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From theatre to the streets

From theatre to the streets
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Comedy, satire, action and emotions at their best! The four-day Mahavidyalaya Natya Samaroh began with some spirited acts and performances by students of four colleges of Delhi University on Sunday.

The four-day theatre festival presented by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi Government, is a unique platform for budding young artists to display their multifarious talents. The festival began with the play Room For Doubt presented by students of Kirorimal College under the direction of Anuj Chopra and Upasaya Goswami. This act was followed by Kutte, a play by students of Shivaji College under the direction of Ashtam Neelkanth.

Adding some more action to the day were nukkad natak performances by students of Institute of Home Economics and College of Vocational Studies who brought to light some pertinent issues through their commendable acts.

Over the next few days some widely popular and renowned plays mixed with some new ideas, nukkad nataks and some boisterous performances will continue to light up the Sri Ram Auditorium at Mandi House.

The four-day theatre extravaganza is a festival of selected plays from Delhi University. Eight plays and eight nukkad nataks or street plays will be performed during the festival.

The plays have been selected from a large bunch of presentations from Delhi University and represent some of the finest upcoming talents of the city.Among the plays to be performed are American playwright Larry Shue’s widely popular play
The Nerd
, a comedy about three friends.

‘When we talk about promoting theater and its artists, it is very important to start promoting fresh talent in schools and colleges. A number of promising theater artists wither away over time because of lack of support and platform to display their talent. The festival of students is part of our endeavor to promote the art of theater among students. A large number of colleges and their students are participating in this festival, which is very encouraging,’ said JP Singh, assistant secretary (Drama), Sahitya Kala Parishad.

Aisa Kahte Hain, a light hearted comedy written by playwright Manav Kaul, comprising an ensemble of sundry characters will be adapted for stage by students of SGGS  College of Commerce on Thursday.

Another comic caper Kauva Chala Hans Ki Chaal, a funny story of a middle class man hoping to rise up the class structure, will be enacted by students of the ARSD College on the penultimate day of the festival on Wednesday.

Other plays that will feature in the festival include Nishanchi by Ramjas College, and Batch 2002 by Hindu College.

Besides a number of naukkad nataks will also be presented by students of Institute of Home Economics, College of Vocational Studies, Ramanujan College, PGDAV College, Hansraj College, Delhi College of Arts & Commerce, Kamla Nehru College and Deen Dayal Upadhyay College.

Internationally acclaimed play Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! a satire about capitalism and the backlash it precipitates, will be presented by students of Khalsa College on special invitation. Written by Dario Fo, the play has been popular worldwide and will be enacted on the last day of the festival on January 30.

When: Till 30 January
Where: Sri Ram Auditorium
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