Girls from Delhi University’s Indraprastha College’s dramatics society, Abhivyakti, will be putting up three plays as part of their annual drama festival, questioning the condition of women in our country as well as government’s crusade against curbing citizen’s freedom of expression.
Inspired by playwright Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story, Khol Do, and the brutal rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in December last year, the full-length play — called Sakina: Rehearsing Manto in the Times of Gangrapes — has been designed, conceptualised and directed by Kuljeet Singh.
“We tried to look at Sakina (Manto’s main character from Khol Do) through different modes of expressions, personal memoirs and choreography. The play has three installations representing those modes,” Singh says.
Also on the itinerary is a one-act play called Crave and a street play called Aap Seditionist Hain. “Crave is about a girl who trying to find herself and looking for meaning amid the absurdities of life. Whereas our street play is based on UPA’s drive to stifle voices raised against them,” says 20-year-old Abhivyakti member Aruja Srivastava.
“We had been toying with the idea of a dramatics festival since some time. This year we have done some great plays which have been winning awards consistently. So we decided to go ahead and came up with the fest,” she adds.
What: Indraprastha College’s Dramatics Festival
When: March 16, 4.30pm onwards
Where: LTG Auditorium, Mandi House
NEAREST METRO STATION: Mandi House on the Blue Line