“Ek Khwaab Jo Maine Dekha Hai,
Khud Hi Mein Janma Hai...
Badlaav Ki Wo Soch Hai,
Khud Hi Mein Dekha Hai.”

-Manthan 2013.
Aao, Ek Khwaab Ko Janm Dein.

The world is a perfect amalgamation of innumerable imperfections. Some of those imperfections keep us striving together for that absolute perfection and thus, establishes a rationale of our existence. But others may try to harm that very existence. How many times has it been that we have seen such imperfections but have not really ‘looked’ at them? Perhaps, many times.  Manthan-2013 started its journey with this vision of making us not only look at these imperfections but also ponder upon them and enthused us to correct them.

Verve- the street play society of SSCBS annually organizes Manthan- the Street Play Festival of SSCBS and invites the performances of the street play societies of other colleges. This year, one could witness the advent of the season of change with winds of two initiatives of Manthan 2013 blowing in the schools and NGOs of Delhi. ‘The Street Plays To Schools Program’ was conducted from 6th February to 15th February in Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, St. Mary’s School, Delhi Public School, Rohini, Shri Guru Nanak Public school, Adarsh Nagar ,Ahlcon International School and Mount Abu Public School. After this the ‘Street Plays to NGOs program’ was conducted from 18th-22nd February with a performance in shelter homes - ‘Bal Sahyog’ ,‘Arya Anathalaya’ ,’Blind Relief Association’,etc. Manthan also spread its wings to Chandigarh by various street play performances by Verve with few colleges of Chandigarh.

‘’Yeh Kehna hai kitna aasan

Ki Khaamiyan tujhmei hain

Par Aaine mei dekhke ek baat jaani

Badlav mujhmei hai”

With this motto, the Main event of Manthan began from 25th February with an opening ceremony in Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. The season of change had spread over the entire capital as performances were conducted at Hauz Khas Village, Sector 12 Dwarka, Nehru Place Market, Dilli Haat INA, Preet Vihar Market, V3S Mall Nirman Vihar, Great India Palace Noida, Pacific Mall, Jantar Mantar, TDI Mall Rajouri Garden, PVR Saket, Green Park Market, Metro Walk Rithala, 3C’s Mall Lajpat Nagar, India Gate, Sarojini Nagar Market and Vishwavidyalaya Station.

Can a patient be cured if he refuses to accept that he has a disease?  No. So how can the entire society be transformed if they fail to accept the faults in them? The first step towards improvement is the acknowledgement of the need of it. In order to bring this realization to the masses, various colleges performed street plays on the issues that plague today’s society. Abhivyakti, the Dramatics Society of IP College questioned the contradiction of the Freedom of Expression with the Sedition Law. Ankur, the Dramatics Society of SGTB Khalsa College justified the reservation policies but pointed out the non performance of the responsibility of the State towards its proper implementation in their annual production ‘Reservation Leela’. Manchtantra Creations, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce presented ‘Jaati Kabhi Na Jati’ condemning the evils of the prevailing caste system. Memesis, The Dramatics Society of Daulat Ram College, portrayed the right way of dealing with fear with their production ‘'Darte Kyu Ho Pappu Mia?’. The Dramatics Society of Lady Shri Ram College presented its production 'Do Dhaari Talwar' exploring the theme of censorship. The Dramatics Society of Shri Ram College of Commerce performed its production 'Daud' presenting the ill effects of a ‘competitive’ society. Kahkasha- Hindi Dramatics Society, Jesus and Mary College presented the egoistic and self centered society of today with its production for this year 'Main Main Karti Bakri'. Rudra, PGDAV Dramsoc promoted the importance of sex education through'' YE GANDI BAAT HAI''.  Ibtida, the Dramatics Society of Hindu College protested for the power to protest through its production “Mudda kya hai?Maksad kya hai?” Hansraj Dramatics Society's street play production “Naadaan” attempted to find the lost innocence in us. Kshitij,The Shahifakeer, the Dramatics society of Gargi College, in their production 'Jungle Ka Raja Kaun?'  brought forward the state of animals in our country . JUNOON-The Dramatics society, Dyal Singh College (Eve), reflected upon the state of prisons of today through their production 'Yeh Kaisi Saza?'. Anukriti - The Hindi Dramatics Society of Miranda House discovered the issues in the Indian Medical Field through their production ‘Der bhi, Andher bhi’. Lakshya - The Theatre Society of Kamala Nehru College presented ‘Thheher’ focusing on the consequences of the fast pace of the society of today.

 The closing ceremony held at India International Centre was as big as the extravaganza, Manthan 2013. 

Simran Ahluwalia

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