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Lots of drama in campus

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 31, 2013
First Published: 19:19 IST(31/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(1/2/2013)

While the Delhi University campus is buzzing with annual cultural festivals, there’s plenty of theatre happening too. After making a mark at the national and international level theatre fests such as Old World and Ibsen, the actors from the varsity are all set to perform at their own theatre fests. With stage productions and street plays forming a major part of these fests, here’s how the campus is
getting a theatrical twist in the coming days.

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Histrionica, Shri Ram College of Commerce
Theatre enthusiasts in this college have come up with a fest that celebrates theatre and other performing arts. “The idea is to do something new every year,” says Mansi Piplani, one of the organisers. The three-day fest will see nine street plays and nine stage productions by various colleges. “There’ll also be a battle of bands, a music night, photography and a skit competition,” she adds.

The hosts will stage productions

Daud, That Darn Plot and Noises Off.
When: February 14 to 17

Fiesta - Faculty of Management Studies
In order to raise awareness among students on campus, a one-of-its-kind initiative has been launched, under which a street play competition on responsible drinking and creating awareness on HIV/AIDS was conducted at Faculty Management Studies college. Titled Fiesta 2013, the event themed around the campaign Respect the Road — Don’t drink and drive, saw participation from various Delhi University colleges such as Shri Ram College of Commerce, Hans Raj, Daulat Ram and Dyal Singh which enacted effective messages.

Eclat, Hans Raj College
Touted as one of the oldest fests on campus, this theatre fest is competitive. Usually a two-day affair, this fest sees street and stage plays with other cultural side events. “We are trying to make it a three day fest. The planning is in progress. The fest has been following the same format for many years now and we are trying to change it this time,” says Rahul Soni of the college’s dramatics society. A photography competition will also be part of the fest. 
When: First week of March

Expressions, Dyal Singh College
In its fifth edition, the annual theatre festival hosted by Astitva, the college’s dramatics society, is back. Contrary to other colleges, the society strictly limits the fest to theatre events which includes Hindi, English and bilingual stage plays. “Our fest is only about theatre. All other events are accommodated in the college’s annual cultural festival,” says Sandeep Rawat, one of the organisers. The fest will see the staging of Laal Pencil, the annual Hindi stage production of the hosts.  
When: February 4 and 5

Mukhatib, Ramjas College
Making a comeback after a hiatus of two years is this college’s annual theatre fest, Mukhatib. Organised by Shunya, the dramatics society the college, the dates of the fest have not been decided yet. The last edition featured some well-known personalities as guests and judges and a host of popular plays were performed. “We want to make a comeback in the university’s theatre scene. We are through with the interim planning and if all goes good we will have the fest this year,” says Shubham of the college.
When: First week of March

Other popular theatre fests
Medina — The annual street and stage play fest of Hindu College
Theatre Festival by The Players, the dramatics society of Kirori Mal College
Rang-Bayaar — The annual theatre festival at Jawaharlal Nehru University
Concoction — The annual fest hosted by Lakshya, the theatre society of Kamala Nehru College
Kirdaar — The annual stage play festival by Abhivyakti dramatics society of Indraprastha College for Women


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