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Street plays against corruption

The Anna Hazare campaign has inspired street play artists across the Capital to come up with plays based on corruption.

entertainment Updated: Aug 20, 2011 00:45 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

When almost the entire nation is supporting social activist Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption, how can the youngsters of the Capital stay behind. Members of street play societies of various Delhi University colleges are penning their scripts for street plays around issues related to corruption. Even city-based theatre groups are supporting the campaign by either taking to the streets and performing plays based on the theme of corruption or holding talks to make the youth aware about what exactly the Jan Lokpal Bill is all about. We tell you all about such street plays.

Hans Raj College
The theatre society of this college is known to perform plays that are based on themes related to patriotism. “The Anna Hazare campaign has further boosted our spirits to carry on with our series of plays based on corruption and other social evils the society is facing,” says Prem Parija, president of the street play society. The society is presently deciding on the script for their annual street play production. “If we get a chance to perform at one of the protest sites, we would definitely come up with a new play or revamp the previous one,” he adds.

Asmita Theatre Group
This theatre group, which is known for its thought-provoking themes of street plays, has been performing its play Bhrashtachaar daily since August 15 this year. “The play is based on the youth’s perspective on the corrupt administration of the country,” says Arvind Gaur, the play’s director. “Through our play, we want to tell the youth of the Capital why they should support Hazare,” says Gaur.
The play is being performed at various venues across the city including Mandi House and India Gate. For more information on the group’s latest acts, log on to

Lady Shri Ram College
Here, both the existing members and the freshers auditioning for the college’s theatre society are equally inspired by the Hazare movement. “While I was taking auditions for the society, a group
of students came forward with a mono act based on the Anna Hazare protests. This struck a chord and we thought of doing a play on the theme,” says Annapurna Das Gupta, president of the society. Interestingly, the society performed a play based on corruption at the Commonwealth Games last year. The college is also organising talks and seminars to inform the students about the real reason of the Hazare campaign.

Kamala Nehru College
The dramatics society of this college, Lakshya, is planning a play that would send across a special message for the youth. “Our idea is to make college students aware and inspire them to do something socially exceptional. So, we would be planning a play around a theme which is very youth-centric. And corruption is one of them,” says Umang Sabharwal, a member of the society. “Our play would send across a message to the youth to deal with difficult situations,” she says.

Ramjas College
Shunya, the dramatics society of this college is in the process of finalising the script for their annual street play and the theme of corruption tops their list. “Keeping the current scenario in mind, we would also want to show our support to the Hazare movement,” says Shubham Bhatia, a member of the society. “If there’s any platform for us to perform to support the campaign, we would be more than happy to
do so,” says Bhatia. In the past, they have performed plays on issues like the society’s mentality and regionalism.

First Published: Aug 19, 2011 17:36 IST

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