Stimulating thoughts through street theatre

Breezy performances

Stimulating thoughts through street theatre

Translating the vision of United Nations Millennium Development Goals lucidly for the masses, the young and enthusiastic students from 47 college teams enacted their perspectives in the fourth edition of V4V- Be on the Street, an annual street theatre festival. Under the open sky, their voices found freedom, as they expressed their views seeking a change through the medium of street theatre acts at Select Citywalk for three days over the weekend.

The festival that aims at confronting several challenges and converting awareness into dialogue and possible action brought together 865 participants from different colleges. What makes it even more relevant is that it emphatically addresses pertaining social issues in the society, specially the ones that fall under United Nations MDG. This year’s edition highlighted concerns such as Women (empowerment, safety, education, financial freedom); Stay fit be healthy, amongst others.

Resonating UNMDG’s vision of an equitable world where providing universal primary education is a priority, the Hindu College team performed the play Kaisi Yeh Paathshaala, a true portrayal of Indian education system.

In the aftermath of Delhi gang-rape case, we are left with more questions than answers, and Jesus and Mary College’s team put an earnest attempt to answer a few of these questions through their play, Gunha hai par saza nahi.

As MDG also target at halving the extreme poverty rates by 2015, taking cue from that thought, the theme of the play Gali Ke Kutte by Delhi College of Arts and Commerce reflected the hardships of the helpless beggars dotting the streets. Not just these three, there were many more satires and interesting snippets-turned-into-acts at this breezy, entertaining yet educative street theatre fest in the Capital.

"I wanted to be a performing artiste and contribute to the community through my art. My failure due to art's non-commercial viability and low acceptance in the society as a career choice gave me the direction to develop an  art platform like Be on the street. I hope my aggression gives birth to some new opportunities for deserving art enthusiasts.

My vision is to make art a commercially viable tool to uplift social evils,” said Shikha Mittal, founder, Be Artsy.
 An initiative of Be Artsy, a social enterprise which aims to encourage young artistes, the fest had a successful run in its fourth edition as well after garnering an engaging response in its last three editions since 2011.

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