta
*7. Nitika Goel -TREASURER*
8. Saransh Bhambri
*9.Sanchit Goel – PR HEAD*
10. Gurpreet Singh Dutt
11. Akash Katyal
12.Sanchit Kundra
13. Gaurish Chauhan
14. Arjun Nijhawan
15. Prithvi Rahuja
16. Riya Sawa
17. Somya Aggarwal
18. Garima Setia
19. Khushi Bisht
20. Yukti Thareja

Winners Tally

Out of all colleges we considered, Misba won at:
1st: Tarang, Confluence, Nexus, Ullas

2nd: Tempest (shared)

3rd: Reverie

(Hover over the icons to know more about their victories)

Images Designed by Kartik Kakar for DU Beat  ([email protected])

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India’s largest street play festival, Manthan, organised by Verve, the street play society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, University of Delhi, has finally completed its 9th edition successfully. The festival reached 35 cities of India which includes Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Shimla, Dehradun, etc, spanning across 19 states of India, with around 125 theatre teams performing for Manthan. This year, Manthan introduced it’s novel concept of Manthan Mahotsav, which encompassed performances by 35+ teams of Delhi University performing at 15 locations of Delhi at the same time, ie between 3-6 PM, February 28, 2016.

Running after ultimate excellence in theatre, Manthan reached out to international locations of Kathmandu, Nepal and Tomsk, Russia. Manthan’16 concluded with over 2000 artists performing for Manthan within the public, on the streets.

The closing ceremony of the event was a huge success, chaired by prominent playwright Atul Satya Kaushik and theatre personality Tanay Yadav, with all the Delhi teams gathered to celebrate the essence of street theatre. The event started with a discussion with the panelists and the teams talking about the essence of street theatre and the importance of public performances.

The teams participated in sharing their personal experiences of public performances and thanked Manthan for giving them an opportunity to perform for the public. The discussion was followed by a qawwali by Sultani Brothers, a popular qawwali Union of Delhi, who engaged the teams and everybody present in beautiful sufi music and set the stage on fire. The qawwaals said, ” We’ve never performed in college for students as audience. This was a new opportunity, and we would thank Verve for this chance. We loved performing for students, and we would look forward to further prosperous editions of Manthan. “