Powerful themes and energetic performances – is what best describes the street plays by students of the Delhi University (DU). Back with its 7th edition, Udghosh 2017, the theatre festival organised by Shivaji College of Delhi University, has received more than 40 entries so far. Udghosh will open from February 10 and will be held at Shivaji College premises, The Hindustan Times reports.
“We have been organising the festival for the last six years and we receive tremendous response from not only Delhi University (DU) but from other universities as well. Out of forty entries, we have selected around 10 to 11 street plays. Based on different themes, the plays will highlight issues such as demonetisation, rape, eve-teasing and others,” says Shubham Awana, president of the theatre society, Vayam.
With thought-provoking themes, the participants are ready to set the stage on fire. “Our play highlights apathy. A team of twenty people, we will show how it grows in our society and becomes a part of us. For example, we don’t step ahead and help others but choose to talk about the accident. There is a dire need for empathy and we will try to bring about a change through this play,” says Nitya Cyriac, from Jesus and Mary College.
Inspired by recent events in Kashmir and Manipur, Gargi College will bring the characters of Burhan Wani and Irom Sharmila to the stage. “It is about how militancy and AFSPA (Armed Force Special Power Act) prevail in these areas, and why there is an ongoing debate on national integration and self determination. We will also bring the characters of Burhan Wani and Irom Sharmila on stage, to highlight the concept of integration and determination. It’s a major issue and we would like to highlight it,” says Nimisha Rajendran, president of Shitij, street society of Gargi College.