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College theatre fest aims at getting the youth to vote

india Updated: Feb 23, 2009 19:32 IST
Joydeepa Sarma
Joydeepa Sarma
Hindustan Times
College theatre fest aims at getting the youth to vote

This is a theatre festival that lets you choose a government of your choice. Wonder how?

A part of the movement ‘I Change India Changes’, this campus theatre festival aims at awakening the youth and get them to vote for a better India.

Being held in six cities across the country — Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow Kolkata and Mumbai — the festival saw participation by eight colleges in the city edition of the event held at MMK College in Bandra on Monday.

Based on the subject Ungli Utha Vote Kar: Power to the youth, the participants enacted short plays on various problems afflicting the country and stressed on the importance of voting. The Thadomal Shahani Engineering College emerged the winner.

Zarina Mehta, the CEO of Bindass, actor Rahul Bose and TV anchor and journalist Mini Menon were the judges at the event. The competition is being organised by UTV Bindaas.

Handing over the prize to the winning team, Bose said the plays revealed that there is anger among the youth, but it is also important to channelise this anger in the right manner. “After all, simply awakening is not enough. They have to believe in what they do and be passionate enough to carry it forward,” he added.

Mehta believes that it is the youth who can trigger off change, if they are provided the proper platform.

The finalists from each city will get to perform their plays in places frequented by the youth like malls, coffee shops and stores. The winner from each city will get to express their views to young Parliamentarians and a DVD compilation of the best plays would be presented to the prime minister.

“Youngsters are mostly seen complaining and blaming the government for a number of issues. But they should realise that they can actively participate to bring about the desired change, and why not start from voting and electing the right people?” said Prasad Shinde, a student of Bhavan’s College.

The competition will be held in the five other cities in the next two weeks.