Theatrical extravaganza awaits Delhi students

Theatrical extravaganza awaits Delhi students

Drama societies of Delhi University colleges are in full swing these days.  Be it North or South Campus, young boys and girls are seen flocking to college parks or else in their college auditoriums to practise for the street plays and dramas.

Notably, it is the time of the year when a series of college theatre festivals are taking place.  Recently, students participated in Mahavidalaya Natya Samaroh, and before they could take a sigh of relief, they have the Atelier Campus Theatre Festival ahead of them.  Running in its seventh edition, the festival commenced in the last week of January and will culminate on February 9.  

“While showcasing the best of campus theatre, the festival lays emphasis on the vernacular theatre and the unique revived forms like dastangoi and red nose clowning. Dastangoi is the Urdu and Indian art of storytelling where the narrator uses nothing, other than his voice, to tell stories of war and love,” says the festival director, Kuljeet Singh.

“There are three performances each day for over 11 days which includes street and stage plays. There is also a special ‘Back to School Day’ where three teams from different colleges will perform street plays at St Marks School, Meera Bagh,” informs Kuljeet. 

As nukkad natak is part of the festival, on February 4, dramatics society of Lady Sri Ram College, Kamla Nehru College and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies will be face-to-face at Daulat Ram College with their act.  Similarly on February 6, SGTB Khalsa College, Bhagat Singh College and Hansraj College will present their act at Jesus and Mary College. 

 The festival also has some amazing stage theatre too. On February 7 girls of Gargi College will stage ‘Blind Spot’, a play about characters who first deny that they have any psychological disorder, and then try to justify their actions, finally giving up after the ‘society’ terms them insane.  On the other hand, drama students of Hindu College will question our changing ideals, values and fundamentals through the play Batch 2002.

Giving a different flavour to the festival are students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce who will take the audience on a hilarious journey with Aisa Kehte Hain, a story revolving around a liar, a cop, two runaway circus kids, a guy called chai, a man determined to commit suicide, another willing to help him in lieu of money, a bunch of pigeons who occasionally feel the need to break into song and dance and a lonely crow with an identity crisis?

On February 8, students of Ramjas College will stage The Private Ear, set in a London bedsit where the reclusive Bob, normally used to giving his full attention to his record collection takes favour from a savvy friend Ted, to help him treat his date, the beautiful but shy Doreen, to a meal. On the same day students of Jamia Millia Islamia will stage Hum Ek Hain and Sri Ram College  will present Black Comedy.

On the last day of the festival, SRCC will stage another play The Nerd,  Khalsa College Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay and Ramjas College Nishanchi. All the stage plays will be performed at Shri Ram Centre,  Mandi House.

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